Religion

Kelly Shackelford: Racial Tensions Are The Result Of America Rejecting God

On Friday’s “Point of View” livecast, Kelly Shackelford, president of First Liberty, blamed the state of America’s race relations on the country’s increasing rejection of God, which he said invites Satan to foment racial tensions.

“Evil will come in when there’s a vacuum, and our country is moving away from God, and as it moves away from God, there’s all kind of little tussles going on over morality because it’s sort of like God’s been pushed out of the field, and when that happens, I mean, you know, Satan’s gonna use that as his playground,” Shackelford said. “And so we’re seeing things like this racial tension and these other things that are almost being fomented.”

He continued, “We have to look at this from the spiritual level, and this is what we’re going to see if our country moves more and more away from the truth.” Shackelford claimed that “people need to know the Lord, and that’s the ultimate hope for turning this around and having less and less of these type of horrific things happen.”

David Kupelian: 'They're Teaching Rape On College Campuses'

On Monday, David Kupelian of WorldNetDaily joined host Perry Atkinson on TheDove TV's "Focus Today" program to discuss what they claim is liberals’ rejection of the Bible’s teachings. During the interview, Kupelian claimed that colleges are “teaching rape,” which he blamed on "sex week."

“We kind of say, oh, this, isn’t it crazy what they do on college campuses and they complain about the rape culture,” Kupelian said. “They’re teaching rape on college campuses. They have sex week, which was dreamed up at Yale, and it’s on all of these Ivy League colleges where, for a week, it’s center stage on campus, teaching children how to have sex with everything that moves.”

Kupelian continued, “And I don’t mean to be crude, but I’m saying when you’re teaching children this, okay, you are really messing with their minds, okay, but also, you are violating and you’re teaching people to violate the Ten Commandments. And, in turn, that makes it very difficult to have a strong, loyal family unit because you’ve already had a hundred sex partners and it continues after you’re married…” He blamed such sexual promiscuity for divorces and remarriages.

Kupelian also criticized Facebook’s gender options and claimed that these genders “didn’t exist” when he and Atkinson were kids.

Dave Daubenmire: Gays Murdered In Orlando Were On The Devil's Team

On his “Pass the Salt” show on Monday, Religious Right activist “Coach” Dave Daubenmire addressed this weekend’s massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, claiming that the gay people murdered in the massacre were sacrificed by the devil in order to advance his larger goal of implementing gun control and siccing the government after Christians.

“This shooting down in Orlando, Florida? It will soon be my fault,” Daubenmire said. “It will soon be the fault of radical, right-wing Christians.”

Daubenmire said that the massacre in Orlando showed that “the devil is willing to sacrifice some of his own team in order to get our big players” and warned that gun control will lead to the killing of conservative Christians.  

“How long did it take before Obama started talking about gun control?” Daubenmire asked. “How long did it take before you saw him on CNN talking about gun control? How did they get the guns? How long did it take? Not very long, because, see, we’re losing sight of the fact that if they get their guns, our guns, there’ll be more death. There’ll be a lot more death. And when they get their guns, can anybody tell me who’s gonna be dying?”

He said that it's not "gonna be the guys in the ghetto" who are killed due to gun control because "they’re already killing each other,” but rather conservative Christians who are resisting "bowing politically correct to Islam, politically correct to abortion, politically correct to homosexuality” who will die under increased gun control. Daubenmire declared that Islam is “the new religion” and “anybody who’s against this new religion, they’re going to get it.”

Daubenmire Criticizes Churches For Embracing Diversity, 'The Devil'

On his “Pass the Salt” program Thursday, Ohio-based Religious Right activist “Coach” Dave Daubenmire criticized Christian churches for supporting LGBT people and people of color, calling diversity “the devil” and a threat to white Christians.

He also distanced Christianity from Judaism, claiming that “Jews without Jesus are lost” and that the [inaccurate] phrase “Judeo-Christian” is used by Christians because they “don’t want to offend the Jews.”

After showing a documentary on the threat of "white genocide", Daubenmire warned that there is a movement afoot to destroy "white, Christian, heterosexual men" because they are the ones who "have spread the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world, and if we can get them silenced, the Gospel is silenced."

Daubenmire blasted Christian churches for their growing acceptance of LGBT people and people of different ethnicities.

“I just saw today on the internet, some big Christian singer — I don’t know who he, don’t know his name ‘cause I don’t follow that stuff — came out as a homo and the Church is embracing him,” Daubenmire said. “Embracing the homo. But see, it’s another minority that we’re being taught to embrace. Now, most of us probably feel a little bit uncomfortable talking about white folks, and that’s what they’ve done to us, see.”

“It’s only the white, Christian, heterosexual male that can save the world,” Daubenmire said, only to immediately correct himself: “We can’t save the world, that was a terrible phrase. We’re the only ones that can contend for Western civilization. We are it.” 

“Why are they bringing these Muslims here?” Daubenmire asked. “Wait a minute, why do they hate Trump? It’s a spiritual war raging in front of us, and who is the number one acceptor of diversity? You got it, that big steeple down the road. They bought, again, into the lie of the devil. See, the devil will never come frontal and tell you what he’s gonna do. He comes in like an angel of light. ‘Oh, we’re diverse and we love all people.’” 

Daubenmire said the U.S. will be minority white nation by 2050 and warned that with this demographic change, “Judeo-Christian values and principles go out the window. Western civilization — we don’t like to say this —  was founded and settled by white WASPs.”  He cited Europe’s diverse population and London’s Muslim mayor. “It’s coming to a city near you,” he said. 

As part of this spiritual war, Daubenmire said, society aims for “the elimination of the white, Christian, heterosexual male, at least his voice, his right to speak.”

Daubenmire also rejected the idea of “Judeo-Christian values,” insisting that people must stop using the term because “it’s white Christians that spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ, not white Jews. It’s white Christians.”

“We say ‘Judeo-Christian’ because we don’t want to offend the Jews,” Daubenmire argued, again asking himself, “Jews — oh, Lord do I have to say it? Jews without Jesus are lost. They’re lost. They’re just as lost as the Muslims. It’s Christian values. Christ-centered values, not Judeo-Christian values. We understand our roots. We understand the roots of Christianity. We understand that we’ve come out of Judaism. We understand that. We understand that. But we’re not a Judeo-Christian society, we’re a Christian society.”

Daubenmire: Christians Are Not Obligated To Help Muslims

Ohio-based Religious Right activist “Coach” Dave Daubenmire said yesterday that Christians are not obligated “to be giving money to feed those Muslims.”

Daubenmire agreed with one of the guests on his "Pass The Salt" program, which he hosts via Google Hangouts, who argued that the Bible’s call for Christians to bear each other’s burdens is “not talking about everybody" but only applies to Christians and not to non-Christians in places like “Zambia and oh-my-gosh-where.” 

Daubenmire agreed, saying that although he supports giving money to Christians in need, the Bible tells him only "how Christian brothers are supposed to relate to Christian brothers, not how Christian brothers are supposed to relate to the lost world.”

He continued, “You telling me I’m supposed to be giving money to feed those Muslims? Are you kidding me? Sorry. Individually, I may want to, but do I have an obligation to do that? No.”
 

 

Rafael Cruz: Can't Stay Silent Against Gay Marriage, Just Like During Nazi Germany

Rafael Cruz said at an event in Brenham, Texas, this month that the impending Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage will be “an ominous decision” that will determine “whether the definition of marriage we have had for 6,000 years is going to be thrown out the window.”

Cruz, the father and top campaign surrogate of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, warned that “if this decision comes against the biblical definition of marriage, the next thing that is going to happen is the government is going to come demanding that churches hire homosexual pastors and churches perform homosexual marriages. It is a very critical time in America.”

Likening the silence of Christians in the face of impending gay marriage doom to the silence of German citizens in Nazi Germany, Cruz asked, “How long are we going to remain silent? Or perhaps the more important question is are we going to have to answer to God for our silence? You know, silence is not an option.” Quoting German pastor and dissident Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Cruz reminded his audience that “silence in the face of evil is evil itself…not to speak, is to speak. See, the silence sends the message loud and clear. We can’t afford to be silent anymore.”

CADC's Ten "Irrefutable Proofs" that Obama is not a Christian

Back in 2008, the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission released a series of videos attacking then-candidate Barack Obama's faith.  The entire operation was entitled "Seven Reasons Barack Obama is not a Christian" and consisted of various videos asserting that Obama "was not a Christian by any Biblical or historic measure."

Things such as his ties to Rev. Jeremiah Wright and his appreciation of some elements of Islam were held up as proof that Obama could not be considered a Christian, as was that fact that he was "an unabashed supporter of special privileges for homosexuals":

Now that the 2012 presidential election is beginning to heat up, the CADC has announced that it intends to resurrect the series - this time featuring ten reasons - and release a new video every month leading up to the election. 

Here are the CADC's "Ten New Irrefutable Proofs that Barack Obama is NOT a Christian!":

1.) Economics: Obama advocates for failed Marxist/socialist economic schemes that are based on envy and class warfare that divides the country and uses the government to steal from one group to give it to another.

2.) Marriage: Obama abdicated his sworn presidential duty to defend the laws of the United States by refusing to defend the Defense of Marriage Act and even actively worked to undermine the law.

3.) Religious Liberty: Obama signed "Hate Crimes" legislation that can result in prosecution for speaking against homosexuality. Even pastors who preach the biblical view of sexuality could face prosecution in certain situations.

4.) Abortion: Obama's policies have caused taxpayer funded abortions in other nations and fund of embryonic stem cell research that kills human embryos. He gave $50 million to UN population agency for promoting abortion and working with China's murderous "one child" policy. He eliminated federal funding for abstinence-only education and overturned the ban on funding abortions within Washington, D.C. During the 2011 budget debates, Obama refused to end funding for Planned Parenthood, almost causing the government to shut down.

5.) Homosexuality: Obama signed a bill repealing the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy which opened the door to open homosexuality in the military. Now military chaplains will be pressured to perform homosexual unions. Obama had militant homosexuals as part of his inaugural events and even hosted a reception in the White House celebrating the fortieth anniversary of the homosexual rights movement.

6.) Liberal / Marxist Liberation Theology: Obama sat under a radical, Marxist minister, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, for 20 years and has adopted all of his Marxist ideology. Obama denies Christ's atonement and mocks the Bible and rarely attends church, yet we are supposed to believe he's Christian. Many believe he's really a Muslim, and for some good reasons.

7.) National Christian Heritage: In a speech given in Turkey, Obama said, "we do NOT consider ourselves a Christian nation." Obama intentionally misquotes the Declaration of Independence omitting "our Creator" as the source of our unalienable rights.

8.) Supreme Court Appointments: Justice Elena Kagan is a hardcore liberal on abortion, gun rights and homosexual marriage and is suspected to be a lesbian. Kagan wrote a brief supporting Clinton's veto of a ban on partial birth abortion. While a Dean at Harvard, Kagan banned military recruiters from the campus. Kagan also opposed the Federal Defense of Marriage Act. Justice Sonia Sotomayor is a liberal and activist judge who believes courts should make policy not just interpret the constitution. Sotomayor argued for unlimited abortions for any reason throughout pregnancy and for taxpayer funding of abortions.

9.) Obama-care: Your tax dollars will pay for abortions and the older you get your life will be considered a liability and expendable. Some bureaucrat on a "DEATH PANEL" will ultimately decide if YOUR life is worth saving or not.

10.) Radical Czars: Kevin Jennings, Obama's Safe School "czar," is a militant, homosexual activist from Massachusetts. Radical pro-abortion advocate Kathleen Sebelius is Obama's Secretary of Health and Human Services. She took a quarter of a million dollars from George Tiller, the notorious late term abortionist. Chai Feldblum, a lesbian law professor was appointed to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Feldblum said in any conflict that might arise between religious liberty and homosexual "rights," she would have a hard time coming up with any case in which religious liberty should win.

Just keep this in mind the next time you hear anyone from the Religious Right complaining that the media and/or liberals are bigotedly attacking the faith of the Republican presidential candidates.

ACT! Demands Donations To Fight Imaginary Sharia Invasion

Brigitte Gabriel of ACT! for America (formerly American Congress for Truth) today sent members a video message urging them to become “Patriot Partners” by making monthly donations to her anti-Muslim group. She said that the funding will go towards efforts to pass laws banning the supposed use of Sharia law in courts, such as the one struck down by a federal judge in Oklahoma. Gabriel called her rivals “unhinged” and “fronts” of the Muslim Brotherhood who intend to “smear” and use “legal assaults” against anti-Sharia legislation.

Of course, Gabriel’s legislative fix is still in need of a problem, as there is simply no evidence that Sharia law or Sharia courts are permeating the American justice system. But don’t let that stop you from giving Gabriel your money!

The Establishment Of Secular Humanism

Today's installment of the "Faith and Freedom" radio program was dedicated to the discussion of "American Exceptionalism & How the Religion of Secular Humanism Has Been Imposed Upon Americans by Liberals Hostile to the Christian Faith!"

And, as the title suggests, one of the central points that Matt Barber and Mat Staver made was that  "secular humanism ... is a religion with no God" which has become the established religion of the United States, in direct violation of the Constitution:

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Rep. Ted Poe: Obama Administration Is "Anti-Religious"

Speaking with Family Research Council president Tony Perkins on Washington Watch last week, Texas Republican Rep. Ted Poe accused President Obama and his administration of promoting policies that are “anti-religious.” Poe and Perkins were discussing with the manufactured controversy over a Texas veteran’s cemetery that prohibits a volunteer group from holding religious services at a funeral if the family does not request it. The New York Times points out that this rule was created in 2007 by the Bush administration, but according to Poe, the policy is actually all Obama’s fault.

As Kyle noted, “To the Religious Right, preventing outside groups from attending funerals and offering prayers at services where they are not wanted or requested is a violation of the religious freedom of the volunteers.” Last month, Poe attacked the cemetery director as “anti-Christian, anti-religion and anti-veteran” and introduced legislation that he said would end the supposed “religious censorship.”

In his conversation with Poe last week, Perkins claimed that “this is symptomatic of a much larger problem that we’re seeing in this administration where this type of hostility, I would describe it as, toward traditional, orthodox religious views is being unleashed.” Poe said that he agreed with Perkins’ assessment and went on to blame the Obama administration for having an “anti-religious” bias.

Perkins: This is symptomatic of a much larger problem that we’re seeing in this administration where this type of hostility, I would describe it as, toward traditional, orthodox religious views is being unleashed. We won this battle but the war is far from over, so you’ve got legislation that will say, ‘hey, nowhere in this country will veterans be denied their rights nor their families to the right to these religious services in federal cemeteries,’ so where does that legislation stand?

Poe: The legislation has been filed and it is before the Veterans Affairs Committee in the House of Representatives. As soon as they get a hearing we’ll get it to the floor as soon as we can and get a vote on it, and I see no reason why it wouldn’t pass. What you say Tony is exactly correct. It is my opinion that the administration—this problem is systematic throughout the administration in areas that it’s just almost anti-religious, non-religious and anti-religious in areas such as this. We’re calling them out on this to stop this nonsense.

Perkins Agrees With Jeffress That Voters Should Prefer Christian Leaders

Coverage of the Family Research Council’s Values Voter Summit this year was dominated by stories of Robert Jeffress’ criticism of the Mormon faith; Bryan Fischer’s unabashed bigotry; and the infighting that rose to the surface when Bill Bennett rebuked Jeffress and Mitt Romney, tepidly and not by name, denounced Fischer. The press coverage of the Religious Right conference was so completely focused on Jeffress and Fischer that the FRC even asked members to pray that the media will stop reporting on the story.

Today FRC president Tony Perkins used his radio alert today to defend Jeffress, who made it clear that Romney’s Mormon faith was a reason he endorsed his chief rival, Rick Perry. “His rational; all else being equal a Christian leader is to be preferred over a non-Christian,” Perkins said, “I whole heartedly agree.”

Listen:

Do you have the freedom to choose between Christian and a non-Christian candidate? Hello, this is Tony Perkins with the Family Research Council in Washington. Texas pastor Robert Jeffress created a firestorm when he declared at the Values Voter Summit he was voting for Rick Perry because he was a Christian. His rational; all else being equal a Christian leader is to be preferred over a non-Christian. I whole heartedly agree. So did the first justice of the Supreme Court John Jay who said it was in the "interest of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers." Many so-called journalists have gone apoplectic claiming such a bigoted position violates article 6 of the Constitution, how absurd. The article reads, “Congress may not require religious tests for an office." The Constitution restricts what the government can require, not what individuals can consider. If voters can consider a candidate's party and that party's platform, they can consider a candidate’s religion and the tenets of that faith. We should prefer mature, qualified Christians for public office over those who reject the orthodox teachings of scripture.

This prompts the question: how would Tony Perkins feel about the competence of a Jewish leader over a Christian one? Perkins and the Religious Right always talk about their Judeo-Christian coalition and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who is Jewish, addressed the Values Voter Summit and is seen as a rising star in GOP circles. So much for that.

And would it impact Perkins’ decision in the Republican primary? During the Jeffress spat, Perkins told CNN’s John King that he does not consider Mormons to be Christians: “Well, let me say this, John. I do not see Mormonism as the same as Christianity. Now, whether it’s defined as a cult, I don’t know. I would say it’s not Christianity the way evangelicals view Christianity. There’s a distinction. There’s no question there’s a theological distinction between Mormonism and Christianity.”

If Perkins thinks that Christians should be given preference over non-Christians, and that Mormons are not Christians, is there any difference between his view and Jeffress’ view on Romney’s candidacy?

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Pat Buchanan Reminisces About The Segregation Era

In an interview yesterday with Janet Mefferd to promote his book Suicide of a Superpower, Pat Buchanan reminisced about the national unity and common culture that existed…during segregation. Buchanan warned that America will soon look like California, where he claims religious faith is obsolete, gangs roam and the English language is marginalized. Buchanan added that America was “created” by whites and lamented that “we will have a country in 2041 that will consist of entirely of minorities.” He went on to say that while segregation was “wrong,” African Americans and whites shared a “common culture” during the segregation era that is now nonexistent.

Listen:

Buchanan: It’s going to be 2041 when white Americans of European descent will be a minority in the country their ancestors created, and what will that mean? I tried to, the article in The Atlantic celebrated it as I said and I tried to take a look at it and I’m more apprehensive because the things that held us all together, even though we’ve had conflicts, racial conflicts and others, were you know a common faith, a common culture, a common history we all loved, literature and poetry, all these things we learned in schools, all of us in the public and parochial schools. This doesn’t exist anymore, all these things are breaking down and we will have a country in 2041 that will consist of entirely of minorities.

And if you take a look at the state of California, for example, where that already exists, you see a state that is de-Christianized, or perhaps the most de-Christianized of the American states, you find that a situation where there’s a black-brown war among the underclass among these gangs which are proliferating and in the prisons. You find a state that is bankrupt or not exactly bankrupt but whose bond-rating is the worst in the United States, who was issuing script. You have something like 23% of the folks there are illiterate and you have half the people in Los Angeles County speaking a language other than English in their own homes. All of America is going to look like this in 2041 and my question is, what holds us together? How do we survive as one nation and one people if we can’t even understand each other?

I grew up in Washington, D.C. when it was 400,000 black folks and 400,000 white folks and segregation was wrong and that existed there, but we had a common religion, a common culture, we read all the same newspapers, we listened to the same radio, we cheered the same ball teams, we read the same history, we celebrated Christmas, Easter, Columbus Day, all the rest of it. And all these things are going out and the problem is once this common ground where you rise above, if you will, diversity that has always been a problem, if you a rise above that to the common ground upon which we can all agree and stand, that’s where you achieve the unity.

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Bryan Fischer And The "American Association of Religious Bigots"

A few weeks ago, a New Jersey public school teacher named Viki Knox objected to a display honoring Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender History Month by posting a message on her Facebook page calling homosexuality a "perverted spirit" and a sin that "breeds like cancer" and wanting to know why gays think they can "parade your unnatural immoral behaviors before the rest of us?"

Needless to say, this set off a huge controversy and yesterday, when New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was asked about it, he said he was concerned about it and found the comments "disturbing."

In response to Christie's comments, Bryan Fischer announced the creation of something he is calling the "American Association of Religious Bigots" and declared Gov. Christie its "charter member":

I announce today the formation of the American Association of Religious Bigots, the AARB for short.

The AARB will consist of individuals and groups in America who demonstrate that they are Christophobic bigots and hatemongers by their opposition to the free exercise of religion, speech, press or association for followers of Christianity, a religion the Founders were specifically protecting by the First Amendment.

Our charter member is New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who yesterday publicly criticized a New Jersey teacher who criticized her public school’s promotion of sexually aberrant behavior. She exercised both her freedom of religion and speech by posting her comments on her own Facebook page.

This Christian teacher expressed her opposition to the school’s celebration of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender history by correctly labeling such behaviors as “perverted.” That may sound harsh, but consider the dictionary definition of “perverted:” “Characterized by sexually abnormal and unacceptable practices or tendencies.” So her assessment is not harsh, it’s just true.

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Well, governor, consider me concerned about the “kinds of statements” you’re making. You are the chief executive officer of your state, and for you to use the power of your office as an instrument of religious bigotry is unacceptable.

So Gov. Christie is joining with those calling for her head by saying her comments are “disturbing.” That makes Gov. Chris Christie a religious bigot, someone who wants this teacher punished for expressing her sincerely held religious views. Thus the governor becomes the officially certified charter member of the AARB, officially certified by yours truly and the Focal Point radio program.

Fischer is, of course, trying to be sarcastic ... which is sadly ironic because if there really was an American Association of Religious Bigots, Fischer himself would be its charter member:

As we have said several times before: Bryan Fischer is a lot of things, but self-aware is not one of them.

Stemberger Warns Of America's Imminent Collapse If The Church Doesn't "Rise Up"

John Stemberger earlier this week appeared on a conference call for Champion the Vote and warned that the future of the country relies on the Religious Right. Stemberger, the head of the Florida Family Policy Council and the past chairman of the campaign to have a constitutional amendment banning marriage equality in Florida, was promoting the One Nation Under God event with Newt Gingrich, David Barton, James Dobson, Sam Rodriguez and Lila Rose which focuses on boosting right-wing activism and learning about “God’s fingerprint all over the founding of our country”:

While Champion the Vote is technically nonpartisan, Stemberger warned that America is being “fundamentally transformed into a different type of culture, a different country” and that “we will lose this beautiful thing we call America.” According to Stemberger, only Christians are capable of creating a free society. “As only the Christian presuppositions of theology created this country,” Stemberger said, “only Christians can save it and unless the church rises up, we’re done.” He went on to say that without the resurgence of the church, “our country’s going to slip away into something we don’t even recognize”:

Stemberger went on to say that Christian conservatives are facing extreme “hostility” in American society and warned that their opponents want their anti-gay views “expunged from the marketplace”:

Once Upon A Time, Barber Called For The "Repeal Of All State And Federal Hate-Crimes Laws"

Back in 2009, when Congress was working on legislation to expand hate crimes laws to include protections for sexual orientation, the Religious Right pitched a fit and mobilized to try and stop it. 

They failed, but Matt Barber of Liberty Counsel was among the leaders of the movement, going so far as to not only oppose adding sexual orientation to the law but calling for all hate crimes laws to be repealed:

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle — in Washington and around the country — should not only reject S. 909, but should also begin working toward repeal of all state and federal hate-crimes laws.

All violent crimes are "hate crimes." Ever known anyone cracked upside the head in love? There may have been a time when hate-crimes laws were temporarily necessary, but that time has come and gone. When the 1968 federal hate-crimes bill passed, there were multiple and verifiable cases of local prosecutors refusing to indict whites for violent crimes committed against blacks. This was the justification for the law at the time.

We've moved well beyond those days, and FBI statistics bear out that reality. In today's America, every citizen, without fail, is both guaranteed and granted equal protection of the law regardless of race, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, dominant hand, favorite color or "American Idol" pick. This renders all extraneous hate-crimes laws woefully obsolete and fatally discriminatory.

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Rather than continuing down the wrong path and creating new hate-crimes laws that unfairly favor whichever boutique special-interest group screams the loudest, we should move toward inclusion and equality for all Americans. We should look to the future instead of the past. We should both reject S. 909 and repeal all outdated and discriminatory hate-crimes laws.

After it was signed into law, Barber even participated in a rally protesting the new legislation as unconstitutional ... which is interesting, since today he will be participating in a press conference along with Peter LaBarbera to demand that the act of vandalism against the site hosting their anti-gay training session be treated as a hate crime:

A coalition of ministers and pro-family advocates is questioning the double-standard on "hate crimes" in the wake of an attack Saturday against Christian Liberty Academy (CLA) -- which was threatened with more violence if it continues to host conservative groups like Americans For Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH).

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Americans For Truth President Peter LaBarbera said, "Some in the media are calling this terrorist act 'vandalism,' which we doubt they would do if the situation were reversed and right-wing extremists threw two large bricks through the glass doors of a gay church."

"As conservatives we oppose the concept of 'hate crimes,' but since hate crimes laws are on the books they must be enforced even-handedly," LaBarbera said. “It is scandalous that a left-wing website post taking credit for this act of domestic terrorism -- and threatening more violence -- is still up and running."

Matt Barber of Liberty Counsel said hard-left groups like Gay Liberation Network create a "climate of hate" against Christians by demonizing them with vicious lies that equate the defense of Judeo-Christian morality with "hate."

"We will not compromise on God's truth. Neither will we be terrorized into silence," Barber said.

Liberty Counsel Floats Boycott Against "Pro-Homosexual" Starbucks

Liberty Counsel Chairman Mathew Staver floated a boycott of Starbucks today on Freedom’s Call, Staver’s daily news alert. Staver was addressing the controversy over Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz’s cancelled appearance at the Global Leadership Summit at Willow Creek church, which in the past had ties to the ex-gay group Exodus International.

Staver alleges that Schultz was “intimidated” by “homosexual activists” into withdrawing from the conference, falsely arguing that the petition to Schultz was about the church’s view on marriage while it was actually regarding Willow Creek’s connections to the ex-gay ministry. In fact, marriage is nowhere mentioned in the petition. Staver also claimed that “Schultz and Starbucks have routinely been pro-abortion in their policies and actions” and that Schultz is beholden to “his homosexual constituency.”

“Since Starbucks is so pro-homosexual,” Staver said, “probably the people that buy Starbucks ought to consider patronizing another place”:

Liberty Counsel previously endorsed a boycott against McDonalds for allegedly working with “militant homosexual activists” and pressure campaigns against schools that permit students to participate in the “Day of Silence,” which protests anti-gay bullying.

Staver’s weighing of a Starbucks boycott is especially ironic because his deputy at Liberty Counsel, Matt Barber, accused gay rights advocates of “economic terrorism” for protesting companies that were part of the CGBG, a commercial group that allowed customers to grant proceeds to the Family Research Council, Focus on the Family, and Liberty Counsel.

But for Religious Right groups, pressure campaigns are only tolerated when they are the ones organizing them.

Richard Land's Bizarre Anti-Mormon Media Conspiracy Theory

While Robert Jeffress is running around telling anyone who will listen that "the Southern Baptist Convention has labeled Mormonism as a cult" and that Mitt Romney is a member of the cult, the Southern Baptist Convention's Richard Land is trying to do some damage control and suggesting that all Jeffress was really saying is that Mormonism is "a new religion, separate and distinct from the historic Christian faith."

And, according to Land, since conservative Southern Baptists and other Evangelicals have already been inoculated against Mormonism by their own pastors and therefore would have no problem voting for a Mormon for President, the media will have to try to turn off Independents by highlighting the tenets of the Mormon faith in an effort to make voters uncomfortable with Romney so as to help President Obama win re-election:

[T]he vast majority of the 40 percent or so of the American public who identify themselves as “Independents” (and who decide every American presidential election) have only the most cursory understanding of the truth claims or belief system of the Mormon faith. If, and when, Gov. Romney becomes the Republican nominee, the major broadcast networks, all of whom but Fox have abandoned any semblance of objectivity on political matters will be airing specials going into great detail on the beliefs of Mormons. While they will say they are doing this in the public interest, informing voters about Mormonism in light of the nation’s first Mormon nominee for president, their real reason will be much different. Since they are so invested philosophically and emotionally in the re-election of President Obama, they will be hoping that Mormonism’s beliefs will be exotically new and different enough to Independent voters that many of them will conclude that they sufficiently question the judgment of someone who believes such things that they will not entrust that candidate with the presidency.

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Kyle Mantyla, Wednesday 02/04/2009, 7:29pm
Today we are starting a new feature highlighting other good posts from progressive blogs that relate to the issues we work on.   So, without further ado:  The Texas Freedom Network has released it’s annual “The State of the Religious Right” report, which explains that while some “might assume the religious right’s influence [in the state] will be much weaker in the 81st Legislature ... that would be wrong … the religious right will not easily give up its long-standing influence over public policy.” Media Matters... MORE
Kyle Mantyla, Wednesday 02/04/2009, 7:05pm
Gary Bauer calls on "pro-lifers [to] help Americans discern Obama’s abortion extremism, [so] they can help minimize the destruction of innocent human life that this administration is dedicated to inflicting."A hearing on anti-discrimination legislation in North Dakota generated this quote from the director of the state’s chapter of Concerned Women for America: "[the bill is] a giant step toward the adoption of policies that discriminate against people with traditional views of morality. This law would not protect rights, but would rather grant special... MORE
Kyle Mantyla, Wednesday 02/04/2009, 6:02pm
It looks like the ACLJ’s entirely bogus attack on the stimulus bill is making its way around the right-wing hemisphere – in addition to Sen. Jim DeMint, the “drop the anti-Christian provision” call has now been taken up by the Liberty Counsel: The highly controversial "stimulus" package is a monolithic spending bill containing language designed to stimulate the narrow interests of extreme left-wing activist organizations. The latest political payback tucked away in the estimated 1.1 trillion dollar spending bill will prove stimulating to religious... MORE
Kyle Mantyla, Wednesday 02/04/2009, 1:14pm
Just yesterday I wrote about the bogus assertion from the American Center for Law and Justice that “student groups would be barred from using facilities for worship or even Bible study if the school accepts the federal stimulus funds” because of a provision in the economic stimulus legislation. As I explained, what the legislation actually says is that funding from the legislation can be used by universities to upgrade or repair facilities that are used for student housing or instruction but can't be used for facilities that are primarily used for college sports or religion... MORE
Kyle Mantyla, Wednesday 02/04/2009, 1:08pm
Earlier this week, Doug Bandow penned a piece for The American Spectator that took as its starting off point a recent edition of the Rick Scarborough Report in which Scarborough declared that “the persecution of Christianity in America has begun.” Bandow took issue with Scarborough’s hyperbole, writing a piece about how Christians are being persecuted all over the world, but not in America: There may even be "growing hostility against religion in America and particularly against Christians," as Scarborough asserts, at least in the cultural realm. But... MORE
Kyle Mantyla, Tuesday 02/03/2009, 6:44pm
I will be the first to admit that understanding Congressional legislation is not the easiest thing in the world.  The language is generally arcane and convoluted and often makes reference to sections that don't appear in any coherent order or even in the legislation itself. I've been doing this for nearly ten years and even I generally have a hard time parsing just what various pieces of legislation will actually do from just reading the text of the bill.  But I also have enough experience with this sort of thing to recognize when right-wingers are trying exploit this... MORE
Kyle Mantyla, Monday 02/02/2009, 5:25pm
Ever since the passage of Prop 8 in California during the November election, there has been an effort underway to figure out just how much money the Mormon Church dumped into the effort.  For weeks, the Church denied giving more than a few thousand dollars but last week, facing an investigation by California’s Fair Political Practices Commission, the church reported nearly $190,000 in contributions. On a related note, just last week AU reported on the influence that the Mormon Church has over the Utah legislature and now it looks like it might be expanding its reach into... MORE