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The Right to Vote Under Attack

Last night, People For the American Way Foundation’s Andrew Gillum went on PoliticsNation with Rev. Al Sharpton to discuss our new Right Wing Watch: In Focus report on attacks on voting rights.

Watch here:

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Cross-posted from PFAW Blog

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Right Wing Leftovers

  • Rick Santorum goes after Herman Cain on the issue of abortion and using quotes from various Religious Right leaders to drive home the point.
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  • The Rick Perry campaign has hit upon a novel possible solution to addressing the candidate's poor debate performances: skipping future debates.
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  • Quran-burning pastor Terry Jones is running for president.
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  • FRC's latest prayer target: "Pray that DOMA will be preserved! May the people elect a President and Congress next November who will pass, and may the states ratify a Federal Marriage Amendment that will protect the definition of natural marriage as found in the Bible."
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  • Bryan Fischer says "the left is profoundly anti-science," which is why they refuse to admit that gays can choose to become straight.
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  • Finally, Concerned Women for America has released talking points [PDF] opposing the Respect for Marriage Act.  Point one: "Despite its deliberately deceptive name, the 'Respect for Marriage Act' insidiously seeks to destroy the historical, traditional definition of marriage."

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Right Wing Leftovers

  • FRC has released its Congressional scorecards.
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  • I look forward to watching the Religious Right turn this pastor who was arrested for protesting a high school's demon mascot into their newest cause célèbre.
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  • Is Charisma Magazine, which routinely features people like Lou Engle and Cindy Jacobs, really suggesting that people should be jailed for delivering false prophecies?
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  • Gary Cass bravely launched a new "anti-bullying campaign" yesterday - by which he means "an anti-Muslim campaign."
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  • Finally, Mat Staver says "I think what we see is militant atheism trying to use the courts to literally crush Christianity, silence anyone who believes in God, and to make those who do a target of punishment."  I think Staver doesn't understand what the word "literally" means.

Jon Stewart On Pat Robertson And "Right Club"

Last night on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, host Jon Stewart drew attention to Pat Robertson’s claim, first reported by Right Wing Watch, that the Republican base is pushing the GOP presidential candidates to take such extreme positions that they may jeopardize their prospects in the general election. After playing a montage of Robertson’s own radical beliefs, Stewart noted that Robertson didn’t disagree with the Republican field, he simply didn’t want the candidates to advertise their far-right views: “Not the things you are saying or wrong or bad policy or callous or crazy, but that you’re right, but let’s just keep those our little secret,” Stewart said, “What he’s telling the GOP field is this, if you tell people what you honestly believe, an electoral majority of those people will freak the f--- out. He’s saying the first rule of Right Club--don’t talk about Right Club.”  

Watch Robertson here:

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Right Wing Leftovers

  • "The 700 Club" profiled Janet Porter's Heartbeat Bill on today's broadcast.
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  • Want to learn Chuck Norris' secret to spiritual success? You are in luck.
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  • Scott Lively writes another open letter to the gay community.
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  • Bryan Fischer declares that, with the release of his tax plan, Rick Perry "will win the Republican nomination and vanquish Barack Obama next November."
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  • Choice4Life announces that "eleven women from seven states will be recognized as heroes for saving the life of their rape conceived babies" at an awards ceremony next month.
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  • Finally, this is a real ad from the Herman Cain campaign:

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Right Wing Leftovers

  • Herman Cain seems to believe that the number "45" holds specific significance for his life.
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  • The media finally notices that Michele Bachamnn has a tendency to just make things up.
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  • On a related note, Bachmann's campaign is so dysfunctional that staffers have to publicly release letters announcing that they have quit her campaign.
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  • Rick Joyner does not seem particularly enamored with any of the GOP candidates.
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  • The Florida Family Association is going after Target for advertising on a show on a channel that also airs ads for The Trevor Helpline, which seeks to prevent suicides among gay youth. Seriously.
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  • Finally, Bryan Fischer interviews Kirk Cameron.  You are welcome.

Rick Perry Still Refuses To Denounce His Radical Allies

When Rick Perry announced that he would be holding a massive prayer rally in Houston this summer, conveniently timed to coincide with the launch of his presidential campaign, Right Wing Watch started chronicling the litany of extremists who were endorsing, organizing, bankrolling and speaking at the event. Prominent among these was Mike Bickle of the International House of Prayer, the church that lent its organizational muscle to The Response, who emceed the latter portion of the rally. Bickle, we reported, had previously claimed that Oprah Winfrey is the harbinger of the Antichrist and that gay marriage is literally from “the depths of Hell.”

At The Response, Bickle gave a rousing speech about how “in the name of tolerance, even in the name of love, we are redefining love that’s not on God’s term.” He also attacked non-Christian faiths — no surprise, since The Response also included a speaker who called for attendees to pray for Jews to convert to Christianity and for God to send a Christian revival to Israel.

Joining Bickle at The Response was controversial pastor John Hagee, whose endorsement Perry openly courted. John McCain was forced to reject Hagee’s endorsement in 2008 after the pastor’s statements that God sent Adolf Hitler to be a “hunter” of Jews came to light.

Now, Bruce Wilson of Talk to Action has compiled a video of excerpts of past Bickle sermons making similar claims about Hitler’s supposedly providential role as a “hunter.” In the sermons, Bickle alleges that by refusing “the chance to respond to the fishermen” and “grace” of God, the Jews were given up to a hunter—Hitler. Wilson’s video also includes Bickle’s prediction that, according to his interpretation of Scripture, the Jews will be persecuted in the End Times. In fact, as we’ve reported, IHOP has frequently called for Jews to convert to Christianity in order to fulfill the Second Coming.

As Perry has been silent about Hagee and the many other radical supporters of The Response, it is no surprise that Perry’s campaign refuses to comment on Bickle.

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Right Wing Leftovers

  • Things are continuing to go well for Michele Bachmann's presidential campaign.
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  • So I am guess that Penny Nance would not be impressed by the several hours I spent last night playing "Arkham City"?
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  • Eric Cantor bravely canceled his speech on income inequality when he found out it would be open to the public.
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  • A hotel refuses to host one of her speaking engagements, which obviously means that the hotel caved to Islamic supremacists and America is falling under Sharia.
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  • Finally, the quote of the day from Star Parker: "We can’t divorce our sexual promiscuity from our fiscal promiscuity. Restoring personal responsibility in both areas is what we need today to get our nation back on track."

Tea Party Nation Responds To Hiring Boycott Uproar

As Right Wing Watch reported earlier this week, Tea Party Nation sent out to its members an email alert from member Melissa Brookstone calling on businesses to pledge to “not hire a single person” as a way to undermine President Obama.

Now, Tea Party Nation president Judson Phillips is responding to the inevitable backlash. In an email today, Phillips writes that the boycott was just one idea of many from Tea Party members and accuses those who have decried the idea of trying to stifle free speech. The progressive backlash to Brookstone’s proposal, Phillips writes, proves that “liberalism is incompatible with liberty”:

We conservatives believe in the free market of ideas. We are not afraid of ideas. We debate ideas. We like ideas. Liberals do not like ideas because they are threatened by them.



At Tea Party Nation, we often talk about the need to defeat liberalism. Both stories are examples of why liberalism is incompatible with liberty and why it must be defeated. Liberalism is about the control of speech and thought and the suppression of any belief that does not agree with the liberal orthodoxy. Liberty means that we debate ideas and let the free market of ideas decide which one’s have merit and which ideas do not.

Tea Party Nation also sent a rambling message about the controversy from Brookstone herself, who claims that her article (which can be read here in its entirety) was taken “out of context” and that the “socialist left” raised “a literal crap storm aimed at me.” She goes on to say that now she is a victim of terrorism and that the left “seeks only to control and enslave all of humanity, as its grand goal”:

It must have touched quite a nerve with the socialist left, because it raised a literal crap storm aimed at me.



But of course the response from the left has been what it always is from them – to take things out of context, spin, lie and smear with ad hominem attacks, and I've born the brunt of that for the last two days.

But it could be a “blessing in disguise”. If they don't manage to encourage some of their “useful idiots” to actually come and kill me, they may actually direct enough attention towards me, for people to see that I published a book earlier this year, based on the fundamental principles that we should own our own lives ( not be owned by “the collective” ) and that all adult human relationships should be consensual, things that the very philosophy of socialism is firmly against.



But the behavior of the left during this whole inquisition they started against me a couple of days ago, only further illustrates the psychological techniques of projection that they indulge in, accusing the opposition of the very things they themselves are doing. One guy called me a “nazi ho”, when in fact the American Nazi Party ( as well as the Socialist Party ) endorsed the “Occupy Wall Street” movement this past weekend?

Smearing me as a “terrorist”, when they post photos of me, as if to encourage people to come after me, with the intent of terrorizing me, “racist” for disagreeing with Obama ( yawn – so old and frankly, boring by now... ), and that we're somehow all idiots because we don't have Harvard degrees, etc... The spinning, taking out of context, smearing and lying that typifies a movement that is devoid of all reason and apparently seeks only to control and enslave all of humanity, as its grand goal.

UPDATE: Stepehn Colbert gave his “tip of the hat” to Tea Party Nation last night, 0:40 into the segment:

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Right Wing Leftovers

  • It seems that Sen. Marco Rubio's compelling life story was made so compelling thanks to embellishments and false claims.
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  • Herman Cain continues to demonstrate exactly how easy it is to run for president when you have no qualms about just making stuff up when people start pointing out that you have no idea are talking about.
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  • And Cain can do so because his fans blindly see him as the second-coming of Ronald Reagan.
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  • Rena Lindevalvdsen says "the goal of the activist homosexual agenda is to completely silence or eradicate those who speak and stand for Truth."
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  • Every once in a while, Bryan Fischer manages to outdo even himself with the inanity of his arguments.
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  • Finally, the quote of the day from the Alliance Defense Fund's Brian Raum: "We should not turn a blind eye to the physical and mental harms that people engaged in homosexual conduct bring upon themselves by chalking those harms up to 'stigma, discrimination, and victimization'—demanding more health studies and changes to the medical system—rather than dare ask people to reconsider the path they are traveling down. Instead, we tell them 'it gets better' when, in fact, it does not."

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Right Wing Leftovers

  • Matt Barber says that the vandalism against the site of the event hosting Peter LaBarbera's anti-gay conference was "an act of terrorism."
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  • Bryan Fischer tries to set the record straight regarding his views on Mormonism ... oddly, he doesn't bother to mention that he doesn't believe it deserves First Amendment protections.
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  • The Family Research Council is now openly endorsing NARTH's anti-gay pseudo-science.
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  • Looks like Bradlee Dean is now writing pieces for WND.
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  • Finally, after being removed from the Alabama Supreme Court in 2003 for refusing to remove his Ten Commandments monument, Roy Moore is contemplating running for a seat on the court again.

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Right Wing Leftovers

  • Peter LaBarbera says the vandalism of the site hosting his conference qualifies as a hate crime.
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  • And, of course, Bryan Fischer seconds that view.
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  • The Associated Press takes a look at The New Apostolic Reformation.
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  • Robert Jeffress will be a featured speaker at the 2nd Annual Reclaiming Texas for Christ Conference.
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  • Finally, Al Mohler says Christians cannot attend gay weddings: "[A]ny Christian who knows that same-sex marriage violates God’s Law and purpose for marriage knows — and cannot act as if he or she does not know — that a same-sex couple should not be joined in holy matrimony. To remain silent at that point is to abdicate theological and biblical responsibility. Even if the question is not formally asked in the ceremony, the issue remains. We cannot celebrate what we know to be wrong."
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Miranda Blue, Friday 10/28/2011, 10:16am
Last night, People For the American Way Foundation’s Andrew Gillum went on PoliticsNation with Rev. Al Sharpton to discuss our new Right Wing Watch: In Focus report on attacks on voting rights. Watch here: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy And read the report.   Cross-posted from PFAW Blog MORE
Kyle Mantyla, Thursday 10/27/2011, 5:49pm
PFAW: Violence Never An Option Against Peaceful Protests.   Adam Serwer @ Mother Jones: Top Romney Adviser Tied to Militia That Massacred.   Lee Fang @ Think Progress: Herman Cain Campaign Policy For Staff: ‘Do Not Speak To Him Unless You Are Spoken To.’   Pema Levy @ The American Prospect: Moment of Conception.   Warren Throckmorton: The Jones and Yarhouse study: What does it mean? MORE
Kyle Mantyla, Thursday 10/27/2011, 5:38pm
Rick Santorum goes after Herman Cain on the issue of abortion and using quotes from various Religious Right leaders to drive home the point.   The Rick Perry campaign has hit upon a novel possible solution to addressing the candidate's poor debate performances: skipping future debates.   Quran-burning pastor Terry Jones is running for president.   FRC's latest prayer target: "Pray that DOMA will be preserved! May the people elect a President and Congress next November who will pass, and may the states ratify a Federal Marriage... MORE
Kyle Mantyla, Wednesday 10/26/2011, 5:55pm
Wayne Besen @ Truth Wins Out: The Most Homophobic Woman in America.   Think Progress LGBT: Rick Perry Slams Romney For Changing His Position On LGBT Rights ‘At Age 50 Or 60.′   Thomas Lane @ TPM: No Apology From Rush Limbaugh For Defending ‘Christian’ Terrorists.   Jim Burroway @ Box turtle Bulletin: Eleven or Thirteen More Dead Gay Kids Ought To Do It.   Leah Nelson @ Hatewatch: The Crying Shariah Game: Groups Protest Hotel Cancellations.   Joseph Conn @ Church and State: Dominionism... MORE
Kyle Mantyla, Wednesday 10/26/2011, 5:45pm
FRC has released its Congressional scorecards.   I look forward to watching the Religious Right turn this pastor who was arrested for protesting a high school's demon mascot into their newest cause célèbre.   Is Charisma Magazine, which routinely features people like Lou Engle and Cindy Jacobs, really suggesting that people should be jailed for delivering false prophecies?   Gary Cass bravely launched a new "anti-bullying campaign" yesterday - by which he means "an anti-Muslim campaign."  ... MORE
Brian Tashman, Wednesday 10/26/2011, 10:58am
Last night on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, host Jon Stewart drew attention to Pat Robertson’s claim, first reported by Right Wing Watch, that the Republican base is pushing the GOP presidential candidates to take such extreme positions that they may jeopardize their prospects in the general election. After playing a montage of Robertson’s own radical beliefs, Stewart noted that Robertson didn’t disagree with the Republican field, he simply didn’t want the candidates to advertise their far-right views: “Not the things you are saying or wrong or bad... MORE
Kyle Mantyla, Tuesday 10/25/2011, 5:49pm
PFAW: America as a 'Christian Nation' -- A Conversation with Experts on Religion, History, Law and the Constitution.   Evan McMorris-Santoro @ TPM: Rick Perry Goes Full Birther: ‘Let’s See His Grades.’   Tommy Christopher @ Mediaite: James O’Keefe Explains His Attack On Huffington Post’s Sam Stein.   Ben Armbruster @ Think Progress Security: Gingrich Suggests Obama Is Ushering ‘Defeat’ In Iraq, Two Days After Saying He’s ‘Right’ To Withdraw.   Media Matters: MSNBC's Buchanan... MORE