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  • Could we really be so lucky as to get Joe The Plumber to run for Congress?
  • Bryan Fischer continues his crusade against bears or, as he refers to them, "conscienceless marauders."
  • Naval chaplains are claiming they were discriminated against for promotions because of their evangelical beliefs.
  • I have no idea why Mat Staver was introducing honorees at Glenn beck's rally in Israel, but he was.
  • Finally, Ralph Reed dismisses dominionism as "a conspiracy theory largely confined to university faculty lounges and MSNBC studios."

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  • NOM Exposed: Circumventing campaign finance law for donor secrecy.
  • Towleroad: NOM Rabbi Yehuda Levin Blames Earthquake on Gays, Claims Direct Link Between Quakes and Homosexuality.
  • Nick @ Bold Faith Type: Kathryn Jean Lopez Continues to Put Partisanship over Principles.
  • Norman Lear @ Variety: "What You Talkin' Bout, Willard?"
  • Alvin McEwen: GLSEN forces Family Research Council to change fraudulent video.
  • Igor Volsky @ Think Progress LGBT: Rick Perry Compared Homosexuality To Alcoholism, Condemned ‘Radical Gays’ For Promoting ‘Gay Lifestyle.’
  • NPR: The Evangelicals Engaged In Spiritual Warfare.

Right Wing Leftovers

  • Florida school teacher Jerry Buell has been reinstated after posting anti-gay marriage remarks on his Facebook page. But that probably won't be the end of the Religious Right's crusade about it.
  • Tony Perkins says the Religious Right would be pretty happy with any of the GOP frontrunners. I highly doubt that is true regarding Mitt Romney.
  • Rick Perry has signed the Susan B. Anthony's anti-choice pledge.
  • Another day, another piece dismissing dominionism devoid of any research whatsoever.
  • The defamation claim against John Stemberger over statements he made while representing Rifqa Bary has been dropped.
  • Finally, Peter LaBarbera thinks that Fox News is pro-gay because it is "based in New York City, which is a gay Mecca."

Gheen Floats Military Coup And Arrest To "Remove" Obama From Office "As Soon As Possible"

Americans for Legal Immigration PAC’s William Gheen is out in force after we at People For the American Way’s Right Wing Watch reported on an interview with Janet Mefferd in which he said that “extra-political activities” that he described as “illegal and violent” might be the only way for people to stop the "Dictator Barack Obama." Gheen told Mefferd that the Obama administration is “putting out videos and propaganda telegraphing what I believe to be a conflict with White America they’re preparing for after they get another 10 or 15 million people in the country to back them up.” He went on to say that his group is now referring to the president as “Dictator Barack Obama” and said, “If you’re looking for a peaceful, political recourse there really isn’t one that we can think of, and I’m really not sure what to tell people out there than I guess they need to make decisions soon to just accept whatever comes next or some type of extra-political activities that I can’t really talk about because they’re all illegal and violent.”

Gheen has since released a “clarification” of his comments. “I have made it very clear that I disavow any form of violence on many occasions,” Gheen said, “I cannot delve into the options Barack Obama is forcing on Americans that are concerned about the illegal alien invasion of America.” He blames Obama for forcing people “into a decision between submission or more revolutionary means” and added that he is considering “ending efforts to influence elections or Congress because I feel that such measures will not be enough to change the course of America.”

Later, Gheen appeared on Alan Colmes’s radio show, and continued to deny that he mentioned “illegal and violent” activities even when Colmes played to him his own words, and tried to explain that he was not endorsing the possible use of “illegal and violent” activities because he is personally non-violent and that is why he couldn't talk about them. He attacked Colmes’s “exploitation” of his remarks and told him that because he advocates non-violence on his website he doesn’t need to do the same on-air, saying, “I should’ve prepared my comments a little bit better so they wouldn’t be exploited by the opposition” (Watch the interview below the fold).

Now that Gheen is furiously backtracking from his comments, we thought it would be a good time to post another segment of his interview with Mefferd, in which he says that options beyond impeaching Obama to “remove him from office” must be on the table, adding that there is talk “about the military coming in or somebody just coming in taking this guy into some form of arrest.” Gheen also warns against marching in Washington D.C. because of the city’s black and Latino population’s support for Obama:

Gheen: Once again this isn’t just Obama, this is a group of people, we’ve been reading about them for five or ten years now about how they plan to integrate the economies of North America and to do so in a way to do so that bypasses the legislatures, that’s been in all the materials that we’ve read and here it is in front of us. They’re integrating the workforce of North America and the populations of North America and they did just bypass the legislatures. The same cabal has such influence with the media and the Associated Press, I’ll give you example and I haven’t totally muttered this on the air before, right after Obama did this I got a call from an Associated Press writer out of Washington, D.C., she’s like ‘what’s your initial reaction’ and I said, ‘this is, Obama has just exceeded his constitutional authority and acted in a dictatorial manner which we believe removes all legitimacy for his presidency and that we’re gonna be calling on the Republican to remove this man from office as soon as possible.’

And I didn’t say just impeachment. I said remove him from office because some people are also leaning to the words ‘treason’ and talking about the military coming in or somebody just coming in taking this guy into some form of arrest if we’re doing this. I mean what do you do here? What does a nation do when this happens? We may have to try to have to gather in the streets and demand that Obama step down. But you know when you talk about doing that, you’re gonna gather in the streets of Washington D.C. which where Obama has a support rate of 88% of the blacks and Hispanics who live there.

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Right Wing Leftovers

  • When something appears as a WorldNetDaily exclusive, you know that it is important and that you can trust the reporting.
  • Hey, remember when Scott Lively was going to give up his anti-gay activism? So much for that.
  • It turns out that the recent Traditional Values Coalition attacks on wasteful spending were totally misleading. Who would have guessed?
  • Looks like the next Awakening conference will be in Florida instead of at Liberty U.
  • Bryan Fischer defends Rick Perry.
  • Finally, quote of the day from Gary Bauer: "Men and women of faith cannot sit on the sidelines while the culture war rages on. Homosexuality is out of the closet and the tyrants of tolerance are trying to force anyone who believes in traditional values into the closet."

For Rick Perry, Fighting "Over-Taxation" Is A Testament Of Faith

Texas Gov. Rick Perry raised eyebrows yesterday when, while campaigning in South Carolina, he likened the struggles of corporations resisting paying their fair share in taxes to the civil rights movement. When told that he was visiting a town where civil rights advocates held a sit-in fifty years ago, Perry mused that the corporate fight against taxes and regulation is an extension of the civil rights movement: “I mean we’ve gone from a country that made great strides in issues of civil rights,” Perry said, “And as we go forward, America needs to be about freedom. It needs to be about freedom from over-taxation, freedom from over-litigation, freedom from over-regulation.”

Immediately, critics rightfully questioned how the fight against “over-taxation” and “over-regulation” could be seen as an outgrowth of a movement that fought for social and economic justice.

But it is important to remember that Perry’s fight for lower taxes and regulations for corporations (on the backs of low-income families) is not just an economic position but also a spiritual issue. Before his Response prayer rally earlier this month, Perry told The 700 Club that he would be praying to end “government’s over-taxed, over-regulated, over-litigated” policies that have “caused roadblocks to economic prosperity.”

In an interview with televangelist James Robison in May, Perry claimed that the current economic crisis was God’s way of ending our “slavery” to government. Like civil rights leaders who used the story of Exodus in their struggle against discrimination, Perry contended that “Pharaoh” exists today in the form of government and “we’ve become slaves to government”:

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Right Wing Leftovers

  • Bill Keller is "calling for a boycott of Christian TV network TBN, along with Pastor John Hagee and David Barton, for supporting the efforts a Mormon cult member Glenn Beck in his latest SCAM on the Christian community."
  • Jennifer Roback Morse will not use the term “same sex marriage” any more than she will "use the term 'square circle' because such an entity is not possible."
  • Bryan Fischer is still on his "gays commit hate crimes" crusade.
  • Former Roy Moore aide Dean Young will seek the Republican nomination for Alabama's 1st Congressional District.
  • Finally, why does it seem that everyone except for Liberty Counsel is posting Matt Barber's pedophilia press release?

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Right Wing Leftovers

  • VA Gov. Bob McDonnell will be joining Pat Robertson to help him celebrate 50 years of CBN.
  • Anne Graham Lotz is positive that Jesus’ return is imminent.
  • NOM supports Herman Cain's call to impeach President Obama.
  • Joseph Farah loves Michele Bachmann.
  • Yes, Eric Bearse, the AFA seeking to mobilize participants in The Response is just like secretaries of state registering voters ... if the secretaries of state were seeking to "mobilize 5 million unregistered conservative Christians to register and vote according to the Biblical worldview in 2012."
  • Finally, the fight between the Georgetown basketball team and Bayi Military Rocket makes Gary Bauer miss Ronald Reagan: "With each passing day, as Big Government spends more and as we cut our defense budget and grow weaker, China grows stronger. This is a dangerous time for America and the world. I have missed Ronald Reagan every day since he walked out of the Oval Office for the last time. Days like today, I miss him even more."

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Right Wing Leftovers

  • Lisa Miller demonstrates just how easy it is to dismiss the rise of dominionism by doing no research and providing no evidence at all.
  • I have no idea what this is, but it seems rather sketchy to me.
  • The Christian Defense Coalition's Pat Mahoney is protesting President Obama's "$50,000 a week vacation."
  • Michele Bachamann stopped by Liberty University to meet with Jerry Falwell Jr. yesterday.
  • It is truly amazing to watch right-wing activists now rail against George W. Bush and his aides as "Ruling Class Republicans."
  • Concerned Women For America says "most women understand basic economics" ... except for Sen. Patty Murray.
  • Finally, FRC's Peter Sprigg explains that "submission" means that when husbands and wives disagree, the husband gets his way because that is how God wants it.

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Right Wing Leftovers

  • I don't see how anything Liberty University says here in any way changes the fact that the school is one of the leading recipients of federal aid in the form of student loans.
  • FRC reports that Michele Bachmann has been confirmed as a speaker at the next Values Voter Summit.
  • I almost want to see Michele Bachmann become president just to watch her try and fulfill her promise to get gasoline under $2 a gallon.
  • Finally, the fact that one of Bachmann's staffers was arrested for terrorism in Uganda seems like it might be a big deal.
  • Liberty Counsel says schools ought to be able to block websites for gay organizations because they are just trying to "force school to be purveyors of their immorality."
  • Finally, it seems that members of the band Sugarland were saved from the Indiana State Fair stage collapse tragedy by their prayer circle.

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Right Wing Leftovers

  • Sarah Palin's suddenly relaunched "Hey, Pay Attention To Me" bus tour has predictably come to an end just four days after it started.
  • Michele Bachamann was late to a campaign event because she was attending a family reunion.  Except she wasn't.
  • Dennis Prager has the solution to all the world's problems: the Ten Commandments.
  • Rick Joyner has a unique ability to write more words that say nothing then anyone I have ever seen.
  • I am bummed that we did not make it onto the Pamela Geller/Robert Spencer enemies list.
  • Tea Party activists asks President Obama why Vice President Biden called them "terrorists." Obama says Tea Party call him a "a socialist who wasn't born in this country, who is destroying America and taking away its freedoms" all the time. Tea Party activist says that is because he is a socialist.

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Right Wing Leftovers

  • Following a poor showing in Iowa, Tim Pawlenty dropped out of the presidential race.
  • Apparently, the fact that he had back surgery is somehow going to help Rick Perry attack healthcare reform ... or something.
  • Richard Viguerie hasn't liked any GOP candidate for a long time, but he likes Rick Perry.
  • WorldNetDaily, on the other hand, does not like Perry.
  • Barry Hankins, author of "Francis Schaeffer and the Shaping of Evangelical America," does not approve of the portrait of Schaeffer constructed by Ryan Lizza's in his profile of Michele Bachmann.
  • Finally, Gary Bauer says that "the media’s war on faith — their continued attempts to force Christianity into the closet — is very dangerous for our republic."

Imagine If Janet Porter Ran For President

Perhaps one of the most alarming realizations about Michele Bachmann is that even if she hand never a member of Congress and a Republican presidential contender, we would probably still be writing about her here on Right Wing Watch because she is, at heart, a hardcore Religious Right activist.

Tim Murphy of Mother Jones has a new profile of Bachmann which, I feel, perfectly demonstrates that point: 

There was one issue that seemed to consume Bachmann. The slow creep of the gay rights movement was, in her words, an "earthquake issue," with the potential to shake the foundation of society itself: the family. Taking a page from Schaeffer, who vilified the "rampant sexuality" and moral relativism of the Romans, Bachmann saw the gay rights movement as a secular ideology that posed a direct challenge to traditional marriages.

As she'd done before with the Profile of Learning, Bachmann embraced her role as a messenger. When EdWatch, as the Maple River Education Coalition was later known, invited her to deliver a speech at its 2004 convention, she unleashed a masterful presentation, mixing slides with self-deprecating humor, that hammered home the same urgent message that has since become familiar to a national audience: The forces working against you are bigger than you think.

Bachmann ripped into pop culture, telling her audience about a dangerous show she'd discovered called Sex and the City. ("It's received critical acclaim," she said, "so that tells you, 'Don't watch it.'") She warned that The Lion King soundtrack was potentially toxic to small children because it was written by Elton John, a gay man. She urged her audience to pray for Melissa Etheridge, suggesting that the lesbian songwriter's breast cancer diagnosis might be a wake-up call for her to turn away from her sinful lifestyle. To Bachmann, homosexuals had even usurped the English language. "It's part of Satan, I think, to say that this is 'gay,'" she said. "It's anything but gay."

The Bachmanns worked as a tag team. In 2005, they both participated in the Minnesota Pastors' Summit, a conference sponsored by the Minnesota Family Council that was designed to train religious leaders for the culture wars. Michele led a session on a state gay marriage amendment; Marcus, in a rare moment of public activism, moderated a talk called "The Truth of the Homosexual Lifestyle."

Imagine if Sally Kern or Janet Porter were not only running for president but winning the Iowa Straw Poll and being treated like a front-runner and you start to get an idea of just how truly amazing/terrifying this development is.

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Brian Tashman, Thursday 10/06/2011, 5:48pm
Michael Keegan @ HuffPo: Dear Mitt Romney: Prove Us Wrong. Good As You: As Predicted: NOM Spins Request For Clerks To Do Their Jobs As If Its 'Defamation.' Igor Volsky @ Think Progress: Anti-Gay Groups: California Students Will Have To Learn About Chaz Bono Instead Of George Washington. Bruce Wilson @ Talk 2 Action: New Apostolic Reformation Reconciliation Expert Promotes Book Demonizing MLK. Beau Underwood @ BoldFaithType: Mitch Daniels and the Limits of Freedom. MORE
Brian Tashman, Thursday 10/06/2011, 5:43pm
Will this model be the Right’s latest “victim” of the “homosexual agenda”? Parents Television Council declares victory over The Playboy Club. Scott Brown is keeping it classy. Pat Robertson is under fire for calling Mitt Romney an “excellent Christian.” Speaking of Romney, is he ever going to distance himself from Bryan Fischer in light of Fischer’s anti-Mormon comments? Probably not, and here’s why. MORE
Kyle Mantyla, Wednesday 10/05/2011, 6:18pm
Southern Poverty Law Center: Whose Values Are Being Promoted at the Values Voter Summit? Alex Seitz-Wald @ Think Progress Security: Spencer And Geller Disavow Anti-Muslim Activist’s Call For Violence, Say He Was Never A Board Member. Dan @ TFN Insider: More Extremist Gay-Baiting in Houston. Andy Birkey @ Minnesota Independent: Bachmann would reinstate Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Rachel Tabachnick @ Talk To Action: C. Peter Wagner's Denials About Dominionism and Demonization of Other Religions. Sam Stein @ Huffington Post: Herman... MORE
Kyle Mantyla, Wednesday 10/05/2011, 6:00pm
Rick Joyner seems to be gravitating toward Herman Cain. A new poll says that more Republicans support the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell than oppose it.  I am sure they are all just RINOS. Looks like Janet Porter's Heartbeat Bill might be running into a little bit of trouble. Harry Jackson continues his shameless shilling for energy interests. Finally, Scott Lively will be awarded the coveted "American Truth Teller" award from Peter LaBarbera. What an honor. MORE
Kyle Mantyla, Tuesday 10/04/2011, 5:53pm
Michael B. Keegan @ Huffington Post: Mitt Romney, the Quiet Extremist. Alvin McEwen: Family Research Council blames booing of gay soldier on Obama. Zack Ford @ Think Progress LGBT: Herman Cain: ‘Show Me The Science’ That Being Gay Is Not A Choice. Amanda Terkel: Taxpayers On The Hook For $1.5 Million To Defend Law Barring Same-Sex Marriage. Andy Birkey @ Minnesota Independent: Before banning gay marriage, criminalizing homosexuality was Family Council’s cause celebre. Ben Dimiero @ County Fair: False Prophet Pat Robertson Warns Viewer... MORE
Kyle Mantyla, Tuesday 10/04/2011, 5:41pm
I imagine that if the American Cancer Society rejected an effort by Christians to raise money for the organization, we'd never hear the end of it from the Religious Right. Eddie Long wants his money back. Michele Bachmann's campaign staff continues to lose key members. Will Chris Christie's announcement that he will not run for president finally satisfy the media?  Finally, Bradlee Dean must be really desperate for attention. MORE
Kyle Mantyla, Monday 10/03/2011, 5:49pm
Miranda @ PFAW Blog: Couple Denied Marriage License in NY Tells Story to MSNBC. Ta-Nehisi Coates: 'Niggerhead.' Adam Serwer @ Mother Jones: Faced With Perry's "Niggerhead" Controversy, Conservatives Slam…Herman Cain. Ryan Lenz @ Hatewatch: Anti-Muslim Activist Delivers Call to ‘Burn All the Mosques.’ Kevin Drum: Rick Perry Wants to Invade Mexico. Scott Keyes @ Think Progress LGBT: Prominent Perry Endorser On Audience Booing Gay Soldier: ‘I Thought It Was Great.’ MORE