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  • Alan Keyes is not impressed with Rick Perry and doesn't seem to think he is a very sincere Christian.
  • But Keyes is an anomaly, as lots of other Religious Right leaders really love Perry.
  • S&P makes clear that it was the fact that a minority of "people in political arena [that] were even talking about a potential default" that led to the downgrade.  Can you guess who they are talking about?
  • James Robison is still worked up about living in a "secular theocracy."
  • Finally, Gary Cass explains that it is okay to outlaw drugs and prostitution because they are unbiblical, but not alcohol, because it is.

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  • Sarah Palin's "Hey, Please Pay Attention To Me" tour will suddenly resume, just in time for her to show up in Iowa this weekend.
  • FRC says Barack Obama is "a President who not only doesn't listen [but] doesn't care about what's on the minds of those in the Midwest."
  • It looks like Janet Porter has now added Dutch Sheets to her "Heartbeat Bill" rally next month.
  • Peter LaBarbera is going to be protesting Willow Creek Community Church's for ending its relationship with Exodus International." Hate Crime!
  • Finally, Christine O'Donnell reads from her forthcoming book, which makes her just about the only person who will actually read it.

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  • Matt Barber is not happy with Ann Coulter for joining GOProud's Advisory Council.
  • Speaking of GOProud, the groups is not happy about being tossed-out of CPAC.
  • PBS takes a look at Francis Schaeffer and his work, which had a big influence on Michele Bachmann.
  • Albert Mohler says the the biggest problem with marriage equality "is not that homosexuality will be normalized and accepted, but that homosexuals will not come to know of their own need for Christ and the forgiveness of their sins."
  • Finally, it seems that Focus on the Family is still angry about the American Family Association being labled a "hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center.  Maybe they should watch this.

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  • Hey, CBN's David Brody got a book deal. Should be an objectively journalistic look at why Democrats hate God.
  • Gary Bauer can't believe anyone would think Gov. Rick Perry partnered with a bunch of extremists for his prayer event ... and that just proves that those people are extremists!
  • Les Kingsolving says "for President Obama and his new secretary of defense to rejoice as they force our armed forces to accept the self-announced sodomites who are the nation's leading AIDS-spreaders is a national outrage that truly should be remembered at the polls one year from this November."
  • Not surprisingly, Robert Spencer is not pleased with Gov. Chris Christie.
  • Finally, I am sure that is someone warming up the crowd for an event with President Obama called conservatives "political suicide bombers," the Right would lose their minds.

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  • In a shocking move, Rick Perry is going to announce that he is running for president a week after holding his massive "nonpolitical" prayer rally.
  • And Bryan Fischer thinks that, thanks to said prayer rally, the GOP nomination will be Perry's to lose.
  • Fox News viewers don't seem very fond of atheists.
  • Neither is Gary Bauer, for that matter.
  • James Robison complains that America has become a "secular theocracy."
  • Finally, Michele Bachmann says she is "not a talker; I'm a doer."  Which is interesting considering that she hasn't actually done anything.

Perkins Tries And Fails To Downplay The Extreme Views Of 'The Response' Organizers

Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council and Rev. Barry Lynn of Americans United for Separation of Church and State appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews on Friday to discuss The Response. During the show, Matthews played a number of videos, first posted on Right Wing Watch, of Response organizers Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association, Mike Bickle of the International House of Prayer, John Hagee of the Cornerstone Church, and John Benefiel of the Heartland Apostolic Prayer Network.

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Lynn said Perry’s links to such extreme figures don’t represent “guilt by association” but “guilt by construction.” Perkins, on the other hand, tried to distance the import of Bryan Fischer, saying, “Look, he has a talk show on the American Family Association.”

While Perkins may be trying to downplay Fischer’s role at the AFA, he knows full well that Fischer isn’t just some radio talk show host but is in fact the public face of the American Family Association. In fact, his official bio lists him as the “spokesman for AFA.” He represented the AFA at Perkins’ Values Voters Summit and had a prime speaking slot, although as Kyle notes Fischer is not a listed speaker this year. Fischer is the group’s Director of Issues Analysis for Government and Public Policy, hosts AFA’s flagship radio program Focal Point and is the go-to voice of the AFA for inquiring journalists. Perkins himself co-hosted Today’s Issues with Fischer on AFA radio.

Perkins acknowledged that he knew the background of Fischer and other organizers, commenting, “Look, I don’t, as I said before, not everybody that’s on that platform agrees with what others have said or what they hold to believe.”

But no one has suggested that Rick Perry agrees with Bryan Fischer’s argument that gays and lesbians should be banned from holding public office, Mike Bickle’s claim that Oprah is the harbinger of the Antichrist or John Benefiel’s belief that the Statue of Liberty is a demonic idol. The problem is that a sitting governor and likely presidential candidate is effectively endorsing and promoting individuals and organizations with such far-right and extreme views in an exclusively fundamentalist Christian prayer rally.

While Perkins attempted to give Perry cover about the extreme views of the prayer rally organizers, The Response represented the extent Republican leaders and Religious Right groups will go to jockey for the support of even the most fringe figures and elevate their voices.

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Right Wing Leftovers

  • It looks like Tim Pawlenty will also sign the National Organization for Marriage's pledge.
  • Speaking of NOM, they are unsurprisingly not impressed with the American Psychological Association's support for marriage equality.
  • Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison's hatred of Gov. Rick Perry continues, as she announces she won't endorse him for president.
  • Apparently, praying at Gov. Perry's prayer rally is just like being Indiana Jones.
  • Finally, is there any anti-gay activist more obsessed with gay sex than Peter LaBarbera?

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  • The New York Times profiles the American Family Association and the role they are playing in funding Rick Perry's prayer rally.
  • On a related note, the Family Research Council will be streaming the event live on Saturday.
  • Speaking of FRC, they have released their latest list of prayer targets: "May the Lord intervene to stop these efforts to homosexualize our nation – and to indoctrinate our children with evil!
  • C. Boyden Gray has filed a complaint with the IRS seeking to revoke Media Matters' tax-exempt status.
  • Gary Cass says the only hope for America is for Islam to be defeated. And he is just the man to do it!
  • Pamela Geller is just like Gen. George Patton.
  • Finally, quote of the day from Peter LaBarbera: "I think a lot of things are gay, such as the disproportionate STDs related to homosexual sex. But marriage isn't one of them. Marriage isn't homosexual; marriage is between a man and a woman."

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Right Wing Leftovers

  • Joseph Farah celebrates CPAC's dumping of GOProud.
  • Get your tickets for the forthcoming anti-Palin documentary "Sarah Palin — You Betcha."
  • Rick Perry says he has "no idea what God's plans are for me, but I'm going to try to be as faithful to him as I can be" in deciding to run for president.
  • On a related note, perhaps all the talk of Perry shaking-up the GOP race is just that.
  • Finally, I can't wait to see the National Organization for Marriage maintain its anti-boycott stance and start going after the American Family Association.

Bryan Fischer's Confusing Love-Hate Relationship With Right Wing Watch

Bryan Fischer can't seem to decide whether he loves Right Wing Watch or hates us. 

One day he is praising us for helping him to spread his message but then starts complaining that we are cyberstalking and waging jihad against him.

And nothing better demonstrates Fischer's schizophrenia regarding RWW than his statement today where he again accused us of cyberstalking him while simultaneously thanking us for posting clips that feature "exactly the soundbite that I want them to use":

Fischer has already made clear that he stands behind everything he writes or says, so it is good to know that even Fischer agrees that when we post things like this, we are perfectly representing his views:

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Right Wing Leftovers

  • Focus on the Family rejoices that CPAC has given GOProud the boot.
  • On a related note, this might help explain CPAC's new-found hostility to the group.
  • A federal judge has ruled that healthcare reform does not fund abortion, a key ruling that allows a defamation lawsuit against the Susan B. Anthony List to move forward.
  • Gary Cass says there is no point in creating a "Religious Freedom Envoy" to monitor Islamic countries because "the only way that Islam is going to stop doing what it's doing is when it's defeated."
  • Finally, Peter LaBarbera quitely acknowledges the loss of his tax-exempt status.
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Kyle Mantyla, Monday 10/03/2011, 5:41pm
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Kyle Mantyla, Friday 09/30/2011, 5:46pm
Joseph L. Conn @ Wall of Separation: The Religious Right’s Partisan Scheme To Politicize Churches. Steve Benen: The end of The Great Muffin Myth. Good As You: Maggie Gallagher on 'taking over the world for Christ.' James Crugnale @ Mediaite: Rick Santorum Lashes Out At Perry, Cain, Romney On Laura Ingraham Show. Alvin McEwen: Teacher in the middle of 'suspended for being anti-gay' scandal exonerated, may seek further legal action. Ashley Lopez @ Florida Independent: Abby Johnson: Planned Parenthood ‘working with the devil.’ MORE
Kyle Mantyla, Friday 09/30/2011, 5:37pm
Disappointingly, Mike Huckabee is not considering entering the Republican presidential race. Glenn Beck is now targeting kids with a new children's show on his GBTV network. Bryan Fischer's latest conspiracy theory is about how President Obama wants the Supreme Court to strike down health care reform so that he can use it to win re-election. Shocklingly, FRC is not happy that military chaplains can now conduct same-sex marriage. On a related note, Elaine Donnelly says it is ridiculous for the military to recruit at gay venues. Finally, Liberty University... MORE
Kyle Mantyla, Thursday 09/29/2011, 5:38pm
Candace Chellew-Hodge @ Religion Dispatches: New Study Touts Success of “Praying Away the Gay." Carlos Maza @ Equality Matters: NOM Promotes Article Blaming Gays For “Full-Blown Paganization” Of America. Igor Volsky @ Think Progress LGBT: Florida Councilwoman Rants Against ‘Homosexuals Who Want Favoritism.’ James Crugnale @ Mediaite: Herman Cain Tells Wolf Blitzer That He Could Not Support Rick Perry As Nominee. David Weigel @ Slate: Ann Coulter, Gay Icon, Defends Don't Ask Don't Tell. Eric Hananoki @ County Fair: Pat... MORE
Kyle Mantyla, Thursday 09/29/2011, 5:27pm
Michele Bachmann will be speaking to Ralph Reed's Faith and Freedom Coalition "Presidential Series National Tele-Town Hall" next week. Fortunately for CAIR, Herman Cain will never become president. Randall Terry needs money. So does the Family Research Council. And Gary Bauer is asking for donations to "help us defend normal marriage" despite the fact that his organization doesn't seem to ever really do much of anything. Finally, can someone explain to me how the Obama administration is playing politics by refusing to release the photos of... MORE
Kyle Mantyla, Wednesday 09/28/2011, 5:48pm
PFAW: PFAW Foundation Report Uncovers the Roberts Court's Pro-Corporate Agenda. Scott Keyes @ Think Progress: Three Weeks After Frank Gaffney Released New Anti-Sharia Pledge, Zero Presidential Candidates Have Signed On. Towleroad: NC Senator James Forrester, Sponsor of Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment, Exposed as Ignorant Liar. Ryan J. Reilly @ TPM: Alabama GOPer Apologizes For Calling Black Casino Customers 'Aborigines.' Warren Throckmorton: On David Barton’s claim that Unitarians were “a very evangelical Christian denomination.” Kate Sheppard... MORE
Kyle Mantyla, Wednesday 09/28/2011, 5:39pm
Following in Rick Perry's footsteps, Michele Bachmann went to Liberty University today to speak to the students at convocation. Newt Gingrich will be joining the "Tea Party Cyber Tour tele-townhall" tomorrow night. FRC is kicking off its "Faith, Family and Freedom Money Bomb." The Parents Television Council declares that it is winning its battle against the NBC television show "The Playboy Club." Looks like California will soon be getting its own "Personhood"-type of campaign in the form of the California Human Rights... MORE