Fighting the Right

Senate GOP Invites FRC's Tony Perkins To Politicize Hearing On 'Religious Freedom Abroad'

The Family Research Council announced today that its president, Tony Perkins, has been invited to testify at a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing tomorrow on “protecting religious freedom abroad.”

The inclusion of Perkins threatens to turn a hearing about a critically important issue into a political sideshow. Perkins has consistently used the persecution of Christians abroad as a political bludgeon at home, claiming that LGBT rights in the U.S. are fueling religious persecution worldwide and falsely asserting that President Obama has done nothing to stop the oppression of Christians because he secretly sympathizes with Islamic radicals.

And, even as he accuses the Obama administration of ignoring the plight of Christians, Perkins has attacked international human rights efforts aimed at combating violence against and government oppression of LGBT people.

Perkins routinely trots out the claim that conservative Christians are being persecuted in America to blame the Obama administration and the LGBT rights movement for very real anti-Christian persecution throughout the world. In an interview with Rick Santorum in November, Perkins insisted that there is a “correlation” between the supposed persecution of Christians in America and violent attacks on Christians and churches in the Middle East and elsewhere. “They feel like if it’s not a priority for us to have religious freedom here at home, then certainly it’s not going to be a priority for us to speak out for the persecuted peoples abroad,” he said.

Claiming that nondiscrimination laws protecting LGBT people are in fact discriminatory against Christians, Perkins said in November that combating such laws “will give hope to far-away places around the world” where Christians are being oppressed by tyrannical governments.

He similarly blamed advances in LGBT rights in the U.S. for encouraging religious persecution in Iran and North Korea, citing the case of an Atlanta fire chief who lost his job after distributing an anti-gay book to claim that “tyrants abroad see an administration that is not only not interested in protecting religious freedom but actually persecuting.” At another point, he warned of “deadly consequences” for Christians abroad if marriage equality succeeds in the United States.

Last year, Perkins linked the case of Meriam Ibrahim, a Sudanese woman who was imprisoned for converting to Christianity, to an effort to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, saying “we keep our freedom of religion by working to keep our freedom of speech, and political speech is actually what’s under attack here.”

Perkins frequently brushes aside the evidence he is presented with to suggest that President Obama is ignoring the plight of Christians throughout the world. Throughout Ibrahim’s plight, Perkins insisted that the Obama administration had “done nothing” for her…even after sources including Fox News and a conservative Republican congressman told him that the administration had been working diligently to set her free. Even after diplomatic pressure led to Ibrahim’s release and she was granted asylum in the United States, Perkins claimed in a fundraising letter that there was “no evidence that the Obama State Department did anything to intervene.”

Also during Ibrahim’s ordeal, Perkins used his false claims about Obama’s indifference to advance whispered conspiracy theories that the President is secretly a Muslim radical.

Similarly, when the administration secured the release of Kenneth Bae, a Christian pastor held in a North Korean prison camp, Perkins used the opportunity to falsely claim that the administration was doing nothing to help another Christian political prisoner, Saeed Abedini, in Iran.

Perkins hasn’t just exploited the cases of persecuted Christians to attack Obama ­— he has also used them in an effort to lend legitimacy to his fight against LGBT rights in the United States.

He frequently portrays protecting LGBT people from violence and protecting Christians from religious persecution as an either-or choice…and, unsurprisingly, claims that Obama has chosen the former. In a direct mail piece in August, for instance, Perkins vowed to fight the administration’s “devotion to the cause of sexual immorality and their simultaneous indifference toward Christians suffering persecution for their faith.”

Perkins may portray the issues as mutually exclusive because he vehemently opposes any U.S. efforts to protect LGBT people from violence and persecution from their governments. Back in 2010, he defended a Uganda bill that would have imposed life imprisonment for consensual sex with someone of the same sex and the death penalty for so-called “aggravated homosexuality,” saying it was an effort to “uphold moral conduct.” When then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton launched an initiative to promote LGBT rights throughout the world, he accused her of promoting a “radical social agenda” including “special rights for homosexuals and homosexuality”… while claiming that she had remained “silent” on anti-Christian persecution.

Religious persecution around the world is certainly a worthy topic for the Senate to address. But including Tony Perkins in such a hearing is not the way for a committee to convey that it is taking this issue seriously.

End Times Preacher: Gay Marriage Victory Will Lead To God's Wrath

End Times preacher Jonathan Cahn believes that if the Supreme Court strikes down the remaining state bans on same-sex marriage, America will experience tremendous calamities.

Cahn, a messianic rabbi who has linked gay rights to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacksfascism and the End Times, told WorldNetDaily editor Joseph Farah in an interview at the National Religious Broadcasters convention posted online today that the court could usher in a series of divine punishments just as it did with the 1973 ruling on abortion rights, Roe v. Wade.

“Within one month of Roe v. Wade, that Supreme Court decision with abortion, the financial realm collapsed, led to a global recession, the same year America lost its first war in modern history or ever in Vietnam,” he said.

He added that the upcoming marriage case is “a very cataclysmic, moral, spiritual thing. What’s that going to do in the rest of the realm? Well I believe it is all coming together.”

Ben Carson: From Gifted Neurosurgeon To Tea Party Conspiracy Theorist

As the GOP embraces the reactionary politics and anti-government zealotry of the Tea Party, it is steadily purging “moderates” and empowering extremists. Nothing shows this trend more clearly than the lineup of potential Republican presidential candidates. In this new series, we’ll be looking at the records and promises of the Republican Party’s leading presidential prospects. Next up is Ben Carson:

Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Ben Carson became an overnight conservative celebrity in 2013, when he delivered a National Prayer Breakfast speech criticizing President Obama — who was sitting beside him while he spoke from the podium — for his handling of the deficit, the national debt, taxes and health care.

He has opened an exploratory committee and PAC, while a “Draft Ben Carson for President Committee” has beencampaigning on his behalf and raising lots of money. Its leaders insist that Carson can defeat Democrats by capturing a significant share of the black vote.

As a black conservative, Carson quickly emerged as a favorite speaker among Tea Party activists who relish his assurance that criticism of President Obama is never motivated by racism, while criticism of Ben Carson most certainly is.

Carson has expanded on his views in speeches to conservative gatherings and a timely book tour, revealing himself to be a politician adept at dishing out conservative talking points and playing into right-wing fears about government persecution.

For example, Carson has called the Affordable Care Act “the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery,” declaring it to be "slavery in a way,” and has said that the law is worse than the September 11, 2001 attacks, claiming that its passage was part of a larger Leninist push to impose communism on America.

Far-right activists eat up Carson’s claims that the U.S. military should not follow rules about war crimes and that supposedly anti-American AP U.S. History courses will inspire students to join ISIS.

Carson has inserted himself directly into popular Tea Party martyrdom narratives, claiming that he is the victim of liberal media bias and IRS targeting. Carson, a former Fox News contributor, also alleges that the Obama administration is trying to “shut down” the conservative network. Without Fox News, Carson said, Obama would have successfully introduced communism and “we would already be Cuba.”

Carson has even claimed that he is losing his First Amendment right to free speech and that Hitlerian progressives are turning America into a society “very much like Nazi Germany.” “We live in a Gestapo age,” he has said, also arguing that Obama takes his cues from Mein Kampf and is effectively committing treason.

He is a favorite of the anti-gay right, and with good reason. Carson has linked gay rights advocates to supporters of pedophilia and bestiality, attacked LGBT-affirming churches as offensive to God, demanded that Congress oust judges who back gay rights, and accused gay people of seeking “extra rights” and creating a powerful “P.C. police who have tried in many cases to shut me up.”

Speaking at a National Organization for Marriage fundraiser, he insisted that gay marriage is a communist plot designed to bring down America and usher in a “New World Order.” However, Carson said he would no longer discuss gay rights issues after he received criticism for telling a CNN host that prison sex proves homosexuality is “absolutely” a choice.

Add Carson’s anti-gay rhetoric to his remarks that legal abortion is the same as “human sacrifice,” that the progressive income tax violates biblical principles and that America is facing a “war on God,” and you have a strong potential “standard-bearer” for the Religious Right.

Stoking fears of conservative persecution, political correctness, Big Government and gay rights is a necessary staple for Republican politicians, and Carson has mastered the art.

Fox Pundit: If Oklahoma Punishes Racist Students, Students Playing 'Racially Offensive Rap Music' Should Also Be Disciplined

Fox News pundit Todd Starnes dedicated his news bulletin today to discussing the case of University of Oklahoma students who reportedly led a racist chant for their fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon: “There will never be a ni**** SAE. You can hang him from a tree, but he can never sign with me. There will never be a ni**** SAE.”

Starnes said that while the fraternity’s chant was “disgusting and racist” and clearly inappropriate, he believes that the university’s leadership is enforcing a double standard: “Oklahoma’s president says that ‘those who have misused their free speech in such a reprehensible way’ are ‘disgraceful’ and I agree. And I hope he applies the same standard the next time a student plays racially offensive rap music. The same standard should apply to all.”

Mike Huckabee: Left Imposing Secular Values On Conservative Christians

Mike Huckabee, who once vowed to fight the purported secular theocracy running America, spoke yesterday to American Family Association President Tim Wildmon about how the left seeks to “impose” its “secular values” on conservative Christians, who Huckabee insisted do not want to impose their views on anybody.

He added that liberals simply cannot and will not understand the intellectual principles found in his book “God, Guns, Grits and Gravy.”

“We’re never going to be fully understood by people on the secular left,” Huckabee said. “They don’t want to understand us, they want to ridicule us, they want to hold us in contempt, they want to hold us up to scorn and so they’re going to because we represent a direct threat to their worldview. If there really is an alternative to the secularist’s mind and we can articulate it, defend it and do it in a way that even can be intellectually defensible, then that’s a direct threat to their worldview.”

Huckabee said people on the left resist such views because “their version of diversity is really uniformity; they don’t want diversity, they don’t want a different point of view, they want everyone to agree with their point of view.”

The potential GOP presidential candidate went on to rail against groups like Right Wing Watch for quoting remarks he makes on conservative media: “Every time I’ve come on this radio show, as you know your show is monitored by the secular left, they listen to every word that is uttered on AFA…. Every time I’m on this show there is something I say that will just end up getting picked up by the secularists and they’ll blow it up and it will go viral.”

“So let me go ahead and give them one just so they’ll have something that they can write down and Twitter out right now,” Huckabee continued. “The second reason that a lot of this reaction comes against believers is because of the New Testament principle of ‘don’t cast your pearls before the swine.’ I’m going to let them look that up, they’ll get the context, they won’t use the context, they won’t understand the context but it’s a metaphorical device that Jesus used to explain why people can’t see the obvious.

The point is that for many of us we’re accused of wanting to impose our religious values on someone else; the fact is we just don’t want someone’s secular values imposed upon us,” he said.

Glenn Beck Lays Out The 'Road To World War III'

Glenn Beck hauled out his trusty chalkboard last night so that he could lay out the "road to World War III," which he asserts is going to pit ISIS, which seeks to destroy the "armies of Rome," against Russia, which seeks to establish itself as the "third Roman Empire," in a conflict that will "suck the entire globe into a game-changing series of cataclysmic events."

After falsely claiming that he had accurately predicted the rise of the caliphate and the emergence of fascism/Nazism in Europe, Beck now foresees a global economic crash and depression giving rise to waves of disenchanted youth who will sweep the world into chaos.

Beck warned that by this summer, people will  be issuing a "call to arms" to launch a war against either ISIS or Russia, which will then be followed by a massive global depression occurring sometime after the 2016 election "that will set the youth on fire ... and the road to Hell is paved":

Cruz: Marriage Equality Decisions 'A Real Danger To Our Liberty'

Sen. Ted Cruz told Iowa talk radio host Jan Mickelson yesterday that he plans to introduce a constitutional amendment to allow states to ban gay and lesbian couples from marrying because court decisions in favor of marriage equality present “a real danger to our liberty.”

The Texas Republican deflected Mickelson’s questions on whether states could simply ignore a Supreme Court decision in favor of marriage equality, saying he preferred his constitutional amendment as a solution. “If the courts were following the Constitution, we shouldn’t need a new amendment, but they are, as you put it quite rightly, making it up right now and it’s a real danger to our liberty,” he said.

Cruz told a group of Iowa pastors yesterday that judges who have made decisions in favor of marriage equality are “ignoring their oaths, ignoring the Constitution and legislating from the bench.”

RNC Member Dave Agema: Obama Is Only '6.26% Black'

In a winding and grammatically challenged Facebook post yesterday, Michigan Republican National Committee member Dave Agema lashed out at President Obama for his speech commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Selma civil rights march, suggesting that Obama was unqualified to give the speech because he is only “6,26% [sic]” black.

The GOP figure, who has a long history of making absurd and bigoted statements, said that while Obama’s “genealogy shows his ancestors owned slaves,” it was the GOP that “obolished [sic] slavery.”

Concerning Obama's recent march in Selma, I think a little clarification is necessary. The Republican Party is the party of anti- racism. The Republicans obolished [sic] slavery, gave equal rights and the right to vote to blacks ( 13th, 14th and 15th amendment) not the democrats. During the same period the Republicans fought against polygamy that was being pushed by the Mormons. So in both cases the Republicans fought for Biblical morality and civil rights for all. In 1964 18 of the 19 Congressman were democrats that filibustered the Civil Rights Act to prevent it from passing. Al Gore's dad was against anti-segregation. Obama is 50% white, 43.75% Arabic and 6,26% black. Obama does not have a history of overcoming discrimination and slavery like many others, yet he leads us to believe otherwise. In fact, his genealogy shows his ancestors owned slaves. His father was a Muslim and communist, his step father was a Muslim and a comminist [sic] and he went to a Muslim school in Indonesia. It's time Republicans dispel the lies that the democrats are the ones that freed the slaves. Democrats fought to keep it, yet the lack of historical knowledge is being lost in the "SPIN" of politics. Welfare programs don't make one free, they make one dependant [sic] and a slave to their government and a guranteed [sic] life of poverty. Some welfare is necessary, but not to the extent that even illegals get what our citizens deserve. This is just plan [sic] wrong! Truth is difficult to find in the political realm of "SPIN."

In an interview with MLive.com, Agema stood by his post and said that people who take issue with it should “search for ‘what percentage of white, black and Arab is Obama,’ look that up. ... You can get them off Snopes and Yahoo.”

LaBarbera: GOP Will Fall If It Stops Talking About Gay Kisses On TV

Americans For Truth About Homosexuality’s Peter LaBarbera joined Janet Mefferd on Friday to discuss the Supreme Court brief filed by a number of prominent conservatives in favor of marriage equality, along with a Buzzfeed article labeling Jeb Bush “2016’s gay-friendly Republican.”

Needless to say, LaBarbera and Mefferd were not pleased with these developments, and speculated that Christians will start to leave the Republican Party if support for gay rights begins to gain a foothold in the party.

LaBarbera warned that Republicans need to not only hold onto their opposition to marriage equality, but also start speaking out against things like a kiss between two teenage boys on a recent episode of the TV show “The Fosters.”

“In my mind, if the Republican Party can’t even talk about something as fundamental to morality and our nation’s future as whether it’s okay to push young people into homosexuality and to model that as a positive thing, if Republicans can’t even handle that issue, then I think there’s not a good prospect long term for the Republican Party,” he said.

Earlier in the interview, LaBarbera said it was impossible for “a real, faithful conservative” to support LGBT rights and blamed the GOP’s very slight feints toward LGBT rights on libertarians, whom he lamented “end up supporting a lot of the homosexual agenda, even though much of the homosexual agenda is against liberty”:

If you’re endorsing the idea of marriage between two people of the same sex, an act which God calls an abomination, which is decidedly against nature — our Declaration talks about “nature and nature’s God,” homosexuality is decidedly against both — I can’t see how a real, faithful conservative could support that.

In the case of homosexuality, you’re seeing pro-homosexual arguments, the idea of attaching the perversion of homosexuality to the noble institution of marriage, being advanced as a conservative idea. And I think we can take the libertarians for that. The libertarians, I believe, are going to end up causing a lot of trouble in the Republican Party, because they end up supporting a lot of the homosexual agenda, even though much of the homosexual agenda is against liberty.

Larry Pratt: Immigrants Don't Love Freedom Enough To Protect Themselves From Murderers

Gun Owners of America head Larry Pratt was a guest on Armed America Radio two weeks ago, where he told host Mark Walters that Obama’s executive actions on immigration will destroy the Second Amendment because immigrants are part of a “dependent class” that’s “not generally of a mind to be able to protect itself” or to take care of “staying alive from one moment to the next in case some dirtbag wants to try to terminate you.”

Walters prompted Pratt to discuss why the president’s immigration actions are “a threat to gun owners” because “he’s going to create an underclass, handout, ‘gimme, gimme, gimme’ dependency class” of Democratic votes.

“First of all, we’ve seen that survey data indicates that some 85 percent of the illegals, were they to vote, would vote Democrat,” Pratt agreed. “And on the national level, really without exception anymore, that means anti-Second Amendment.”

“And you actually kind of sketched the larger picture,” he continued. “A dependent class that depends on the government for their income, for all kinds of financial and other assistance, is not generally of a mind to be able to protect itself, which is after all the most important part about living, is staying alive from one moment to the next in case some dirtbag wants to try to terminate you.

“And if you don’t think enough of your own freedom to take charge of that aspect of your existence, then of course you’re likely to expect handouts and ‘more, more, more’ because you have a dependent mentality.”

Earlier in the interview, Pratt predicted that Obama’s last two years in office will bring “an unimaginable assault on all kinds of liberties of Americans” in Obama’s effort to turn the U.S. into a communist country:

We’re going to see, I think, just an unimaginable assault on all kinds of liberties of Americans, be it the mining of coal, the manufacture of ammunition, financing of the firearms industry and their need for loans or whatever. This guy is now going to be in a serious assault mode against so many freedoms that we thought were kind of established here in the United States. Now we’re going to see that no, not according to our Dear Leader, our Dear Leader thinks this has been injurious to the world.

He thinks just the way every communist thinks, that the only reason the United States is prosperous is because we stole our wealth. He doesn’t have the first notion of how the free market works, how it encourages people to produce, how it has actually created wealth. Freedom means prosperity. Socialism has always meant drudgery.

Ted Cruz Touts Anti-Gay Bona Fides To Extremist Group

Religious Right activist David Lane has been organizing a series of meetings in early primary states between pastors and GOP presidential candidates, who seem to be not at all bothered by the far-right record of the ardent Christian Nationalist who believes gay rights will lead to a wave of car bombings and divine punishment against America.

Sen. Ted Cruz has benefited enormously from these gatherings, addressing Lane-sponsored summits around the country and recording get-out-the-vote advertisements with Lane’s American Renewal Project.

The Des Moines Register reports today that Cruz told a recent Lane event in Iowa, which included an appearance by his right-wing activist father, Rafael Cruz, that President Obama is “an apologist for radical Islamic terrorism” and railed against gay marriage as part of an “unrelenting assault on traditional marriage.”

Judges who strike down bans on same-sex marriage, Cruz said, are “ignoring their oaths, ignoring the Constitution and legislating from the bench.”

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz cast himself as a leading Republican opponent of same-sex marriage during an appearance before a crowd of evangelical Christians in Des Moines on Monday.

Cruz, R-Texas, described the ongoing shift toward legal recognition for gay couples as an "unrelenting assault on traditional marriage," and castigated judges who have struck down prohibitions for "ignoring their oaths, ignoring the Constitution and legislating from the bench."

The issue is one that Cruz said distinguishes him from other potential candidates in what looks to be a crowded 2016 presidential field. While others have de-emphasized or dropped altogether their opposition to same-sex marriage, he said, he would continue to make it a priority.

Cruz delivered his speech to a crowd of about 200 Iowa religious leaders and their spouses behind closed doors in a hotel ballroom in Des Moines. Although the American Renewal Project's "Pastors and Pews" event was closed to the press, reporters were able to hear and record Cruz's remarks from the corridor outside.

His remarks also emphasized his opposition to Iran and support for Israel and sharp criticism of President Barack Obama, whom he called "an apologist for radical Islamic terrorism."

The event also featured Cruz's father, evangelical pastor Rafael Cruz. The senator's appearance before the group culminated with attendees laying hands on him in an extended prayer.



Just down the hall from U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz's speech to conservative evangelicals in Des Moines on Monday, a group of liberal religious leaders offered a different view.

The Interfaith Alliance of Iowa held a press conference seeking to clarify that political views and policy prescriptions offered by conservative Christians are not universally shared in Iowa.

"Many faiths live by one version or another of the Golden Rule, the guiding principle to treat others as you would be treated," said Connie Ryan Terrell, executive director of the interfaith alliance. "We wish that the American Renewal Project, David Lane, Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindal and all the clergy in attendance today would not just speak those words, but live by them."

C.L. Bryant: Obama's Election Is A 'Slap In The Face' To Black Americans

Right-wing pastor, radio host, and Tea Party activist C.L. Bryant was a guest on Bryan Fischer's radio program yesterday, promoting his film "Runaway Slave," which seeks to woo black voters away from the Democratic Party:

Using leading black conservatives as "conductors," Rev. Bryant believes it is time for a new Underground Railroad to help liberate all Americans from the Government plantation that has left the black community dealing with a new form of slavery: entitlements.

During the interview, Fischer and Bryant asserted that President Obama is not an authentically black American and so his election was actually a "slap in the face" to all those who are.

After Fischer wondered how things would have been different if someone with an authentically black American experience had been elected president, Bryant asserted that "Al Sharpton would have been a more legitimate first black president than Barack Hussein Obama" because Sharpton "has a slave history."

"When you look at Barack Hussein Obama, whose father was Kenyan, his mother is white," Bryant said, "he does not have that history to tell about how he overcame. ... See, black people are so emotionally attached to the color of skin that sometimes we will accept the fact that well, he's black. Not in the sense that you're talking about."

Fischer then went on to assert that Obama "experienced privilege all along the line" and never experienced any sort of mistreatment and therefore cannot serve as "a living testimony to the promise and the possibility that the United States offers, that these things are no longer things that need to hold you back or restrain you or restrict you [because] in Obama's case, they never did."

"His election," Bryant responded, "over anybody like a Herman Cain or an Alan Keyes or someone of that nature is actually a slap in the face":

League Of The South: Selma March Was An 'Orgy Of Sex, Alcohol And Drugs'

The League of the South marked the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery civil rights march by criticizing the liberal media for refusing to tell the “great untold story” of “the orgy of sex, alcohol, and drugs that took place between Selma and Montgomery in the spring of 1965.”

The city of Selma, League president Michael Hill wrote on the group’s website, is now “a few short steps from Third World status” as a result of federal intervention into the Southern state.

The neo-Confederate group also praised the posting of a billboard honoring Nathan Bedford Forrest, the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, near the Edmund Pettus Bridge, saying that it “is nice to have a bit of civilization on what us rednecks sometimes refer to as Little Harare on the Alabammy! Keep the skeer on ‘em indeed!”

The weekend of 7-8 March 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of what the US “civil rights” establishment calls “Bloody Sunday.” In 1965, marchers–local and regional negro leaders and outsider leftists of all stripes (Jew and Gentile alike)–descended on the quiet and quaint central Alabama river town of Selma to begin a 50-mile “voting rights” march to the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery. The first march plummeted like a lead balloon, as local and State law enforcement officials turned back the marches before they could cross the now-famous (0r [sic] infamous) Edmund Pettus Bridge. After the national news media showed the encounter between the marchers and Alabama officers, public pressure from outside the South got the feds involved and the march finally took place. The great untold story by the anti-South media was the orgy of sex, alcohol, and drugs that took place between Selma and Montgomery in the spring of 1965. But to deal honestly with these event and personalities would not have advanced the agenda of the evil South and the righteous left.

The rest, as they say, is history. Today Selma has lost fully one-third of its population of 30,000 in 1965, along with most of its tax base. Far from being a prosperous Southern river town, Selma sometimes, at least according to some of the residents, cannot even collect the garbage on a regular basis. The town is an economic and social basket case, dependent on federal largesse to function. It is but a few short steps from Third World status.



Well, we in The League of the South salute Miss Patricia and General Forrest. It is nice to have a bit of civilization on what us rednecks sometimes refer to as Little Harare on the Alabammy! Keep the skeer on ‘em indeed!

Sandy Rios: Obama Wouldn't Have Marched In Selma Because He's Too Privileged

Sandy Rios of the American Family Association took to her radio show today to blast President Obama for making remarks in favor of gay rights in his speech at the event marking the 50th anniversary of the Selma civil rights march. Rios said Obama, along with Attorney General Eric Holder and Rev. Al Sharpton, would never have marched in the Selma protests because they are too comfortable with their wealth and power.

“I can’t imagine the president and Eric Holder marching, knowing on that bridge that they might be giving their lives,” Rios said. “I find myself thinking that there is way too much privilege and pleasure and wealth in this new generation of black leaders to understand the sacrifices of their founding fathers of the Civil Rights Movement like Dr. Martin Luther King.”

Rios claimed Obama and Holder simply don’t understand the civil rights struggle since they have “gotten wealthy complaining about things they’ve never experienced” and are “privileged men who have been to great universities, accumulating great wealth, great privilege.”

“They do very well and yet they complain,” Rios said. “They stoke at the sores of the real grievances, the real legitimate grievances of black Americans and they make money off of it, they get rich off of it, they upset people over it in order to take power over them, to make them think that they actually care and they actually want to do something when all they really want is their vote and their massive support so that they can do other things that really and truly will undermine and destroy the black community.”

Rafael Cruz: Nondiscrimination Measures Let Football Teams 'Decide That They Want To Shower With The Girls'

Rafael Cruz, the Religious Right activist and father of Sen. Ted Cruz, told an Oklahoma church last week that LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinances allow entire high school boys football teams to decide “that they want to shower with the girls.”

Cruz told the Fairview Baptist Church in Edmond, Oklahoma, that the Supreme Court’s striking down of part of the Defense of Marriage Act has wreaked havoc in municipalities, including Houston, which “has a lesbian for a mayor”:

In Houston, Texas, in the heart of the Bible Belt, that city has a lesbian for a mayor. Well, a few months ago that mayor and that city council passed an ordinance that if a man, today, feels like a woman, he has the right to walk into a women’s bathroom. And if a woman is in there and she complains, she can be sued for that man because she is violating his civil rights.

As a matter of fact, according to that ordinance, if the football team in the high school decides that they want to shower with the girls and the girls complain, they can be sued. This is an abomination!

Cruz made a similar claim last month , telling fellow anti-LGBT activists that “God will hold you accountable” for failing to stop such ordinances.

Oklahoma State Sen. Joseph Silk: Gays 'Do Not Want People To Have Freedom'

Last week, Oklahoma state Sen. Joseph Silk made news by defending a bill that he had introduced that would allow Christian business owners to discriminate against gay customers under the guise of protecting religious liberty, telling the New York Times that gay people "don’t have a right to be served in every single store."

Naturally, Silk was a guest on Bryan Fischer's radio program today, where he declared that such legislation is necessary because gay activists "do not want people to have freedom"

"I tell people this all the time," Silk said, "the LGBT activists do not want people to have freedom. They do not want people to be able to exercise their religious convictions. They don't at all and people really don't understand that."

After warning that "there is a tremendous amount of spiritual warfare going on" in the fight over his legislation, Silk went on to call upon the church "to get vocal" in support of this bill before the government shuts them down.

Gays "want their behavior condoned and they want their behavior accepted," Silk said, "and the church doesn't understand it's coming to the church. If we continue to lose this, very, very soon the church will not have the right, according to the government, to preach that homosexuality is wrong. That's where this road is going. That's why it's so important":

Rand Paul: The GOP's 'Principled' Flip-Flopper

Following his upset victory in the 2010 Republican U.S. Senate primary in Kentucky, Rand Paul told the country that he had “a message from the Tea Party.” That message has turned out to be a mix of anti-establishment libertarianism in the mold of his father and tired GOP ideas repackaged under the brand of the Tea Party.

Glenn Beck To GOP Hopefuls: 'I Don't Think You Have A Chance' Of Winning Without Coming On My Show

Last year, Glenn Beck was telling everyone who would listen that he hated politics and was tired of talking about it, so he wasn't going to waste his life anymore and was, instead, going to change his direction completely.

But that was last year.  So far this year, it feels to us as if Beck has spent show after show talking about almost nothing but politics, especially the question of who will be the GOP's presidential nominee in 2016. To that end, Beck's network has started taking a monthly poll of whom Beck's followers want to see win the nomination and today they released the results of second monthly poll, which finds Ted Cruz and Scott Walker taking the top spots.

While discussing the results on his radio show today, Beck noted that lots of the candidates have appeared on his program in the past, with the exception of Walker. Walker's apparent reluctance to come on Beck's show, Beck warned, could spell disaster for Walker's presidential aspirations because "I don't think you have a chance" of winning without doing so.

When Beck asked co-host Stu Burguiere if, were he running for president, he would agree to appear on Beck's show, Burguiere noted that his campaign advisers would probably recommend against it but that, as a co-host of the show, he believes that "if you could get this audience behind you, you have a strong chance."

"I don't think you have a chance without it," Beck responded. "I just don't think you can get the Tea Party to be excited. If you're not going to actually address them where they live - and I'm not just saying our audience, I mean the people like us - if you don't come and court the audience where they live, we won't believe you."

Refusing to appear on Beck's show, he said, "shows something about your courage":

Roy Moore: SCOTUS Gay Marriage Ruling Paves Way For Government To 'Take Your Children'

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore told the audience at the Family Research Council’s “Faith and Family Summit” on Friday that if the Supreme Court rules that states don’t have the right to impose bans on same-sex marriage, it would give immense power to the federal government. If marriage and family life become federal issues, Moore warned, “they’re going to be taking your children simply by the same logic they’re following.”

“They’re going to define who your children can be and who they answer to,” Moore said. “People will say, ‘oh we couldn’t go there, ‘well we’re going somewhere else right now that we didn’t think we would be going.”

Moore told FRC President Tony Perkins that “Christians need to stand up and do their duty to God as their duty to their country” by fighting gay rights. He declared that the issue of marriage rights is much more important than foreign affairs, immigration, economics or the national debt: “This is the most critical issue that faces this country. And I want to disagree a little bit with what I’ve heard about asking our presidential candidates [about marriage rights]. We should not have to ask them, Tony. If they haven’t come up and said it, they should not even be considered.”

If the court introduces the “redefinition of a word that existed for thousands of years before this country came into existence, and if we go there, then we’ve ruined the definition of the family and we’ll go to parent-and-child [marriage] next.”

Birther Joseph Farah Wants PFAW Help To Block Third Obama Term. Let’s Make A Deal.

Last Friday, Miranda noted that birther, conspiracy theorist par excellence, and WorldNetDaily editor Joseph Farah was publicizing one of the more ridiculous right-wing scare-stories: that President Obama will refuse to leave the White House after his second term is over in January 2017. Farah said in a column last week that “there’s great concern” about the possibility “out there across the fruited plain.”

In classic Fox News and far-right trolling style, Farah said he didn’t actually believe Obama would refuse to leave office, but was just asking questions: why should we should take a departure for granted given what he calls Obama’s “contempt of the law” and “disrespect for American tradition” – and “the ever-present reality that Obama himself may not even be constitutionally eligible for office.”  

Farah was seemingly not pleased that RWW poked fun at his column, responding over the weekend with an appeal to another unimpeachable source of information on the president’s plans, Rush Limbaugh.  Limbaugh, says Farah, responded to a Friday caller raising the same question by spinning out a hypothetical scenario in which Obama refuses to go. Here’s Limbaugh:

“So as a service to the nation, he is going to forget the 22nd Amendment and either not leave office or run for re-election himself as the Democrat nominee. Just imagine that scenario. I don’t care how unreal it sounds, how unbelievable it sounds. Imagine it.

What would anybody do? What would Mitch McConnell do? What would John Boehner do?

Adds Farah,

“There’s simply no organized opposition to Obama’s illegal, criminal actions and behavior. He’s getting away with all of it. There are no serious repercussions. No political price. No major media opposition. Few judicial rulings that worry him. Not one political, religious or social institution that is holding him accountable – least of all the Republican Party."

Farah was apparently bothered that Miranda’s RWW post did not include a pledge that People For the American Way would “use all of its influence and legal firepower” to stop Obama from chucking the Constitution in a White House power-grab. Of course we don’t take the possibility seriously, but since Farah seems to, let’s offer him a proposition: If President Obama refuses to allow a constitutional transfer of power to his successor, we will join you at the barricades. If the American republic miraculously survives, you will stop polluting the public discourse with toxic nonsense. Deal? 

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