- Tim Mak @ The Daily Beast: New Player in the ISIS War: Christian Gazillionaire Foster Friess.
- Sarah Jones @ Wall of Separation: Bigotry Debunked: Newspaper Investigates AU Chapter, Finds Out Its Members Don’t Hate Christians.
Matt Wilstein @ Mediaite: Convicted Felon Dinesh D’Souza Accuses Hillary of ‘Lawlessness’.
Brian Murphy @ TPM: Guess What? Yet Another Christie Scandal ...
Tim Murphy @ Mother Jones: Who Will Win the Duggar Primary?
- According to WND, the Benham brothers "were noticed by HGTV when they were part of a prayer rally in Charlotte." Given that this prayer rally was organized by the Benham brothers explicitly to repent for and denounce homosexuality, it seems that producers at HGTV should have know exactly what they were getting when they signed them up as hosts.
- Jerry Newcombe insists that "without God, there would be no America and no American freedom."
- Larry Ward of the Constitutional Rights PAC is outraged that an "unelected bureaucratic panel voted to take away one of the best inventions ever created in the United States" by protecting net neutrality.
- Laurie Higgins says that "Obama ought to admit that he doesn’t study Scripture to inform his leadership. Rather he distorts and exploits Scripture to defend his political positions."
- Finally, anti-choice activists are organizing a sit-in at John Boehner's office "in response to Republicans reneging on their promise to vote on 'The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act'" back in January.
Back in November, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach took a call on his weekly radio program from a listener who was worried that if Latinos became a majority in the U.S., they would embark on an “ethnic cleansing” of whites. Rather than simply refute the caller’s suggestion, Kobach – a leading anti-immigrant voice in the GOP -- responded by saying that President Obama was eroding the rule of law so while he didn’t “think it’s going to happen in America” he did “wonder what could happen.”
After we reported on the exchange, Kobach claimed that his remarks had been “ripped out of context” and that he was simply trying to be “polite” as the caller presented his paranoid predictions about the consequences of changing demographics.
So we weren’t entirely surprised this week when Kobach was presented with another paranoid prediction of whites as the victims of a government run by people of color and decided to go along with it too. As we reported yesterday, Kobach took a call from a listener who suggested that the Obama administration might be on the verge of declaring an end to the criminal prosecution of African Americans “regardless of the crime.” Kobach responded that while he thought it was “unlikely,” “it’s already happened more or less in the case of civil rights laws” and “I’ve learned to say with this president, never say never.”
Now, Kobach is being forced again to defend his comments, and this time is standing by them, citing the Obama Justice Department’s decision to drop voter intimidation charges against the Fox News villains of the New Black Panther Party. Despite the claims of right-wing activists, there is no evidence to suggest that the Justice Department dropped the case against the small-time radical group because of the race of its members.
Kobach told the Kansas City Star that the New Black Panther Party case shows that the Obama administration has already fulfilled the caller’s nightmares “in one limited context":
Kobach dismissed criticism.“My point was to bring attention to the Obama Justice Department’s position that some civil rights statutes can’t be enforced against people of color,” Kobach said. “For example, one of the Obama administration’s first actions it took in 2009 was to drop the slam-dunk charges against the New Black Panther Party for voter intimidation.”Kobach said the Justice Department dropped the charges specifically because of race, a claim that has been disputed.…“The point is the Obama administration has already done what the caller suggests in the context of voting civil rights statutes,” Kobach said Thursday. “So it’s already happened in one limited context. No, I don’t think it will happen in other contexts. I made it clear I don’t think that’s likely to happen.”
Fischer: Ben Carson 'May Have Done Fatal Damage To His Campaign' By Apologizing For Anti-Gay Remarks
On his radio program yesterday, Bryan Fischer spent two segments heaping praise upon Ben Carson for his statement that prison sex proves that homosexuality is a choice. But that was before Carson apologized for his remarks and declared that he was simply not going to discuss the issue of gay rights any more.
Needless to say, Carson's retreat is not sitting well with Fischer, who spent two segments of his program today criticizing Carson for his refusal to defend his statement and saying that he may have fatally offended his base with his apology.
"Dr. Carson seems to be not considering the possibility that some people could be offended because he apologized," Fischer said. "They're disappointed in him because he apologized."
He went on to criticize Carson for listening "to the wrong people ... instead of worry about what the base thinks about what they have done and what they have said."
"He may have done fatal damage to his campaign with his apology last night," Fischer said. "The bottom line is that on homosexuality and maybe on everything else, Ben Carson needs to decide right now whether he is going to listen to God or his handlers. His career is in the balance":
Answers in Genesis (AIG) founder Ken Ham has been on a warpath ever since Kentucky's tourism board denied his group $18 million worth of tax incentives for its planned Noah's Ark theme park, a companion to Ham's Creation Museum. Although the tourism board cited AIG's stated intention to discriminate based on religion in its hiring of theme park employees and to use the taxpayer-subsidized park for religious evangelism, Ham insists that the state has violated his "fundamental rights" and "freedom of speech" by denying him the tax breaks.
On Monday, Ham took his case to the right-wing program "In the Market with Janet Parshall," where the host claimed that Ham is being "treated as a second class citizen" and is the victim of "viewpoint discrimination."
Ham said that the rights of all people of faith are at stake in his case. "If we don't do something about this it's like the old idea of the frog in the water that you can boil it up and boil it to death and it doesn't you're doing it because it keeps accommodating to the temperature around it," he told Parshall. "If Christians just keep accommodating and allowing this to happen more and more, we will lose that free exercise of religion."
"It's more and more of that trying to eliminate the Christian freedom that we have in this nation," he said.
During his appearance on yesterday's edition of "Crosstalk," Religious Right legal activist and Liberty Counsel chairman Mat Staver fielded a call from a listener who claimed that President Obama is a communist Muslim out to destroy America. "Crosstalk" host Vic Eliason said that the truth of the caller's claim was "evident" since Obama won't "combine the word Muslim and terror."
Staver agreed, alleging that Obama was "ideologically raised in the Islamic world and ideology" and falsely claiming that Obama "still to this day hasn't acknowledge that the 21 Coptics were Christians who were beheaded by the Islamists."
"This is a president that hates America," Staver said. "Rudy Giuliani got a lot of fire, pushback because he said that. I think that this president does hate our values, he hates our Judeo-Christian values and he does everything in his power to try to destroy them."
After Eliason expressed outrage that Obama once read the critically acclaimed book "The Post-American World," Staver said Obama wants to "eliminate America's strong influence around the world with regards to its strength and military presence" while at the same time emerge as a "colonialist with regards to his immoral values."
"He's exporting abortion and homosexuality in any way possible," he said.
On today's "Faith and Freedom" radio program, Mat Staver and Matt Barber praised an anti-choice effort to outlaw a specific abortion procedure in Kansas by defining it as a "dismemberment abortion," with Barber declaring that anyone who supports reproductive choice is a "modern-day Nazi."
"There are very few things you can directly compare to Nazi Germany and the Holocaust," he said. "This is one of them. Modern-day pro-aborts, pro-abortionists who support this and other gruesome procedures are the modern-day equivalent — if they are doing it, they are the Nazis, and if they're supporting it, they're the equivalent of the German people who looked the other way, allowed it to happen, even rationalized it in their mind. This is as black and white, it is as cut and dry ... and they use the same tactics. They dehumanize these little people just like the Nazis dehumanized the Jews so that it would blunt the impact of what they're actually doing; murdering them, torturing them. Pro-aborts are modern-day Nazis":
On today's "700 Club," Pat Robertson took a question from a viewer who sought his advice on whether she and her husband should attend their gay child's upcoming wedding, which Robertson predictably urged them not to do.
The viewer said that while one parent was adamant about not attending "because it's against the Lord's plan," the other felt that they should attend in order to show support and love for their child. In the past, Roberson has been very clear that Christians should not attend gay weddings and he repeated that advice today.
"You don't agree with it. You've got to stand there and be a witness to it," Robertson said. "By your attendance at the ceremony, you are agreeing with it ... I just wouldn't go. I would tell your child, 'I love you but I cannot condone this. We will always love you but I don't condone this activity.'"
Robertson urged the parents to be unified in opposition and not to allow the parent who wished to attend the wedding to do so "because that indicates that [your child's] conduct is splitting your marriage."
"Be in unity," Robertson said, "and I would say don't go":
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