Richard Land Gets Behind The Starbucks 'War On Christmas' Outrage

The War on Christmas season began early this year, with some honestly incomprehensible right-wing outrage over Starbucks’ insufficiently festive red holiday promotional cups.

The Starbucks cup outrage got a prominent new backer yesterday when Richard Land, the former political leader of the Southern Baptist Convention, said that Christians should boycott the coffee chain over the perceived snub.

Land was a guest on the Newsmax TV program hosted by former Arizona congressman J.D. Hayworth, who introduced the segment by playing a clip of the new Seth Rogen movie “The Night Before,” which Hayworth said was also part of the War on Christmas.

The Rogen movie, Hayworth said, is “raising a lot of concerns about Hollywood and the prevailing culture of the left, essentially trying to leave Christ out of Christmas or attack the whole notion of Christ at Christmas.”

On top of that, he said, “Christians get the feeling that Starbucks is waging a war on Christmas.”

“Starbucks has embraced the Left,” Hayworth told Land. “So much for diversity. Is it a big deal that they’ve gone to a red cup?”

“Well, for Christians it should be,” Land responded, “and it certainly will impact my patronage of Starbucks. You know, I’d probably have a chance to let them know, ‘By the way, I would have bought some coffee today if you had had a cup with Christmas ornaments on it or if you had a cup that was clearly Christmas, but I’m not, so that’s money you’ve lost.”

Land, riffing off a viral YouTube video in which a self-proclaimed evangelist said he got around a supposed Starbucks ban on saying “Merry Christmas” by giving his name as “Merry Christmas” to a barista, said that he would give his name as “Joseph, father of Jesus” in order to make Starbucks employees say the words.

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Religious Right Pundit Regrets GOP Candidates Appeared At 'Kill-The-Gays' Rally

If only somebody had warned them!

Or so writes Michael Brown, the Religious Right radio host who, in a BarbWire column today, says that Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee and Bobby Jindal should not have appeared at a conference last week that was organized by radical activist Kevin Swanson, who advocates that the government execute gay people.

Swanson closed his National Religious Liberties Conference, which was attended by the three Republican presidential candidates, by explaining that the government should only execute gay people once they have enough time to repent. The summit also included two other speakers who want the government to treat homosexuality as a capital crime, one of whom distributed a pamphlet at the conference justifying such executions.

Responding to Rachel Maddow’s coverage of the event, Brown writes that the candidates must have been in the dark about Swanson’s extremist views, and that had they known, the Republican presidential candidates would have denounced him and rejected the invitation: “[T]he presidential candidates who attended this rally (Bobby Jindal, Mike Huckabee, and Ted Cruz) were there to identify with the cause of religious liberty, and they too would categorically reject some of the words spoken at the conference (as well as reject some of the positions advocated by at least one of the speakers outside of the conference).”

It’s not as if Swanson’s views weren’t very easy to find.

Jake Tapper of CNN asked Cruz about appearing alongside Swanson before he (and his father) took part in the summit, reading the candidate Swanson’s remarks about the need to hold up signs at gay people’s weddings telling them that they should be put to death. Other outlets have also extensively reported on Swanson’s record before the event took place.

In fact, one presidential candidate who had been confirmed to speak at the conference pulled out of the event after he got wind of Swanson’s radical views.

Anyone who does a simple Google search for Kevin Swanson should know that he thinks that execution is the biblical punishment for gay people, and has been saying as much on his radio program for several years.

Does Brown really expect us to believe that no one on these three presidential campaigns knows how to use the Internet?

It seems more likely that these candidates just don’t mind catering to some of the most extreme anti-gay activists in the country; instead, they see it as a boon to their campaigns.

Right-Wing Pundit: Muslim Refugees Are 'Human Garbage'

WorldNetDaily pundit Erik Rush is no stranger to making genocidal statements about Muslims, so it was no surprise to see him refer to Muslim refugees as “human garbage” and “a demonstrable threat to public health and public safety” in a column yesterday.

After kicking off his weekly WorldNetDaily column, titled “Islam: A Treatable Malignancy,” by saying that ISIS is “Barack Hussein’s Obama’s mercenary army,” Rush accused the president of “inundating America with Muslims” as just “one component in his grand plan of sabotage” against America.

He wrote that people should try to “neutralize this threat with every means at their disposal,” claiming that all Muslims, including children, are a danger to society and should be stripped of their First Amendment rights.

“Muslims — all Muslims — have repeatedly proved that they represent a societal malignancy,” Rush wrote, “they will always perform as a body of enemy operatives, insidiously and incrementally worming their way into non-Muslim nations with the express intention of undermining and conquering them. Every individual has a part to play in this tragic comedy, from the helpless baby to the trained combatant.”

Although average American news viewers remain blissfully ignorant of this, Europeans have been turning out by the thousands in protest of their governments’ intention to throw the doors open wide to innumerable Muslim refugees from regions in which Barack Hussein Obama’s mercenary army (otherwise known as ISIS or Islamic State) and other militant Islamists have made life as they know it untenable.

The ire of these distressed Europeans is certainly not for a lack of tolerance. They have already been subjected to exponentially more tribulation than have Americans as a result of the human garbage with which their politically correct socialist overlords have saddled them over the last 30 years. These new refugees have already proved to be a demonstrable threat to public health and public safety, and have touched off several particularly violent riots.

Regular readers will take it as given that Barack Hussein Obama’s design of inundating America with Muslims is but one component in his grand plan of sabotage, and that he is also doing the bidding of malignant globalist interests that have long wished to see America brought low.

Regardless of what history’s disposition concerning Obama, his co-conspirators and the Washington corruptocrats we know so well will ultimately be, the most expeditious manner in which America can counter the Islamist threat is through grass-roots efforts that serve to enlighten Americans as to the incompatibility of Islam with our society and the immediate danger it represents. Having accomplished that, it will be far easier for us to collectively acknowledge that Islam is not a religion, but a pernicious political system with a religious component. Thus, its adherents will find themselves bereft of the First Amendment protections they and their brainwashed advocates are opportunistically exploiting to compromise American society.

Given the spirit of inclusion America has always exhibited (human imperfections aside), of course it will be difficult for many of our citizens to consign an entire class of people to the status of persona non grata. For the past 1,400 years however, Muslims – all Muslims – have repeatedly proved that they represent a societal malignancy; they will always perform as a body of enemy operatives, insidiously and incrementally worming their way into non-Muslim nations with the express intention of undermining and conquering them. Every individual has a part to play in this tragic comedy, from the helpless baby to the trained combatant.

When the Muslim population finds its numbers sufficient, for the non-Muslim it’s either conversion, death, or an indentured status. Prior to such a time, it is the duty of non-Muslims to take up the mantle of “infidel” with pride and neutralize this threat with every means at their disposal.

Gordon Klingenschmitt: Hurricane Gordon Was A Sign Of God's Support For Me

Gordon Klingenschmitt, a Republican state legislator from Colorado and Religious Right activist, spoke at a "Prayer For Our Warriors Conference" at Harvest Christian Fellowship in Arizona recently, the same event at which fellow right-wing pastor Rick Scarborough declared that God would give us the cure for AIDS if only this nation would repent for tolerating homosexuality. 

For his part, Klingenschmitt dedicated his speech to recounting his battle back in 2006 when he was a Navy chaplain over supposedly being prevented from praying in the name of Jesus while serving in his official capacity, for which he was eventually court-martialed. (In reality, he was disciplined for appearing in uniform at a political rally.)

As Klingenschmitt explained in his remarks, he intentionally violated Navy policy and then brought it to the attention of his superiors, only to find out that the Navy was initially willing to just give him a slap on the wrist and allow him to return to his job. But Klingenschmitt wanted to be a martyr and so he insisted on receiving a full court-martial and being put on trial for his actions, which is exactly what he received ... and was then found guilty. 

But even though he lost his case in court, Klingenschmitt knows that he won his case in Heaven because "on 14 September, 2006, the same day I was literally found guilty of worshiping in public in a Virginia Beach courtroom, 1,000 miles off the Virginia coastline, Hurricane Gordon is swelling at full strength."

"My first name is Gordon," Klingenschmitt helpfully explained in case anyone missed the significance. "Glory to God! Hallelujah! God is doing signs and wonders in the heavens."

Right Wing Round-Up - 11/10/15

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 11/10/15

  • Scott Lively warns that the Obama administration is working "to rapidly polarize the society to the point of violence by conservatives, which will serve as a pretext for 'defensive' police-state measures to suppress what they have already begun to spin as the rise of neo-Nazism." 
  • Larry Tomczak mourns for all of the ways in which President Obama has destroyed America.
  • Steven Andrew says that Christians must vote for Mike Huckabee otherwise "church workers, teachers, and others could end up in jail." 
  • For once, Todd Starnes manages to be a voice of reason.
  • The AFA's Tim Wildmon is urging activists to contact Congress and "urge them to pass a resolution that Title IX should be interpreted to recognize that transgendered students may be required to accept accommodations that respect the rights of non-transgendered students."
  • Finally, Janet Porter endorses plans by anti-choice activists to protest outside of the homes of Ohio state legislators who do not support her radical Heartbeat Bill legislation.

Donald Trump Finds A Fan In Phyllis Schlafly

It’s no surprise that virulent anti-immigrant activists like Ann Coulter are flocking to Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy, and Eagle Forum’s Phyllis Schlafly is no exception.

Schlafly told radio host Marc Cox last month that the GOP should nominate Trump because “he acts like he loves America.”

“The Republicans would be doing themselves a favor by nominating Donald Trump,” she said. “He’s the only one, I think, who really talks the language of the grassroots and why we want to make America great again. That’s a great line.”

“Yes, and he’s speaking up for America,” she later added. “And your average person believes in America and wants to believe that America’s the greatest and doing the right thing and everything. And he acts like he loves America and is going to stand up for us and not let some of these other two-bit politicians in this country or other countries push us around.”

Anti-Contraception Rhetoric At GOP's 'Freedom' Summit

This past weekend’s National Religious Liberty Conference in Iowa has been getting national news coverage for the completely unhinged anti-gay statements of its organizer, Colorado pastor Kevin Swanson, including his warning that God will judge America because Dumbledore from the “Harry Potter” series is a “homosexual” and his truly remarkable recommendation of what to do if your gay child invites you to their wedding.

These diatribes against homosexuality at the summit, which was attended by three Republican presidential candidates, went hand-in-hand with calls to roll back women’s rights to use contraceptives, with both birth control access and gay rights seen as threats to the family and liberty.

As we noted before the summit, a number of speakers had ties to the “biblical patriarchy” or Quiverfull movement, which rejects birth control as part of a vision in which Christian families return to traditional gender roles in order to bear and raise as many children as possible. Although the Quiverfull movement is often dismissed as a fringe ideology espoused by people like the Duggar family, some of its anti-contraception ideology has worked its way into more “mainstream” right-wing advocacy

Swanson said as much in his closing speech at the Iowa conference, claiming that while the Quiverfull movement has experienced more “persecution” than anyone in the history of America, its ideas are now taking hold in the wider Religious Right.

“It’s interesting, some of the greatest preachers in America are effectively saying contraception was a problem from the beginning,” he said, specifically citing Southern Baptist theologian Al Mohler and well-known pastor John MacArthur. “And they’re joining ranks with a fair number of those who used to be in the full quiver movement, who, by the way, have received so much persecution. I have never seen anybody receive such persecution, at least in this country, as the full quiver folks. And they didn’t always have their theology right, but now major theologians in America are saying, ‘I think we had a problem in these areas.’’

Conservatives are beginning to realize, Swanson said, that the wide availability and use of contraception is what led to marriage equality throughout the country.

“Why homosexual marriage?” he asked. “Well, 50 years of Playboy and Penthouse, pornography, illegitimate divorces and contraception.”

Elsewhere in his speech, Swanson seemed to equate hormonal contraceptives with abortion-causing drugs (a key part of the Right’s current anti-birth control strategy), claiming that Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, who secured a grant that led to the development of the birth control pill, was responsible for the “murder” of “billions of little babies thanks to the technology she developed in the 1960s.”

He seemed to make the same argument when he blasted the “tens of millions of sometimes Christian women” who use “abortifacients” that create a “hazardous condition” in “that birth canal up into that womb” — an apparent reference to hormonal birth control rather than to abortion-causing drugs.

“If they have created a hazardous condition, exactly what the lex talionis brings out,” he said, “then God most certainly knows that somehow a snake pit’s been put in that womb.”

This is in line with statements that Swanson has made in the past. In 2013, after filming an interview for an anti-contraception documentary — copies of which were distributed at last week's summit  Swanson claimed that women on the pill have turned their wombs into “graveyards for lots and lots of little babies.”

Extreme as he is, even Swanson isn’t on board with the full Quiverfull agenda, writing in a blog post last year that although he agrees with the principle of men being the head of the family, he wouldn’t go as far as stopping women from taking college classes, going on mission trips or holding elected office.

But the Quiverfull ideology’s rejection of birth control as a social ill and its conflation of birth control and abortion isn’t just taking hold among extreme activists like Swanson — it’s increasingly becoming the norm in the wider Religious Right.

Phyllis Schlafly & Alex Jones: Don't Blame America For Slavery

Alex Jones invited Phyllis Schlafly on to “The Alex Jones Show” yesterday to discuss the perils of PC culture. Jones brought up the Left’s supposed misrepresentation of slavery in American history, saying, “They have completely stolen our history: ‘It wasn’t the West that ended slavery. No, now we invented it, fellas!’ I mean, it’s crazy!” According to Jones, the way slavery is now taught in American does not put enough of an emphasis on the wonderful feat America achieved in ending the institution.

Schlafly agreed, stating that the Left “just lie[s] about everything.” She went on to point out that “it was the people in Africa that sent their own people into slavery” and “of course, [America] eventually abolished slavery” which is “one of the great achievements of our country.”

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