Phyllis Schlafly: 'Overweight Woman In Charge Of The Secret Service' Couldn't 'Protect The President'

In an interview with Jacksonville radio host Cindy Graves on Friday, Phyllis Schlafly expressed her admiration for Rep. Michele Bachmann but seemed taken aback when Graves mentioned Joni Ernst, the Iowa Republican Senate candidate who is a lieutenant colonel in the Iowa Army National Guard.

After Schlafly heaped praise on the “wonderful” and “articulate” Bachmann, Graves asked Schlafly — a staunch opponent of allowing women to serve in the military — if she shared her admiration for Ernst “not only as a strong woman but also as a military leader, I think it’s refreshing.”

Schlafly curtly agreed before adding, “Of course, the Secret Service has taken a blow in the past week. They put this overweight woman in charge of the Secret Service and she was not able, really, to protect the president.”

Becket Fund Pretends It's Not Fighting The Culture Wars

Politico is up with a profile of the Becket Fund, one of the Religious Right legal groups that has pushed, via Hobby Lobby and related cases, to expand the definition of “religious liberty” to allow corporations and individuals as well as religious institutions to opt out of laws they say violate their religious beliefs.

The article by Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux quotes Stanford Law School professor Michael McConnell saying nice things about Becket, but it doesn’t mention that Becket steered $1.6 million to Stanford and McConnell for a religious liberty law clinic that opened at the school last year.

In Politico, McConnell attributes to Becket the idea that religious freedom “is not – in most contexts – a culture war issue.” At a forum on religious liberty at the Newseum last year, Becket’s Mark Rienzi also suggested that religious liberty is not a culture war issue.

In reality, redefining “religious liberty” has become the central culture war issue and the primary legal and public relations strategy chosen by conservative evangelicals and their allies in the Catholic hierarchy to resist the advance of LGBT equality and restrict women’s access to reproductive care. Becket is at the center of this strategy. A corollary strategy is portraying Christians in America as the victims of religious persecution; Becket lawyers appear in Rick Santorum’s latest movie, “One Generation Away: The Erosion of Religious Liberty.”

While it is true that support for religious freedom crosses political and religious lines, and it is admirable that Becket, unlike some other Religious Right legal groups, defends the freedom of religious minorities as well as conservative Christians, it is hard to accept with a straight face the idea that Becket’s lawyers are not culture warriors.

Let’s review some of Becket’s culture-war credentials:

  • In addition to Robert George, the intellectual force behind the Manhattan Declaration and the Catholic bishops’ “religious liberty” strategy, Becket’s board includes culture warriors like the Family Research Council’s Ken Blackwell and right-wing mega-funder Sean Fieler.
  • Earlier this year, Becket celebrated the Supreme Court’s ruling in Town of Greece v. Galloway, in which the Court upheld sectarian prayer at official public meetings and narrowly defined what would amount to unconstitutional religious coercion of people attending those meetings. Becket signaled that it hoped the decision would lead to the further dismantling of court rulings that uphold church-state separation.
  • Last year a Becket blog post about a legal victory for a Colorado voucher program that diverts public education funds to religious schools was headlined “Needy Kids 1, Anti-Catholic Bigots 0.”
  • In the fall of 2012, Becket co-sponsored an event for the Manhattan Declaration — itself a call to the culture-war barricades. According to an admiring report by Mark Tooley of the Institute on Religion & Democracy, Becket President William Mumma “noted that in today’s culture wars ‘religion is not an accidental victim, it is the target’ for radical secularists. ‘When government tries to murder religion it may murder religious liberty but not religion,’ he promised, as faith will survive amid persecution.”
  • Becket’s executive director Kristina Arriaga joined hard-core culture warriors in supporting the Pray and A.C.T. group created by dominionist Lou Engle in advance of the 2010 elections.
  • In 2008 Becket ran a full-page ad in the New York Times charging that anti-Prop 8 protesters were “thugs” engaged in a “religious war” of violence and intimidation against the Mormon church; founder Kevin “Seamus” Hasson responded to criticism with a comparison of “radical secularist” Prop 8 protestors to radical Islamist terrorists.

Winners of Becket’s Canterbury Medal over the past decade include Robert George; ultraconservative Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput, who has waged what a local columnist called a “war on Obama” over the HHS mandate; Eric Mataxas, the author whose 2012 prayer breakfast speech delighted right-wing activists with its thinly veiled attacks on President Obama’s faith; and Mormon Apostle Dallin H. Oaks, a strong defender of the LDS Church’s anti-equality efforts.

One more quibble with the Politico story: its headline – “God’s Rottweilers” – does give a sense of the group’s intensity, but it also implies that Becket is working for God. Media coverage all too often portrays culture war issues as a struggle between religious people and “radical secularists” when in fact there are also many religious individuals and organizations actively opposed to the Religious Right’s agendas on LGBT equality, women’s access to reproductive care, and the relationship between church and state.

Bachmann: ISIS Car Bombings Will Bring Down America, Thanks To Obama

While appearing on the Saturday broadcast of the End Times radio show “Understanding the Times with Jan Markell,” Rep. Michele Bachmann predicted that ISIS members are planning imminent attacks inside the U.S. and will make American cities experience levels of violence seen in Iraqi cities like Baghdad.

After arguing that ISIS members are entering the country as they illegally cross the southern border and “march through our United States airports,” Bachmann made the false claim that “President Obama released Baghdadi,” referring to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. In fact, he was released during the Bush administration.

“I don’t want to see the car bombings and all of the havoc and chaos coming to the United States that we see in Baghdad,” she said. “Since we have the Islamic State come into the United States, we’ll see a wave of car bombings and bombings that occur here in the United States that would begin the process of destabilization to bring them to the point of defeating us here in the United States.”

Peter LaBarbera: LGBT Rights Advocates Want People To Be 'Ignorant'

Linda Harvey hosted Peter LaBarbera of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality this weekend on her “Mission America” radio show, where the two activists warned that schools are using misleading information as part of their efforts to keep “promoting” homosexuality to children.

“This is such a betrayal of our vulnerable children,” Harvey lamented, criticizing the “mythology” surrounding homosexuality.

LaBarbera, for his part, denounced “politically correct” schools for making students “ignorant” by using LGBT-affirming lesson plans: “The kids are learning — they are so ignorant of so many basic facts and truth on this issue.”

Austin Miles: Obama Is Letting ISIS 'Set Up Training Camps' In America

Rev. Austin Miles writes in Renew America today that President Obama is allowing terrorists affiliated with ISIS “to set up training camps here, and to build mosques where the Koran is preached, supported by our tax money.”

Miles writes that Muslims are “manipulated” and under a “hypnotic” spell that leads them to commit “senseless killings,” adding that no Muslim “can be trusted” unless they leave the faith.

He does want you to know, however, that Muslims are very nice people, even though they have been “brainwashed into committing murder in the name of Allah.”

ISIS is already in America and we have already had a beheading by a Muslim in our own country with many more promised. Obama, who was PLACED in the Oval Office (not voted in) favors Islam above all other faiths. He has opened the borders to allow terrorists to enter America, to set up training camps here, and to build mosques where the Koran is preached, supported by our tax money.

The Koran is written poetically, disguising what it is actually saying. The reading of it is actually hypnotic which explains some of the senseless killings where it seems all human traits have been yanked out of these manipulated (otherwise decent) individuals.

Are there Muslims that can be trusted? Only those who renounce the Koran, and withdraw from the Mosques. Otherwise, even if they identify as "moderate," they are suspect since they all live under the dictates of The Koran and all of these terrorist crimes against humanity are by Muslims who are brainwashed into committing murder in the name of Allah.

This is personally painful since I have never met a Muslim I didn't like. Indeed, I once saved the life of a practicing Muslim in Springfield, Massachusetts. The problem is, that these people who can be so very gracious, helpful and sharing, and have contributed so much to the sciences, philosophy, architecture, art and literature, are being totally deceived into becoming what they are not. That is the real tragedy, since they are all on the road to Hell without knowing it. Hopefully they will come to their senses before it is too late. That is my prayer.

Tea Party Leader: Women Shouldn't Serve In Combat Because Men Should Be Taught To 'Treat Them Like Queens'

On his radio program Friday, Bryan Fischer interviewed Scottie Nell Hughes, the news director for the Tea Party News Network, about her new book "Roar: The New Conservative Woman Speaks Out." During the course of the interview, Hughes explained that she opposes allowing women to serve in combat positions in the military because it would be very confusing to her son, whom she is teaching to treat women "like queens" and always protect them.

Hughes stated that women should not be allowed to serve in combat because it is a very stressful experience and men need to be free to relieve their stress without having women around creating added tension. But, more importantly, Hughes' own son might one day join the military and having to serve alongside of a woman in combat would very confusing to him.

"Right now, I'm doing everything I can to teach that young man to honor women, to open the doors, don't push them, don't hit them," she said, "respect them, treat them like queens, protect them. But what happens when he goes into the military and he has a woman serving next to him on the front lines? Both of them are getting shot at and is he going to sit there and have to think also about protecting her or is he just going to say "You know what, if she dies next to me, she dies'?"

"Do I really want to live in a culture where men are not trained in accordance to treat women with respect?" she asked:

Laurie Roth: Obama Allowing ISIS To Send Ebola Patients To US So He Can Use Fake Vaccines To Track People

Right-wing talk show host Laurie Roth takes to BarbWire today to share a doozy of a conspiracy theory.

Roth starts by citing unfounded claims that Central American children are responsible for an outbreak of a respiratory disease in the U.S., which she blames on “disease flame thrower” President Obama.

That leads her to the crux of her argument, which is that ISIS has “peppered” people affected with Ebola “throughout many cities,” something that Obama has allowed to happen so that he can institute martial law and a “forced vaccination plan” that will “release something potentially fatal into our system, but also act as a tracker.”

By the way, Roth has spoken twice at the supposedly mainstream Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

Now, ISIS — that we are pretending to attack — is bringing in their version of suicide bombers throughout America. According to the breaking research of Whalid and Ted Shoebat, (regular guests of my national radio show), ISIS is planning to bring in people through out [sic] America infected with EBOLA. They are most likely already peppered throughout many cities now.

Forget suicide bombers with explosives attached to them. They have evolved to the next level now. ISIS might as well join the disease party, so by Christmas we can have a nice variety package of destruction and horror…lets see, EVD 68, EBOLA, TB and Scabies. Anyone want some bloody slush with your Christmas hors d’oeuvres?

…And what is the purpose of all this disease, lack of protection and border security??? It appears to be potentially the “full meal deal” for Obama and his goals. 1) Establish over the next few years mindless, dependent and UN-American foreign voters and supporters for Obama and his goals. 2) Punish America for her achievements by riddling her with diseases and maiming her children. 3) Create a guise to declare martial law due to created outbreaks. Control speech, food, travel and health care. 4) Demand adults and children take some sort of mandated/mystery vaccination that kills off even more people.

My prediction is that a forced vaccination plan from Obama and his administration is on its way. This will not only allow someone put in control (so Obama can’t be blamed) to release something potentially fatal into our system, but also act as a tracker – the complete end of our privacy and freedom.

Larry Klayman: Deport Obama!

Right-wing legal activist Larry Klayman says President Obama must be “deported back to his native country,” arguing in a WorldNetDaily column on Friday that the president should “be tried, convicted and removed from our shores before he destroys everything the Founding Fathers bequeathed to us.”

Right Wing Round-Up - 10/3/14

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 10/3/14

  • Catholic leaders have now exorcised the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall following the recent performance of a satanic "black mass."
  • If reelected to the Senate this year, Lindsey Graham says he'll start exploring a bid to run for president in 2016.
  • Bryan Fischer reiterates his pseudo-scientific belief that AIDS is not caused by HIV.
  • Another day, another book about how America is under God's judgment.
  • Noted legal scholar Peter LaBarbera takes on Judge Richard Posner over the latter's ignorance regarding the existence of ex-gays.
  • Finally, David Horowitz has a warning: "The terrorists are going to walk across [the border] and start blowing people up. And I think that's going to happen sooner rather than later. And every American that dies in those terrorist attacks, Democrats are responsible."
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