Cain Won't Face Questions About Sexual Harassment Allegations At Religious Right Candidate Forum

Next Saturday, most of the leading Republican presidential contenders will be gathering in Iowa for a "Thanksgiving Family Forum" that will be moderated by Republican pollster Frank Luntz.  The event is being sponsored by The Family Leader, the National Organization for Marriage, and CitizenLink, the political arm of Focus on the Family.

Since CitizenLink is one of the co-sponsors, Executive Director Tom Minnery will be assisting Luntz in asking questions of the candidates and explains that the purpose of this forum is different from all of the debates that have been held so far:

We’re well into the presidential primary election debate season and I suspect that the candidates are as frustrated as those of us in the viewing audience, with “gotcha” questions, testy squabbles, and your-national-defense-strategy-in-30-seconds-please time limits.

Those of us in the social conservative realm have noticed something else-the virtual absence of intelligent and probing questions on the enduring values of faith, family, and society’s responsibilities to its children, both born and preborn. These are the messier and many times controversial issues that derive from the soul and for which sound bites simply won’t do.

In a recent CitizenLink video, Minnery explained that while Mitt Romney will reportedly not be attending, all of the others will, including Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, and Herman Cain. 

But when it comes to Cain, Minnery says that he will not be asked about the myriad of sexual harassment/assault allegations that he is facing:

Stuart Shepard: One of people who will be there has been in the headlines a lot over the past week and a half, and that is businessman Herman Cain. Are you going to hit him with tough questions about what has been in the headlines?

Minnery: Well, that itself is a tough question but I'm glad you asked it because, actually, no. Every person in every press outlet that I'm aware of wants to get to Herman Cain on these questions about sexual harassment from years ago and they're having ample opportunity to do that. There are issues that we want to know that don't happen to deal with that and we're not going to take up our time dealing with that issue because, as I say, everybody else is doing that. That's the one thing about Herman Cain that's in the press daily now.

So there you go:  the Religious Right will be hosting the forum designed to find out where the Republicans candidates stand on issues regarding the "enduring values of faith [and] family," but they are "not going to take up our time" asking the frontrunner about the multiple allegations of sexual harassment he is facing.

Right Wing Round-Up

  • Ryan J. Reilly @ TPM: Tree Farmers Blast ‘Sinister’ ‘Smear’ Of ‘Obama’s Christmas Tree Tax.’ 

Right Wing Leftovers

  • Before tonight’s debate, Rick Santorum keynoted a rally with the Family Research Council Action’s “Values Voter Bus.”
  • Samuel Rodriguez joined Pat Robertson on The 700 Club to argue that Latinos could be the salvation of the conservative movement if only Republicans stopped demonizing them.
  • Even conservative bloggers at Hot Air and Townhall have stopped taking Herman Cain’s campaign seriously.
  • On the other hand, Religious Right activist Alveda King says Herman Cain “is the fulfillment of Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream” and claims the sexual harassment accusations represent a “high tech lynching akin to racial profiling in a vicious attempt to eliminate this man who has the courage to present life affirming solutions for America’s problems.”

Perkins: Obama "Has A Disdain For Christianity"

Today on Family Talk, James Dobson hosted Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, Alan Sears of the Alliance Defense Fund and Gary Bauer of American Values to discuss the purportedly perilous state of Christians in the U.S. Perkins, who has called President Obama “the worst president this country ever had” and said that his reelection could spell doom for America, told Dobson that President Obama is to blame for many of the problems Christians allegedly face. “The President has used his bully pulpit” to create “an atmosphere that is hostile toward Christianity,” Perkins claimed. He even argued that Obama “has a disdain for Christianity” and that the judiciary and the military are pushing his supposedly anti-Christian policies.

Listen:

Perkins: I have no doubt, as you look back over the last two and a half of years of this administration, that the President has used his bully pulpit, he has done public policy but beyond the public policy that he’s pushed for, its created an atmosphere that is hostile toward Christianity. And we’re seeing this played out all across this culture and the courts have been emboldened by this and now you see the military doing it as well. There’s no end to this as long as you have someone who is the Commander-in-Chief who is the president of this country that has a disdain for Christianity.

President Obama's Supposed Plan To Seize Power Today Flounders After Alert System Glitch

The testing of the national emergency alert system today appears to have been a big flop, which must be a relief for Renew America’s Sher Zieve, who warned us all that the alert would be the beginning of President Obama’s totalitarian dictatorship. As Zieve eloquently wrote last month:

I never realized how thoroughly submissive to totalitarianism we had become, until recently. I thought we still had a chance to survive. I actually thought we would fight. On one thing Obama is correct. We HAVE become soft.

Now, in a secondary move to seize all power in the country for himself and his syndicate, Obama has decided that he will confiscate ALL television and Radio broadcasts for a supposed "test" of the EAS (Emergency Alert System). Communication for both US television and Radio will be cut off on 9 November 2011 for at least 3-4 minutes. This is both unprecedented in our history and constitutes the final phase of Obama's testing of his ability to seize communications in the USA at will. In the past, real Presidents of the USA have asked for time from the various broadcast networks when there was an emergency and they needed to speak. No more. We are now firmly in the bowels of the Obama dictatorship and said tyrant is violating each and every principle and law contained with the US Constitution.

The Obama-supported and implemented "Occupy Wall Street' flea circus has provided Obama with both an "if you don't give us what we want, we'll turn violent" crowd and an almost perfect cover for his implementation of the finalization of his Police State. Anyone still think Obama is naive and incompetent? Not a chance. As I've been writing since before he usurped the Office of POTUS, Obama has been hired to destroy the USA and once he's in power we may not be able to get rid of him. He knows precisely what he's doing. Any more questions?

Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association should also be relieved, as he too floated fears that President could “declare an emergency and then he could co-opt all of the broadcast media in the country, and it would be all the president, all day.” Watch at the 3:05 mark:

Knight: Repealing DOMA Would "Dump A Capitol Domeful Of Cowpies Right On The Institution Of Marriage"

Robert Knight of the American Civil Rights Union attacked Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), the House sponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act which would repeal the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act, for “destroying” the institution of marriage. In a column discussing the recent House vote to reaffirm “In God We Trust” as the nation’s motto, Knight blasted Nadler for criticizing the need to vote on the measure, as the congressman said it would “divert people’s attention from the real issues that we’re not dealing with,’ like unemployment.”

Knight asked, “If we’re supposed to be addressing ‘real issues,’ where is the evidence that in a time of massive unemployment and economic uncertainty, Americans are just itching to redefine marriage as two guys on a pink cake?” He went on to say that “the bizarrely titled Respect for Marriage Act, which would dump a Capitol Domeful of cowpies right on the institution of marriage” and argue that Democrats support marriage equality and secular government to buttress the “all-powerful state.”

Well, the idea of affirming In God We Trust was too much for Jerrold Nadler, the New York progressive who represents ACORN in the House of Representatives and also the socialist Working Families Party and Occupy Wall Street.



“This is simply an exercise in saying, ‘We're more religious than the other people,’” Nadler nattered sarcastically. ‘“We're more godly than the other people, and by the way, let's waste time and divert people's attention from the real issues that we're not dealing with,’ like unemployment.”

Well, okay. How about unemployment? Nadler reliably voted against the job creation bills that the House passed in recent months, all of which were aborted in Harry Reid’s Senate upon delivery.

And if we’re supposed to be addressing “real issues,” where is the evidence that in a time of massive unemployment and economic uncertainty, Americans are just itching to redefine marriage as two guys on a pink cake? Nadler is a chief sponsor of the bizarrely titled Respect for Marriage Act, which would dump a Capitol Domeful of cowpies right on the institution of marriage, destroying its real meaning.

It makes perfect sense that a leading progressive would hate the thought of honoring God while trashing the institution created by God as the fountainhead of families, churches and communities. Those things get in the way of the all-powerful state, which has a devil of a time creating the new socialist man while families, churches and communities are imbuing citizens with personal responsibility.

Huckabee Endorses Gary Glenn For Senate

When Gary Glenn, the head of American Family Association’s Michigan affiliate, announced his run for U.S. Senate, Kyle wondered “how long it will be before Glenn receives Mike Huckabee's endorsement given that Huckabee believes that ‘if we had leaders like Gary Glenn across America, our work wouldn't be so hard.’”

Well, today Huckabee made it official, endorsing Glenn and saying he “will be a Senator that will take his values with him to Washington”:

I am very happy to endorse and support Gary Glenn for the United States Senate in Michigan. Gary is a person whose clarity of conviction is refreshing. He has boldly led on issues of life, traditional marriage, and the Fair Tax. When I needed help in Michigan in 2008, Gary didn't wait until it was convenient or popular, he stood with me out of sheer courage of his views. Gary Glenn won't take a poll to find out where he needs to stand. He will be a Senator that will take his values with him to Washington. I hope you will join me in getting behind Gary with your prayers, your generous and sacrificial contributions, and your vote.

Glenn faces a competitive primary against former congressman Pete Hoekstra and charter school activist Clark Durant and, if he wins the nomination, an uphill climb against Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow.

While leading the AFA’s state chapter, Glenn has amassed a tremendous anti-gay record. He not only led the successful campaign to enshrine a ban on marriage equality for gays and lesbians in the state constitution, but also targeted openly gay candidates and was a plaintiff in the unsuccessful lawsuit to block the Shepard-Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which expands hate crimes laws to protect people targeted because of their sexual orientation.

Glenn supports the criminalization of homosexuality and joined anti-gay radio host and Mission America head Linda Harvey to warn companies against hiring gay and lesbian employees, saying, “What ridiculous folly to suggest that only those individuals who engage in homosexual behavior given all of its severe medical consequences constitute the best and the brightest.” During an interview with anti-gay extremist Peter LaBarbera of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality, Glenn said that anti-bullying programs were a “Trojan Horse” of “homosexual activists” and said that the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell “defies reason,” predicting repeal will lead to more “sexual assaults” and “security,” “moral,” and “medical” risks.

But for Huckabee, Glenn’s “clarity of conviction is refreshing.”

Terry Set To Run Graphic Anti-Choice Ads Against "Patently Evil" Obama

Randall Terry, the founder of Operation Rescue, is trying to raise $100,000 to run explicit advertisements on abortion against President Obama in Iowa and New Hampshire. Terry announced that he is running against Obama in the Democratic primary in order to use an election law loophole that would allow him to run graphic advertisements showing aborted fetuses. In the ads, Terry compares Evangelical Christians who voted for Obama to Judas Iscariot and says that Catholics who backed Obama committed a “betrayal of the faith.”

Terry asked supporters to donate to him rather than the Republican candidates because “no GOP candidate is going to run ads that thrash Obama for his support of child killing like these ads do,” arguing that Obama is “the paramount abortionist of the western hemisphere” and “patently evil.” “I despise this Presidency with all my heart,” Terry said, “and I am committed with my life’s blood if necessary to defend the innocent babies that are being slaughtered under Obama’s policies.”

If you despise the Obama Presidency as much as I do, I invite you to help me cause Obama’s defeat in 2012. I beg you to read this entire letter, and join me in this strategy. I promise you…it will work.

A few months ago, when I saw the potential field of GOP candidates, I knew that we would be in for a brawl. I could envision Republicans pummeling and cannibalizing each other at debates and in TV ads, while Obama just grinned from the sidelines.

And that is what is happening! Obama is quietly raising tens of millions of dollars, moving closer to reelection (please God, no!) while Republicans bludgeon each other!



If just five percent of the Christians who voted for Obama in 2008 say, “I will mend my ways; I WILL NOT VOTE FOR OBAMA AGAIN!”…such a swing in the vote would cause Obama’s defeat in the general election.

If you are a pro-lifer, then you know the power of these images. You also can imagine the quiet, gnawing guilt that millions of Christians have for voting for the paramount abortionist of the western hemisphere.

In fact, Obama supports infanticide in America, and forced abortion China. He is patently evil in his efforts to kill the innocent under the banner of “choice.”



You and I both know that no GOP candidate is going to run ads that thrash Obama for his support of child killing like these ads do. Hence, they are missing a great chance to frame the issue for Catholic and Evangelical voters as a matter of Christian conscience and duty.

I am not afraid to do so. I despise this Presidency with all my heart, and I am committed with my life’s blood if necessary to defend the innocent babies that are being slaughtered under Obama’s policies.

So, if Obama upsets you half as much as he does me, give to these ads to defeat him!

Pastors Challenge The Extremism Behind 'The Call: Detroit'

As Lou Engle prepares to lead The Call:Detroit on Friday, Detroit pastors are beginning to speak out against Engle’s radical ideology and some are urging Detroit residents not to participate in his prayer rally. Rev. Charles Williams II of the Historic King Solomon Baptist Church, a member of People For the American Way’s African American Ministers In Action, said the rally is only bringing “divisiveness and fear” to the city. “Religious leaders who support this event should really take a look at what its undertones are all about,” he said.

Today, Rev. Williams and other faith leaders will be holding a press conference challenging the prayer rally, and yesterday the reverend spoke to Fox Detroit on why people of faith should think twice about participating in The Call. Williams highlighted the fact that Engle took The Call to Uganda where he and other speakers spoke out in support of draconian legislation that would criminalize homosexuality and even impose the death penalty for homosexuals in some cases. He also addressed claims by Engle and other organizers of The Call that Islam and Muslims are literally demonic.

“I think most of us in the City of Detroit and I think most Christians have much more sense then some of [these] radical religious right values that this guy’s promoting,” Rev. Williams said. “We just don’t need that kind of politics of deception nor fear here in Detroit.”

Watch:

Personhood Initiative Defeated, "Satan Wins"

Mississippi Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, who was elected as governor yesterday, also co-chaired “Yes on 26,” the campaign to pass a “Personhood” amendment in the state, and said on Election Day that the fight over Initiative 26 was “a battle of good and evil of Biblical proportions” and warned that “Satan wins” if the initiative fails. Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association, which heavily funded the “Yes on 26” effort, warned that the country would face God’s judgment if Initiative 26 lost and urged voters to “choose life lest the flickering flame of our liberty be extinguished forever.”

But the initiative did indeed fail, with a whopping 58% of Mississippi voters rejecting the extreme personhood law.

Along with Personhood USA and the American Family Association, Religious Right groups including the Family Research Council, Faith 2 Action and Liberty Counsel all backed Initiative 26.

Hours after the initiative was trounced at the polls, anti-choice activists are already blaming Planned Parenthood, the media, and Satan for the defeat.

Personhood USA’s Keith Ashley pledged to bring the personhood initiative back to the Mississippi ballot:

Personhood USA firmly believes that our campaign fell victim to the outright lies of our opposition, and because of their lies, children will continue to be murdered in Mississippi.



We recognize that the right time to end abortion in Mississippi is now, and that is why the citizens of Mississippi will attempt a personhood ballot measure again—and again, if necessary—until every person’s life is protected.

Brad Prewitt, the executive director of “Yes on 26,” likened the personhood fight to the struggle against slavery, and Gualberto Garcia Jones of Personhood USA blamed the media and the “culture of death” for the defeat, in interviews with the American Family Association’s OneNewsNow:

"It's easy to look at things in a linear fashion, but we know that God's provision is not easily discernible by us in terms of his will -- and we have to await his will," he tells OneNewsNow. "And in the meantime, we have to be committed to biblical truth."

Meanwhile, Prewitt stresses the pro-life movement is not on life support in Mississippi. "There has been and there will continue to be a pro-life movement in Mississippi," he assures. "William Wilberforce started the anti-slave movement in England [in the late 1700s] and it was a 20-something year process. So if you have to start somewhere, I think it was a productive dialogue to have."



A spokesman for Personhood USA say advocacy groups for personhood learned a lot from the campaign. "I think definitely the lies that were put out there by Planned Parenthood definitely took their toll on the people of Mississippi, and a lot of them believed them," says Gualberto Garcia Jones.

He laments that that misinformation converted to no votes on Election Day, even among pro-life residents.

"One of the things that was very telling to me was that the media, even in a conservative state such as Mississippi, was incredibly negative," Jones notes. "We had to battle uphill the whole time. They just carried the water for the opposition at every level.

"It's an indicator of how deep the culture of death has taken root of our nation.

Susan Tyrrell of Lou Engle’s Bound4Life wrote that it was a victory for “the kingdom of Satan”:

When push came to shove Tuesday night, Mississippians voted that the unborn could not be defined as people according to the proposed personhood amendment.



The kingdom of Satan is united, which is why, for this season, it’s successful. Eventually the church will be united. At the end of the age we will be a powerful, praying church that stands for the only definition of justice that exists: the Jesus one. But right now we’re not there. I don’t want to be cynical. I know many wonderful praying people of all denominations who stand for LIFE and the word of God. We are advancing, but tonight, once again, we have let the kingdom of darkness advance ahead of us.
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