Right Wing Round-Up

Right Wing Leftovers

  • FRC has released its Congressional scorecards.
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  • I look forward to watching the Religious Right turn this pastor who was arrested for protesting a high school's demon mascot into their newest cause célèbre.
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  • Is Charisma Magazine, which routinely features people like Lou Engle and Cindy Jacobs, really suggesting that people should be jailed for delivering false prophecies?
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  • Gary Cass bravely launched a new "anti-bullying campaign" yesterday - by which he means "an anti-Muslim campaign."
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  • Finally, Mat Staver says "I think what we see is militant atheism trying to use the courts to literally crush Christianity, silence anyone who believes in God, and to make those who do a target of punishment."  I think Staver doesn't understand what the word "literally" means.

Fischer: Iraq War Was A Waste Because Muslims Hate Freedom

It is not every day that you hear a conservative commentator go off on an extended rant about how the war in Iraq was a colossal waste and total failure, but that is exactly what Bryan Fischer did today on his radio program.

According to Fischer, there is one, and only one, metric by which the success of the war can be judged and that was whether or not the US left behind a nation which protected religious liberty for Christians.  And based on that one measurement, Fischer declared the Iraq war to be a monumental failure for which the US has absolutely nothing to show. 

In fact, said Fischer, Christians actually had it better under Saddam Hussein because he realized that he could only trust Christians to help him run the country because all the Muslims were liars and thieves.  But when Hussein was toppled, the protection for Christians vanished and now they have been left at the mercy of  "a spirit of darkness, a spirit of death, a spirit of tyranny, a spirit of despotism, a spirit of terror" that is Islam. 

Finally, Fischer declared that since Muslims hate liberty and freedom, the next president must declare that not one dollar will be spent to rebuild Muslim nations because doing so is a waste of American blood and treasure:

King: Marriage Equality Is "An Active Effort To Desecrate A Sacrament Of The Church"

Less than a month after his speech to the Values Voter Summit, in which he claimed that marriage equality was an “assault” by the left to destroy America’s foundations, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) equated legalizing marriage for same-sex couples to desecrating the Eucharist. Speaking with Bishop William Lori at a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing on “The State of Religious Liberty in the United States,” King said that marriage equality, like the desecration of the Eucharist, was a “direct affront to the Church” and “an active effort to desecrate a sacrament of the church.”

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Barton Is Not A Historian, But He Plays One On TV

As Brian noted, David Barton has been the guest on Kenneth Copeland's television show all week where he has been peddling his patented brand of Christian-based pseudo-history.

During the episodes, ads were being run promoting Barton's latest DVD project called "Building on the American Heritage Series" and we noticed something odd; namely that Barton is being billed as an "expert historian" and an "American historian" in the ad campaign even though Barton claims that he doesn't consider himself to be a historian and doesn't call himself one:

Barton: America Must Instruct Children In "The Fear Of The Lord"

Today on Believers Voice of Victory, David Barton told televangelist Kenneth Copeland that the only way to rejuvenate America’s education system is to instill in kids the “fear of the Lord.” Barton launched his career as a Religious Right activist with the 1989 booklet What Happened in Education?, in which he concluded that a decline in SAT scores was a result of the end of school prayer, and that only Christian teachings in schools could bring SAT scores back up. Barton explained to Copeland, a Prosperity Gospel preacher, what that instilling the “fear of the Lord” in children would require establishing the Bible as the basis of all school curricula:

Barton: This shows you what public education is supposed to look like, the educational system was supposed to come—and it did, these guys started the first public schools in 1642 and cited Bible verses on why they were doing it, they also cited Bible verses on the courses they taught and the way they taught the courses. Now most Christians today, ‘Well we got government schools that’s the way it was supposed to be.’ Really? Show me in the Bible where government’s supposed to do the education, show me how that works, show me what courses government’s supposed to be teaching. See we can’t do that anymore, we don’t use the—we’ve been conformed to the culture, we’ve had public schools for so long that we think that’s the way it is.

Copeland: So now we’ve done then, we’ve gone, into our own—

Barton: Dark ages.



Barton: This book right here, every Bible says, in Proverbs 1:7, ‘The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.’ Now I don’t know why today we think, ‘oh I’m going to know more about the Lord if I fear God,’ we’ve made the fear of the Lord the beginning of spiritual knowledge. He didn’t say that, He said the fear of the Lord’s the beginning of knowledge. If you want education you better include the fear of God, if you want to be a good scientist you better include the fear of God, if you want to be a good musician—1962, ’63, the U.S. Supreme Court in three decisions said no more fear of God in education, we want education to be secular. All right, that’s a theological issue. How’s that working out? In 1962, ’63, America was number one in the world in literacy, we are now number sixty-five in the world in literacy. We don’t have the fear of the Lord, because guess what, we don’t have knowledge, it goes down.

Blackwell Ditches Bachmann For Perry

Back when Michele Bachmann was the GOP’s flavor of the month, three Religious Right leaders formed a Super PAC to bolster Bachmann’s fledgling campaign. Kenneth Blackwell, the former Ohio Secretary of State, failed gubernatorial nominee and unsuccessful candidate to be chairman of the Republican National Committee, was to chair the pro-Bachmann Citizens for a Working America. In fact, the announcement came just days after Rick Perry entered the presidential race.

How times have changed. Today, Blackwell switched sides and is now endorsing Rick Perry:

Ken Blackwell, the former Republican Secretary of State of Ohio and one time candidate for Governor who lost against Democrat Ted Strickland in 2006, has endorsed Texas Gov. Rick Perry for President.

“I am proud to endorse Texas Gov. Rick Perry for president,” said Blackwell in a release from the Perry campaign. “Gov. Perry’s successful record of job creation shows that he has the skill, experience and ideas necessary to get our nation working again. His proven conservative values, and his proven executive experience are exactly what this country needs to reverse the failed policies of the Obama Administration.”

Blackwell’s endorsement comes just as Perry’s campaign is having a second roll-out following a major slip in the polls as a result of dreadful debate performances and other missteps. Bachmann’s poll numbers have also dropped significantly as Herman Cain, for now, has emerged as Mitt Romney’s closest rival. But with Cain flubbing and flip-flopping even straight-forward questions on abortion rights and gay rights and Bachmann’s campaign running low on support, staffers and funding, it may be time that establishment figures in the Religious Right rally behind Perry as their choice.

Bennett, Robertson Blame Feminism, Gay Culture For Ruining Men

Bill Bennett appeared on The 700 Club today to promote his new book The Book of Man. He and Pat Robertson used the time to lament the rise of women in American society and the supposed decimation of manhood. Bennett claimed that “feminism” and “gay culture” confused and blurred gender lines, and seemed to mourn the fact that women are now taking positions of authority in society once reserved only for men. Robertson cited the promotion of Virginia Rometty, who is succeeding Sam Palmisano to be CEO of IBM, and warned of a pending “matriarchy.”

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Bennett: What feminism did I think, Pat, was confuse the debate to some extent by saying those expectations we have of boys, the kinds of responsibilities that they will need to take up as men, we’re not sure we need them anymore because we’re not sure we need men any more, well we do need men.

Robertson: Well you know it’s interesting in the news today was the changing of the guard at IBM where Palmisano is changing off and a woman’s taking his position as head of this great corporation, IBM.

Bennett: That’s right and there’s just a ton of that…fine all power to the women and the girls, as long as we don’t confuse roles and the differences in genders. Boys have to wake up! We got to wake them up!

Robertson: What’s this going to do to society, if men don’t take their places as men and suddenly there’s a gap and women and we have a matriarchy. What will this do ultimately to society?

Bennett: I think it can hurt society, maybe grievously. Interestingly the feminists are not celebrating this Pat, they want men too. They might want to rail against this and they may want to talk about stereotypes of man and male domination and so on, but women want men. They want men for that strong arm, they want men for that protection, they want men for a partner in marriage and so it’s something that has got very blurred and what I try to do in this book is remind people of things that are true. And to the boys, as you very well said, the array of things offered on TV and elsewhere is very confusing, from macho stuff to gay culture to all sorts of things. What I got here is a point of view that is time tested, based in tradition that will get boys to manhood.

The Establishment Of Secular Humanism

Today's installment of the "Faith and Freedom" radio program was dedicated to the discussion of "American Exceptionalism & How the Religion of Secular Humanism Has Been Imposed Upon Americans by Liberals Hostile to the Christian Faith!"

And, as the title suggests, one of the central points that Matt Barber and Mat Staver made was that  "secular humanism ... is a religion with no God" which has become the established religion of the United States, in direct violation of the Constitution:

Jon Stewart On Pat Robertson And "Right Club"

Last night on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, host Jon Stewart drew attention to Pat Robertson’s claim, first reported by Right Wing Watch, that the Republican base is pushing the GOP presidential candidates to take such extreme positions that they may jeopardize their prospects in the general election. After playing a montage of Robertson’s own radical beliefs, Stewart noted that Robertson didn’t disagree with the Republican field, he simply didn’t want the candidates to advertise their far-right views: “Not the things you are saying or wrong or bad policy or callous or crazy, but that you’re right, but let’s just keep those our little secret,” Stewart said, “What he’s telling the GOP field is this, if you tell people what you honestly believe, an electoral majority of those people will freak the f--- out. He’s saying the first rule of Right Club--don’t talk about Right Club.”  

Watch Robertson here:

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