Jeb Bush’s impending presidential campaign has brought the legal and political battle surrounding the Terri Schiavo controversy back in the news, with the Wall Street Journal today reporting that the former Florida governor is downplaying his role in the case of Terri Schiavo, the brain-dead woman in Florida who was on life support for 15 years pending lengthy court battles.
As Politico reminded us earlier this year, Jeb Bush was the single driving force behind the Terri Schiavo case becoming a full-blown national story:
The fight over [Terry Schiavo’s] death lasted almost a decade. It started as a private legal back-and-forth between her husband and her parents. Before it ended, it moved from circuit courts to district courts to state courts to federal courts, to the U.S. Supreme Court, from the state legislature in Tallahassee to Congress in Washington. The president got involved. So did the pope.
But it never would have become what it became if not for the dogged intervention of the governor of Florida at the time, the second son of the 41st president, the younger brother of the 43rd, the man who sits near the top of the extended early list of likely 2016 Republican presidential candidates. On sustained, concentrated display, seen in thousands of pages of court records and hundreds of emails he sent, was Jeb the converted Catholic, Jeb the pro-life conservative, Jeb the hands-on workaholic, Jeb the all-hours emailer—confident, competitive, powerful, obstinate Jeb. Longtime watchers of John Ellis Bush say what he did throughout the Terri Schiavo case demonstrates how he would operate in the Oval Office. They say it’s the Jebbest thing Jeb’s ever done.
The case showed he “will pursue whatever he thinks is right, virtually forever,” said Aubrey Jewett, a political science professor at the University of Central Florida. “It’s a theme of Jeb’s governorship: He really pushed executive power to the limits.”
As Bush attacks President Obama for his executive actions and promotes himself as a moderate who is trying to change the Republican Party, S.V. Dáte, author of Jeb: America’s Next Bush, explains one way that Bush promotes this image:
Jeb does not call himself the Outsourcing Governor or the Terri Schiavo Governor. He calls himself the Education Governor.
To Dáte, the Schiavo case is just one example of how inconceivable it is that Bush’s image as a moderate Governor is the current public narrative:
Jeb Bush. Not conservative enough. Try as I might, it remains impossible to see these two concepts as even remotely related….For those of us who covered Jeb’s two terms in Tallahassee, this is beyond mind-boggling. On issue after issue, Jeb’s track record in Florida pushed conservatism’s envelope to the breaking point.
Unfortunately for Bush, downplaying the Schiavo case could be difficult. Michael Schiavo, husband of the late Terri Schiavo, recently said that Bush made his life “a living hell.” He stated that Bush “should be ashamed” and that he “think[s] people really need to know what type of person he is. To bring as much pain as he did, to me and my family, that should be an issue.”
And tomorrow, a group started under Schiavo’s name “to help others avoid tragedies that reflect what Terri endured,” will host a gala keynoted by none other than Glenn Beck.
While Beck is no fan of the former governor, his prominent role at the gala will help bring even more light to the Schiavo controversy.
This weekend, Mission America’s Linda Harvey hosted Laurie Higgins of the Illinois Family Institute to discuss the Religious Right campaign to have parents keep their children home from school in protest of the Day of Silence, an annual nationwide demonstration against anti-LGBT bullying.
Higgins said that the Day of Silence was really focused on promoting a political agenda rather than protecting LGBT children, labeling anyone who disagrees as “haters.”
Harvey agreed, repeating her claim that LGBT people don’t actually exist: “It goes on and on with the strong-arming, emotional and mental strong-arming, by implying that there are such – again – lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. This is not an inborn lifestyle, there is no evidence of homosexuality — or being transgendered [sic], that you were ever born in the wrong sex body.”
Ted Cruz’s father and adviser Rafael Cruz, a prominent right-wing activist in his own right, appeared on “Eagle Forum Live” this weekend with Phyllis Schlalfy, where he called on state leaders to follow Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore’s lead in flouting federal court decisions which strike down bans on same-sex marriage.
“Something very exciting that has happened is what happened in Alabama with Justice Roy Moore,” Cruz said, hailing a state supreme court ruling which found that “the courts of Alabama do not have to obey the opinion of a federal judge and as a matter of fact, Justice Roy Moore, ordered the civil courts in Alabama not to issue marriage licenses for homosexual couples. And so what they are doing is asserting that the state has supremacy and basically all of these laws were for the state to make those decisions, not the federal court, the federal court is overreaching and it is actually legislating from the bench, contrary to the opinion of the majority of the American people.”
Cruz added that states with marriage equality will begin forcing pastors to marry same-sex couples under penalty of prison, something that has never taken place in any of the dozens of states where same-sex marriage is legal.
“We need to realize that the attack on marriage is more than just an attack on marriage, it actually goes to the heart of religious freedom,” Cruz said. “What is going to come next and this is part of the danger of what may happen out of the Supreme Court in June, is that if marriage of anybody-with-anybody becomes a civil rights issue, then they are going to come to churches and force pastors to violate their religious convictions. And so it is going to come to America to where a pastor is going to be faced with a decision: do you obey a law that is not only unjust but violates your core principles, or do you obey God and face prison?”
“This is the dilemma that America’s pastors are going to be facing if this issue is labeled a civil rights issue. It goes way beyond marriage to actually violate the religious freedom of people of faith,” he continued.
Later in the program, Cruz warned that “we are on the brink of the destruction of this country” and said that President Obama is acting “like an emperor more than a president,” adding: “If we have eight more years of this type of government, this country will be destroyed.”
When a caller, Dan, called in to say that the American people should begin “killing judges” over the fear that “judges will order pastors to marry homosexuals,” Schlafly said that she is “not ready to kill anybody.”
Instead, Schlafly said that people should instead “use all the ways that are available to us in this free system.” Cruz agreed with Schlafly, arguing that elected officials are selected by “a small minority of Americans” and that people who believe in “biblical values” must turn out en masse to the polls.
As we have noted before, Glenn Beck seems to have a rather strange understanding of what it means to be "anti-gay" since he brags that "I don't know anybody who is anti-gay" while, at the same time, regularly associating with some of the Religious Right's most virulently anti-gay activists.
This apparent disconnect was perfectly illustrated today when we came across a viciously anti-gay column in WorldNetDaily this weekend written by Joshua Charles, a research fellow at the Public Policy Institute at William Jessup University, who co-authored Beck's 2011 book, "The Original Argument: The Federalists' Case for the Constitution, Adapted for the 21st Century."
Not only did they write a book together, but Beck also featured him on his radio program and his TV show. Perhaps they just never discussed Charles' view that gay couples having children is a "profound, disgusting, vile evil" from "the pit of Hell":
I’ve been seeing more and more stories about children being created (by sperm donors and surrogate mothers) specifically for gay couples.
I find this to be a horrific and monstrous evil, because by default it creates children who will oftentimes never know at least one of their parents, who in most cases can’t know who one of their parents are and who in most cases, even if the parent is known, are separated from them nonetheless. At the very least, it puts a child in a situation in which he or she shall be deprived of a mother or a father, the two halves of humanity all children need.
This is EVIL. To create children and intentionally (as opposed to true adoption where a tragedy has intervened to create a need) deprive them of their mother and father is EVIL. Every single person in this world has a mother and has a father. While of course it doesn’t always work out this way because of the trials of life, the ideal is a mother and a father. And isn’t that the point? When a child is separated from his mother or father, prior to this brave new world we live in, that was a tragedy! Even if the dad was a schmuck or the mom was on drugs, or whatever the case may be, it was a tragedy that that child was deprived of a mother or a father. Now we accept it as a matter of course, because homosexual people want their “own” children at the price of them being oftentimes permanently separated from one of their parents.
But now, homosexuals want their own children (ironically, the very thing they claim is not important to marriage they now claim as a new right), and to assert this right, they deprive these new children of at least one of their parents. Profound, disgusting, vile evil. That’s what that is.
Children need the masculine and the feminine. This represents the full diversity of life. They need, if life tragedy has not prevented them from having as much, a mother and a father. To create them in this manner, to deprive them of one of the halves that made them in this manner, as a matter of course, is from the pit of Hell.
Lord Christopher Monckton writes in WorldNetDaily today that liberals, in order to be consistent with their support for public health efforts, should run campaigns that highlight “the misery, disease and death that homosexuality – no less than smoking – brings to its unfortunate practitioners” and to people who are “drawn into the homosexual deathstyle.”
He claims that liberals are hypocrites for speaking out about the dangers of smoking and climate change while, at the same time, trying to “promote ‘gay’ ‘marriage.’”
In fact, Monckton goes so far to call for the “immediate, compulsory, permanent isolation of carriers” of HIV.
Life expectancy for gay and bisexual men is eight to 20 years less than for all men. If the same pattern of mortality were to continue, it is estimated that nearly half of gay and bisexual men now aged 20 will not reach their 65th birthday.
Now, we can always hope that the development of anti-retroviral drugs has helped since 18 years ago. However, the life expectancy of a smoker is 10 years shorter than that of a non-smoker, which – even assuming a dramatic improvement in homosexual lifespans since the 1990s – makes promiscuous homosexuality no less dangerous to the health of those who practice it than smoking.
Yet leftists, instead of insisting – as they do with smoking – that public-health campaigns should warn people of the medical dangers of homosexuality, they “celebrate” it and promote “gay” “marriage.”
The facts are clear enough. But the left does not support the facts because the facts do not support the left.
What conclusion should be drawn? It is surely this: Public policy on questions from homosexuality to climate change – where the left is similarly cavalier with the facts (just read any statement from Mr. Obama about the climate) – should be determined on the basis of fact as well as fashion and sentiment.
The Church’s continuous teaching on homosexuality is not some outmoded, fuddy-duddy, far-right, redneck hate-crime. It is born of love for those who might otherwise be drawn into the homosexual deathstyle. It is intended to prevent the misery, disease and death that homosexuality – no less than smoking – brings to its unfortunate practitioners.
Thirty years ago, I pointed out in the American Spectator that in the absence of the usual public-health measure to contain a new and fatal infection – immediate, compulsory, permanent isolation of carriers – millions would die of HIV. I also pointed out that Western sensibilities would not permit the identification and isolation of carriers.
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- The fallout continues for Gordon Klingenschmitt, as he is now being denounced from the floor of the Colorado legislature.
- Theodore Shoebat declares that "America right now is helping revive the Antichrist empire."
- Obviously, opposition to the Indiana law designed to allow Christian business owners to discriminate against gay customers is proof of the "true hostility" toward religious liberty in America.
- Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, Rick Santorum, and Rick Perry will all participate in the Family Leader's Southeast Family Leadership Regional Summit in Iowa next month.
- Finally, right-wing "journalist" Chuck Johnson is accusing Allen West of having sexually harassed several women.
The arbiters of Christianity over at BarbWire today published a column by Timothy Buchanan about the move by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to allow churches in the denomination to perform same-sex weddings.
Buchanan asserted that by having “thrown in the towel and surrendered to the loud and obnoxious voices of militant lesbians and ‘gays,’” the church has embraced “utter lunacy” and inserted “the last nail in its coffin.”
“The moral high ground in this conflict has been surrendered to Satan,” he said, warning that other denominations will now be “pressured into defiling themselves, as well, or suffer persecution for their ‘stubbornness.’”
The Presbyterian Church U.S.A. (PCUSA) is now dead. After a long, tedious struggle to remain faithful to the scriptures and great Christian reformers like John Knox, the leadership of the PCUSA denomination (the liberal branch of Presbyterian churches) has thrown in the towel and surrendered to the loud and obnoxious voices of militant lesbians and “gays”. A PCUSA church near you will soon be conducting same-sex “marriages.” The moral high ground in this conflict has been surrendered to Satan.
How did this happen? It occurred as church deaths always do, with a membership that is ignorant of the scriptures. Bring in some spiritually dead anti-Christian heretics. Add a few New Age ideologies that sound “Christianese,” like ending discrimination and embracing the future, sprinkle with the words: love, community, and equality, and shake until blended. There you have it. A deadly cocktail of pharisaic poison. Each ingredient by itself is harmless, but together, they create a deadly toxin that is fatal to dignity, honor, faithfulness and righteousness.
In real numbers, the defection of the PCUSA doesn’t make much of an impact on Christendom. Its membership is at an all-time low with only about 1.8 million members. But the real impact will be felt when other denominations like the United Methodist Church, the Catholic Church, and the Southern Baptist Church are pressured into defiling themselves, as well, or suffer persecution for their “stubbornness.”
PCUSA members have ignorantly rejected Paul’s admonishing question, “What fellowship has light with darkness?” Homosexuality is “very grave sin.” That’s what God calls it, and that’s what it is. For Presbyterians to think that God will applaud them or anyone else who shakes his fist at Him by embracing same-sex marriage, is utter lunacy. This latest action by PCUSA leaders is simply the last nail in its coffin. The death has been a long time coming, and it began when leaders misappropriated for themselves, the authority to supplant the truth of God’s word with the policies of sinful and unredeemed men.
Contrary to the hopes and promises of proponents of same-sex marriage, PCUSA will not expand as a result of this movement, nor should it. (As if church expansion could ever be a compelling reason for faithlessness.) On the contrary, its demise is now locked in.
RWW’s Paranoia-Rama takes a look at five of the week’s most absurd conspiracy theories from the Right.
Even though God stopped President Obama from nuking Charleston, according to one Colorado lawmaker, God permitted a brutal attack on a Colorado woman as punishment for abortion rights. Even worse, other conservative activists believe that God is preparing to destroy America if the Supreme Court approves of gay marriage.
5) God Behind Brutal Attack On Pregnant Woman
Gordon Klingenschmitt, the Religious Right activist who is now a freshmen Republican member of the Colorado State House, reflected on the recent attack on a pregnant Colorado woman, in which her stomach was cut open and her baby killed, by arguing that the assault was God’s punishment on the country for abortion rights.
“This is the curse of God upon America for our sin of not protecting innocent children in the womb and part of that curse for our rebellion against God as a nation is that our pregnant women are ripped open,” he said during his “Pray In Jesus Name” broadcast.
Facing an outpouring of criticism for his remarks, Klingenschmitt is now claiming that he is the real victim of the story, alleging that people are only outraged because he quoted the Bible during the program. Anyone who criticizes him, Klingenschmitt suggests, are really trying to take away his freedom of speech and “freedom of worship.”
He has found at least one ally in fellow Colorado pastor Kevin Swanson, who said on his radio show that God “may have somehow directed” the attack on the pregnant woman “to teach Colorado a lesson” about its laws preserving abortion rights.
4) God Will Destroy America Over Gay Marriage
Surprising nobody, anti-gay activists are releasing a flurry of statements warning that the legalization of same-sex marriage will unleash God’s wrath on America.
The Coalition of African American pastors, a group closely tied to the National Organization for Marriage, warned members in a statement, “America’s Wake-Up Call?,” that judges want “immorality” and “moral decay” to “spread like a cancer.” Urging members to “fight against this ‘cancer’ that is ravishing the nation which, will ultimately bring about its destruction,” the group said that America is “following in the tradition” of countries throughout history that were destroyed by “the divine judgment of God.”
Rick Scarborough, a leading Religious Right pastor, had a similar message in a WorldNetDaily column where he warned that the Supreme Court “is threatening to unleash the spirit of hell on the nation” by striking down bans on same-sex marriage, while Tim Wildmon of the American Family Association said the court is preparing to throw its “fist in the face of God Almighty.”
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins even called on conservative Christians to consider “rising up” if the court rules in favor of marriage equality: “I don’t think the nation is going to accept it, I absolutely don’t, and the conflict that is going to come as a result of it.”
3) Obama Greatest Threat To Jews Since Nazism
During his radio show yesterday, conservative commentator Mark Levin insisted that President Obama is “the greatest threat to Jews ... since the 1930s.”
“He’s the greatest threat they face since the 1930s” because he is arming “Israel’s enemies” while degrading Israel’s defenses, Levin said. “He is the greatest threat that that nation faces, and by the way, he’s a great threat to our nation too, as far as I’m concerned.”
Because Obama is supposedly “arming up the Islamo-Nazis in Tehran,” Iran will soon be able to “attack Israel” and “attack our west coast.”
Via Media Matters:
2) Climate Scientists Persecuting Ted Cruz, Says Ted Cruz
While talking to the Texas Tribune, Sen. Ted Cruz mocked the science behind climate change as part of a plot to give government control over “every aspect of our lives” and make “a whole lot of money.”
Cruz said that “global warming alarmists don’t like to look at the actual facts and the data,” and like the Catholic Church centuries ago which persecuted Galileo, seeks to “brand you a heretic” if you don’t agree with them.
“Today the global warming alarmists are the equivalent of the flat-earthers, it used to be ‘it is accepted scientific wisdom the earth is flat and this heretic named Galileo was branded a denier,’” Cruz said.
As Chris Mooney points out, not only is Cruz wrong about climate science, but “Galileo actually got in trouble with the Church over Copernicanism, or the idea that the Earth goes around the sun, itself located at the center of the solar system — not the shape of the Earth.”
1) ‘Patriot’ Plants Bomb To Prove A Point
We regularly see not-at-all-credible reports in the right-wing media about the proliferation of Muslim no-go zones and terrorists skipping across the border and setting up training camps inside of the U.S., usually expressing angst that Obama is doing nothing to stop these mythical crises (or, more typically, is helping the terrorists).
One self-described “patriot” in Georgia decided to take matters in his own hands, “building two improvised explosive devices” and putting them in a backpack along with “a Koran and a list of potential terrorist targets, including hospitals, schools and Jewish facilities in the Greater Atlanta area.” He even “wrote the name ‘Mina Khodari’ inside the backpack because he said ‘it looked foreign,’” TPM reports, noting that he put the book “The Rape of Kuwaitt” along with the Koran in the backpack, which he left in a Georgia park last November.
All of this was done, the man says, because not enough people are “paying attention to what was going on (sic) the world.”
This patriot now “faces federal charges of attempting to damage federal property by use of an explosive device.”
On his radio program yesterday, Glenn Beck announced that not only will he attempt to expose Grover Norquist as a front man for radical Islamic organizations, he will now also be investigating Karl Rove. On his radio program today, Beck declared that his campaign has again expanded to include the entire GOP establishment and this is now the beginning of a suicidal showdown to the death.
"I really believe this is the opening of a can of whoop-ass that is not resealed," Beck said, "and this is the entryway to a world of really bad darkness in the GOP that, if we continue to go down, which we are, you're going to find all sorts of really bad stuff here."
"This is a zero-sum game," he said. "Only one of us is going to be standing at the end, I think ... I don't think we're the ones that survive this game because there are so many really powerful people on the other side."
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