- Warren Throckmorton: The Mistake Made by People Who Thought David Barton Did Not Have a PhD.
- Hemant Mehta @ Friendly Atheist: David Barton, Who Lies About His “Doctorate,” Says People Shouldn’t “Change the Meaning of Words”.
- Steve Benen @ The Maddow Blog: Kaine accuses Trump of trying to incite anti-Clinton violence.
- David Voreacos & Elise Young @ Bloomberg: U.S. Says for First Time That Christie Knew of Bridge Plot.
- Andy Towle @ Towleroad: NC Governor Pat McCrory Planted Fake Questions at Presser to Avoid Grilling Over Anti-LGBT HB2.
- Cole Parke @ Political Research Associates: World Congress of Families Descends on Africa.
- Timothy Johnson @ Media Matters: New Trump Ad Features NRA Board Member Ted Nugent, Who Has Called For Clinton To Be Hanged.
- John Zmirak warns that we are now seeing "the overt return of human child sacrifice to our culture’s religious rituals."
- The fight between Walid and Theodore Shoebat and others in the anti-Islam movement continues.
- This ought to be interesting, especially since it features Scott Lively: "The Descent from Sodomy into Sexual Orientation to Transgendering: What’s Next?"
- Joseph Farah says that President Obama himself was the first birther.
- Matt Barber reveals himself to be a Hillary Clinton health truther.
- Finally, retired Navy Chaplain Wes Modder is outraged that the White House was once lit in rainbow colors: "Our leaders have done abominable things in the sight of God."
We have written before about My Faith Votes, a supposedly nonpartisan organization chaired by Donald Trump surrogate Ben Carson and supported by Religious Right activists including Robert Jeffress, Richard Lee, Alveda King and Kirk Cameron. The group, which sponsored the meeting this summer between Trump and hundreds of Religious Right leaders, says on its website, “My Faith Votes won’t tell you who to choose but we can make the process easier.” In fact, the group is not at all shy about telling Christians who they should vote for, as a recent interview with conservative Hispanic evangelical Samuel Rodriguez made clear.
Rodriguez also has a long track record of posturing as a political independent who is not wedded to, as he puts it, the agenda of the donkey or elephant, but of the lamb, Jesus Christ. Rodriguez, who had been critical of Trump’s anti-immigration rhetoric earlier in the election process, now says he has had a “wonderful conversation” with Trump and has seen a “significant pivot” from the candidate when it comes to dealing humanely with people who have been in the country illegally for many years.
During the online interview and Q&A session for My Faith Votes, Rodriguez repeated Religious Right alarms about religious liberty, saying that there is a Jezebel spirit in the land, one that intimidates and threatens Christians based on fear and hatred of Christianity and the “biblical worldview.”
Rodriguez fielded a couple of questions from people who are not happy with either of the presidential candidates and were not feeling motivated to vote. He was not having it, telling one person, “In my personal opinion, the number one deliverable from the next president will be the Supreme Court.” Citing the potential for the next president to nominate three or four justices, he said, “Who I vote for has to be connected to which nominee…has committed to nominating justices on the court that will protect life and religious liberty and respect the image of God in every American. That’s what compels me to vote in 2016.”
In response to another discouraged voter, he argued that his very freedom to preach the gospel is at risk:
We have to rise up and look beyond the candidates. We have to look at the issues that are at play here. What’s at risk, truly? Will anything impact me? If I do not vote, will I personally suffer any consequences? Well, if you’re a Christian, if you’re a Bible-believing Christ follower, the answer is yes. There are legislative initiatives right now, that serve, that actually carry the great potential of limiting our expression of our Christian faith.
What if I tell you there are initiatives out there that would attempt to silence us from preaching about what the Bible may deem as sinful, and that speech may be deemed as hate speech, because it runs counter to a cultural narrative out there, a cultural thread or a cultural dynamic? Not only that; recently, as I alluded to in the beginning of this broadcast, in California there was an attempt to punish Christian colleges and universities for believing the Bible and preaching the Bible. It’s this sort of thing taking place, not only in California but across the nation.
So staying home may very well jeopardize my ability as a pastor to reach people with the loving gospel of Jesus Christ. Without a doubt, staying at home carries the potential of enlarging and increasing the number of abortions that take place in this country. How about this: and around the world, because there are candidates that are committed to funding abortions around the world. My taxpayer money going out and helping someone else terminate a life. So if you care about the sanctity of life, and if you care about religious liberty, then you should care about voting this election.
And again, if you can’t vote for a candidate, vote for the platform, vote for the party platforms, and the party platform that best will protect your right to be a Christian and reach others with the loving, grace-filled message of Jesus Christ.
And in response to a questioner complaining that church leaders are not willing to talk to people about how to vote, he said:
Elections have consequences. Because 25 million Christians did not vote in 2012, the institution of marriage suffered a radical transformation via the conduit of judicial and executive fiat. Elections have consequences. Because 25 million Christians did not vote in 2012, we have more and more children that were aborted, and we had an agency in America that sold aborted baby parts, and they were protected…This time, the stake is even higher and greater. The consequences are more egregious and more serious. So I would tell them, if you care about the future of America, if you care about the future of Christianity in America, you must vote. And you must vote righteousness and justice. And you must vote life and religious liberty. You must vote.
In a segment this morning on “Fox & Friends,” Donald Trump claimed “freedom of the press” was in part to blame for bombings this weekend in New York and New Jersey. His statement was a reminder that he either does not understand or does not like the contents of the First Amendment.
Speaking on the conservative morning show, Trump proclaimed:
“They’re all talking about it so wonderfully because, you know, it’s called ‘freedom of the press,’ where you buy magazines and they tell you how to make these same bombs that I saw” Trump said. “They tell you how to make bombs. We should arrest the people that do that because they’re participating in crime. Instead they say ‘oh no you can’t do anything, that’s freedom of expression.’”
This is just the latest time that Trump has expressed a dislike for the protections contained in the First Amendment.
In February, during a rally in Fort Worth, Trump suggested he would “open up our libel laws” to make it easier to sue journalists, telling the crowd:
One of the things I’m going to do if I win, and I hope we do, and we’re certainly leading, is I’m going to open up our libel laws so when they write purposely negative and horrible and false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money. We’re going to open up those libel laws so that when The New York Times writes a hit piece, which is a total disgrace, or when The Washington Post, which is there for other reasons, writes a hit piece, we can sue them and win money instead of having no chance of winning because they’re totally protected.
This protection was established in the landmark Supreme Court case New York Times v. Sullivan, which was decided more than 50 years ago. But it clearly hasn’t stopped Trump from wanting to use lawsuits as a weapon against the media: Just this weekend Trump tweeted, “My lawyers want to sue the failing @nytimes so badly for irresponsible intent.”
My lawyers want to sue the failing @nytimes so badly for irresponsible intent. I said no (for now), but they are watching. Really disgusting— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 17, 2016
And it’s not just the freedom of the press. Trump clearly views other sections of the First Amendment with similar distain.
In an appearance on “Morning Joe” in November, Trump suggested he would ignore the First Amendment’s “free exercise” clause, agreeing that as president he would “strongly consider” closing down some mosques. "I would hate to do it, but it's something that you're going to have to strongly consider because some of the ideas and some of the hatred—the absolute hatred—is coming from these areas," he said.
A month earlier he said that closing down mosques was something “you’re going to have to certainly look at.”
Trump also has expressed disdain for protestors, suggesting he doesn’t simply want them removed from his rallies but would like them to be arrested and get a “big mark” on their records. “Once that starts happening, we're not going to have any more protesters, folks. We're not going to have any more protesters,” he said.
With these statements in mind, Trump’s First Amendment might look something like this:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,
or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Trump hasn’t served in government yet; if he were in the White House, he might decide that he isn’t keen on the amendment’s final clause either.
Ex-Rep. Paul Brown, R-Ga., warned in an interview with the far-right radio program “Trunews” yesterday that “we’re headed to an economic collapse” and that God is preparing to judge America for abortion rights and the success of “the homosexual rights agenda.”
Broun told host Rick Wiles that “religious freedom, the freedom of assembly and the freedoms that we have to own firearms all are being greatly eroded,” claiming that the country can only be saved if there is a “revival” in churches and across the country.
“We’ve got to have pastors being bold and speaking the truth about everything,” he said. “We’re killing over a million babies every year through abortion in this country. God is a holy, righteous God and he cannot and will not continue to bless this land while we’re killing all these unborn babies. And we’re destroying the family through all this political correctness and through the homosexual rights agenda. Now it’s up to them and it’s between them and God what they do, but the thing is, that’s a sin just like my sin and we need to recognize that, but we don’t and should not promote sin from a public policy perspective.”
On his radio program today, Bryan Fischer reacted to the arrest of Ahmad Khan Rahami, who is a suspect in a string of bombings that took place in New York and New Jersey over the weekend, by calling for families of Muslims who engage in terrorism within the United States to be stripped of their citizenship and deported.
Rahami is a U.S. citizen who was born in Afghanistan, which prompted Fischer to declare that Rahami should be charged with treason and, if he is found guilty, his entire family should be deported.
"Anybody who is an American citizen who has an Islamic background and has become a citizen like this guy did, what he did really does represent an act of treason," Fischer said. "Citizenship can be revoked for what these individuals do, so revoke their citizenship. Let everybody know we're going to revoke the citizenship for your entire family. We believe in keeping families together, so we will send you all back to your homeland together so you can all be together. But you need to understand, that's what's going to happen if any one member of your family commits an act of terror against the citizens of the United States."
Citing videos he viewed on the internet, “Trunews” host Rick Wiles on Friday suggested that Hillary Clinton is faking her campaign stops, claiming that in videos of the events, the images that appear on the attendees’ smartphones are not images of the rallies.
“She’s nowhere to be seen, the flags are not there, you can’t even distinguish what they are looking at, it’s nowhere to be seen on the stage,” he said. “Are they faking her personal appearances?”
Wiles also alleged that Clinton’s campaign sent out a body double to speak to the press outside of her daughter’s apartment after she had fallen ill at a September 11 memorial event: “I personally think it was a double. I don’t think Hillary passed out on the curb and then an hour or two later was walking around smiling and grinning. That just doesn’t happen in normal life.”
Glenn Beck was outraged by President Obama's remarks at a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation dinner over the weekend, where he said that he would consider it "a personal insult, an insult to my legacy, if this community lets down its guard and fails to activate itself in this election."
Beck, who beagn attacking Obama as a white-hating racist just months after he took office but now has the gall to say that Obama is personally responsible for failing to solve the issue of race relations in this country, said that the black community has no reason to listen to Obama on this issue because his presidency has been responsible for setting back race relations in America by decades.
"Why should people in the black community give him a good send-off?" Beck asked, claiming that things have only gotten progressively worse for African American's during Obama's time in office. When his co-host, Pat Gray, said that Obama "set back race relations in this country 40 years, 50 years," Beck readily concurred.
"Easily," Beck agreed. "Easily"
Anti-LGBT activist Mike Heath of MaineResistance recently interviewed Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality regarding what he considered to be the failure of the Religious Right movement to go on offense against the LGBT rights movement.
LaBarbera said that while groups like the Family Research Council and the American Family Association are committed to resisting LGBT rights measures when they are proposed, they are far less willing to go on the offensive in order to actually reverse the gains that the LGBT community has made in recent years.
This position makes no sense, LaBarbera said, because anti-gay activists have God and truth on their side.
"That's the shame of our movement," he said. "The homosexual activists behave as if they have the truth. We act as if we're ashamed of the truth when, in reality, we have the truth. Look at homosexuality; God says it's an abomination. Well, what a shocker that the behavior that God says is an abomination is vastly disproportionately represented among sexually transmitted diseases. Gee, Mike, what a shocker!"
Saying that syphilis cases are surging because of gay men, LaBarbera declared that "what we're finding in the science is that homosexuality is as bad as God said it was and you can't change that."
Ginni Thomas, a Tea Party activist and the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, hosts a regular feature for the Daily Caller in which she interviews conservative figures about the news of the day. In an episode posted on Saturday, Thomas interviewed far-right activist and radio host Jesse Lee Peterson about what she called the “race hustlers” who are “in the business of keeping blacks angry” and Black Lives Matter, which Peterson called “evil,” “wicked,” and “worse than the KKK.”
“Who are the race hustlers?” Thomas asked. “Who’s in the business of keeping blacks angry?”
“The race hustlers,” Peterson replied, “are people like Jesse Jackson, the NAACP, the Congressional Black Caucus, Louis Farrakhan—the so-called civil rights leaders—many of the black preachers, Barack Obama, they’re all into keeping black Americans angry and demoralized for power and wealth for themselves. And you have to demoralize a person or a people in order to control them, you cannot control a moral people so they keep them in a state of anger and confusion so that they can use them for their personal gain.”
Peterson then told Thomas about his theory that he explains in a recent book positing that because President Obama “grew up without a father in the home,” he only feels “anger” and not “love,” and that’s why he’s sympathetic to Black Lives Matter.
“Those people are evil, they’re wicked, they’re an agitating group, they’re worse than the KKK,” he said. “If Black Lives Matter was a white organization and doing exactly what they’re doing now, America would not accept them, they would not. But because they are black and white people are afraid, and then they have the support of the president, they’re allowed to bring on destruction in this country.”
Claiming that Obama sees the killing of police officers as “no big deal,” Peterson went on to repeat his exhortation to white people to “stand up for themselves” against the Black Lives Matter movement.
“There’s no such thing as racism,” he concluded. “It doesn’t exist. It’s an illusion. It has been made up by the race hustlers in order to intimidate and control to get that power.”
View the full interview at the Daily Caller.
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