- Julie Ingersoll @ Salon: Meet the Tea Party’s evangelical quack: David Barton is Glenn Beck’s favorite “historian.”
- John Wright @ Towleroad: Houston Haters Launch Website, Release Disgusting Anti-LGBT Radio Ad.
- Daniel Angster @ Media Matters: Iowa Radio Host's Revisionist History: Jan Mickelson Tries To Walk Back Earlier Call To Enslave Undocumented Immigrants.
- Catherine Thompson @ TPM: Trump Camp On 'White Power' Shouts At Rally: People Like Our Message.
- Hemant Mehta @ Friendly Atheist: Christian Preacher Cindy Jacobs Claims She Helped a Woman Grow Three Inches Instantaneously.
- Hunter @ Daily Kos: Scott Walker: Cancel Chinese president's visit in retaliation for stock market dip.
- Alice Ollstein @ Think Progress: Jeb Bush Doubles Down On ‘Anchor Babies,’ Tells Critics To ‘Chill Out’.
- Scott Lively warns that the Equality Act should be called the "Gaystapo Empowerment Act" because "it will give homosexual activists and their allies the legal power to attack and punish Christians and other pro-family advocates in virtually every sphere of American life."
- Roger Schlafly approves of Slovakia's decision to accept only Christian refugees from Syria.
- Onan Coca warns that "the fascist atheist movement will brook no disobedience from the faithful. They will use every means in their power to enslave the majority with their politically correct anti-God behavior."
- Craige McMillan wants Nuremberg-like trials for Planned Parenthood officials.
- Finally, Glenn Beck reacted to today's stock market decline exactly as you would expect: "Do you have food, cash on hand, guns and GOD?"
The National Organization for Marriage today released a list of donors to its successful 2009 campaign to overturn Maine’s marriage equality law, revealing that one activist, New York hedge fund manager and social conservative megadonor, almost single-handedly funded the effort.
NOM revealed the source of the $2 million that it funneled to Stand for Marriage Maine to fight the marriage equality law after a court found that NOM had attempted to “shield its donors and skirt Maine’s donor disclosure law.” According to the Portland Press Herald, NOM’s $2 million in contributions made up approximately two-thirds of Stand for Marriage Maine’s budget for the campaign.
According to NOM’s filing, only one major donor to its Maine campaign lived in the state, and $1.25 million of its funding — nearly half of the total ultimately spent by Stand for Marriage Maine — came from Fieler.
We have written in the past about the quiet influence that Fieler is exerting over social conservative causes. His Chiaroscuro Foundation dispenses millions of dollars each year to anti-gay and anti-abortion groups. Fieler is also the chairman of the board of the American Principles Project, a group founded by former NOM chairman Robert George and employing former NOM president Maggie Gallagher that seeks to move Republicans to the right on social issues. In addition to being the major financial backer of APP’s affiliated PAC, Fieler has personally contributed to 77 candidates in 19 states since 2008, according to an RH Reality Check analysis.
Through the Chiaroscuro Foundation, Fieler has also funded the research of Mark Regnerus , author of a discredited study on gay and lesbian parents that continues to be cited by anti-gay activists around the world.
Although NOM’s 2009 campaign was successful, just three years later the statevoted to institute marriage equality. As NOM’s mission has been faltering, so has its fundraising, making Fieler’s one-man social conservative funding shop ever more important for the group and its allies.
Right-wing talk radio host Michael Savage visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art recently and was shocked to discover that several Muslim women were similarly enjoying the museum’s cultural offerings, he reported on Friday.
After praying that the U.S. will soon “get a president who A) loves America and B) changes everything in America back to the way it was” and that the country will “stop bringing in haters of America,” Savage said he was “perplexed” to see “a fair number of women in burqas or head coverings” during his recent trip to the museum.
“I asked myself, why are they in this citadel of Western civilization?” he said. “Their culture stands opposed to Western civilization, they seem to hate Western civilization, what are they doing here? I didn’t understand it. What are they walking around a museum for if they hate everything about Western civilization?”
Savage continued: “You come to America as a tourist, you’re wearing a headscarf or a burqa and you look like you’re from the deep part of that culture that you’re portraying with your chattel bondage, why are you in a museum that represents Western civilization at its finest? What are you gaining from this? And if you like it so much, why don’t you join Western civilization instead of frowning upon it?”
Over the weekend, members of the Satanic Temple's Detroit chapter showed up to counter anti-abortion protests outside of Planned Parenthood facilities, at one point dumping gallons of milk over the heads of participants. Glenn Beck took some time to analyze this milk protest on his radio show today, telling his audience that he was positive there was some hidden but extremely important spiritual significance to the act.
"I'll bet you there is an ancient Moloch ritual that includes using milk like that," Beck said. "I'll bet you that has significance ... I'll bet you there is an ancient ritualistic evil reason they used milk."
Beck was so confident about this, in fact, that he had his staff get in touch with Rabbi Daniel Lapin so that he could call into the program to confirm Beck’s suspicion. But while Lapin is generally a reliable source for validating and promoting the sort of quasi-spiritual nonsense that Beck loves, today he wasn't quite capable of meeting Beck's needs, despite his best efforts.
While telling Beck that his "instincts are, once again, spot on," Lapin basically spent the next several minutes just rambling incoherently about Occupy Wall Street, anal sex, and the fact that God "implanted in us a perverse and strange yearning to, in fact, seek death."
"The very first connection with life is the substance called milk," Lapin said, "so there is something rather brilliantly perverse about the Satanists choosing the substance. And I think whether they were consciously aware of this or not, I think everybody who reads about it gets a sort of sudden shock and thrill at seeing this bizarre juxtaposition where they're basically saying, 'Get out of here your pro-lifers, we want Planned Parenthood to continue dismembering tiny human beings' and the substance they use is exactly the substance that tiny human beings live on!"
Last Friday, right-wing pastor and Fox News contributor E.W. Jackson appeared on the Family Research Council’s “Washington Watch” program to advertise a press conference and rally he is organizing with the Media Research Center to demand the National Portrait Gallery remove a bust of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger from its “The Struggle for Justice” exhibit.
Jackson told FRC President Tony Perkins, the host of the program, that Sanger’s statue belongs in a “Hall of Infamy or Shame” that includes “Ku Klux Klansmen, Adolf Hitler and Mao Zedong,” saying that she doesn’t belong alongside “Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks as if she was some hero of justice.”
After Perkins falsely claimed that Sanger wanted to “eliminate the black race,” Jackson accused liberals of “rewriting history.”
If Jackson had bothered to do any research, he would have found that Rosa Parks served on Planned Parenthood’s board and Martin Luther King Jr., a vocal advocate of family planning services, accepted the inaugural Margaret Sanger award from Planned Parenthood, praising Sanger as a kindred spirit:
There is a striking kinship between our movement and Margaret Sanger's early efforts. She, like we, saw the horrifying conditions of ghetto life. Like we, she knew that all of society is poisoned by cancerous slums. Like we, she was a direct actionist - a nonviolent resister. She was willing to accept scorn and abuse until the truth she saw was revealed to the millions. At the turn of the century she went into the slums and set up a birth control clinic, and for this deed she went to jail because she was violating an unjust law. Yet the years have justified her actions. She launched a movement which is obeying a higher law to preserve human life under humane conditions. Margaret Sanger had to commit what was then called a crime in order to enrich humanity, and today we honor her courage and vision; for without them there would have been no beginning. Our sure beginning in the struggle for equality by nonviolent direct action may not have been so resolute without the tradition established by Margaret Sanger and people like her. Negroes have no mere academic nor ordinary interest in family planning. They have a special and urgent concern.
Recently the subject of Negro family life has received extensive attention. Unfortunately, studies have overemphasized the problem of the Negro male ego and almost entirely ignored the most serious element - Negro migration. During the past half century Negroes have migrated on a massive scale, transplanting millions from rural communities to crammed urban ghettoes. In their migration, as with all migrants, they carried with them the folkways of the countryside into an inhospitable city slum. The size of family that may have been appropriate and tolerable on a manually cultivated farm was carried over to the jammed streets of the ghetto. In all respects Negroes were atomized, neglected and discriminated against. Yet, the worst omission was the absence of institutions to acclimate them to their new environment. Margaret Sanger, who offered an important institutional remedy, was unfortunately ignored by social and political leaders in this period. In consequence, Negro folkways in family size persisted. The problem was compounded when unrestrained exploitation and discrimination accented the bewilderment of the newcomer, and high rates of illegitimacy and fragile family relationships resulted.
Today in the segment of his “The 700 Club” program in which he dispenses (often questionable) advice to viewers, televangelist Pat Robertson responded to a question about whether God can heal broken relationships by recalling the story of an acquaintance whose relationship he said God deliberately ended.
Robertson said he once knew a man who was deeply in love with a woman, but the woman didn’t think he was wealthy enough to support her lifestyle so broke things off.
“But guess what happened to the woman,” Robertson continued. “She had an incurable disease and became an invalid. In other words, he would’ve been committed to a lifetime of care for a sick wife and God in his love spared him of that torment.”
Ted Cruz is partnering with the American Renewal Project, the right-wing organization led by Christian Nation extremist David Lane, for what the Washington Post describes as “an ambitious 50-state campaign to end taxpayer support for Planned Parenthood.”
Lane won’t be the only radical activist organizing this campaign:
More than 100,000 pastors received e-mail invitations over the weekend to participate in conference calls with Cruz on Tuesday in which they will learn details of the plan to mobilize churchgoers in every congressional district beginning Aug. 30. The requests were sent on the heels of the Texas Republican’s “Rally for Religious Liberty,” which drew 2,500 people to a Des Moines ballroom Friday.
The Tuesday conference calls with pastors will begin with a message from Cruz, who will be followed on the call by Doug Stringer, a pastor who works with American Renewal and Response USA to plan statewide prayer rallies at the request of conservative governors such as [Bobby] Jindal and [Rick] Perry.
As Peter mentioned earlier, Cruz has had no problem aligning himself with the most extreme of Religious Right activists, and has even borrowed their rhetoric verbatim:
Cruz has been positioning himself as the champion of religious liberty and defender of the conservative Christians he says are the targets of a “jihad” by gay-rights activists and an “atheist Taliban.” On Friday night he held a “Rally for Religious Liberty” in Iowa highlighting victims of “religious persecution” — in other words, business owners who have refused to provide wedding-related services to same-sex couples and gotten into trouble for violating anti-discrimination laws.
On today's "Prophetic Perspective on Current Events" program, Rick Joyner warned that the Supreme Court's gay marriage decision, the controversy over Hillary Clinton's private email server and President Obama's entire presidency are proof of increasing "lawlessness" in American, which is a sign of the End Times.
"If nothing happens to Hillary, if she's not prosecuted for this, what has happened to law, what has happened to order, to justice?" Joyner asked. He went on to insist that Obama has "committed many impeachable offenses" which are sowing the seeds of lawlessness all over this nation. "If the president doesn't have to keep laws that he doesn't agree with, why should anybody have to keep laws they don't agree with?" he asked. "Why should I have to obey this speed limit sign out here? I don't agree with it."
"It just releases lawlessness across the board," he said. "It just releases lawlessness and this is one of the things the Lord warned is going to be one of the major signs of the End Times. We're either going to see justice done in relation to Hillary Clinton or we're going to see just how much further we've fallen into lawlessness."
End Times preacher Carl Gallups spoke to WorldNetDaily yesterday about the Shemittah prophecy of something bad happening in September, citing an article from a Russian government-owned news agency, Sputnik, claiming that the U.S. is “gearing up for onrushing economic collapse.”
Despite the fact that the Russian media has been a mouthpiece for President Vladimir Putin’s government, which is attacking Protestants in Russia and occupied Ukraine, Gallups praised the “reliable” Russian media for covering the Shemittah prophecy (actually, the article doesn’t mention it at all) and the government’s “infusion of ‘Christian influence’ in Putin’s ‘new’ Russian culture.”
Carl Gallups, a pastor, former law-enforcement officer and author of the upcoming book “Be Thou Prepared,” observes: “With the onslaught of predicted ominous events scheduled to occur in or around September of this year, as well as the actual scheduled events possessing possible prophetic overtones, a lot of people certainly are tuned in to the end of this year with a laser focus. Sadly, it sometimes seems the Russian media is more reliable and eclectic in its reporting than is the American media. Given the fact that the United States media often seems loathe to report on anything biblical or Christian in nature, unless it is excoriating or marginalizing them, this should not surprise us.”
Gallups says the Russian media’s focus on September may reflect a political and even religious agenda. After all, he notes, “Russia and Putin have made a big deal lately about the infusion of ‘Christian influence’ in Putin’s ‘new’ Russian culture.
In a separate interview with the far-right outlet, the preacher attacked a public school in San Francisco for organizing a gay history class, claiming that the classes won’t tell students about “the history of the major civilizations that ultimately met their demise concurrent with the rise of rampant sexual promiscuity and deviancy within those cultures, especially embracing and accepting homosexuality.”
Describing homosexuality as “one of the most dangerous sexual lifestyles on the planet,” he lamented that “this is just the beginning of the social rot that is to come.”
Carl Gallups, a pastor, former law enforcement officer and author of the upcoming book “Be Thou Prepared,” accuses teachers of ignoring the real history of homosexuality.
“One has to wonder if that class will include the history of the major civilizations that ultimately met their demise concurrent with the rise of rampant sexual promiscuity and deviancy within those cultures, especially embracing and accepting homosexuality,” said Gallups.
Gallups referenced the treatment of ancient societies in the Bible that condoned homosexuality, including the Canaanites, and Sodom and Gomorrah. “After all,” said Gallups, “those documents have been a monumental part of world history and history classes the world over for many thousands of years.”
Gallups also expressed doubt the writings of the Apostle Paul would find their way into the class.
Gallups asked: “If the complete and unwashed history of homosexuality is to be taught in government schools, with taxpayer money – should not the gay history that is ultimately taught be accurate and comprehensive? Or will it simply be a watered down mishmash of cherry picked topics designed to support, promote, and prop up the new politically correct homosexual lifestyle, despite the historical warnings against it and the health dangers that accompany one of the most dangerous sexual lifestyles on the planet? Sadly, I think we all know the answers to these questions.”
Gallups charged Americans are witnessing nothing less than “government-sponsored social engineering courses.”
“America should not be surprised, and certainly not shocked, by its public schools formulating gay history classes; and this is just the beginning of the social rot that is to come,” he said.
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