Sen. Rand Paul came up with an interesting analogy in an attempt to argue against refugee resettlement yesterday, saying that Iraqi refugees seeking resettlement in the U.S. “when we won the war” is “sort of like us winning the revolution and our Founding Fathers decide to take political asylum in England.”
Paul, who has used the “we won the war” logic while discussing Iraqi refugees before, fought back against criticism of his legislation to stop the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the U.S. in an interview with Breitbart News, saying it’s “ridiculous to say it has anything to do with hate” because “you’ll never meet someone who is more fair-minded than myself, who believes in individual rights of every individual no matter what their religion is.”
Paul recalled the arrest of two Iraqi refugees in Kentucky who were accused of sending weapons to Al Qaeda in Iraq, the sole case of terrorism charges among the 745,000 refugees admitted to the U.S. since the September 11 attacks. (None have been accused of planning domestic attacks). “My question at the time was why did we admit 60,000 Iraqi refugees when we won the war?” Paul asked. “I thought you got political asylum if you lost the war.”
“Here’s my point also is that if they were pro-Western, which many of them probably are, they would have been the best people to rebuild Iraq in a reasonable fashion,” the Kentucky Republican added. “It would be sort of like us winning the revolution and our Founding Fathers decide to take political asylum in England. You know, it just makes no sense at all.”
Among the many obvious faults with Paul’s analogy is that, as Think Progress has noted, “Many of the Iraqis seeking asylum are people who helped the United States military or contractors as translators and guides,” a somewhat different relationship than the American revolutionaries had with England.
A couple of weeks ago, we reported extensively on a conference in Iowa organized by extremist pastor Kevin Swanson, at which three Republican presidential candidates joined Swanson on stage shortly before he went off on a series of rants about how the biblical punishment for homosexuality is death, Harry Potter is bringing God’s judgment on America, and how if your gay child gets married you should show up to the wedding covered in cow manure.
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow ran a segment on the conference, but other than that, as a number of commentators have noted, the media has been strangely silent on the Republican candidates’ participation in this event.
Today, Des Moines Register columnist Rekha Basu reports that she reached out to the campaigns of the three candidates, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee and Bobby Jindal (who has since dropped out of the presidential race), and found them rather reluctant to talk about it.
A spokesperson for Huckabee, who at the event deflected a question about Swanson’s extremism, told Basu after viewing video of some of Swanson’s remarks that Huckabee “appreciated the opportunity” to speak at the conference. The Cruz and Jindal campaigns didn’t bother to reply at all. (Before the conference, Cruz had been asked about his participation by CNN’s Jake Tapper, but brushed off the question.)
Calls and emails seeking a reaction to Swanson's remarks by spokespeople for Cruz and Jindal (who suspended his campaign Tuesday) went unanswered. Huckabee’s spokeswoman Alice Stewart asked for documentation and was sent a video link. She responded the next day saying, "Gov. Huckabee appreciated the opportunity to speak with an audience in Iowa about the importance of standing up for our religious liberties."
Basu also reached out to The Family Leader, an influential Iowa conservative group that sponsored Swanson’s conference and will be hosting candidates for a “presidential family forum” later this week. A Family Leader spokesman at least went as far to say that the group doesn’t condone executing gay people, but didn’t comment on the wisdom of sponsoring Swanson’s conference:
Asked if Vander Plaats or the Family Leader condemn Swanson’s remarks, Drew Zahn, its director of communications wrote in an email: “The Family Leader absolutely condemns any call for violence against homosexuals. Our involvement with the conference was intended to advocate and preserve our First Amendment religious liberties and the rights of conscience for all Americans. The Family Leader consistently advocated the Bible's principle of treating others as you would be treated, a principle come to life in the friendship between TFL President Bob Vander Plaats and One Iowa's Donna Red Wing.”
But Zahn wouldn’t say whether the organization would express those views to Swanson, or would have withdrawn sponsorship from the program if they had known what he would say.
We really wonder how long Cruz and Huckabee will be able to continue to plead ignorance about Swanson’s extremism after being asked about it repeatedly.
Extremist right-wing activist Theodore Shoebat posted a screed on his website yesterday telling people to stop praying in the wake of last week's terrorist attacks in Paris because "France Is A Godless Nation That Deserved To Be Attacked."
After declaring that France has a long history of killing Christians and therefore needed to be punished, Shoebat asserted that those who died while attending an Eagles of Death Metal concert were "worshippers of the devil" and got what they deserved:
The French committed a terrorist attack against Christian Serbs, suffering under the Muslims, and now the liberals in France are suffering under the very people they helped. They need the suffering, God is allowing it to happen to get France to realize that the ways of their ancestors are superior to the secular trash that they have sucked up; the ways of Charles Martel, the ways of St. Bernard of Clairvaux, the ways of Godfrey of Bouillon, the ways of Tancred, the ways of Bohemond, the ways of Hugh I, the ways of St. Louis, the ways of all of those who fought for the supremacy of the Cross and the Christian Faith. These are the men who France should model themselves after, and not feminist garbage or the evil reprobates of Charlie Hebdo. Let France be again a flower and crown of Christendom; let it beam with the light of Christ, let its government put the modernists and sodomites to death and reward the righteous!
I see a lot of people are putting the flag of France on their profile pics. Is this going to be another little trend that everyone starts doing? Lets get one thing straight, Planned Parenthood slaughters more people in a day than what those terrorists ever did.
The Muslims have slaughtered thousands in Nigeria. The cartels in Mexico have butchered tens of thousands. In the San Fernando area in Tamaulipas a cartel slaughtered over 200 people, raping all of the women and cooking people in giant vats of acid, and laughing as they heard human beings scream in agony. Yet when people in France die, all of a sudden a trend is formed out of it. I guess French people are esteemed more worthy of our consideration than Africans, Mexicans, and unborn children. In the despotism of trends, human beings are a currency. In the exchange rate, one French is worth a thousand Mexicans.
The people who were killed in the rock concert, what were their last words? They were singing a song, “Kiss the devil”. They died, not as martyrs for Christ, but as worshippers of the devil. They were worshipping Satan, and we are suppose to feel sorry for them? They kissed the devil, and the devil came to them and slaughtered them. I say, to hell with them. The Lord works in mysterious ways.
The attacks in Paris is part of God’s Providence. Suffering is needed, in order to bring people to the One Who suffered for them.
William Murray, chairman of the Religious Freedom Coalition and founder of the Government Is Not God PAC, was a guest on Gordon Klingenschmitt's "Pray In Jesus Name" program today, where he was asked to share his "expertise" on last week's terrorist attacks in Paris.
As Murray explained it, such attacks should not come as a surprise since France and Europe as a whole have been "overrun" by Muslims because European women are too selfish and short-sighted to dedicate their lives to having children.
"Here is the core issue," Murray stated, "Europe has been importing hundreds of thousands of Muslims because the women of Europe don't want to have children. They want to play, they want to have fun, they want to go on long vacations, they want to have money, they want to have cars, they want to have nice apartments, they're secularly motivated, the church is almost dead in Europe ... They don't believe that the propagation of the species is the most important thing that they're here for, they think that the most important thing that they're here for are the secular reasons, to have fun. That's what they believe they're on earth for, to spend money and to have fun. So they're importing these hundreds of thousands of Muslims in in order to work because they simply don't have children."
Wildmon acknowledged that he’s not sure how people should respond “as Christians” to “the fact that these acts of terrorism are done almost exclusively now by Islamic jihadists.” He concluded that, as a Christian, “It’s getting to the point where I look at Muslims, and I’m skeptical of all of them.” Wildmon allowed that “maybe that’s Islamophobic” but continued on to say it’s a “reality” that all terrorists are Muslim.
Jeffress agreed with the sentiment, adding that the Paris attackers were acting in accordance to Islam. “We all individually want to love Muslims and do everything we can to lead them to faith in Jesus Christ,” Jeffress said, “but, … we’ve got to lay aside political correctness and say what is the truth, and that is these eight suicide bombers in Paris were not acting in opposition to Islam faith, they were acting in concert with what Islam teaches.”
In an interview with Newsmax TV’s Steve Malzberg yesterday, conservative pundit Ben Stein called President Obama a “bad joke” and a “very real danger” to America, speculating that the president may have a “strong hatred of America” because “he’s part black.”
“I think the question is why is he so angry at America?” Stein said. “I don’t think there’s much question that he does not wish America well. He has a real strong hatred of America. Is it because he’s part black? I don’t know. Is it because his father was mistreated by the British in Kenya? I don’t know.”
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, said on his radio program last night that efforts to resettle some Syrian refugees in the U.S. show that President Obama and liberals “hate America” and that the “ideals of America” are “foreign to them.”
Perkins addressed the attempts by a number of governors to block the resettlement of Syrian refugees in their states after a Syrian passport was found near the body of one of the terrorists who attacked Paris last week. (How the passport got there, and whether it is real, are still unclear.)
Perkins took a call from a listener who asserted that “Islamic people, I think, in general do not come here to enjoy the values of America” and instead immigrate to America for “ominous” reasons.
“I think we need to really start being serious about what are we going to do with our Muslims who are here now, never mind bringing more in,” the caller said.
Perkins agreed with the caller’s concerns, saying that while he believes in religious freedom, Christianity and Judaism are religions, “not a political, economic, judicial system, a military system as Islam is.” He cited statistics from a sham, unscientific online poll commissioned by the anti-Muslim group Center for Security Policy, which he claimed showed that the majority of American Muslims “want Sharia law.”
“Notice how Christian nations open their doors to everybody, how we’re welcoming to the hurting, to the poor, to the helpless?” Perkins said. “It’s those values that make us what we are. But it’s those values that are changed when you have no cogent immigration system, no means of controlling and assimilating people into the country so they become American and America doesn’t become something else.
“You see, the president and the left, they hate America. They deny the whole idea of American exceptionalism, the ideals of America. That’s foreign to them. They deny what makes us exceptional and so therefore they want to change it.”
Earlier in the program, Perkins declared that in allowing the resettlement of Syrian refugees, President Obama is bucking his oath of office. “The president has an obligation to protect Americans from all enemies foreign and domestic,” he said. “And we’ve seen time and time again where the governors are actually doing what the president should be doing. But the president has the orientation of a community organizer, not a president of the United States.”
He again defended the governors who are trying to block refugees, saying that President Obama “doesn’t care” if there’s a Paris-like attack on the U.S. because he's not up for reelection and is “doing everything he can to, I think, promote Islam in this country.”
- Leigh Ann Caldwell @ NBC News: Kasich Proposes New Government Agency To Promote Judeo-Christian Values.
- Steve Benen @ The Maddow Blog: How to twist a quote into a lie.
- Catherine Thompson @ TPM: David Vitter Seizes On Paris Attacks To Bash Dem Opponent In New Ad.
- Josh Israel @ Think Progress: NRA-Backed Legislator: We Can’t Take Syrian Refugees Because It’s Too Easy For Them To Buy Guns.
- Michael Fitzgerald @ Towleroad: Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Compares Gays to ‘Pederasts’ and ‘Child Abusers’.
- Hannah Levintova @ Mother Jones: Up to 240,000 Women Have Tried to Give Themselves Abortions in Texas.
- As expected, Religious Right activists are not too happy with Ben Carson's comments about the Terri Schiavo case.
- Speaking of Carson, nobody is actually surprised to learn that he doesn't understand foreign policy, are they?
- Pamela Geller declares that "we need to go to war against the left. We have to get that into our heads. We have to accept that terrible reality. They want to destroy our freedom. They want to destroy our country. They want to steal our children. That’s war."
- Peter LaBarbera says churches cannot appease gay rights activists: "You cannot appease a sin lobby because they want everything ... There is no integrity in proud homosexuality."
- The American Family Association has released its "Naughty or Nice" list of companies that it says are or are not "Christmas-friendly."
- Finally, "Coach" Dave Daubenmire declares that "we have an enemy in the White House" and everyone knows that President Obama is a "traitor."
On his radio program today, Bryan Fischer stated that he prays every night against the "plans that Satan is working" through President Obama.
While he insisted that he was not claiming that Obama is demon-possessed, Fischer said he is positive that Satan is planting thoughts in Obama's mind "that are contrary to the word and will of God" and convincing him to act upon them.
"I believe that Satan has an agenda that he is working through our current president," Fischer stated. "We don't pray against President Obama; we pray against the work and the strategy and the purposes that Satan is working through this president."
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