RWW’s Paranoia-Rama takes a look at five of the week’s most absurd conspiracy theories from the Right.
Far-right activists are still determined to find the truth about President Obama’s background, although it may not matter in the end since, after all, the gay rights movement is on the verge of ushering in the total destruction of America and possibly the world.
5) Obama Did 9/11
But birtherism isn’t the only conspiracy theory Manning raised in the video.
He also alleged that our “son of Satan” president helped engineer the September 11 attacks and founded the Taliban.
“Barack Hussein Obama was integrally involved in 9/11,” he said. “When those towers went down, Obama knew it days before they were going down. See, Obama worked as a CIA operative in Afghanistan; he is the one that established the Taliban; he was the one that took them from Mujahedeen into Taliban; he was the one that was integral in the process of putting Osama [bin Laden], his pedigree, his ability, putting his financial network together. When Obama talks about community organizing, he was a community organizer of the Taliban in Afghanistan with Osama bin Laden.”
“The man that took down the World Trade Center, the man that took down those towers is now the president of the United States of America,” he said. “What the hell is going on?”
4) Must Be That Economic Anxiety
Manning is just one of several fringe conspiracy theorists whose support Trump has sought as he seeks the presidency, which should come as no surprise since Trump spouts plenty of conspiracy theories of his own.
Indeed, according to a Fairleigh Dickinson University poll, Trump supporters disproportionately agree with the beliefs — all of which have been echoed by Trump — that “President Obama is hiding important information about his background and early life,” “global warming is a myth concocted by scientists,” Hillary Clinton “did nothing to protect” the U.S. presence in Benghazi, and “childhood vaccines cause autism.”
Trump voters are also more likely to believe that the Sandy Hook shooting was “faked in order to increase support for gun control,” a favorite claim of Trump endorsers Alex Jones and Carl Gallups.
A Public Policy Polling survey found that a majority of Trump supporters think Obama is a foreign-born Muslim, and that Trump backers are more likely to agree that Justice Antonin Scalia was murdered.
And yet we always hear that Trump owes his success to pervasive economic anxiety….
3) Slavery Indoctrination
If anyone is surprised that Trump supporters are more likely to embrace conspiracy theories, look no further than what appears on Fox News on a regular basis.
Just today, “Fox & Friends” hosted Sam Sorbo, wife of actor and conservative activist Kevin Sorbo, to discuss her new book encouraging parents to homeschool their children.
Sorbo told the Fox hosts that the public school system is “indoctrinating our children into slavery and the proof of that is Bernie Sanders because you have a whole group of students now who believe in socialism and they weren’t taught that socialism is the greatest form of slavery known to mankind.”
When asked if she still allows her children to befriend public-school kids, Sorbo said, “I don’t want my kids to be little socialists.”
2) Homosexual Doom
This week, televangelist Pat Robertson gave “700 Club” viewers a lesson in history you won’t hear in public schools: Homosexuality destroys nations.
As Robertson explained, once the “homosexual lifestyle” becomes normal, people become so obsessed with “rampant homosexuality” that they stop planning or caring about the future, until society eventually collapses.
Robertson also worried that the rise of gay rights in America and abroad may be a fulfillment of prophesies found in the Book of Revelation.
1) Something Might Happen
While pitching his buckets of survival food, Jim Bakker offered one of the most scary and specific prophesies we’ve heard in all our years of hearing prophesies.
According to Bakker, God told him that “a major event is about to take place.”
And before this event takes place at some point in the future, people should order food from his ministry before it is “too late.”
Last night, Glenn Beck told his studio audience that the likely general election matchup between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton proves that the progressive movement has taken over the country, alleging that Trump and Clinton are both progressives who don’t intend to preserve constitutional values.
“The America that we know is now officially over,” he said. “The fundamental transformation has happened. The America that was the constitutional, Founding Fathers’ America doesn’t exist anymore. That doesn’t mean America’s not going to go on, it just doesn’t exist. Our new founders are Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Eugene Debs, Margaret Sanger, it is the progressives that have founded and it has taken them 100 years to get it to happen but they have slowly done it and we’re here now.”
He asked audience members if they would leave the U.S. and move to a new land if they could “practice your religion and live your Constitution in peace.” Most, including Beck, said they would go. “And we can take Ted Cruz as our new leader,” Beck added.
However, Beck lamented that this colonial experiment with Cruz will not occur because “there’s no place that we can go now.” “We’re out of land.”
He urged viewers to “think of ourselves as Pilgrims” who, despite the travails and hardships, will train their children and grandchildren in the proper values and traditions in hopes that they will one day reclaim America.
The best way to rear children in conservative principles, Beck said, is by withdrawing them from public schools and getting them “out of that indoctrination and that brainwashing as fast as you possibly could.” He suggested that parents instead homeschool their kids with lesson plans provided by Liberty University.
Of course, Liberty University also seems to be compromised by what Beck sees as the progressive movement, as its president, Jerry Falwell Jr., has very vocally endorsed Trump.
As we have been noting throughout the day, Religious Right leaders have not been reacting well to reports that the Obama administration will direct schools to allow transgender students to use the restroom corresponding with their gender identity.
After claiming that the president is “sacrificing children to advance an evil agenda” and is intentionally causing “social chaos,” Perkins told Fox News’ Todd Starnes today that Congress should launch impeachment proceedings against the president in retaliation:
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins told me Congress must intervene to stop what he called an imperial president.
“If the president chooses to go forward with this outrageous order – then congress should begin impeachment proceedings,” he said.
Perkins said the decree should be “resisted with ever legal and moral instrument we have available to us in this country.”
“Every parent, every school board in America should absolutely refuse to sacrifice the safety of their children for the threat of taking away nine federal pennies that make up every educational dollar,” he said.
Starnes also quotes the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ronnie Floyd, who told him that the planned directive is “an outrageous attack on our Creator Himself, upon human sexuality and morality and a further advancement of the flagrant attack on religious freedom in our culture.”
Starnes added some thoughts of his own on the matter, comparing the transgender nondiscrimination directive to the challenges faced by executed anti-Nazi dissident Dietrich Bonhoeffer:
The time has come for all Americans to stand up and defy this president's immoral agenda. If losing federal funding is the price we must pay to protect women and children – then so be it.
We will not betray what we know to be true for the government’s 30 pieces of silver.
The German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer warned us about a time such as this. Not to speak is to speak, he once said. Not to act is to act.
Far too long American pulpits have remained silent on controversial cultural issues. Preachers don’t want to rock the boat. Parishioners don’t want to cause trouble. Far too long society has turned a blind eye as President Obama fundamentally transformed our nation.
But now the country stands at the edge of a great moral abyss. And we must ask ourselves -- do we defy the president and save the nation or do we keep the peace and sacrifice our children?
A number of American Religious Right leaders will be headed to the former Soviet republic of Georgia next week for the annual World Congress of Families, which is organized by the Illinois-based Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society. As Peter noted earlier this week, the event will coincide with the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, which the head of the Georgian Orthodox Church has designated the “Day of Family Strength and Respect for Parents.”
It’s not a coincidence that WCF will be in Georgia on that day, May 17, or that Georgian Orthodox leaders picked the anti-homophobia day to commemorate “family strength.” As Tbilisi-based journalist Giorgi Lomsadze noted in EurasiaNet.org yesterday, the renaming of the anti-homophobia day and the timing of WCF coincide with the anniversary a violent attack on LGBT-rights protesters three years ago:
The convention, timed to coincide with the day of a violent 2013 mob attack on an anti-homophobia rally in Tbilisi, will be hosted by a Levan Vasadze, a dagger-sporting homophobic knight dressed in Georgian national attire. Vasadze participated and is alleged to have helped organize the 2013 attack that relegated Georgia’s nascent LGBTQ-rights movement to the periphery of national discourse.
To counter the symbolism of the May 17 anniversary of the mob attack on LGBTQ supporters as a day for celebrating gender and sexual diversity, Georgia’s Orthodox Church pronounced that date as the Day of Family. The Illinois-based World Family Congress subsequently announced its tenth annual conference would also coincide with the anniversary.
The New Yorker’s Natalia Antelava described the violence that erupted after a group of clergymen led a “huge mob” against a small anti-homophobia demonstration in Tbilisi in 2013, ultimately injuring 17 people:
“Fuck your mothers,” a priest shouted.
Another priest came armed with a stool. Their followers carried rocks, sticks, and crucifixes. “Kill them! Don’t let them leave alive,” they screamed.
They smashed heads, windows of shops, and a minibus in which activists tried to escape. Twelve people, including three policemen, were seriously injured.
“Before the van arrived, about ten girls—gay rights activists—were being taunted by a growing, frothing mob. A stone was thrown and split a girl’s head open.… This mob was the creation of the Georgian Orthodox Church and the Georgian government has so far been gutless in standing up to the Church to protect the rights of its citizens. Shame on you, Georgia. Shame on you,” Paul Rimple, a Tbilisi-based journalist, posted on his Facebook page. He later wrote about it for the Moscow Times.
The BBC captured footage of anti-gay protesters attacking a van carrying the anti-homophobia protesters.
Lomsadze notes that WCF’s cheerleading of anti-LGBT sentiment in Georgia, “wittingly or not, might be helping a Russian foreign policy agenda in the region” since the Kremlin has used the issue of LGBT rights in an effort stir up anti-Western sentiment and solidify its influence in the region:
As it descends upon Georgia, the World Congress of Families, wittingly or not, might be helping a Russian foreign policy agenda in the region. Fanning the flames of homophobia has long been Moscow’s soft-power way to urge its former Soviet satellites, including Georgia, to distance themselves from the West. Before Georgia signed an Association Agreement with the EU in 2014, the Russian propaganda machine was put into gear, describing the landmark treaty as essentially Georgia’s gay marriage with Europe. Brussels had to issue public assurances that the treaty, meant for political and economic harmonization, does not contain any fine print requiring Georgia to allow same-sex marriages.
In reality, same-sex marriage is a non-issue in Georgia, where LGBTQ people cannot gather safely in public much less demand marriage rights. Nevertheless, some of the country’s own politicians run on an anti-gay marriage platform, pandering to widespread conservative attitudes and the position of the much-revered Georgian Church. A pending parliamentary vote seeks to amend the Georgian constitution to state that lawful marriage is limited to opposite sex partners.
“Would you want such marriage in your family, men in bridal veils, hairy, bearded men?” asked Tamaz Mechiauri, of the Georgian Dream Party, when asked to explain the reasoning for the bill.
Sally Kern, the Oklahoma Republican lawmaker best known for repeatedly declaring that gay people pose a greater threat than terrorists, said farewell to the Oklahoma House of Representatives this week the only way she knew how … by comparing gay people to terrorists.
In a speech on the House floor on Wednesday, which was posted online by Troy Stevenson of Freedom Oklahoma, Kern once again insisted that “the homosexual agenda is worse than terrorism” and that children are being recruited into homosexuality:
“The homosexual agenda is destroying this nation, it’s just a fact,” she said back in 2008, adding: “I honestly think it’s the biggest threat our nation has, even more so than terrorism or Islam.”
In 2011, Kern said that while “we don’t have to deal with a terrorist attack every day,” Americans “are bombarded” by pro-gay messages on a daily basis, claiming that homosexuality is “more dangerous” than terrorist attacks “because it will tear down the moral fiber of this nation.”
“[E]verybody understands terrorism destroys people’s lives, it destroys property,” she said. “All I meant was, all I was saying was the homosexual agenda is destroying people’s lives.”
She told anti-gay activist Peter LaBarbera that Satan “wants to destroy us” and is “using sexual perversion to destroy the future of America.”
As the Republican lawmaker elaborated in her book, “The Stoning of Sally Kern”:
Terrorists seem to do damage to our nation and to its people. Yet we, the American people, are bringing the wholesale destruction of our nation upon ourselves as we wholeheartedly embrace homosexuality, a lifestyle proven to be dangerous and deadly. We are currently very vigilant against the terrorist threat against us. We seem oblivious to this more pervasive inner decay.
On Wednesday, Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel appeared on VCY America’s “Crosstalk” to discuss new advances in transgender rights and the recent suspension of Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, a client of Staver’s who is facing ethics charges for flouting federal court rulings on marriage equality.
Staver said that he and Moore are engaged in “spiritual warfare” against demonic forces, and urged listeners to contact Alabama officials to defend Moore.
He then went after the Obama administration’s “ridiculous” challenge to North Carolina’s anti-LGBT law, HB2, accusing the White House of “forcing this immorality, absolute rejection of objective reality and male and female, pushing all this agenda across America and down our throats.”
Advances in transgender rights, Staver warned, could mean that white people will soon be able to identify as black in order to attain “minority protection” or that young people will be able to identify as older in order to acquire firearms licenses.
In a podcast posted yesterday, Fox News’ Todd Starnes spoke with Franklin Graham about the upcoming election and the fight over North Carolina’s recently enacted anti-LGBT law, with Graham lamenting that “President Obama sold himself completely to the gay and lesbian community.”
Graham told Starnes that Obama is pushing “dangerous” nondiscrimination measures that will allow “sexually perverted people to take advantage of women,” and now states like North Carolina are facing pressure from “a very wicked agenda within the Obama administration.”
America, according to Graham, is now facing a moral 9/11.
“The country is imploding,” he said. “We are seeing a moral implosion. Just like we saw the World Trade Center on 9/11 when the planes hit the tower, they imploded, they fell from within, and this is what’s happening to our country, we’re falling within. Our foundations have been weakened by immorality and it’s beginning to crumble.”
“I want the school boards of America in the hands of evangelical Christians within the next four to six years,” he said. “And it can happen and that will have a huge impact because so many school districts now are controlled by wicked, evil people, and the gays and lesbians, and I keep bringing their name up, but they are at the forefront of this attack against Christianity in America.”
While Graham said that he is not endorsing any candidates, he made it clear which candidates he doesn’t want people to support: the communist progressives.
“The problem we have in our country today,” he said, “is we have allowed the progressives and these people to send secularism — to take God out of our government. When I was growing we were afraid of the Red Threat, that the Russians were coming, and when the Berlin Wall came down we all sighed a sigh of relief. But secularism began to slowly come into government and secularism is the same as communism, it’s godless, and we have allowed godless secularism to take control of Washington, state houses, mayors, the local level, our schools, we have taken God out of our schools.”
He said that in some races, conservatives “may have to hold your nose” while voting for a certain candidate but that they should still vote, a likely nod to Donald Trump’s candidacy.
Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council, invited Rep. Mark Meadows to his “Washington Watch” program on Wednesday to discuss a recent report alleging that there are “unbelievable” amounts of child pornography on the computers of employees of U.S. defense and intelligence agencies, which gave Meadows an opportunity to discuss a bill he has introduced trying to block porn on government computers.
Perkins, who has linked the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell to everything from suicides to sexual assaults to the Secret Service prostitution scandal, was quick to draw a line between porn viewing by government employees and the Obama administration’s having “interjected sex into any and everything.”
After Meadows told Perkins that along with harming the individuals involved, the porn “creates an unhealthy workplace” for everybody, Perkins responded:
Well, and a good example of this is in the military, where I was just reading a story in the Army Times where they’re suggesting that upwards of 20 percent of those in the military are addicted to online pornography. But then, we’ve seen how this administration has interjected sex into any and everything and, in particular, the military, where sexual assaults are going through the roof. Now, there are a number of factors that come into play there, but certainly this has to be part of it.
Perkins returned to the topic later in the program, once again linking sexual assaults in the military to the policy allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly and linking porn viewing by government employees in general to the “sexually charged environment” promoted by Obama.
“Of course, the military has been ground zero in the president’s sexual agenda, first repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, women in frontline combat … and guess what’s happened?” he said. “I know this will surprise you, but sexual assaults have gone through the roof.”
“That’s the result of this sexually charged environment, the results of policies of the Obama administration,” he said. “So we shouldn’t be surprised that every other agency is having these issues.”
Conservative pundit Ben Shapiro is joining other right-wing figures in delivering a very evenhanded response to a reported Obama administration directive on allowing “transgender students to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity” in public schools.
In a column titled “Obama Administration Declares Itself God-Baal, Redefines Reality By Targeting Children,” Shapiro makes a reference to the ancient deity Baal, identified as a false god in the Bible, and claims that this “evil,” “Obama-Baal” entity is “using children as a propaganda tool” in its “game to define reality.”
“God help us all,” he writes, “though why He should, at this juncture, remains unknown.”
Last year, the Supreme Court declared itself God by asserting that no decent morality would prevent government from subsidizing two people of the same sex forming a legal relationship to have sex with one another. Today, the Obama administration went even further, declaring in their Infinite Wisdom that Genesis 5:2 had been officially revoked: all schools in America, says the Obama administration, must now allow “transgender people” into the bathroom of their chosen gender identity, or face the loss of federal funding or the threat of lawsuit. If Billy wants to shower next to Jane, all he has to do is call himself a girl – and if you deny him his identity, you are a bigot who must be sued or fined by the feds.
The letter itself states, “A school may not require transgender students to use facilities inconsistent with their gender identity or to use individual-user facilities when other students are not required to do so.”
Secretary of the Department of Education John B. King Jr. issued a statement on the Obama-Baal redefinition of nature to fit leftist narratives:
No student should ever have to go through the experience of feeling unwelcome at school or on a college campus. We must ensure that our young people know that whoever they are or wherever they come from, they have the opportunity to get a great education in an environment free from discrimination, harassment and violence.
This is Orwellian Newspeak. Young girls would presumably like to enjoy an environment free from discrimination, harassment and violence – and the same Obama administration proclaiming transgender bathrooms the law of the land says that young men must be taught not to enter into a “rape culture.” Yet if a boy says he’s a girl, we’re supposed to let him right on in to stare at the 15-year-old naked girls showering in the locker room, and to expose himself to them. The evil of using children as a propaganda tool is incredible, too. Why not begin with federal facilities? Because the left tries to use supposedly victimized transgender children to gin up sympathy, even if that means endangering young girls on a far more frequent basis. Kids are mere pawns in the game to define reality.
God help us all – though why He should, at this juncture, remains unknown.
When far-right pundit and anti-gay activist Gordon Klingenschmitt won election to Colorado’s House of Representatives in 2014, he suggested that he might be toning down his extremist rhetoric, which had included charges that gays want to rape children and that President Obama is ruled by 50 demons. "I would say it is time for people of good will on both sides of the political debate to come together to have reasonable discussions about these issues," he told the Colorado Springs Gazette after his election. “Maybe that includes me. Maybe I need to tone down my rhetoric…”
Whatever motivated that particular moment of introspection (Klingenshmitt said he had been receiving death threats), it didn’t last, as RWW’s continuing coverage of “Dr. Chaps” makes clear. During his first year as a legislator he was temporarily stripped of his seat on the Health, Insurance and Environment Committee after saying that a brutal attack on a pregnant woman was a sign that God had cursed America for allowing legal abortion.
Today Klingenschmitt is reviving a charge he made three years ago against anti-bullying legislation sponsored by U.S. Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota. Religious Right groups have long opposed efforts to prevent anti-gay bullying in schools. Language from Franken’s Student Non-Discrimination Act is included in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act sponsored by Sen. Tom Harkin, complains Klingenschmitt, who calls it the “No Child Left Unmolested” amendment. He says it “mandates a pro-homose xual [sic] federal curricula for all public schools” and “bullies your Christian kids and teachers” and threatens schools with lack of funding “if they refuse to teach kids that sin is normal.”
Franken’s “No Child Left Unmolested” amendment will teach your kids to violate your Christian values, and like the Brownshirts teach your kids to report YOU as a hater or bully, if you fail to endorse homose xuality as normal. Is there no end to their depravity?
In the same email, Klingenschmitt attacks the Obama administration’s directive on the rights of transgender students as “a direct threat tantamount to child abuse.”
Klingenschmitt’s annoying use of “homose xual” — with a space in the middle of the word — is presumably meant to let his missives sneak through “family friendly” filtering software promoted by Religious Right groups.
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