In a conversation on “Washington Watch” Friday, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee expressed disbelief over media reports that Huckabee had somehow toned down his opposition to marriage equality in his new book, “God, Guns, Grits and Gravy.” In fact, Huckabee did no such thing, something that he himself was eager to point out, reiterating to Perkins his view that same-sex marriage is wrong because God has already spoken on the issue.
“I don’t know how anyone could actually read the chapter and come to the conclusion that I have sort of changed my view on same-sex marriage,” Huckabee said. “When people read the chapter, I think they’re going to get a clear understanding that the reason that I hold to the view that I do is it’s not just stubbornness, it’s because I haven’t been given permission from God to change what he said.”
Of course, that was the exact same argument used by many pastors who supported laws banning interracial marriage.
Huckabee also criticized governors who “surrendered” to courts that have struck down state bans on marriage equality, arguing that they should ignore such rulings and simply refuse to enforce them.
“This, to me, is so fundamental in civics and I’m watching attorneys general, governors and judges pretend that the court can just make law. I don’t know where we came up with this,” Huckabee said. “I’ve heard several governors when their state supreme court says that they’re going to allow same-sex marriage and the governor just folds and surrenders and says, ‘well, it’s the law of the land.’ No, it isn’t.”
While Fox News has apologized for its discredited and widely mocked reports about European “no-go zones” that are run according to Sharia law, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins is standing by the false claims that there are around “700 no-go zones” in France alone and that Dearborn, Michigan, has fallen to Sharia law.
When a “Washington Watch” caller on Friday told Perkins about no-go zones where Muslims are “doing military-type training in Virginia and New York,” which he “heard on Bryan Fischer[’s]” radio show, Perkins said that he had also heard rumors corroborating such allegations.
In France, Perkins said, “they have like 700 no-go zones where authorities have allowed Sharia law to be imposed. There are some areas in this country that in effect that has occurred. Dearborn, Michigan, is one of the places, there are some places in Minneapolis, I don’t think it’s as clear cut as what we’ve seen in Europe, it’s been more by the effect that that’s occurred.”
Liberty Counsel issued a press release yesterday in which the anti-gay organization attempted to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by declaring that conservative Christians who refuse to provide services to gay couples are the ones who are living out MLK's legacy:
As we remember today the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we are inspired by his courage to combat injustice that had become imbedded in our culture and our law.
Writing from a jail cell in Birmingham, Alabama, Dr. King said, “I would be the first to advocate obeying just laws. One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that ‘an unjust law is no law at all.’”
“Marriage as the union of one man and one woman was not created by government or religion. It is rooted in natural law,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “Same-sex marriage is contrary to the natural created order of God Almighty. Laws deconstructing natural marriage and which compel people to affirm sinful sexual behavior or unions are unjust.”
Today, the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is being lived out by bakers, photographers, florists, ministers, county clerks, and owners of wedding venues who have lost their businesses, been forced to pay exorbitant fines, been threatened with jail, and made to choose between the natural created order of marriage between one man and one woman and judges who side with same-sex couples.
Mike Huckabee was the guest on James Robison's "Life Today" television program this morning, promoting his new book "God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy," which seems to be focused on defending "real America" from all those phonies and snobby elitists who live in New York, Washington, D.C., and Hollywood.
After lamenting that America is no longer a place where women who use profanity are considered to be "trash," Huckabee made his case for the "fair tax," which is a proposal to scrap all federal taxes and replace them with a 30% tax on consumption, because that is what is biblical.
"I believe in the biblical understanding of stewardship," Huckabee said. "Everybody should have something invested. God doesn't say, 'Oh, you're too poor, don't give anything.' He says, 'Everyone give a tithe.' ... I'm telling you something, giving proportionately is biblical."
Huckabee added that an additional bonus of the fair tax is that "we would get rid of the I.R.S.."
"They would be gone," he said. "Done forever and forever!"
- Chris Geidner @ BuzzFeed: Supreme Court Will Hear Four Cases Challenging Same-Sex Marriage Bans.
- Peter Montgomery @ Religion Dispatches: Gambian Prez Rails Against Gay ‘Evil Empire’; Irish Priest Comes Out During Mass; Trans Talk on Tunisian TV Sparks Debate; Global LGBT Recap.
- Andrew Kirell @ Mediaite: Ben Carson: I’m Not ‘Crazy.’
- Alex Abad-Santos @ Vox: The Daily Show talked to an Alabama lawyer who represents fetuses. He got very angry.
- Brian Powell @ Media Matters: Duke's Call To Prayer And Fox News' Call For Outrage.
- Warren Throckmorton: Institute on the Constitution’s Jake MacAulay to Share Stage with Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Rick Santorum at SC Tea Party Event.
- Contrary to right-wing claims, there are not hundreds of Muslim-controlled "no-go zones" all over Europe.
- Gov. Bobby Jindal apparently doesn't actually care about the truth, which is why he is reportedly set to repeat this myth when he speaks in London on Monday.
- BarbWire's Gina Miller declares that "the only rational conclusion is that this [President Obama] is an enemy of the United States."
- Ben Carson is expected to officially launch his presidential exploratory committee in the next few weeks.
- Finally, while most of the other speakers have dropped out of the Legatus conference after learning of the organization's anti-gay views, Gov. Jindal is still scheduled to speak and Peter LaBarbera is urging anti-gay activists to thank him for not capitulating to the "Gay Thought Police."
Paranoia-Rama: Obama's Secret 'Deal' With Terrorists, Beware The 'Islamization' Of America And Britain Falls To Sharia Law
RWW’s Paranoia-Rama takes a look at five of the week’s most absurd conspiracy theories from the Right.
Sharia law is taking over the western world, or at least it is in the fevered imaginations of right-wing commentators, who this week made wild accusations about the Obama administration and others aiding extremist groups. Naturally, they also found time to criticize gay rights too.
5) You Know Who Else…?
Rep. Randy Weber hopes that Congress will soon take up his State Marriage Defense Act, which would make it more difficult for married same-sex couples to have their marriages recognized by the federal government.
To promote his bill, the Texas congressman stopped by the Family Research Council radio show “Washington Watch” to warn that “our society is under attack” by gay rights advocates and President Obama, whom he suggested is “intent on bringing America down.”
Weber also made clear his displeasure with Obama’s decision not to go to an anti-terrorism march in Paris with a tweet likening the president to Adolf Hitler, or saying that the president wasn’t enough like Adolf Hitler, or something: “Even Adolph [sic] Hitler thought it more important than Obama to get to Paris. (For all the wrong reasons.) Obama couldn’t do it for right reason.”
The congressman ultimately offered a half-hearted apology to “all those offended” by his tweet.
4) Thanks Obama!
It turns out that Harlem pastor James David Manning, famous for his warnings about the “homo demons” that President Obama is releasing into America, also has unusual insights to offer on U.S. foreign policy.
Manning told “Infowars” host Alex Jones that he found it quite “suspicious” that terrorists recently carried out attacks in France rather than the U.S., since America is “the big dog” which should “be the target of these kinds of attacks.” According to Manning, the only logical explanation for this discrepancy is that President Obama made a “deal” with terrorists to fund their violent actions and, in return, the terrorists agreed to wait to attack America until after Obama leaves office.
While Manning insisted that he was just asking the question, he did blame the Charlie Hebdo massacre on Obama’s “protection” deal, since it “open[ed] the doors for others to be attacked.”
3) Why Won’t Congress Investigate Whether Obama Backs Terrorists?
It’s too bad Allen West is no longer a member of the House of Representatives, because he knows what Congress should be doing with its time: finding out if Obama supports terrorism. At least that’s what the Florida Republican told Newsmax host Steve Malzberg, demanding that Congress look into “who Barack Obama is.”
“The most important thing that they have to do is evidence who Barack Obama is,” West said. “We have to put the president in the position to say of whose side are you on: Are you on the side of liberty and freedom or the Islamic terrorists? Are you on the side of the American people and true economic recovery or do you just want to continue to run around the country to talk about free community college tuition?”
During an interview with Fox News host Neil Cavuto, West claimed that the Obama administration is “almost borderlining on providing aid and comfort to the enemy and aiding and abetting and material support” to terrorists.
2) ‘Muslim Free’ Gun Range Will Stop The ‘Islamization’ Of America
Already comfortable defending groups that refuse to serve gay people, some conservatives are now applauding an Arkansas gun range owner, Jan Morgan, who has declared her business a “Muslim free zone” — for safety reasons, of course.
Morgan, who has spoken at prominent conservative events such as The Awakening and the Values Voter Summit, won praise for her stance from the likes of Larry Pratt, the executive director of Gun Owners of America, who defended her position by explaining that she doesn’t want to “facilitate murderers.”
Morgan put her “Muslim free zone” rule to work recently when she denied access to a South Asian father and son. They weren’t even Muslims, but because of their brown skin, Morgan apparently reasoned, maybe they were!
"When we went in, a woman asked, ‘Where are you guys from?’ We told her we were from Hot Springs. She said, "this is a Muslim free shooting range," so if we are [Muslim] and if we don’t like the rule, then leave. We said that we’re not Muslim, but my dad asked, ‘Why is it Muslim free?’ and they started having a conversation. Then, all of a sudden, I don’t know what went wrong, but she stopped us from filling out the paperwork and said ‘I don’t think you guys should be here.’ She told us to leave or she’d call the cops on us."
Not wanting to cause a scene, they left.
"We’re brown; I don’t know if she assumed we were Muslim," he continued. "When she first asked us, she said, ‘I would hope if you were Muslim you guys wouldn't be cowards and would be up front about it.'" The student told the Times he was born in the U.S. and lived in Hot Springs for ten years before going to college in a different Arkansas town; he considers Hot Springs his home.
Morgan, unsurprisingly, denied the allegations and accused the two people she turned away of having an “agenda” to “create the situation that occurred,” while standing by her concerns “about the Islamization of my country.”
1) Steve Emerson Is Quite The Expert
While Muslims or people who might be Muslim aren’t allowed into one Arkansas gun range, Fox News analyst and regular conservative commentator Steve Emerson is warning that non-Muslims aren’t allowed into many European cities, including the second largest city in Britain. Emerson appeared on Jeanine Pirro’s Fox News show to promote the myth of European no-go zones, which the two described as mini-caliphates.
“Europe is finished,” Emerson concluded.
He alleged that non-Muslims now don’t dare enter the British city of Birmingham, which he described as “totally Muslim,” despite the fact that Muslims makeup a minority of Birmingham’s residents
After facing a tremendous amount of mockery and ridicule, including a rebuke from the British Prime Minister David Cameron, who called him a “complete idiot,” Emerson eventually apologized. He did, however, stand by his main point about the proliferation of “no-go zones” in Western Europe, which is also completely erroneous and unsupported by the facts.
Sher Zieve, a conservative columnist, went even further, accusing Obama of trying to set up “Shariah Controlled Zones” inside of America that will “stone” any non-Muslim who dares to enter.
In an appearance today on the Newsmax show “Midpoint,” former congressman Ron Paul defended a conspiracy theorist’s article published on the Ron Paul Institute’s website this week suggesting that the attack at Charlie Hebdo’s offices, along with 9/11, was an American false flag operation designed “to cow France and place France back under Washington’s thumb.”
According to Paul, neither he nor the author believe that the Charlie Hebdo attack was actually a false flag.
Instead, Paul claimed, the author was just asking the question and “determined to try to get truth out” about the attacks, and since he was just asking the question, he shouldn’t be held responsible for the contents of the allegations.
“I think he suggested it, he wanted a discussion and he has some really good things in there,” Paul said. It’s a shame that the media doesn’t pick up and say ‘what about this chief investigator of the event committed suicide right in the middle of it?’ I have no idea what’s going on there but that to me is big stuff.”
“They’re not accusations, he pointed out some shortcomings and wanted to ask questions and get to some answers,” he said.
Paul pointed to the 2012 Benghazi attack as a reason to doubt reports surrounding the Charlie Hebdo massacre and “of course we have Rahm Emmanuel who says don’t ever let an emergency goes to waste, and I think that is part of what is going on there, this is a design to restructure and reorient people on foreign policy.”
Next week’s scheduled House vote on a national 20-week abortion ban, to be held on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, is reviving a bitter public debate within the anti-choice movement about whether to support abortion bans that include exceptions for preganancies resulting from rape or incest.
Even as major anti-choice groups line up to support the 20-week ban, activists in the “personhood” camp of the anti-abortion-rights movement are warning that the ban’s exceptions sell out the movement’s principles.
Back in 2013, when the House Judiciary Committee was debating a 20-week ban based on National Right to Life model legislation, Democrats on the committee tried to amend the bill to add rape and incest exceptions, but were rebuffed by the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Trent Franks, who declared that “the instance of rape resulting in pregnancy is very low.”
The Republican-led committee eventually approved the measure without the exceptions, but Franks’ comment had caused such a political firestorm that the House GOP leadership quietly added the exceptions in at the last minute and handed the public leadership on the bill over to a Republican woman, Rep. Marsha Blackburn.
Most of the major national anti-abortion groups didn’t support the added exceptions but backed the ban anyway, and it handily passed the Republican-controlled House. But the addition of the exceptions caused a very public split in the anti-choice movement. Georgia Right to Life, the state affiliate of the National Right to Life Committee, urged its state’s representatives in Congress to oppose the bill, a direct repudiation of the national group’s strategy. In return, National Right to Life kicked its Georgia affiliate out of the organization and replaced it with a new group called Georgia Life Alliance. Georgia Right to Life continued to exist as an independent group but also started a new national group called the Personhood Alliance to rival National Right to Life and push for no-exceptions abortion bans.
Now that Blackburn has reintroduced the bill with a rape and incest exception included, the Personhood Alliance and Georgia Right to Life are coming out to oppose it. In a statement yesterday, the Personhood Alliance’s president, Daniel Becker, lambasted Republicans for introducing a “message bill” with what he believes is the wrong message: "This a message bill. The president has already vowed to veto the bill, so why, in a Republican led House and Senate, send out a message that fails to embrace the essence of the pro-life movement."
Georgia Right to Life sounded the same note, saying that abortion bans should “protect all children in the womb who feel pain, not just those conceived by consent”:
"Last Fall, voters sent a clear message that they're fed up with political gamesmanship and lack of courage," [GRTL Executive Director Genevieve] Wilson said. "There's absolutely no need to compromise principles on any bill, especially one that President Obama has already said he will veto."
GRTL supported the 2013 version until an exception for rape and incest was added - which H.R.36 also has. We should pass bills that protect all children in the womb who feel pain, not just those conceived by consent.
On her radio program yesterday, the American Family Association’s Sandy Rios alleged that President Obama, whom she believes is a secret Muslim, is trying to bring more Muslim immigrants into the U.S. as part of his plan of “radically transforming the United States of America.”
According to Rios, “the president prefers, defers to the Islamic world, he defers to the Islamic extremists in the Muslim world.”
Rios then launched into a tirade against Rep. André Carson, repeating her contention that the House should ban the Indiana Democrat from serving on the House Intelligence Committee for the serious crime of being Muslim. After false claiming that two groups that donated to Carson, the Islamic Society of North America and the Council on American-Islamic Relations, are tied to terrorists, Rios said that Carson should be booted out of Congress for “his terrorist connections, his Islamic terrorist connections.”
“This man, André Carson, does not belong on the House Intelligence Committee, he doesn’t even belong in Congress, this is disgraceful,” she said. “André Carson is a dangerous person.”
An incensed Rios then returned to attacking Obama for “radically transforming the United States of America” through immigration.
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Beck: Our Founding Principles Require That Christianity Receive Preferential Treatment
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