Perkins: Separation Of Church And State Is Provoking God's Judgment On America

Family Research Center president Tony Perkins joined James Robison on Life Today to discuss the dire consequences of the separation of Church and State that has allowed the “unrighteous” to rule. Perkins and Robison, who was Mike Huckabee’s mentor and recently addressed FRC’s Watchmen on the Wall summit, both agreed that God will judge America for not voting for politicians aligned with the Religious Right.

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Perkins: Separation Of Church And State Is Provoking God's Judgment On America

Family Research Center president Tony Perkins joined James Robison on Life Today to discuss the dire consequences of the separation of Church and State that has allowed the “unrighteous” to rule. Perkins and Robison, who was Mike Huckabee’s mentor and recently addressed FRC’s Watchmen on the Wall summit, both agreed that God will judge America for not voting for politicians aligned with the Religious Right.

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Today In Right Wing Music Videos

Herman Cain released a country music video about how proud he is to have “left that Democrat plantation” and is now running for President. The video also features endorsements from tea party hero “Joe the Plumber” (3:10) and anti-choice leader Alveda King (3:36):

Pastor John Hagee, who is already ensuring his influence in the GOP primary, made his very own music video for Memorial Day. Hagee laments that Americans have let government “become the master of your children and grandchildren” and calls on people to “take America back to God and the Constitution”:

Lisa Miller Is Still On The Run

Last month we noted that a legal defense fund had been set up for Timo Miller, the man charged with assisting Lisa Miller in kidnapping her daughter and fleeing the country.

The defense fund also created email list to disseminate updates on what is happening in the case and over the weekend sent out an email from the "Waslala Christian Brotherhood" reporting that US authorities were closing in on Miller, but that she managed to flee from where she was living in Jinotega, Nicaragua and elude capture, which is hailed as proof that God is protecting Miller in order to prevent her former partner, Janet Jenkins, from taking Isabella to a "satanic church":

During the last month the US detectives, the US embassy people and the local police have been harassing the Jinotega brethren. (They have also questioned Alvino and Edna and two of Timo’s brothers.) They are constantly watching and trailing the Jinotega brethren and again and again ask them a lot of questions. They have even said that if they do not help them find out where Lisa is, they could deport some of them, or put them in jail or do what the local police do here when they investigate. (And that is not nice. It's a vicious threat!) They are not very nice about the whole thing and almost force people to talk. This has been a very tiring time for the brethren there.

Toward the beginning of all this they had come to the Jinotega school/church house combination to pick Lisa up, but God had sent her away already. Later they brought in a bunch of Special Forces to invade the house she had been living in. But she was gone.

Lisa herself was having a spiritual struggle earlier, during the time she was with the church in Jinotega. She had some difficulty submitting to authority, battled with some rebellion and suffered depression. She had a feeling that once she totally surrendered her life to God, he was going to do something big. With the help of the brethren she had a spiritual break though. It was not very long after that, that she heard the news that Tim Miller was caught in the US.

So praise the Lord that she was right with God and the church when she left. We believe God will be able to bless her now. She is under His protection. Although men seek to take away Lisa’s motherly care for her daughter, Isabella, God is in control and loves them dearly. He will not allow anything to happen to them that will not bring glory to His Name.

It’s sad to think that poor, nine year old Isabella, after living a happy and a very normal life while with the church in Jinotega, might now be deprived of those joys because of having to run. She learned the language well and had been so happy there. Oh let us pray that she would not be forced to be taken back into a situation where she is taught all the perversions of lesbianism and where she would be taken to a satanic church. (Lisa knows that before, when Janet had Isabella over weekends, she would take her to a satanic church.) Let’s pray that soon these two could live a normal life again.

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Fischer Wants Blasphemy and Profanity Made Illegal

Now most people understand the difference between a sports leage deciding to fine players for using anti-gay slurs or media outlets suspending a host for vulgar, misogynistic attacks is totally different than making the utterance of such slurs illegal.

But not Bryan Fischer, who is citing these recent incidents in support of his desire to see both blasphemy and the use of profanity made illegal:

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Harry Jackson Says MLK Would Oppose Marriage Equality

Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed the House Armed Services Committee Authorization bill, which included three amendments designed to delay the repeal of the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

With the Senate taking up the bill, Rep. Randy Forbes, along with Bishop Harry Jackson and a group of right-wing pastors, held a press conference to encourage the Senate to pass the pro-DADT amendments.

Attempting to seem semi-reasonable, Jackson began the conference by claiming that amendments intending to make the repeal of DADT more difficult and time-consuming weren’t about DADT itself, but instead about “clarity.”

That line of reasoning lasted all of 15 minutes. By the time Q&A rolled around, Jackson and the Religious Right figures that had joined him used all of the same tired arguments that have been used against DADT in the past. When asked if the repeal of DADT would hurt recruitment, Bishop John Neal claimed that he wasn’t sure, but what he was really worried about was the “close quarters” that soldiers have to share, and what would happen when there was “only one spigot” on the shower.

This again?

Multiple speakers claimed that “no one should be marginalized for their religious beliefs,” but they all seem to believe that marginalizing people for their sexual orientation is perfectly acceptable. One of the speakers, John Neil, went so far as to claim that the military discriminates all the time, by not allowing, for example, extraordinarily tall people to pilot cramped fighter jets. Because that’s exactly the same situation.

Despite their claims to be promoting the rights of chaplains, this group showed that their real goal was restricting the rights of the LGBT community, going so far as to assert that Martin Luther King Jr. would disapprove of same-sex marriage:

Jackson: There were members of his family who were for gay marriage, others were against. I know this: King basically spoke from two vantage points that he thought were very, very sacred within the American culture - one was the Bible and the other was the Constitution. And I think what we're dealing with here is that from a biblical perspective, King no doubt would have been with us biblically. And I think, again, the lines of what is exactly the right of an American to do, I've got a hard time believing that "the pursuit of happiness" crosses into some of these areas. So I think that King would be with us, as a preacher first.

Question: Just to clarify: you're saying Dr. King would be against gay marriage?

Jackson: Yes. Very specifically, yes. Because it's against what is clearly written in Scripture. And if you listen to any of his messages, that clarion call to scriptural accountability even to the point when his own house was firebombed and folks came up in Montgomery armed and ready to go fight folks, he said "no, no, no, we will turn the other cheek."

So there was not just a tacit biblical acceptance or kind of whitewashing, if I can use that phrase, certain kinds of behaviors and say this is Christian, this is not. I think there was an inherent commitment to those issues in our social culture.

James Robison: God's Hit Man And Mike Huckabee's Mentor

In 1976, Mike Huckabee dropped out of seminary school so that he could go to work for James Robison:

In 1976, after college, Huckabee was enrolled at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, in Texas, when he came into contact with the televangelist James Robison. It was Robison who famously declared that he was “sick and tired of hearing about all of the radicals and the perverts and the liberals and the leftists and the Communists coming out of the closet,” and was ready “for God’s people to come out of the closet” and take back the nation. Despite Huckabee’s inclination toward a forgiving Christianity, Robison’s passion drew him in. He dropped out of seminary after one year to take a job as Robison’s director of communications.

Back in the early days of the Religious Right, Robison was a key player and one who, even today, admits that he made the likes of Jerry Falwell and Bob Jones seem downright liberal. 

Robison eventually dropped out of the movement, but has made a reappearance over the last year or so, which explains why he was the featured speaker at last night's Watchmen on the Wall conference where he demonstrated how he got the nickname "God's Hit Man" thanks to his ability to "give 'em so much Hell nobody will ever want to go there":

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