Reps. Michele Bachmann, Steve King, and Louie Gohmert are reportedly planning to revolt over comprehensive immigration reform legislation and "are planning a politically risky showdown with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to try to force additional debate on an immigration bill they say will mean amnesty for illegal immigrants and have dire consequences for the country."
So, naturally, Bachmann decided to reach out to the reasonable folks over at WorldNetDaily in an effort to rally support for the effort, warning that if immigration reform passes, "we will never again have a Republican president" because the entire political power structure will forever fall under Democratic control and "you will never again be able to see our country return to its constitutional foundations":
- David Corn @ Mother Jones: Does Sen. Jeff Sessions Think Obama Is Secretly a "Radical Machiavelli"?
- Bridget R. Gaudette @ Friendly Atheist: Faculty Speaker at Public School Graduation: ‘We Don’t Need More Women as CEOs.’
- Steve Benen @ The Maddow Blog: 'We don't need to censor the mail, but...'
- Jeremy Hooper: We've finally found WorldNetDaily's line; far-right outlet yanks 'wage war to restore a Christian America' post.
- John Stanton @ BuzzFeed: Arizona Senator’s Son Used Homophobic, Anti-Semitic Language On Twitter.
- Rand Paul and Ted Cruz will be joining David Barton and other Religious Right activists in mobilizing pastors in Iowa next month.
- Samuel Rodriguez calls on Christians to pray for passage of immigration reform.
- Greg Laurie senses that we are moving into the Last Days and the rise of the Antichrist.
- The Family Research Council says the Obama administration is engaged in a "chilling suppression of religious freedom" and "is driving faith underground in our military and will eventually drive it out. "
- Apparently E.W. Jackson is not receiving tons of criticism because he has said tons of crazy things, but rather simply because he is black.
- Finally, "Coach" Dave Daubenmire is fed up with all the "sissified men and their poofed-up hair and their little tight jeans":
Glenn Beck went off on bipartisan immigration reform today, declaring that comprehensive reform is "worse than universal healthcare" and would be the “death knell of the country” and that there would be “no recovery from this one.”
And, Beck implied, this destruction would happen very quickly. To Republican supporters of immigration reform who might be eying a 2016 presidential run, he warned: “There is no 2016! There is no 2016 where you are running for anything if these things pass.”
Huckabee Claims Gay Unions Twist Marriage into 'Perversion' and an 'Unholy Pretzel,' Chides Jason Collins
Mike Huckabee delivered a politically charged speech at the annual Southern Baptist Convention meeting on Monday, telling attendees that “holy matrimony” will be “twisted into perversion” and “formed into an unholy pretzel” as a result of same-sex marriage. Huckabee went on to criticize the armed forces and the Boy Scouts for becoming “test labs for social experiments” and Jason Collins, whom he mockingly called “a hero for announcing his sexual proclivities.”
Baptist Press, the media arm of the SBC, further reports that Huckabee urged pastors to speak out against the “ungodly and unholy” culture and put the Republican Party on notice in case they “ease off” on “issues like the sanctity of life and the holiness of marriage.” The future of abortion rights, Huckabee said, would determine “whether or not our civilization will survive as a nation” and if “our nation will stand or fall.”
"Jesus is talking about good food, biblical food," Huckabee noted, lamenting that "we are living in a time of biblical ignorance."
"People who attend church, especially young people, have an extraordinary lack of biblical depth," he said. "According to recent surveys, the kids who grow up in our evangelical churches do not really know the biblical definition of marriage, and that really does concern me."
"We need to be clear that, when holy matrimony is formed into an unholy pretzel, twisted into perversion -- and when the military and the Boy Scouts become test labs for social experiments -- we need to be very clear that, male and female, [God] created them," Huckabee said.
Citing veteran NBA center Jason Collins, who revealed his homosexuality on a sports website, Huckabee said the national media called Collins "a hero for announcing his sexual proclivities."
Huckabee asked, where are the "accolades for Tim Tebow who announced that he follows Jesus? He was told to shut up."
"It should concern us that we're living in a culture where a person announces a sexual preference and it's heroic" and another "announces he loves Jesus Christ, and he's told ... to keep that to yourself."
Clarifying that the hope of America is not in the next election, Huckabee said, "I would never suggest, ever, that you would turn your pulpit into some political podium. But I would urge that the pulpit would be a powerful, prophetic and purposeful punch in the gut to a culture that is ungodly and unholy."
Huckabee then lamented abortion, where "every year more than a million babies lose their lives in what ought to be the safest place on earth in their mother's own womb. How can we be silent?"
Abortion is not a political issue, but is one of "whether or not our civilization will survive as a nation that honors the God who created that precious life" or whether that life is "expendable, disposable."
"This is an issue upon which our nation will stand or fall," he said, "and the pulpits of America must not be silent." Christians must have "broken hearts not just for the babies, but for the mothers who are often exploited and twisted and turned and forced and cajoled into having the abortion that deep down in their maternal souls they know they don't want to have."
Regarding evangelicals' stance on social and moral issues, Huckabee said some in the Republican Party are saying "that maybe we need to dial it back a little bit when it comes to issues like the sanctity of life and the holiness of marriage, and maybe just ease off."
The crowd erupted into sustained applause when Huckabee said, "Well, I've got a news flash for the GOP: I plan to take my last ride in life on a white horse, not on an elephant and not on a donkey. And I will stick with the Word of God. And if the party, any party, goes a different way, I stick with Jesus. I believe He is forever."
Yesterday, Glenn Beck convened a meeting with top Republicans, including Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), in Washington to discuss innovations in the media. According to Beck, Cruz warned that the government may stifle dissent by placing curbs on the freedoms of speech and the press in the future, putting Beck in the crosshairs.
Beck recounted a portion of the event where Cruz described how his father, who left Cuba during the reign of right-wing dictator Fulgencio Batista, was “tortured and held in prison and everything else in Cuba for political dissent.”
Cruz claimed that such repressive tactics might one day come to the US and target Beck: “And he looked at me dead serious and he said, ‘you know Glenn, I hate to bring this up but I can see a time when that’s you, when you’re in prison.’”
“He was serious that we are on a track that resembles Cuba in the 1950s, that if you are a political dissident from this regime that we are on a track, we’re not there now, but we’re on a track that will put people in prison for speaking out,” Beck said.
Rep. Steve Stockman continues to compete with his fellow Texas Republican Louie Gohmert for the title of nuttiest member of Congress. In an interview with talk show host Steve Deace yesterday he referred to President Obama’s re-election as a “scam.”
When Deace asked him about the Senate immigration reform bill, which he called “Scamnesty,” Stockman thought he was referring to Obama’s election and suggested that the president won due to voter fraud in the uncontested Democratic primary: “Which scam? You mean his election? Is that what you’re talking about? Where you had 120 percent people voting in the primary in just patriotic precincts?”
They eventually did get to talking about the immigration bill, which the congressman said will significantly weaken the Republican Party and “destroy our country.” He also hit Mark Zuckerberg’s pro-reform group FWD.us, calling it “a bunch of leftists” posing as conservatives.
In an interview with American Family Association head Tim Wildmon today, Fox News correspondent Todd Starnes claimed that America is transforming into “1930s Germany” under President Obama’s leadership.
Starnes’ proof? He mentioned a 2009 story about how administration officials under then-social secretary Desirée Rogers debated whether to have a crèche at the White House, ultimately deciding to do so. But in Starnes’s retelling, President Obama personally tried “to get rid of the nativity scene.” Starnes also referred to a brief statement made by Sen. Mark Enzi about a call he received from a constituent who said the IRS requested membership lists from his church. Enzi did not offer any further information.
Apparently all of this means that America is one step away from Nazism:
Starnes: I write about how the President, first Christmas in the White House, wanted to get rid of the nativity scene, that is not exactly the move of a faith-friendly president. I do think that it is a combination; I think that there are a lot of liberals and a lot of secularists that are serving in federal government positions and those folks see the opportunity to crack down because they know no one is going to say anything about it and their behavior is going to go on unchecked. It should frighten every person listening us to know that the IRS told a church in Wyoming that they had to turn over their membership rolls. This is not 1930s Germany gentlemen, this is the United States of America, and unless people of faith stand up and put a stop to this, we very well could be facing a 1930s Germany here.
Wildmon: We need some defenders in the Congress to help us and help average Americans out here against this oppression, against this abuse of power by the IRS.
Within 24 Hours, Glenn Beck Will Break News That Will Rock the Nation and Take Down The Entire Power Structure (UPDATED)
The last time Glenn Beck promised that he was about to blow the lid off of a scandal that was going to shake this nation to its core, the revelation turned out to be an incoherent conspiracy theory that he hyperventilated about for a week or two and then pretty much stopped talking about.
So we are a little skeptical of the promise that he made at the top of his radio broadcast today when he said that within the next twenty four hours, his The Blaze network will break a story that is going to rock the nation and take down the entire power structure.
All Beck would say is that there is a whistleblower who has handed over just one document to The Blaze, but "this one document would take down pretty much the whole power structure, pretty much everything." But this whistleblower is refusing to come forward until he can appear on television in front of Congress out of fear that he will otherwise be killed.
"We are going to be greatly divided as a nation," Beck warned, "in the next ten days and you are going to witness things in American history that have never been witnessed before":
Pat Robertson, Still Lacking Self-Awareness, Calls Disaster Prophecies 'Nutty' and 'From the Pit of Hell'
Last month, televangelist Pat Robertson admonished viewers to beware false prophets… despite his own terrible track record of predicting events. Today, Robertson received a question from a 700 Club viewer who wondered about people in her church who “speak in tongues and prophesy to people in the congregation about accidents in their future or some great sorrow in their lives” as a result of the “great judgment” of God.
Robertson answered that such works come “from the pit of Hell” and claimed that these people are trying to “dominate other people and so they do it, like, ‘I’ve got a word of God from you.’” He later added that “predictive prophecy about disaster is almost always something from the psychic world, it’s not something from God” and called the prophets “nutty.”
But maybe these self-proclaimed prophets are just taking a cue from Robertson himself. Robertson has made plenty of disaster prophecies, including predicting that a tsunami would hit the Pacific Northwest in 2006 and declaring that God told him that terrorist attacks in 2007 would claim millions of lives, just to name a few.
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