In a sermon yesterday, Mike Bickle of the International House of Prayer said that “sexual immorality…grants Satan legalized entry to affect our life at various levels.” Bickle, who previously claimed that the “gay marriage agenda” is “rooted in the depths of Hell,” went on to say that homosexuality is one of the foremost cases of “sexual immorality,” warning that gay rights in Christianity is a “lie” and that gays and lesbians will “end up in the lake of fire.”
The Lord cares about this subject so much because He knows that sexual immorality opens the door for darkness in our life. It’s a door that can’t be opened except we open it ourselves and it grants Satan legalized entry to affect our life at various levels. The more we open the door, the more we give Satan permission actually to harm our lives and our relationship with God.
Again, the sexual activity outside of marriage, whether it’s in a committed relationship, a casual relationship, whether it’s the homosexual agenda and activity that has been promoted as biblical and accepted into the church. That’s a lie, that’s not accepted by the Bible and by Jesus. No immorality is. All sexual activity outside of the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman, the Lord says, it will harm you and I’m committed to stopping you in it. And if you won’t listen to me I will increase my intervention and if that doesn’t stop you, there is a time when the Lord lets a person goes the full way and it ends up in destruction for their life, I’m not talking about the age to come, they end up in the lake of fire.
As we have been noting over the last several weeks, ever since Gov. Rick Perry's massive prayer rally in August, there as been a lot of attention being paid to the rise of the New Apostolic Reformation and the Dominion theology many of its leaders promote.
As such, many of those leaders have started to downplay their own dominionist teachings while Religious Right activists have all suddenly developed amnesia and begun to claim they have never even heard of the doctrine.
Since nobody on the Right seems to have any idea what Dominionism is, let's turn to Chip Berlet, one of the researchers who helped to coin and popularize the term, and let him explain its three main characteristics:
- Dominionists celebrate Christian nationalism, in that they believe the United States once was, and should again be, a Christian nation. In this way, they deny the Enlightenment roots of American democracy.
- Dominionists promote religious supremacy, insofar as they generally do not respect the equality of other religions, or even other versions of Christianity.
- Dominionists endorse theocratic visions, believing that the Ten Commandments, or "biblical law," should be the foundation of American law, and that the U.S. Constitution should be seen as a vehicle for implementing Biblical principles.
There is probably not one "mainstream" Religious Right activist operating today that better matches these characteristics than David Barton.
Not only does Barton openly associate with NAR prophets and apostles, but he also openly promotes Seven Mountains theology. On top of that, Barton is also a borderline theocrat who believes that literally every element of society ought operate in accordance with Biblical teachings, including education, immigration, health care, taxes and economic policy, employment regulations, and the role of government.
Barton routinely claims that our government and its doctrines came directly out of the Bible and that the Bible ought to be used to solve every problem because "anything the Bible talks about cannot be considered secular" ... even when it comes to things like building codes.
But when it comes to Dominionism, Barton claims, just like everyone else, that it doesn't even exist and that the term is just an effort to smear Christians, as he and his WallBuilders co-host Rick Green discussed on their radio program yesterday:
Barton: I've been called the for years and we've had to deal with that. Reconstructionist. Dominionist. And it's a pejorative ...
Green: I hear it all the time, I hear it all over the place but I'd never heard of it before.
Barton: Well, it's supposed to be radioactive and chase people off from you. It's like saying "oh, you're a Nazi, oh, you're an anti-Semite, you're a bigot, you're a racist, you're a Dominionist" and it's a term that's thrown out to really scare people and chase them off from you. Oh, you don't want to listen to Rick Green, he's a Dominionist ... and nobody's ever got around to defining it. And even the people who use it ... Dominionist, that means he wants to stone rebellious children and to kill homosexuals ... really? Have you ever said that?
Barton: But you're a Dominionist.
Green: And I've never heard you say it either, so something's up ...
Barton: Exactly right. It's just a term they throw out to try and scare people and they define it and they define it wrong nearly every time. What a Dominionist means, quite frankly, we as Christians believe we should be salt and light.
Peter LaBarbera took his “woe is me” tour to Janet Parshall’s radio show In The Market yesterday, where he warned that gay rights groups will soon eliminate the freedom of speech. The Americans For Truth About Homosexuality president told Parshall that the Human Rights Campaign should be called the “Human Anti-Christian Discrimination Campaign” and says that they are promoting a “rising tide of bigotry against Christians.”
LaBarbera later warned that “because the media is so pro-gay right now the homosexual lobby is almost like they have no restraint.” After lamenting supposed attacks on Christians, LaBarbera went on to attack progressive Christians and saying that their faith is “heresy” for not condemning gays and lesbians.
LaBarbera: Because the media has basically joined the so-called ‘gay’ lobby, there’s very little restraint on them, Janet. What I see is this rising tide of what we’re calling ‘homo-fascism’ where they are basically trying to intimidate Christians into silence because the gay lobby understands that Christians are the last bulwark of opposition. The Human Rights Campaign is now—they should call it the Human Anti-Christian Discrimination Campaign because they are directly working across the country to get anybody fired who speaks out publicly not just against homosexuality but same-sex marriage. We have got to speak the truth now because there is this rising tide of bigotry against Christians and I’m afraid if we don’t speak out we’re going to be basically someday banned from speaking out by the government.
Parshall: Does it bother in all the years that you’ve done this that not only do you see this mounting animosity out there, but you’re also starting to see some churches backtrack on what God’s word says?
LaBarbera: Yes. The Progressive Christianity that is starting to embrace a gay identity, I think this is a heresy which is a growing and I think it’s very damaging. We have to watch that very carefully, because it’s basically playing to the world. It’s saying—it’s fearing man, saying we have to adapt the word to adjust to this new reality that homosexuality is so popular. Basically what’s happened is because the media is so pro-gay right now the homosexual lobby is almost like they have no restraint, they’re coming at as hard and they’re basic message is intimidate anybody who speaks out because they’re hoping they will silence ourselves.
Today on Focal Point, after discussing the Supreme Court’s announcement today that it won’t hear an appeal regarding the placement of crosses on Utah state highways, Bryan Fischer said that he has concluded that progressives are driven by a demonic “dark energy.” The American Family Association spokesman, who earlier argued that gays and Islamists are powered by the “spirit of anti-Christ” and the “same dark energy” and that “liberals hate God,” said that this “dark” spirit is behind the entire progressive movement.
Fischer said that progressives “hate religious liberty” and “hate freedom” and solely seek to “destroy” everything God has condoned. Fischer said that the “energy that is animating the progressive mindset” does not come from God but that there is an opposing “dark energy behind that is out to destroy everything that God is for.” He went on to compare progressives to “a juvenile delinquent who gets a malicious kind of pleasure out of just destroying stuff,” concluding, “There is something mindless and irrational and dark about the energy that motivates the liberal movement in America, it’s not a good thing, and right now they’ve got tremendous momentum in our country and they are shredding our moral fabric.”
Last night, Politico broke the news that during Herman Cain’s tenure as director of the National Restaurant Association in the late 1990s, two women left the trade association after settling sexual harassment claims against Cain. Cain has since denied the charges, accusing the media of leading a “witch hunt” against him and responding to one reporter by asking, “Have you ever been accused of sexual harassment?”
Like clockwork, the Right’s major media critics are rallying to Cain’s defense.
Brent Bozell of the Media Research Council even tied the allegations against Cain to the discredited accusations that Bill Clinton raped Juanita Broaddrick when he was attorney general of Arkansas. Bozell argues that while the Cain story is a “hit piece,” the media should have given more coverage to the Broaddrick allegations:
Sadly, Herman Cain’s predictions have come true. In May he stated that he was ‘ready for the same high-tech lynching that [Clarence Thomas] went through -- for the good of this country.’ That's what Politico is doing with its unsubstantiated and thoroughly hypocritical hit piece against him. Anyone in the press that gives this story oxygen is equally hypocritical.
In the eyes of the liberal media, Herman Cain is just another uppity black American who has had the audacity to leave the liberal plantation. So they must destroy him, just as they tried destroying Clarence Thomas. The richest irony here is that the same media that refused to cover evidence of an alleged rape by a state Attorney General who became President now are running stories based on unnamed sources, about offenses that aren’t a fraction as grave. But one was a liberal Democrat, the other a conservative Republican -- hence the double standard.
Rush Limbaugh is also using the Cain case to attack Clinton. Limbaugh said that coverage of the charges, which were originally made in the 1990s, amount to a racist media trying to bring down a black conservative:
You know, I guess I shouldn't be surprised, folks. After all of these years, none of us should be surprised, but I still am. Look at how quickly what is known as the mainstream media goes for the ugliest racial stereotypes they can to attack a black conservative. You know who's laughing himself silly today is Bill Clinton. (imitating Clinton) "Yeah, I really did it. Ha-ha. They praised me and they went as far out of their way as they could. Even my old buddy Carville is out there and he's saying, 'Look what happens when you drag a dollar bill through a trailer park, you get Paula Jones.' I have everybody defending me and they're going after this black guy, and they're going after him with some of the ugliest racial stereotypes I have ever seen. That's how our side does it; we get away with it. I just love it. I love watching it."
What's next, folks? A cartoon on MSNBC showing Herman Cain with huge lips eating a watermelon? What are they gonna do next? No, Snerdley, I'm not kidding. The racial stereotypes that these people are using to go after Herman Cain, what is the one thing that it tells us? It tells us who the real racists are, yeah, but it tells us that Herman Cain is somebody. Something's going on out there. Herman Cain obviously is making some people nervous for this kind of thing to happen.
Not to be outdone, Ann Coulter said on Fox News that the left is twisting civil rights laws that were meant “to protect blacks from Democrats from the South” to help “white women from Scarsdale”:
“It’s outrageous the way liberals treat a black conservative,” she told Geraldo. “This is another high-tech lynching.
Nothing liberals fear more than a black conservative. Ask Allen West. Ask Michael Steele. Ask Clarence Thomas. And even what the allegations are here, I mean, just shows you how the civil-rights juggernaut has gone off the rails. The idea of civil rights laws to begin with ironically was to protect blacks from Democrats from the South who won’t protect them. Now it’s you know, white women from Scarsdale who say, ‘Oh, I don’t like that he called me honey.’” Coulter also questioned some of the details of the report and if they merited the definition of harassment.
“It’s not groping, it’s not touching or demanding sex,” Coulter said. “It’s that he had remarks that they found inappropriate. One is he had inappropriate gestures that were not overtly sexual. Well, what were they then? This isn’t dropping your pants and saying ‘kiss it.’ This is an outrageous attack on a black conservative who is doing extremely well and will be our vice-presidential candidate.”
In a column today, The Alliance Defense Fund’s David Cortman called New York City’s comprehensive sex education plan a case of “inmates running the asylum.” The city is “encouraging schools to use two vetted, evidence-based, age-appropriate, comprehensive sex ed curricula: HealthSmart and Reducing the Risk,” which “are providing the curricula for free, and offering training and technical assistance to schools on the implementation process.” The programs teach abstinence, but since they also include lessons about safe sex, right-wing groups like the ADF are enraged. Cortman argues that the highly reputable program is essentially “an orchestrated public school porn push”:
Nearly every week, I come across an article where parents in some community are in an uproar over school districts promoting inappropriate sexual materials to our kids. Whether it’s related to homosexual behavior or other age-inappropriate sexual issues, there seem be school districts across the land intent on sexualizing our kids.
Honestly, it’s as if there’s an orchestrated public school porn push taking place.
This week’s example can be found in a New York Post article concerning New York City schools. Under a mandatory “sex ed” curriculum, the department of education wants middle and high school students taught their version of the birds and the bees.
And look at what else they want to teach our 11 and 12 year olds – the students will be given “risk cards” to rate the “safety” of several activities, which include intercourse with a condom, mutual masturbation, oral sex and anal sex. (Did I mention that this was for 11 and 12 year olds?)
What about teenagers in high school? It gets worse. They’ll be required to go to stores and study condoms – brands, prices and features. And they’ll be referred to wholesome resources like Columbia University’s Go Ask Alice web site, which includes discussions on different sexual positions, sadomasochism, phone sex, porn stars and bestiality. Not kidding.
The alleged “justification” for this porn push, I mean “sex ed,” is to curb unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases. Really? Since when does telling kids to have sex reduce the number of unplanned pregnancies and STDs?
In reality, it appears to be just another vehicle the government can use to sexualize our children.
Unsurprisingly, Cortman’s column is more grounded in right-wing ideology than factual accuracy.
Natalie Ravitz of the New York City Department of Education writes, in response to a report in the New York Post, that teenagers aren’t referred to Go Ask Alice or that middle school students will receive “risk cards”:
For example, contrary to what The New York Post reported, the risk card activity that 11 and 12 year olds will supposedly be doing is actually one of the lessons we removed from HealthSmart because we didn't think it was age-appropriate.
Another error in their reporting -- New York City DOE does not refer teens to resources such as Columbia University's GoAskAlice.com website. GoAskAlice.com is listed in teacher materials as one of many in a list of possible resources that teachers can utilize for tips on answering questions on sexuality. We do not direct students to the website. But far be it for facts to get in the way of a good "XXX" headline.
Reducing the Risk is a research-based sex risk reduction curriculum that is shown to help delay the initiation of sexual intercourse, increase the use of contraception among teens who do initiate sexual intercourse, and increase parent-child communication about abstinence and contraception.
Both HealthSmart and Reducing the Risk emphasize that abstinence is the best way to avoid risk. Students are encouraged to talk to their families about these topics in the context of their family values. They both state that students should use protection correctly and consistently if they currently are or will choose to become sexually active later in their lives.
Daniel Avila is the self-described "marriage guy" for the Catholic bishops. More formally, he is the policy advisor for marriage and family to the US Conference of Catholic Bishops' Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage. He thinks people are gay because Satan was messing around with them while they were in their mothers' wombs. God, he says, has nothing to do with it.
Therefore, whenever natural causes disturb otherwise typical biological development, leading to the personally unchosen beginnings of same-sex attraction, the ultimate responsibility, on a theological level, is and should be imputed to the evil one, not God.
In other words, the scientific evidence of how same-sex attraction most likely may be created provides a credible basis for a spiritual explanation that indicts the devil. Any time natural disasters occur, we as people of faith look back to Scripture's account of those angels who rebelled and fell from grace. In their anger against God, these malcontents prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. They continue to do all they can to mar, distort and destroy God's handiwork.
In January of last year, Lisa Miller fled the country, likely to Central America, with her daughter Isabella after refusing to obey a court-ordered custody arrangement that gave custody to her former partner Janet Jenkins. A Mennonite pastor was recently arrested in connection with the kidnapping, and the Associated Press reports that Miller “appears to have had the support in the Mennonite community outside [Nicaragua’s] capital of Managua.” Andrew Harmon of The Advocate reports that the charges against the pastor, Timothy Miller (no relation), have now been dropped as he has agreed to cooperate with the kidnapping investigation:
In a stunning development, government attorneys have dropped charges against a Mennonite missionary accused of aiding in the kidnapping of a young girl at the center of a high-profile child custody case.
Though the reason for the decision is not yet clear, documents filed in federal court late Friday indicated that Timothy “Timo” Miller, who was arrested in April and later charged with aiding and abetting in the international kidnapping of Isabella Ruth Miller-Jenkins, is cooperating with the ongoing investigation.
In the Friday order, U.S. Attorney Tristram J. Coffin dismissed the grand jury indictment against Timo Miller in the kidnapping.
“In light of Timothy Miller’s role in the international parental [kidnapping], and his agreement to cooperate with the investigation of the United States government, including an agreement to return to the United States and to provide truthful testimony as requested in any proceedings in this matter, further prosecution is not in the interests of the United States at this time,” the order, signed by Coffin and U.S. district judge Christina M. Reiss, read.
Lisa Miller entered into a Vermont civil union with Jenkins in 2000, one that ended in 2003. Following the break-up, she moved to Virginia with Isabella, joined an evangelical church, and began reading books on ex-gay reparative therapy. Miller was later represented in custody proceedings by the social conservative legal group Liberty Counsel, but was ordered to transfer full custody of Isabella to Jenkins after she repeatedly refused to grant her former partner court-ordered visitations. Liberty Counsel attorneys Mathew D. Staver and Rena Lindevaldsen have said that they have not had contact with Miller since her disappearance and did not advise her to break the law, the New York Times reported earlier this year.
According to the April FBI affidavit, Victoria Hyden, an administrative assistant at the Liberty University School of Law, had been asked by her father "to disseminate a request to get Lisa Miller supplies" in Nicaragua, where she and her daughter had allegedly been staying at a beach house owned by Hyden’s father. Liberty Counsel has offices on Liberty University’s Lynchburg, Va. campus.
With few Mississippi politicians speaking out against a proposed “personhood” amendment on the state’s ballot next week, Personhood USA is hoping that the Magnolia State will be the first to adopt its radical anti-choice legislation, which has been resoundingly defeated multiple times in Colorado. Personhood USA’s Keith Mason said on Friday that Mississippi’s Initiative 26, “looks like it’ll be the first one to pass in this country.”
Mississippi already has some of the most restrictive anti-choice laws in the United States. But opponents of the personhood initiative have started succeeding in educating voters over the far-reaching consequences of the proposed law, which would not only criminalize abortions without exceptions for rape, incest or health of the mother, but also potentially ban certain forms of birth control, the treatment of ectopic and problem pregnancies and in-vitro fertilization. One opponent of Initiative 26 said that polling shows that the more voters learn about the full impact of Initiative 26, the less likely they are to support it: “It’s the largest movement on numbers I’ve seen, in terms of the undecideds. It reverses the position…They’ve given us all the ammunition we need to defeat it.”
On Friday, Rachel Maddow discussed the grassroots campaign to defeat the personhood amendment and investigated the amendment’s radical roots – specifically, the role of Personhood Mississippi’s leader, Les Riley. As Maddow noted, Right Wing Watch first uncovered that Riley previously blogged for a secessionist group that wanted to create an independent theocratic state in South Carolina. In addition, Riley heads Mississippi’s far-right Constitution Party and is a past member of the neo-Confederate League of the South.
Maddow had as her guest Cristen Hemmins, who shared her story as a rape survivor who twenty years ago was kidnapped and raped by two men who shot her when she tried to flee. Hemmins told the Huffington Post that one of the bullets pierced her uterus, but if she had gotten pregnant and ifthe personhood law had been in effect at the time, she would have been prohibited by law from terminating the pregnancy.
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