Pennsylvania Wed, 23 Sep 2015 13:21:41 -0400 Wed, 23 Sep 2015 13:21:41 -0400 Jan Mickelson Promotes Radical Tax Protester Theory In Interview With Santorum <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="620" height="323" alt="" src="" /> <p>Iowa conservative talk radio host Jan Mickelson&rsquo;s morning program has become a required stop for Republicans campaigning in the first-in-the-nation caucus state. Nearly every GOP presidential candidate has appeared on Mickelson&rsquo;s program at least once this year, which is remarkable given that Mickelson recently <a href="" id="LPlnk334061" title=" Ctrl+Click or tap to follow the link"> suggested enslaving undocumented immigrants </a> and often asks his guests to comment on right-wing conspiracy theories such as those surrounding <a href="">Jade Helm 15</a> and a <a href=""> toxic spill in Colorado</a>.</p> <p>Rick Santorum got the full Mickelson treatment yesterday when the radio host asked him to comment on a <a href="">theory espoused by anti-government tax protesters</a> that the 16th&nbsp;Amendment was never actually ratified and therefore the federal income tax is illegal.</p> <p>The two got to talking about <a href="">the &ldquo;strange bedfellows&rdquo; behind the 16th&nbsp;Amendment</a>, which Mickelson compared, seemingly disapprovingly, to the coalition of &ldquo;the business community lined up with the feminists&rdquo; who backed the 19th&nbsp;Amendment, granting women the right to vote.</p> <p>He then threw Santorum a curveball: &ldquo;So, do you think the&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.4px;">16th&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;Amendment actually really passed?&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;There&rsquo;s a whole book about the 16th&nbsp;Amendment, it was never legally ratified because the language in many, many different states was not uniform and there was all kinds of trickery involved,&rdquo; Mickelson continued, apparently referring to William Benson&rsquo;s 1985 book &ldquo;<a href="">The Law that Never Was</a>,&rdquo; whose contentions have been <a href="">repeatedly debunked</a>.</p> <p>Santorum didn&rsquo;t take a stand on the validity of the&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.4px;">16th&nbsp;</span>Amendment (which he has <a href="">said he wants to repeal</a>), but did agree that progressives are nefarious tricksters. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s the progressives!&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s the same group, it&rsquo;s the same group of people. It was the progressive movement that pushed the income tax and it&rsquo;s the same progressive movement that&rsquo;s out here pushing Obamacare and all the other socialism that we&rsquo;re seeing pushed.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="" width="100%"></iframe></p> Miranda Blue C4 Election 2016 Iowa Jan Mickelson Pennsylvania Rick Santorum Fighting the Right 62791 Wed, 23 Sep 2015 13:21:41 -0400 Pennsylvania Santorum Agrees With Carson: A 'Devout Muslim' Shouldn't Be Elected President <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="1024" height="612" alt="" src="" /> <p>Rick Santorum agreed with this GOP presidential rival Ben Carson yesterday that a <a href="" id="LPlnk504548" title=" Ctrl+Click or tap to follow the link"> Muslim should not be elected president</a>, explaining that while &ldquo;of course a Muslim could be elected president&rdquo; because the Constitution bars religious tests for public office, &ldquo;a devout Muslim who believes in the totality of Islam&rdquo; <em>shouldn&rsquo;t </em>be elected president because Islam is &ldquo;both a political doctrine and a religious doctrine.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>Santorum <a href=""> told Iowa talk radio host Jan Mickelson </a> that Carson &ldquo;was not clear in what he was articulating&rdquo; but that he agreed with his essential point.</p> <p>&ldquo;What he was saying is, is a devout Muslim who believes in the totality of Islam &mdash; which is both a political doctrine and a religious doctrine, which means Sharia law &mdash; can a devout Muslim who believes in Sharia law, should that person be elected president?&rdquo; Santorum said. &ldquo;Well, the answer is no, they shouldn&rsquo;t, because that belief structure is antithetical &mdash; and, by the way, they <em>wouldn&rsquo;t</em> be elected president.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;I would have said, could a Muslim be elected president? Of course a Muslim could be elected president,&rdquo; he continued, &ldquo;we can&rsquo;t bar someone from a certain religion from being elected president. Is a Muslim who believes strictly in the adherence of Sharia law be elected president? I would oppose them for electing president, and I think most Americans would too.&rdquo;</p> Miranda Blue Anti-Muslim Ben Carson C4 Election 2016 Jan Mickelson Pennsylvania Rick Santorum Fighting the Right Religious Liberty 62781 Wed, 23 Sep 2015 11:42:58 -0400 Pennsylvania Rick Santorum Pledges To Sign Unconstitutional Birthright Citizenship Repeal <p>In an interview yesterday with Newsmax TV after a press conference at which he<a href=""> reiterated his support for ending birthright citizenship</a>, Rick Santorum promised that as president he would &ldquo;absolutely&rdquo; sign a bill repealing the right, saying that it could probably be done without a constitutional amendment.</p> <p>Ignoring the <a href="">clear history of the 14th Amendment</a>, Santorum <a href="">told Newsmax&rsquo;s Steve Malzberg </a>that it wasn&rsquo;t clear whether the Constitution requires that children of foreign nationals born on U.S. soil be granted citizenship. Santorum said that he would leave it up to the Supreme Court to interpret the stipulation that birthright citizenship applies only to people &ldquo;subject to the jurisdiction&rdquo; of the United States &mdash; long interpreted by the courts as excluding only a small class of people such as the children of ambassadors.</p> <p>&ldquo;That&rsquo;s a decision that&rsquo;s actually appropriately left up to the Supreme Court,&rdquo; Santorum said. &ldquo;These are the kinds of decisions that the Supreme Court should be making with respect to how do we determine somewhat vague language in the Constitution, not doing what they did and have been doing routinely is creating new constitutional rights.&rdquo;</p> <p>When Malzberg asked if the Supreme Court has ever &ldquo;weighed in on whether the 14th Amendment covers these babies born of illegals,&rdquo; Santorum replied that &ldquo;to my knowledge, they have not.&rdquo;</p> <p>In fact, the Supreme Court <a href="">did just that in 1898</a>, ruling that a California-born child of Chinese immigrants, who were later barred from returning to the United States under the Chinese Exclusion Act, could not be denied citizenship under the 14th Amendment. That case, U.S. v. Wong Kim Ark, <a href="">cemented the right to birthright citizenship </a>guaranteed by the 14th Amendment.</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"></iframe><br /> &nbsp;</p> Miranda Blue birthright citizenship C4 Immigration Newsmax Pennsylvania Rick Santorum Steve Malzberg Fighting the Right 61176 Fri, 21 Aug 2015 13:20:31 -0400 Pennsylvania Santorum: Judicial Review Is Okay…If The Court Agrees Me! <p>Last month, GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum <a href="">got into a heated exchange with Rachel Maddow</a> about his <a href="">statement</a> that the Supreme Court doesn&rsquo;t &ldquo;have the final say on anything,&rdquo; including abortion rights and LGBT equality. He attempted to clarify his position at a campaign event in Iowa last week, explaining that while he is fine with the Supreme Court having judicial review powers, the president and Congress should simply ignore decisions that they think are wrong.</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>In comments <a href="">captured on video</a> by the conservative blog Caffeinated Thoughts, Santorum said, &ldquo;There&rsquo;s nothing in the Constitution that gives the Supreme Court the right or the duty or the obligation to determine what is constitutional and what is not.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Marbury v. Madison is a Supreme Court case where they granted themselves that authority,&rdquo; he continued. &ldquo;And for a couple of hundred years, roughly, we have seen that deference given to the court. I think the court is the right place to make these types of constitutional judgments.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">But what happens if the court makes an unconstitutional judgment? What happens if the court itself violates the Constitution? Is there a remedy?"</span></p> <p>&ldquo;Our founders clearly wanted it to be very hard to change the Constitution,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s why when you see the court change the Constitution in an unconstitutional fashion, in other words&hellip;amend the Constitution by creating something that&rsquo;s not there, they&rsquo;ve short-circuited something that was supposed to be very hard to do, and there should be some remedy of saying, &lsquo;No, you can&rsquo;t do that.&rsquo; And what is that? Well, what is that is the president or the Congress saying, &lsquo;You&rsquo;re acting unconstitutionally and we&rsquo;re not going to pay attention to that law, we&rsquo;re not going to pay attention to your ruling.&rsquo;&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;</p> Miranda Blue C4 Iowa Pennsylvania Rick Santorum Supreme Court Fighting the Right 60886 Mon, 17 Aug 2015 15:00:23 -0400 Pennsylvania Santorum: 'Poisonous, Wretched, Cancerous' Abortion Rights Creating Another Holocaust <p>Speaking at an<a href=""> anti-Planned Parenthood rally in Iowa </a>on Saturday, Rick Santorum compared the &ldquo;poisonous, wretched, cancerous&rdquo; legalization of abortion in America to the Holocaust, saying that both were &ldquo;based on a lie.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>Santorum told the rally that he had recently read the book &ldquo;How Do You Kill 11 Million People?&rdquo; by Andy Andrews and thought it applied just as easily to legal abortion as to the Holocaust.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The title of the book is &lsquo;How Do You Kill 11 Million People?&rsquo; He could have retitled it &lsquo;How Do You Kill 55 Million People Here In America?&rsquo;&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;This book is about the Holocaust. And you know what his answer was, in one simple sentence? How do you kill 11 million people? You lie to them. Planned Parenthood, the abortion industry, Roe v. Wade, all of it is based on a lie about when a child becomes a human being.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We see the poisonous, wretched, cancerous result of that lie,&rdquo; he continued. &ldquo;Every lie, we all know, we tell our kids that when you lie that one lie leads to another lie, and another one, and another one, and pretty soon you just have this poisonous web that you can&rsquo;t get out of. That&rsquo;s where we are.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Miranda Blue Anti-Choice C4 Iowa Pennsylvania Reproductive Health Rick Santorum Fighting the Right 60866 Mon, 17 Aug 2015 13:30:14 -0400 Pennsylvania Santorum: Marriage Equality Shows Spread Of Abortion Rights 'Cancer' <p>Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum told the National Right to Life Committee&rsquo;s convention this morning that the Supreme Court&rsquo;s decision striking down bans on gay marriage was part of the spread of the &ldquo;cancer&rdquo; that began with Roe v. Wade.</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>&ldquo;Ladies and gentlemen, this is a very difficult time in America,&rdquo; the GOP presidential candidate said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve seen some court decisions that I know have people very upset about what the future of the family and marriage and our culture is looking like.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Roe v. Wade, he said, is &ldquo;the cancer that is infecting the body of America&rdquo; and &ldquo;you saw Roe and its subsequent decisions bare its ugly head in the case of the gay marriage decision just a few days ago.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The court&rsquo;s majority in the marriage equality case, he said, declared that &ldquo;it is what we say it is and we can do whatever we want to do to whomever we want to do it to.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> &ldquo;And it was the Roe decision, the Casey decision and subsequent decisions on abortion that have led us to this decision on marriage,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a fundamental rewriting of the Constitution, ignoring truth, ignoring Nature and Nature&rsquo;s Law.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> He told the audience that he would keep on fighting marriage equality just as he kept on fighting abortion rights after Roe: &ldquo;When did it become the law of the land that the Supreme Court has the final say on anything? They do not have the final say on anything! The American people have the final say on everything!&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;</p> Miranda Blue Anti-Choice C4 National Right to Life Committee Pennsylvania Reproductive Health Rick Santorum Fighting the Right 59031 Fri, 10 Jul 2015 11:57:06 -0400 Pennsylvania Santorum Says He'll Be A Strong Leader Because He Backed Gay Sex Bans <p>At a meeting with Iowa state legislators yesterday <a href=""> recorded by the Iowa conservative blog Caffeinated Thoughts</a>, Rick Santorum boasted that he proved himself as a strong leader when he opposed the 2003 Supreme Court decision striking down anti-gay &ldquo;sodomy&rdquo; bans. Without such leadership against LGBT rights, he warned, &ldquo;life as we know it, particularly the family, is going to be on a very, very bad track over the long term.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>Addressing the controversy over so-called &ldquo;religious freedom&rdquo; measures in Arkansas and Indiana that were softened by legislators to make it more difficult to use them as a cover for discrimination, Santorum lamented that &ldquo;what happened there was the media created a firestorm and leaders didn&rsquo;t lead.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve been through that firestorm,&rdquo; he explained. &ldquo;I go back 13 years to when I was in the Senate and stood up and said, &lsquo;If the Supreme Court decides a case this way, then all these bad things are going to start happening.&rsquo; And I said we would have same-sex marriage in this country in ten years. I was wrong: it was five years. And I was put through a national wringer like no one had been put through and I have been put through over and over and over again because I am not going to back down from what I believe is the right course for our country.&rdquo;</p> <p>Although Santorum <a href="">likes to claim</a> that all of his dire predictions about the aftermath of Lawrence v. Texas came true, that isn&rsquo;t exactly accurate. He <a href="">told CNN</a> at the time: "If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual (gay) sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything."</p> <p>&ldquo;I always say, whether it&rsquo;s religious liberty now or the marriage issue or a whole bunch of other things, we&rsquo;re losing these arguments simply because we&rsquo;re not making them,&rdquo; Santorum said in Iowa. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re not making them because we&rsquo;re intimidated from them. If that continues, then life as we know it, particularly the family, is going to be on a very, very bad track over the long term.&rdquo;</p> <p>He added that he was a strong leader during the Indiana and Arkansas controversies because he was &ldquo;fighting for the truth and not the perversion that we saw the media try to ram down the public&rsquo;s throat about what Indiana and Arkansas were doing.&rdquo;</p> Miranda Blue Anti-Gay C4 Equality For All Iowa Marriage Equality Marriage Equality Pennsylvania Rick Santorum Fighting the Right 53506 Thu, 09 Apr 2015 16:25:15 -0400 Pennsylvania Pastors Network's Sam Rohrer: Gov't Officials' Job Is To 'Promote God’s Moral Law' <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="" /> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">The American Pastors Network organized a Pennsylvania pastor summit last week </span><a href="" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">featuring right-wing activists David Barton and Sandy Rios</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">, along with video greetings from Mike Huckabee overlooking the valley of Armageddon. </span><a href="" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Sam Rohrer</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">, president of both the Pennsylvania and American Pastors Networks, is a graduate of Bob Jones University and a former member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, where he authored legislation to direct millions of tax dollars into Christian schools. At last year&rsquo;s March for Marriage, Rohrer </span><a href="" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">warned that marriage equality will doom America to tyranny</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> and &ldquo;invite God&rsquo;s judgment.&rdquo;</span></p> <p>Following &ldquo;God&rsquo;s promptings,&rdquo; Rohrer ran for governor in 2010 and for the U.S. Senate in 2012. He did not win either of those races, but <a href="">says</a> &ldquo;God used the statewide travels to deepen his relationship with many pastors across the state.&rdquo;</p> <p>Rohrer wants to build networks of conservative pastors in all 50 states. His &ldquo;Stand in the Gap&rdquo; radio shows have a growing Pennsylvania-based radio presence. Rohrer&rsquo;s philosophy about church-state relations and his vision for the state networks he has set out to build are summarized in a pamphlet distributed at the conference:</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;">The Biblical Relationship: Pastors and Government Leaders</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;">The phrase &ldquo;Ministers of God&rdquo; is often used to describe pastors in the pulpits. Yet God also uses the title of &ldquo;Ministers of God&rdquo; to describe <strong>those in positions of civil government</strong> as referred to in Romans 13. This is a title God gives to those He raises up and both of these positions of authority are equally established by God to accomplish His purposes.</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"><strong>Pastors</strong> are charged with <em>wielding the Word of God as an instrument of Truth</em>, preaching the whole counsel of God into all of His institutions &ndash; the Home, Civil Government, and the Church to equip people to advance God&rsquo;s design for society (II Tim. 4:2)</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"><strong>Government leaders</strong> are charged with <em>wielding the Word of God as an instrument of Justice</em>, promoting God&rsquo;s moral law as the foundation of right and wrong, encouraging those who do well biblically, and executing judgment on those who break the law (Romans 13:3,4)</p> <p>Rohrer writes that the relationship between pastors and government leaders is &ldquo;biblical, not political.&rdquo;&nbsp; The APN&rsquo;s Ministers Together Initiative &ldquo;seeks to restore the biblical relationship and commitment between the Pastor and the Government Leader to help each other, pray for each other, encourage each other and together commit to acting in obedience to the commands of scripture.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Peter Montgomery American Pastors Network C4 Church-State David Barton Dominionism Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Pastors Network Sam Rohrer Sandy Rios Fighting the Right Religious Liberty 52481 Mon, 23 Mar 2015 10:43:06 -0400 Pennsylvania Pastors Network: America Going Down the Tubes, Needs Pastors To Call Down Fire <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">The </span><a href="" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">American Pastors Network</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">, a Religious Right group hoping to organize networks of politically active evangelical pastors in all 50 states, met with Pennsylvania pastors at Lancaster Bible College on Thursday. The day-long event featured several national speakers like </span><a href="" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">&ldquo;historian&rdquo; David Barton</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">, activist Paul Blair of Reclaiming America for Christ, and right-wing broadcaster Sandy Rios, who as Kyle reported yesterday, </span><a href="" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">urged participants to prepare for martyrdom</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">The threat of anti-Christian persecution was a frequent theme at the U-Turn conference, which took its name and themes from </span><a href=",d.cWc" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">a recent book co-authored by Barton and evangelical pollster George Barna</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">. For example, Steve Scheibner, an American Airlines pilot who narrowly avoided being on a flight that was hijacked and flown into the World Trade Center, declared, &ldquo;Persecution is coming.&rdquo; But, he added, &ldquo;It may be the best thing that&rsquo;s ever happened to the church.&rdquo; Another speaker, Dale Anderson, thanked &ldquo;that rascal&rdquo; Barack Obama for having woken up the church.</span></p> <p><a href="" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Paul Blair</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> gave David Barton-esque remarks about the nation&rsquo;s history and cited English jurist William Blackstone in arguing that there can be no valid law that is contrary to scripture. He declared that &ldquo;Judge Roy Moore,&rdquo; Alabama&rsquo;s Supreme Court Chief Justice, is &ldquo;a hero&rdquo; for defying a federal judge&rsquo;s decision on marriage equality. Blair said America is in its current state because too many pastors and people have been &ldquo;sheep.&rdquo; He insisted that marriage equality is a line that Christians must not allow to be crossed.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Barna was the Debbie Downer of the conference, reeling off pages of statistics designed to show the moral decline of America and the diminishing influence of the church in American culture.&nbsp; Among the statistics that seemed to land like a punch to the gut: only nine percent of born-again Americans have what Barna calls a &ldquo;biblical worldview&rdquo; &ndash; just over 51 percent of Protestant senior pastors make the grade. Barna decried the fact that so many pastors do not preach about current political topics.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Barton&rsquo;s speech contained no surprises for anyone familiar with his shtick about the influence of colonial-era pastors on the country&rsquo;s founding, the number of Bible verses supposedly contained in the U.S. Constitution, and his insistence that the Bible is filled with specific policy prescriptions, such as opposition to minimum wages and capital gains taxes. In fact, he said, the Bible includes 613 civil laws for running the country.</span></p> <p align="center"><img alt="" src=" in PA Cry of Sodom.jpg" /></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Barton cited principles of warfare taught at the Army War College to argue that the church is supposed to be on offense, not defense, in current culture war battles. Making that happen is the goal of those who are working to build the American Pastors Network, including Sam Rohrer, a former member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and a 2010 gubernatorial candidate, who serves as president of both the national and Pennsylvania networks.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Among the video presentations at the conference was a message recorded by Mike Huckabee in Israel, standing on a ridge overlooking the valley that he said would be the site of the battle of Armageddon. He stood on Mt. Carmel, the site of an Old Testament showdown in which Elijah showed up the prophets of Baal by having God rain down fire on an altar he had drenched with water. America, said Huckabee, needs pulpits willing to call down God&rsquo;s fire.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Among the vendors doing a brisk business at the conference was the </span><a href="" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Institute of the Constitution</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">, which promotes a Christian Reconstructionist ideology, and which has used its materials to train Tea Party activists in their vision of a radically, and biblically, limited role for the government.</span></p> Peter Montgomery American Pastors Network Church-State David Barton Marriage Equality Mike Huckabee Paul Blair Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Pastors Network religious persecution rhetoric Sandy Rios Fighting the Right Religious Liberty 52451 Fri, 20 Mar 2015 16:23:51 -0400 Pennsylvania Rick Santorum: 'Yes We Can' Put The Bible Back In Public Schools <p>In a speech Saturday to the <a href=""> far-right Awakening conference </a> organized by Liberty Counsel, Rick Santorum told the audience of pastors and activists that it was up to them to save America by, in part, getting Bibles back in public schools.</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>&ldquo;We are on a crossroads in American history, a crossroads that looks like we are heading down in a direction that, let&rsquo;s be honest, no civilization has ever been able to recover from,&rdquo; Santorum warned, adding that the nation needs to return to God.</p> <p>&ldquo;The left cannot be successful in a country of God-given rights,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;It can&rsquo;t. Because they want to be the purveyor of rights, and if God is the purveyor of rights, then they lose. We have an obligation to educate, to form, within our churches to preach, within our families to educate, and to fight within our schools. Why are Bibles no longer in public schools? Don&rsquo;t give me the Supreme Court. The reason Bibles are no longer in the public schools is because we let them take them out of the public schools.&rdquo;</p> <p>He added a variation on President Obama&rsquo;s campaign chant: &ldquo;You say, &lsquo;Well we can&rsquo;t get them back in.&rsquo; Yes we can. Yes we can!&rdquo;</p> Miranda Blue Awakening 2015 C4 Election 2016 Liberty Counsel Pennsylvania Rick Santorum Separation of Church and State Fighting the Right Religious Liberty 52031 Mon, 16 Mar 2015 11:06:58 -0400 Pennsylvania GOP Rep: Obama Sides With 'The Enemy Of Freedom' <p>Rep. Scott Perry, Republican of Pennsylvania, stopped by a &ldquo;<a href="">Defeat Jihad Summit</a>&rdquo; hosted by Frank Gaffney yesterday, to discuss the &ldquo;conundrum&rdquo; that he&rsquo;s in about whether to vote for the <a href=""> Authorization for the Use of Military Force</a> that President Obama has sent to Congress to formally approve the ongoing military actions against the so-called Islamic State.</p> <p>Perry said that while he feels &ldquo;duty bound&rdquo; to stop the &ldquo;growing scourge&rdquo; of the Islamic State, he doesn&rsquo;t want to sanction the use of force by Obama, who he claimed is &ldquo;really working collaboratively with what I would say is the enemy of freedom and individual freedom and liberty and Western civilization and modernity.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;And in that context, how do you vote to give this commander-in-chief the authority and power to take action when&hellip;you know in your heart that, if past performance is any indicator of future performance, that he won&rsquo;t, and that he actually might use it to further their cause and what seems to be his cause and just drag you as a complicitor [sic] in it,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"></iframe></p> Miranda Blue C4 Frank Gaffney Pennsylvania Scott Perry Center for Security Policy Fighting the Right 50356 Thu, 12 Feb 2015 12:24:12 -0400 Pennsylvania Rick Santorum Wishes Obama Would Be A Racial Uniter Like Segregationists Jerry Falwell and Jesse Helms <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="" /> <p>Potential Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum had an opportunity to speak at length to Iowa conservatives last week, when he <a href="">guest hosted Steve Deace&rsquo;s radio show</a> on Veterans Day. The three-hour program gave Santorum plenty of time to muse on a variety of topics, including his admiration for segregation proponents&nbsp;<a href="">Jerry Falwell </a>and <a href="">Jesse Helms</a> and his belief that President Obama&rsquo;s &ldquo;greatest failing&rdquo; has been his failure to end racism in America.</p> <p>Santorum mentioned that he had recently been <a href="">invited to speak</a> at Liberty University, which led him into a tangent on how much he admires the school&rsquo;s founder, the late Rev. Jerry Falwell. Although &ldquo;how the press treated Rev. Falwell was not necessarily positive,&rdquo; Santorum said, he found Falwell to be &ldquo;completely gracious, warm [and] affirming.&rdquo;</p> <p>This made Santorum think of the late Sen. Jesse Helms of North Carolina, who he said exhibited &ldquo;probably the starkest contrast of what the press used to portray and what the reality was.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;There was no one nicer than Jesse Helms,&rdquo; Santorum said. &ldquo;I mean, I don&rsquo;t think a single Democrat would tell you that on a personal level, there was anybody that was more gentlemanly, more kind than Jesse.&rdquo; (He might want to <a href="">check with Carol Mosely-Braun</a> on that.)</p> <p>He added that the &ldquo;breakup of any kind of cooperation&rdquo; in government is happening because people like President Obama are failing to be gentlemen like Jesse Helms:</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>Later in the program Santorum took a call from a listener who complained that the media was giving less coverage to looting and vandalism in Ferguson, Missouri, than to &ldquo;this police officer who has generally a pristine record in law enforcement" who "simply chose to defend himself.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;I completely understand your position,&rdquo; Santorum responded, before accusing the media and President Obama of fomenting &ldquo;racial division&rdquo; and &ldquo;pitting one group against another.&rdquo;</p> <p>President Obama&rsquo;s &ldquo;greatest failing,&rdquo; he added, was that he had the opportunity "to be a transformational figure from a racial point of view and he has abandoned the field.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="" width="100%"></iframe></p> Miranda Blue C4 Election 2016 North Carolina Pennsylvania Rick Santorum Fighting the Right 49028 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 12:44:12 -0400 Pennsylvania How 2014's Elections Will Influence 2016's Voting Rights <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="" /> <p>Voters across the country trying to cast votes in Tuesday&rsquo;s elections ran into hurdles erected by Republican legislatures, governors and secretaries of state. Along with <a href="">mechanical glitches and human error</a> &mdash; which occurred in states with leaders on both sides of the political spectrum &mdash; voters faced new laws and policies that made it harder to vote.</p> <p>In Alabama, a last-minute decision by the attorney general <a href=""> barred people from using public housing IDs to vote</a>. Voter ID laws in North Carolina and Texas <a href=""> sowed confusion</a>. Georgia <a href="">lost 40,000 voter registrations, mostly from minorities</a>. In all, the group Election Protection <a href="">reported receiving 18,000 calls</a> on Election Day, many of them <a href=""> having to do with voter ID laws</a>. The group <a href="">noted</a> that the flurry of calls represented &ldquo;a nearly 40 percent increase from 13,000 calls received in 2010.&rdquo;</p> <p>In the presidential election year of 2016, it looks unlikely that those problems will subside &mdash; especially if Congress fails to <a href=""> restore the Voting Rights Act</a>. The two states that had the closest vote tallies in the last presidential election &mdash; Florida and Ohio &mdash; will go into the presidential election year with Republicans controlling the offices of governor and secretary of state and holding majorities in their state legislatures.</p> <p>In Florida, Republican Gov. Rick Scott, who won reelection yesterday, will be able to&nbsp;<a href="">appoint a secretary of state</a> and will enjoy the support of a <a href="">veto-proof Republican majority in the state House.</a></p> <p>In Ohio, <a href=""> controversial Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted </a> won reelection on Tuesday, along with Gov. John Kasich. They&rsquo;ll be able to work with a <a href="\"> strengthened GOP majority in the state legislature</a>.</p> <p>In North Carolina, where a Republican legislature and governor have&nbsp;<a href="">cracked down on voting rights</a>, the GOP <a href="">held onto its majority</a>. Republican secretary of state candidates in the swing states of <a href="">Colorado</a>, <a href="">Iowa</a> and <a href="">Nevada</a> also won elections yesterday.</p> <p>Two influential elections for voting rights also took place in states unlikely to be presidential swing states. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a <a href="">national ringleader</a> for advocates of restrictive voting laws, <a href="">won reelection</a>. In Arizona, which has been working with Kansas to defend their states' respective tough voting requirements, Republican candidate Michele Reagan also <a href="">won her contest</a>.</p> <p>One exception to the trend is Pennsylvania, where Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, <a href=""> who backed a harsh voter ID law that has since been struck down in the courts</a>, lost to <a href="">voting rights supporter</a> Tom Wolf. Although Wolf will <a href=""> contend with a Republican majority </a> in the state legislature, he will be able to appoint a secretary of the commonwealth.</p> Miranda Blue Alabama Arizona C4 Colorado Election 2014 Election 2016 Florida Georgia Iowa John Kasich Jon Husted Kansas Kris Kobach Michele Reagan North Carolina Ohio Pennsylvania Rick Scott Texas Tom Corbett Voting Rights Fighting the Right The Right to Vote 48939 Thu, 06 Nov 2014 13:02:22 -0400 Pennsylvania Glenn Grothman Snags Endorsement Of 'Soul Mate' Rick Santorum <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="" /> <p>Glenn Grothman, the Wisconsin state senator and U.S. House candidate who is bravely fighting against the &ldquo;<a href="">war on men</a>,&rdquo; this weekend earned the endorsement of a man he calls his &ldquo;soul mate&rdquo;: former senator Rick Santorum.</p> <p>The <a href=""> Wisconsin State Journal reports </a> that Santorum announced his Patriot Voices PAC&rsquo;s endorsement of Grothman on a joint conference call late last week, where the two &ldquo;praised each other for their devotion to conservative principles.&rdquo;</p> <blockquote> <p>State Sen. Glenn Grothman snagged a high-profile endorsement this week when he won the backing of previous GOP presidential hopeful and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, from Pennsylvania, and his Patriot Voices PAC.</p> <p>During a Thursday conference call with reporters, Grothman and Santorum praised each other for their devotion to conservative principles. Grothman talked about how Santorum won him over when they first met during Santorum&rsquo;s unsuccessful bid to become the 2012 presidential nominee.</p> <p>&ldquo;When I met him, I felt we were almost soul mates,&rdquo; Grothman said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s kind of an odd thing.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> <p>Along with exposing the &ldquo;war on men&rdquo; being waged <a href="">by &ldquo;gals&rdquo; in the workplace</a>, Grothman has <a href=""> defended Uganda&rsquo;s harsh anti-gay law</a>, tried to make abortion a crime <a href=""> even if it would save the life of the pregnant women</a>, claimed that women earn less because "<a href="">money is more important for men</a>," wanted to officially <a href="">classify single parenthood as a factor in child abuse</a>, goes out of his way to <a href="">bash Kwanzaa</a>, and is a leader in pushing for blatantly political <a href="">voter suppression laws</a>.</p> <p>In other words, exactly the sort of politician who would find an ally and soul mate in Rick Santorum.</p> Miranda Blue C4 Election 2014 glenn grothman Patriot Voices PAC Pennsylvania Rick Santorum Wisconsin Fighting the Right 47420 Tue, 01 Jul 2014 10:50:50 -0400 Pennsylvania Klingenschmitt: A Demonic Spirit Caused The Judge In PA Marriage Ruling To 'Conspire Against God' <p>On <a href="">today's</a> "Pray In Jesus Name" program, Gordon Klingenschmitt reacted to last month's <a href="">ruling</a> striking down Pennsylvania's ban on gay marriage by declaring that the judge who issued the ruling was controlled by a demonic spirit that led him to "conspire against God."</p> <p>As Klingenschmitt explained, whenever people "invite the Devil to rule our hearts," it results in "a demonic spirit of sexual immorality" manifesting itself through their sinful behavior.&nbsp; And that is exactly what happened with "tyrant"&nbsp; Judge John Jones III, who, driven by a "demonic spirit of pride," sought to "conspire against God" by tossing Jesus and the Bible on the ash heap of history with his marriage ruling.</p> <p>But Klingenschmitt <a href="">has a message for Jones</a>: "Judge and Satan, you will end up on the ash heap of history and not Jesus and the Bible."</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"></iframe></p> Kyle Mantyla Gordon Klingenschmitt Marriage Equality Pennsylvania C3 Fighting the Right 47029 Mon, 02 Jun 2014 11:05:53 -0400 Pennsylvania Rep. Lou Barletta: Sanctuary Cities Making Us 'A Third-World Country' <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="" /> <p>Republican Rep. Lou Barletta of Pennsylvania said last week that policies friendly to undocumented immigrants "reward people who want to tear down our laws and make us a third-world country."</p> <p>Speaking with radio host Lars Larson at the anti-immigrant group FAIR's "Hold Their Feet to The Fire" event, <a href="">Barletta complained about "sanctuary cities,"</a> which he has <a href="">previously proposed</a> cutting off from federal funding. Barletta is the former mayor of Hazleton, Pa., where he enacted one of the <a href="">harshest anti-immigrant ordinances in the country</a>, which was <a href="">struck down by federal courts</a>&nbsp;before it could ever be enforced.</p> <p>"We continue to send federal dollars to mayors who are above the law," he said. "And then you have a mayor, such as myself in Hazleton, who gets sued for wanting to enforce the laws.</p> <p>"And there's something wrong with the direction this country's been going when we begin to reward people who want to tear down our laws and make us a third-world country where we get to pick and choose what we want to do.​"</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="" width="100%"></iframe></p> <blockquote> <p><br /> <strong>Larson</strong><em>:</em> If the party picks [Jeb Bush] as the nominee, they're sending a powerful message to Americans that we're going to give away the vote and we're going to give away the whole meaning of what it means to obey the law.</p> <p><strong>Barletta</strong><em>: </em>Absolutely, and it's what made our country so exceptional is that we were a country that has laws, and you cannot pick and choose what laws you enforce and what laws you can't. But here you have in the case of immigration -- illegal immigration -- you have mayors who declare themselves sanctuary cities, who are not going to enforce immigration laws. Nothing happens to them. We continue to send federal dollars to mayors who are above the law. And then you have a mayor, such as myself in Hazleton, who gets sued for wanting to enforce the laws.</p> <p>And there's something wrong with the direction this country's been going when we begin to reward people who want to tear down our laws and make us a third-world country where we get to pick and choose what we want to do.</p> </blockquote> Miranda Blue Immigration Lars Larson Lou Barletta Pennsylvania 46476 Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:40:45 -0400 Pennsylvania Glenn Beck Sees An Amazing Biblical Parallel In Latest Tale Of Alleged Christian Victimization <p>Earlier this week, the newest Religious Right tale of supposed anti-Christian victimization emerged out of Pennsylvania, involving a school that <a href=",0,2296592.story">allegedly refused</a> to allow a first-grade student to hand out cards featuring a religious message on Valentine's Day.</p> <p>Donald and Ellen Abramo, with the help of the Alliance Defending Freedom, have now sued Shafer Elementary School in Nazareth, PA claiming that they son had been prevented from distributing cards that said:</p> <blockquote> <p>"St. Valentine was imprisoned and martyred for presiding over marriages and for spreading the news of God's love. In honor of St. Valentine's Day, I want you to know that God loves YOU!!!"</p> </blockquote> <p>Predictably, Todd Starnes has now picked up the story and <a href="">turned it into a column</a>, which <a href="">all</a> <a href="">but</a> <a href="">guarantees</a> that the allegations are either overblown if not outright false, but since the school has so far refused to comment, it is impossible to know at this point.</p> <p>But that is not stopping Glenn Beck from weighing in, as he did <a href="">during yesterday's morning meeting</a> when he directly compared the incident to the <a href="">stoning to death</a> of Stephen the Apostle for spreading the Gospel.</p> <p>"You know what this reminds me of?," <a href="">Beck asked his staff</a> upon hearing the story, "the Martyrdom of Stephen the Apostle ... This is the same kind of thing":</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"></iframe></p> Kyle Mantyla Pennsylvania C3 Glenn Beck Fighting the Right 46464 Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:10:35 -0400 Pennsylvania Rep. Lou Barletta Says There's 'Nothing More Dangerous' Than Immigration Reform, Ties It To 9/11 <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="" /> <p>Every year, the anti-immigrant group FAIR holds an event called &ldquo;Hold Their Feet To The Fire,&rdquo; which invites radio hosts to broacast from Washington, DC, and interview lawmakers and conservative activists.</p> <p>This year, Rep. Lou Barletta of Pennsylvania, one of the staunchest anti-immigrant members of the House, showed up on FAIR&rsquo;s radio row to call president Obama a dictator, associate undocumented immigrants with the 9/11 terrorists, and declare that &ldquo;there may not be anything more dangerous&rdquo; than comprehensive immigration reform.</p> <p>Barletta <a href="">told Secure Freedom Radio&rsquo;s Frank Gaffney </a>that President Obama has put us &ldquo;on a road to where we&rsquo;re now electing a dictator.&rdquo; He took particular exception to the president&rsquo;s support of immigration reform: &ldquo;There may not be anything more dangerous than what he&rsquo;s doing, to give amnesty to millions of people. &ldquo;</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="" width="100%"></iframe></p> <blockquote> <p><strong>Gaffney</strong>: To the extent that the president is, at best, selectively enforcing the law and in some cases rewriting the law or ignoring it altogether, do you agree with those who describe this as a constitutional crisis?</p> <p><strong>Barletta</strong>: Oh, there&rsquo;s no question about it. This has been a slippery slope that this administration has taken, that the president has taken, walking over the Constitution and taking us down a path that, quite frankly, I don&rsquo;t know if we&rsquo;ve ever been this far down a road before, on a road to where we&rsquo;re now electing a dictator who will try to pick and choose what laws and challenging Congress to try to stop me.</p> <p>And there may not be anything more dangerous than what he&rsquo;s doing, to give amnesty to millions of people. We know for a fact that there are people who have come here illegally who want to harm America.</p> </blockquote> <p>In an <a href="">interview with Florida radio host Joyce Kaufman</a>, who came under fire for <a href="">anti-immigrant extremism</a> when she was briefly the chief of staff to Rep. Allen West, Barletta compared the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the country to the 9/11 terrorists.</p> <p>Referring to <a href="">former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush&rsquo;s comment</a> that many undocumented immigrants come to the US as an &ldquo;act of love&rdquo; for their families, Barletta said, &ldquo;You know, sometimes we need to remind everyone about September 11. The pilots of those planes, it was an act of love to a different God that took American lives. And not everyone who is here illegally is all here for an act of love for their families.&rdquo;</p> <p>Kaufman agreed, adding that the Boston Marathon bombing &ndash; perpetrated by legal immigrants &ndash; was &ldquo;another act of love.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="" width="100%"></iframe></p> Miranda Blue C4 Frank Gaffney Immigration Joyce Kaufman Lou Barletta Pennsylvania Federation for American Immigration Reform 46445 Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:04:35 -0400 Pennsylvania Glenn Beck Responds To Stabbing Attack By Warning That America Is Headed For Mass Starvation <p>When the news broke yesterday morning that a student at a Pennsylvania high school had <a href="">gone on a stabbing rampage</a> that had injured nearly two dozen people, Glenn Beck briefly addressed it on his radio program.</p> <p>After wondering why the students at the high school didn't just collectively rush and subdue the assailant before he could injure so many people, Beck said that all anyone could do at this point was to pray for this nation because we will soon face unspeakable misery because of our decision to "go against universal principles."</p> <p>It was not God who made this student attack his fellow students with a knife, Beck said. Rather, it was a result of the fact that "we have disconnected from universal principles."</p> <p>And because America has become so detached from those principles, this nation is headed toward mass starvation which will not be a punishment from God but simply the logical end result of embracing Marxism.</p> <p>"We are now doing things that go against natural law," <a href="">Beck warned</a>. "And because of that, we will pay a very heavy price":</p> <p align="center"><iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Kyle Mantyla Pennsylvania C3 Glenn Beck Fighting the Right 46441 Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:14:23 -0400 Pennsylvania Wayne Allyn Root: Democrats Won In 2012 By Voting 10 Times Each <p>Wayne Allyn Root, the conservative activist who ran for vice president on the Libertarian ticket in 2008, claimed last month that President Obama won reelection because &ldquo;Democratic voters across this country are voting four times, five times, 10 times each for the Democrats.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> In a <a href="">video commentary</a> posted in late March, Root&nbsp;insisted that &ldquo;Democrats are winning elections through what appears to be massive voter fraud.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Root &mdash; who is&nbsp;<a href="">also a birther</a>&nbsp;&mdash; cited the <a href="">right-wing myth</a> that the fact that a handful of precincts in the heavily Democratic Philadelphia recorded no votes for Mitt Romney means that Democrats were &ldquo;stuffing the ballot box.&rdquo; The Philadelphia myth is part of a right-wing trend of <a href="">blaming Democratic victories on unproven voter fraud in urban areas</a>.</p> <p>Root also said that President Obama should be impeached over alleged IRS targeting of conservatives, citing the removal of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich.&nbsp; &ldquo;If you think impeachment can&rsquo;t happen, it&rsquo;s a pipe dream,&rdquo; he said, &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve got news for you. Study Ukraine."</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"></iframe></p> Miranda Blue C4 Pennsylvania voter ID Voting Rights Wayne Allyn Root The Right to Vote 46416 Tue, 08 Apr 2014 12:42:50 -0400 Pennsylvania The Cost Of Being Kris Kobach’s Guinea Pig <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="" /> <p>Yesterday, Kansas secretary of state Kris Kobach suffered a double setback when the Supreme Court <a href="">refused to hear appeals</a> of decisions striking down two local anti-immigrant ordinances that Kobach had written and shepherded through the courts. Now, both towns are facing the possibility of paying legal fees for opponents on top of years of legal costs that they had already incurred.</p> <p>Kobach was behind an <a href=""> ordinance </a> in Farmers Branch, Texas, that required people to prove they were in the country legally in order to rent a home and one in Hazleton, <a href="">Pennsylvania</a>, that would have penalized people who rent to or employ undocumented immigrants. Both ordinances were struck down by federal courts, and neither town succeeded in appealing those decisions to the Supreme Court.</p> <p>In August, the <em>Dallas Morning News</em> <a href=""> reported </a> that Farmers Branch, a <a href="">town of 29,000</a> people, had already spent $6 million defending the law since it was first passed in 2006, and expected to pay $2 million in legal fees for its opponents if it lost in the courts. The town has already been forced to <a href="">cut back in other areas of its budget </a>in order to keep up with the costs of defending the ordinance, despite a <a href="">$500,000 contribution</a> from real estate heir Trammell Crow.</p> <p>Meanwhile, Hazleton reported last year that it had&nbsp;<a href="">spent nearly $500,000</a> on legal fees since 2006, <a href="">financed mostly</a> from donations from an online fundraising campaign, along with a<a href=""> $50,000 gift </a>from Crow. But the Hazleton <em>Standard Speaker</em> reports today that the city&rsquo;s legal defense fund has dried up and it&rsquo;s <a href="">facing the possibility</a> of paying millions of dollars in legal fees for civil rights groups that challenged the law. The town of 25,000 faces these costs on top of a&nbsp;<a href="">pension fund deficit </a>of over $28 million.</p> <p>Even Kobach-backed ordinances that fare better in the courts can still present huge costs for cities that take up his anti-immigrant crusade. Residents of Fremont, Nebraska, <a href="">voted last month</a> to keep a similar <a href="">Kobach-written</a> anti-immigrant ordinance <a href=""> after it was upheld </a> by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Since the ordinance was first passed in 2010, the town <a href="">raised its property taxes</a> in order to<a href="">&nbsp;set aside $1.5 million </a> to pay legal fees and implementation costs; the town also risks <a href="">losing millions of dollars</a> in future federal grants.</p> <p>While Kobach uses small cities to push his anti-immigrant experiments, those cities are forced to foot the bill as they work through the courts. The cities sometimes even pay for Kobach's services. The Southern Poverty Law Center <a href="">noted</a> in 2011 that "Kobach has said that he normally charges about $50,000 a year to defend his ordinances against legal challenges. He described that rate as under market and said he wants to ensure 'the cities can afford it.'"</p> <p>States that push Kobach's harsh anti-immigrant laws have also faced enormous costs. Arizona spent <a href="">millions of dollars </a>defending SB1070 before it was ultimately <a href="">largely struck down </a>by the Supreme Court, and <a href="">lost an estimated </a>$23 million in tax revenue and $350 in direct spending from a resulting economic boycott.</p> <p>Kobach&rsquo;s home state is hardly immune from this either &ndash; state election officials are now&nbsp;<a href="">facing the possibility</a> of having to set up a&nbsp;<a href="">dual elections system</a> in which <a href="">15,000 voters</a> caught up in Kobach&rsquo;s voter ID plan will be allowed to vote only in federal elections &ndash; a <a href="">costly bureaucratic nightmare</a>.</p> Miranda Blue C4 Immigration Kansas Kris Kobach Pennsylvania Texas Fighting the Right 45962 Tue, 04 Mar 2014 14:55:18 -0400 Pennsylvania Conservative Catholic Group: Gay Teacher 'Scandalized Students' <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="" /> <p>With students and alumni of a Catholic school in Pennsylvania<a href=""> rallying</a> <a href="">around</a> a teacher who was fired for planning to marry his partner in New Jersey, where same-sex marriage is legal, a state lawmaker<a href=""> proposed</a> an amendment to prevent such discriminatory practices.</p> <p>But anti-gay activists are defending the firing, Patrick J. Reilly of The Cardinal Newman Society <a href="">told LifeSiteNews today</a>&nbsp;that the proposed legislation is &ldquo;as ludicrous as it is dangerous to basic human freedoms,&rdquo; adding that the gay teacher &ldquo;scandalized students&rdquo; by hoping to marry his partner.</p> <blockquote> &ldquo;Senator Leach&rsquo;s bill to legislate away morality even within the walls of a Catholic school is as ludicrous as it is dangerous to basic human freedoms,&rdquo; Patrick J. Reilly, president of the Catholic education watchdog organization The Cardinal Newman Society, told<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The facts of the case are quite clear. Holy Ghost did not fire a teacher because of same-sex attraction,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;They fired him because of his public and serious sin, which has scandalized students whose families are privately paying for Catholic formation.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> &hellip;<br /> <br /> Francis Viglietta of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference said the law &ldquo;in effect would limit our ability to serve the people of this commonwealth in ways that are consistent with Catholic teaching.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Amy B. Hill, communications director for the state's Catholics, called the bill &ldquo;an inappropriate use of governmental power to coerce religious institutions into abandoning their faith.&rdquo;</blockquote> Brian Tashman Anti-Gay C4 Life Site News Pennsylvania Fighting the Right 45221 Wed, 18 Dec 2013 14:45:54 -0400 Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Republicans Seek To Impeach Pro-Gay Rights Attorney General <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="" /> <p>A Republican state representative in Pennsylvania is <a href="">circulating a memo</a> calling for the impeachment of the state&rsquo;s attorney general, Kathleen Kane, for her &ldquo;misbehavior in office&rdquo; and &ldquo;violation of her constitutional, statutory, and ethical duties.&rdquo; Earlier, a <a href="">Republican state senator</a> also called for her impeachment and asked the legislature to reduce her office&rsquo;s budget.</p> <p>Kane recently <a href="">said</a> that she &ldquo;cannot ethically defend the constitutionality of Pennsylvania&rsquo;s version of DOMA&rdquo; because &ldquo;it is wholly unconstitutional.&rdquo;</p> <p>The state representative proposing impeachment, Daryl Metcalfe, recently stopped an openly gay colleague from speaking in favor of marriage equality on the state house floor after the Supreme Court&rsquo;s recent rulings on marriage, saying is colleague was in &ldquo;<a href="">rebellion against God&rsquo;s law</a>.&rdquo; Metcalfe even <a href="">opposed a resolution condemning domestic violence</a> because he feared it would advance the &ldquo;homosexual agenda.&rdquo;</p> <blockquote> All public officials in Pennsylvania swear an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution and laws of this Commonwealth. The Commonwealth Attorneys Act imposes a mandatory duty on the Attorney General to defend the constitutionality of lawfully enacted statutes in any challenge filed in court.<br /> <br /> Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane recently made a public declaration that she would not defend a federal lawsuit challenging the statutory definition of marriage. Ironically, Attorney General Kane explained that she could not &ldquo;ethically&rdquo; defend a law that she believed to be &ldquo;wholly unconstitutional,&rdquo; but making such a public statement that hinders the defense of the litigation violates the ethics rules that all attorneys are bound to follow.<br /> <br /> In the near future, I will be introducing a resolution containing articles of impeachment against Attorney General Kane. Impeachment is a rarely used, but extremely important, tool to address misbehavior in office. Attorney General Kane&rsquo;s violation of her constitutional, statutory, and ethical duties cannot be tolerated if our system of government is to work properly.<br /> <br /> Attorney General Kane&rsquo;s refusal to follow the law already led to further violations of the law when the Montgomery County Register of Wills cited Kane&rsquo;s decision as a reason to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. When the Commonwealth Court entered an order that stopped this practice, the Court reiterated the well-established principle that every act of the legislature is presumptively constitutional until a court declares otherwise. Attorney General Kane has created a constitutional crisis by refusing to perform her assigned role and usurping the role of the courts.<br /> <br /> It is our duty to stop her from engaging in further misbehavior in office.</blockquote> Brian Tashman C4 Daryl Metcalfe Marriage Equality Obama impeachment Pennsylvania Fighting the Right 44654 Wed, 23 Oct 2013 15:45:02 -0400 Pennsylvania Right Wing Leftovers - 10/4/13 <ul> <li> Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett <a href="">says</a> it is &ldquo;inappropriate&rdquo; to compare same-sex couples to children: &ldquo;A much better analogy would have been brother and sister.&rdquo;</li> </ul> <ul> <li> Ken Cuccinelli criticized congressional Republicans who shut down the government as<a href=""> intransigent hostage takers</a>, but will still <a href="">appear at a Religious Right event with shutdown leader Ted Cruz</a>.</li> </ul> <ul> <li> Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE)<a href=""> suggests</a> Ted Cruz and his Tea Party allies &ldquo;duped&rdquo; Americans into believing &ldquo;that shutting down the government meant shutting down Obamacare.&rdquo;</li> </ul> <ul> <li> Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX)<a href=""> thinks</a> Democrats are &ldquo;curb-stomping elderly veterans.&rdquo;</li> </ul> <ul> <li> Bill O&rsquo;Reilly <a href="">likens</a> GOP efforts to derail Obamacare to parents stopping their daughter from getting accosted by a &ldquo;vicious motorcycle gang.&rdquo;</li> </ul> <ul> <li> This is rich: Pat Buchanan <a href="">claims</a> President Obama has a &ldquo;sadistic&rdquo; agenda that created a &ldquo;poisonous atmosphere&rdquo; in Washington.</li> </ul> <ul> <li> Does the National Organization for Marriage have any evidence to back up its claim that <a href="">65 percent of Americans</a> oppose marriage equality?</li> </ul> Brian Tashman Bill O&#039;Reilly C4 Ken Cuccinelli National Organization for Marriage Pat Buchanan Pennsylvania Steve Stockman Tom Corbett Virginia 44459 Fri, 04 Oct 2013 17:21:00 -0400 Pennsylvania Right Wing Round-Up - 8/29/13 <ul> <li> <a href="">Chris Geidner @ BuzzFeed</a>: Appeals Court Upholds California Ban On Gay Conversion Therapy For Minors.</li> <p> <li> <a href="">Tommy Christopher @ Mediaite</a>: Senator Tim Scott Turned Down Invitation to 50th Anniversary of MLK Speech.</li> <p> <li> <a href="">Luke Brinker @ Equality Matters</a>: The Daily Caller Just Can't Stop Defending Russia's Anti-Gay Crackdown.</li> <p> <li> <a href="">Zack Ford @ Think Progress</a>: Pennsylvania: Gay Couples Don&rsquo;t Deserve To Marry Because They&rsquo;re Just Like 12-Year-Old Children.</li> <p> <li> <a href="">Eric W. Dolan @ Raw Story</a>: Tea party speaker: &lsquo;Well, they want to call me a racist? Go ahead.&rsquo;</li> <p> <li> <a href="">Towleroad</a>: Gay Married Couples to Get Federal Tax Recognition Regardless of State Where They Live.</li></ul> Kyle Mantyla Jerome Corsi Pennsylvania Round-Up Tim Scott 44126 Thu, 29 Aug 2013 17:34:58 -0400 Pennsylvania