Texas http://www.pfaw.org/ Mon, 25 Jan 2016 16:51:15 -0500 Mon, 25 Jan 2016 16:51:15 -0500 Louie Gohmert: 'It's Time To Start Impeaching Judges' For Marriage Equality Ruling http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/louie-gohmert-its-time-start-impeaching-judges-marriage-equality-ruling <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_images/louie_gohmert_a.jpg?1349293307" /> <p>Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, said last week that &ldquo;it&rsquo;s time to start impeaching&rdquo; Supreme Court justices in response to the Obergefell marriage equality ruling, which he called an &ldquo;illegal decision&rdquo; that amounted to the court declaring itself to be God.</p> <p>In an<a href="http://www.850wftl.com/episode/the-joyce-kaufman-show-12216-hr-1/"> interview</a> with Florida talk radio host Joyce Kaufman on Friday, Gohmert falsely claimed that church-state separation decisions in the 1950s and 1960s mandated that &ldquo;you can&rsquo;t talk about God in schools and public places.&rdquo; But, he said, the Supreme Court did something even worse with Obergefell.</p> <p>&ldquo;The Supreme Court said, &lsquo;You know, we told you you couldn&rsquo;t use &lsquo;God,&rsquo; now here&rsquo;s the new line: We&rsquo;re God,&rsquo;&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;&lsquo;We are your God. Forget what God, Moses, Jesus ever said, we are your God now, the five of us in the majority, you do as we tell you.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p> <p>Gohmert went on to repeat <a href="http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/melanie-hunter/gohmert-ginsburg-kagan-violated-constitution-didnt-recuse-themselves-gay">his call</a> for Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan to be impeached for participating in the decision after having performed legal same-sex marriages.</p> <p>&ldquo;We have two of them who had done same-sex marriages before they participated, they were disqualified, but they illegally participated, it&rsquo;s an illegal decision, and it&rsquo;s time to start impeaching judges and remove them from the Supreme Court,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>Kaufman, for her part, seemed to say that Ginsburg and Kagan should have been disqualified for &ldquo;being gay.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/243766999&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> Miranda Blue C4 Joyce Kaufman Louie Gohmert Marriage Equality Supreme Court Texas Fighting the Right 68226 Mon, 25 Jan 2016 16:51:15 -0500 Texas Cruz Virginia Campaign Leader Rails Against 'Socialized Education System' And Homosexuality's 'Prevention Of The Seed' http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/cruz-campaign-leader-rails-against-socialized-education-system-and-homosexualitys-prevention <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="480" height="360" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_rww/cynthia%20dunbar.jpg?1452094529" /> <p>Every year, <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/anti-gay-psuedo-historian-david-barton-tapped-run-ted-cruzs-super-pac"> Republican activist and Religious Right pseudo-historian David Barton </a> gathers conservative state legislators at a &ldquo;<a href="http://www.profamily.com/conference,-nov-5-8,-2015">ProFamily Legislator&rsquo;s Conference</a>&rdquo; to learn about model legislation along with &ldquo;current public policy issues in a manner that honors our Judeo-Christian heritage and the vision of our Founding Fathers.&rdquo;</p> <p>At last year's conference in November, one of the speakers at Barton&rsquo;s conference was Cynthia Dunbar, a former member of the Texas State Board of Education who has <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/cynthia-dunbar-using-tx-school-standards-offset-biblically-illiterate-society">admitted</a> that her goal on the board was to correct a &ldquo;biblically illiterate society.&rdquo; Dunbar, who now works at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/ted-cruzs-virginia-co-chair-tied-evolution-and-gay-rights-holocaust">was named</a> a Virginia state co-chair of Ted Cruz&rsquo;s presidential campaign last month, aligning her further with Barton, who <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/anti-gay-psuedo-historian-david-barton-tapped-run-ted-cruzs-super-pac">chairs a pro-Cruz super PAC</a>.</p> <p>In her speech at Barton&rsquo;s conference, which Barton broadcast on his &ldquo;<a href="http://www.wallbuilderslive.com/listen.asp?cs=high&mf=mp3&fileName=WBLive2015-12-28">Wallbuilders Live</a>&rdquo; program last week, Dunbar urged legislators to get involved in education in order to stop the &ldquo;deception of the seed&rdquo; by &ldquo;our socialized education system.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;I believe it&rsquo;s a crucial issue for several reasons,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;One, it&rsquo;s what I call the seed policy, if you think about it, every major social issue you&rsquo;re encountering as legislators actually directs back to what it talks about it in Genesis, &lsquo;if I would put enmity between you and the seed of the woman.&rsquo; Because what happens, what is abortion? Abortion is the destruction of the seed. What is homosexuality? It is the prevention of the seed. And what is education? It is potential deception of the seed.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;And so when we have 88 to 90 percent, which is approximately the number of the students that are being educated within our socialized education system, effectively indoctrinating our children with our own tax dollars, guess what?&rdquo; she asked. &ldquo;We lose every other issue. We lose life, we lose marriage, we lose all of it. So I think this is the linchpin issue.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/240663217&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>Dunbar also put in a plug for teaching public school kids Barton&rsquo;s signature spin on American history, saying that the &ldquo;brilliant&rdquo; Barton had discovered that &ldquo;94 percent of the quotes of the founding fathers&rdquo; were &ldquo;either directly or indirectly&rdquo; related to the Bible.</p> <p>&ldquo;One of my favorite historians, brilliant, brilliant man, says that 94 percent of the quotes of the founding fathers contemporaneous to our nation&rsquo;s founding were either directly or indirectly from holy scripture,&rdquo; she declared. &ldquo;We know what that means when we say &lsquo;directly,&rsquo; they&rsquo;re quoting scripture. What does it mean when we say &lsquo;indirectly&rsquo;? They were quoting men who were quoting scripture.&rdquo;</p> <p>Unsurprisingly, this Barton &ldquo;fact&rdquo; &mdash; which <a href="https://books.google.com/books?id=WN9nTJrravgC&pg=PA181&lpg=PA181&dq=david+barton+94+percent+founding+fathers+quotes+bible&source=bl&ots=2exxa1hoC5&sig=GFo9CinSc12Wmof6jNtFnrha57U&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi04qa71ZPKAhXJ5CYKHRt_BeMQ6AEIQjAG#v=onepage&q=david%20barton%2094%20percent%20founding%20fathers%20quotes%20bible&f=false"> also turns up in a book written by Dunbar </a> &mdash; is the product of some of <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chris-rodda/no-mr-beck-our-constituti_b_637451.html"> Barton&rsquo;s trademark misinterpretation topped off by some fuzzy math </a> .</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/240663214&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> Miranda Blue Anti-Choice Anti-Gay C4 Cynthia Dunbar David Barton Education Election 2016 ProFamily Legislative Network Ted Cruz Texas texas textbooks Virginia Wallbuilders Fighting the Right 67386 Wed, 06 Jan 2016 10:36:51 -0500 Texas Cruz Rallies Christian Right, Slams 'Secular Agenda' At Campaign Stop With James Dobson http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/cruz-rallies-christian-right-slams-secular-agenda-campaign-stop-james-dobson <p>At an Iowa campaign stop with influential Religious Right activist James Dobson yesterday, Sen. Ted Cruz warned that people of faith have consented to &ldquo;allow nonbelievers to elect our leaders,&rdquo; and now a &ldquo;secular agenda&rdquo; bent on doing away with the Ten Commandments and stifling religious liberty is on the rise.</p> <p>Cruz repeated to the audience in Winterset, Iowa, his <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/cruz-any-president-who-doesnt-begin-every-day-his-knees-isnt-fit-be-commander-chief-nation"> insistence that an atheist would be unfit to be president </a> , saying, &ldquo;If you don&rsquo;t begin every day on your knees asking God for His wisdom and support, I don&rsquo;t believe you&rsquo;re fit to do this job.&rdquo;</p> <p>He also <a href="http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/12/ted-cruzs-imaginary-evangelical-army.html">repeated his assertion</a> that Republicans lost the last two presidential elections because millions of evangelicals stayed at home. &ldquo;I believe the key to winning in 2016 is very simple,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;We have to bring back to the polls the millions of conservatives who stayed home, we have to awaken and energize the body of Christ.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;You know,&rdquo; he said, &ldquo;we look at our federal government now, and we have a federal government that is waging a war on life, a war on marriage, a war on religious liberty. We have a federal government that is advancing a secular agenda that puts the ability of Bible-believing Christians to live our faith more and more in jeopardy and that is appeasing radical Islamic terrorism, in fact refuses even to acknowledge its name. And if you look at the federal government, you might say, &lsquo;Why do we have government attacking life, attacking marriage, attacking faith, attacking religious liberty?&rsquo; Well, is it any wonder, when a majority of believers are staying home? If we allow nonbelievers to elect our leaders, we shouldn&rsquo;t be surprised when our government doesn&rsquo;t reflect our values.&rdquo;</p> <p>Cruz also <a href="http://www.towleroad.com/2016/01/ted-cruz-calls-high-courts-gay-marriage-ruling-lawless-illegitimate-iowa-rally-james-dobson-video/"> doubled down on his criticism of the Supreme Court&rsquo;s marriage equality ruling </a> , calling both it and the King v. Burwell ruling preserving the Affordable Care Act &ldquo;fundamentally illegitimate&rdquo; and &ldquo;lawless.&rdquo; He warned that if Hillary Clinton were to become president, the Supreme Court would &ldquo;tear down our constitutional liberties fundamentally&rdquo; by ruling against Ten Commandments monuments on public grounds and reversing the Heller decision, which found an individual right to bear arms. (When Cruz said that this meant &ldquo;the government can make it a felony for you to own a firearm and protect your family,&rdquo; an audience member yelled out, &ldquo;Come and take it!&rdquo;)</p> <p>Dobson, the founder of Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council who <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/religious-right-leader-james-dobson-endorse-ted-cruz"> recently endorsed Cruz</a>, also said he was very impressed by the candidate&rsquo;s wife, Heidi Cruz, saying that &ldquo;there has never in American history been a pro-life first lady&rdquo; and that with her we &ldquo;have a chance to get one this time.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Iowa conservative blog Caffeinated Thoughts <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qj-F6yS7z3k">recorded the event</a>. Cruz and Dobson discuss prayer about 2 minutes into the video; the &ldquo;missing&rdquo; evangelical vote about 6 minutes in; the Supreme court around 13 minutes in; and Heidi Cruz about 24 minutes in.</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/qj-F6yS7z3k" width="560"></iframe></p> Miranda Blue Anti-Choice C4 Election 2016 Equality For All Iowa James Dobson Marriage Equality Marriage Equality Reproductive Health Ted Cruz Texas Family Research Council Focus on the Family Fighting the Right Religious Liberty 67331 Tue, 05 Jan 2016 12:46:13 -0500 Texas Cruz Courts Hagee, Dobson, Land & Hundreds Of Other Religious Right Leaders At Texas Confab http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/cruz-courts-hagee-dobson-land-hundreds-other-religious-right-leaders-texas-confab <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="640" height="421" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_images/tedcruz3.jpg?1448381029" /> <p>Sen. Ted Cruz headed to his home state of Texas this week to court prominent Christian conservative leaders in his <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/religious-right-leaders-rally-around-ted-cruz-secret-endorsement-meeting"> effort to cement Religious Right support </a> going into the GOP presidential primary. The gathering, which was&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/religious-right-leaders-head-farris-wilks-ranch-plot-how-make-ted-cruz-president">held at the ranch</a> of <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/fracking-sugar-daddy-religious-right">social conservative mega-donors Farris and Dan Wilks</a> and organized in part by <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/more-ted-cruzreligious-right-confab-wilks-brothers-hometown"> conservative activist and pro-Cruz super PAC head David Barton</a>, drew 300 guests, <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/cruz-consolidates-support-from-key-christian-conservatives/2015/12/20/d7951a76-a5b6-11e5-b53d-972e2751f433_story.html"> the Washington Post reported</a>, overflowing the Wilks&rsquo; home.</p> <p>The Post reports that among the guests were John Hagee, the controversial pastor <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/mccain-throws-hagee-under-bus">whose endorsement John McCain was pressured to reject in 2008</a>, former top Southern Baptist leader Richard Land, and Focus on the Family and Family Research Council founder James Dobson, who has <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/religious-right-leader-james-dobson-endorse-ted-cruz">already officially endorsed Cruz:</a></p> <blockquote> <p>The crowd was so large that when Cruz spoke the Wilkses had to open the pool patio doors to accommodate about 100 guests who stood in 28 degree weather to listen to the senator.</p> <p>&hellip; By the end of the six-hour meeting Monday, dozens of the visitors lined up outside a closed room to tape video endorsements of the Cruz presidential bid. Some attended Super PAC and campaign fundraisers held Tuesday in Cisco that were timed to coincide with the fly-in.</p> <p>The gathering could have been even larger. Mike Gonzalez, who leads the South Carolina Pastors Alliance, was disappointed that some of his fellow clergymen were not able to make it because bad weather caused flight cancellations.</p> <p>However, when he arrived at the ranch he was stunned to see a crowd of about 300, "including many of the most prominent spiritual influencers in the country."</p> <p>Those in attendance at the Monday sessions included prominent televangelists, such as John Hagee, pastor of the Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, and James Dobson, founder of the Focus on the Family organization. Richard Land, president of the Southern Evangelical Seminary and a longtime leader of the Southern Baptist Convention, was there, according to interviews with attendees, most of whom were not authorized to discuss the off-the-record session. They said that there were a number of Hispanic and African American clerics in the audience, including Gonzalez and Voddie Baucham, a well-known pastor in Texas.</p> <p>"It was a very diverse group of national leaders who have significant standing," said David Barton, a Texas Republican author and activist who is leading one of the Super PACs that sponsored the gathering. "We brought them with no expectations and we were highly pleased with the number who decided Ted is the right man to be of the president of the U.S."</p> <p>Barton said the purpose of the gathering was "to give people an opportunity to become acquainted with Ted's faith and see if they were comfortable with it."</p> </blockquote> <p>The Texas Tribune reports that prominent Southern Baptist leader Paige Patterson was also in attendance and came away impressed, <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2015/12/29/cisco-cruz-courts-religious-right-and-his-constitu/">calling it</a> &ldquo;the finest presentation I ever heard from a candidate.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Tribune <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2015/12/29/cisco-cruz-courts-religious-right-and-his-constitu/">reports</a> that Cruz praised the Wilks brothers for their efforts to pull the country &ldquo;back from the brink&rdquo; and stop the &ldquo;relentless assault we&rsquo;ve seen on constitutional liberties and Judeo-Christian values&rdquo;:</p> <blockquote> <p>Speaking with reporters before the rally capping his two days in Cisco, Cruz heaped praise on the brothers, lauding their contributions to the oil industry in Texas as well as Christian activism throughout the country.</p> <p>&ldquo;They&rsquo;re people for whom their faith is very important, and they&rsquo;ve been willing to devote their resources to fighting for principles of religious liberty, fighting to defend life, fighting to defend marriage, fighting to defend the constitutional liberties on which this country is founded," Cruz told reporters. "Their entire family is focused on pulling this country back from the brink, from the relentless assault we&rsquo;ve seen on constitutional liberties and Judeo-Christian values."</p> <p>&hellip;</p> <p>Before the rally, the Cruz family hosted a fundraiser at the community center that the Wilks were expected to attend. Sitting outside the room was another ode to the prominent hosts: a large placard reading, "A special thanks from Heidi & Ted Cruz to our hosts The Wilks Family."</p> </blockquote> Miranda Blue C4 Dan Wilks David Barton Election 2016 Farris Wilks James Dobson John Hagee Paige Patterson Richard Land Ted Cruz Texas Fighting the Right 67241 Wed, 30 Dec 2015 16:14:48 -0500 Texas We Read Rafael Cruz's Book So You Don't Have To http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/we-read-rafael-cruzs-book-so-you-dont-have <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="800" height="430" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_images/Rafael-Cruz-by-Gage-Skidmore-800x430.jpg?1446058083" /> <p><a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/people/rafael-cruz">Rafael Cruz</a>, father of senator and presidential candidate <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/people/ted-cruz">Ted Cruz</a>, has become <a href="https://www.yahoo.com/politics/meet-rafael-cruz-ted-cruz-1286671921045558.html">a folk hero in his own right among Religious Right activists</a> as he <a href="http://www.nationaljournal.com/magazine/2015/06/26/ted-cruzs-secret-weapon-win-right">has barnstormed the country</a> railing against Barack Obama, gay rights activists, and other favored enemies of the far right &mdash; and promoting his son&rsquo;s presidential candidacy. Rafael&rsquo;s new book, <a href="http://wndbooks.wnd.com/a-time-for-action/">&ldquo;A Time for Action: Empowering the Faithful to Reclaim America,&rdquo;</a> will be officially released by WND Books in January, but we at RWW have saved you the time, money and aggravation by reading it for you. Happy New Year!</p> <p>If you&rsquo;ve watched Rafael Cruz or his son at all, there&rsquo;s not much new or surprising in Rafael&rsquo;s book. It is essentially a book-length pitch for his son&rsquo;s candidacy, beginning with a gushing foreword from <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/people/glenn-beck-0">Glenn Beck</a> &mdash; &ldquo;Rafael Cruz is one of the greatest freedom fighters of his generation&rdquo; and &ldquo;Ted Cruz will do anything to protect and preserve freedom&rdquo; &mdash; to an epilogue from Ted Cruz, which reads like a reprint of his presidential campaign&rsquo;s stump speech. Rafael says in the book that he has known since Ted was a young boy that he had &ldquo;a special calling on his life.&rdquo;</p> <p>Rafael is not shy in his political pronouncements. The Democratic Party &ldquo;promotes an ungodly socialist agenda that is destroying America,&rdquo; he declares. &ldquo;And unfortunately, there are those in the Republican Party who aren&rsquo;t much different.&rdquo; That is why, he says, it is even more important to vote in primary elections than in the general election, because the primary &ldquo;gives you the opportunity to select the candidates that best align with biblical and constitutional principles.&rdquo; Rafael, and Ted in his campaign-speech epilogue, <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/ted-cruz-if-extra-10-million-evangelical-christians-show-election-day-ill-win-landslide"> repeat their assertion that 54 million evangelical voters stayed home on Election Day 2012 </a> and that getting more of them to vote is the key to putting the government back in the hands of a &ldquo;righteous&rdquo; president.</p> <p>In between Glenn Beck and Ted Cruz, the book is part memoir of Rafael&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/10/us/politics/cuban-peers-dispute-ted-cruzs-fathers-story-of-fighting-for-castro.html?_r=0"> possibly embroidered </a> past as a freedom-fighter against Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista and part evangelical religious tract. This is supplemented by plenty of recycled Christian-nation historical claims made by GOP activist <a href="http://www.pfaw.org/rww-in-focus/barton-s-bunk-religious-right-historian-hits-the-big-time-tea-party-america"> David Barton, the often discredited &ldquo;historian&rdquo; </a> who is currently <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/anti-gay-psuedo-historian-david-barton-tapped-run-ted-cruzs-super-pac">running a pro-Ted Cruz super PAC</a>. Barton and his Christian-nation history are repeatedly cited by Rafael, who writes:</p> <blockquote> <p>I believe without a shadow of a doubt that the reason the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States have lasted over two centuries is that they were divinely inspired and then written by men who had spent time on their knees. These were men of God seeking revelation from God, and that&rsquo;s what He gave them. Of course, these two documents aren&rsquo;t equivalent to the Word of God, but God certainly directed the men who crafted them.</p> </blockquote> <p>Also cited in &ldquo;A Time for Action&rdquo; is Christian-nation advocate and political strategist <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/people/david-lane">David Lane</a>, who is trying to mobilize an army of conservative pastors to run for office, which he hopes will in turn bring out conservative evangelical volunteers and voters. Lane has also been, with <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/people/tony-perkins">FRC&rsquo;s Tony Perkins</a>, a major promoter of the effort to get Religious Right leaders to unite around a single candidate &mdash; a step taken earlier this month when dozens of them voted in a <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/religious-right-leaders-rally-around-ted-cruz-secret-endorsement-meeting"> secret endorsement meeting to back Ted Cruz. </a></p> <p>Rafael talks about the dangers of secular humanism and makes a glancing reference to <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/topics/seven-mountains">Seven Mountains dominionism</a>, the belief that conservative Christians must gain control over the "seven mountains" of American culture.</p> <blockquote> <p>In no way, shape, or form was Jefferson implying that the church should be restricted from exerting an influence upon society. On the contrary, the Bible tells us that we are the salt of the earth and light of the world&hellip;Doesn&rsquo;t that suggest that our influence should touch every area of society &ndash; our families, the media, sports, arts and entertainment, education, business, and government?&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> <p>Like Barton and Lane, Rafael makes his case for the Christian nature of the U.S. government by conflating the Pilgrims and Puritans with the founding fathers who gave us the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution more than 150 years later. Rafael declares that &ldquo;the concept of separation of church and state is found nowhere in either the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution of the United States of America,&rdquo; which leads into this:</p> <blockquote> <p>To understand this clearly, we need to go back four centuries to the time of the first settlers in America. If you lived in England in the early 1600s and were not a member of the Church of England, you would be considered a heretic and subject to persecution. So the early settlers immigrated to the New World in order to freely worship the Lord their God. What a remarkable heritage of religious freedom this exceptional country gives us! The only country on the face of the earth founded on the World of God!</p> <p>As this new constitutional representative republic stretched its wings following the Revolutionary War, citizens of the thirteen colonies wondered if their new government would impose a state religion upon them like the one their forefathers suffered in England&hellip;</p> </blockquote> <p>That is followed by a discussion of Jefferson&rsquo;s letter to the Danbury Baptists, ending with the Bartonesque conclusion that Jefferson&rsquo;s wall of separation image &ldquo;was only referring to <em>a one-way wall.</em>&rdquo;</p> <p>Rafael&rsquo;s writing on Cuba is similarly incomplete. He describes the explosion that sank the U.S. Maine in Havana harbor in 1898 as &ldquo;an unprovoked attack&rdquo; without any indication that many historians now believe the ship&rsquo;s boiler exploded and that the &ldquo;unprovoked attack&rdquo; story was simply cover for the U.S. to declare war on Spain and bring Cuba under U.S. control. Rafael suggests without offering any evidence that President Obama&rsquo;s unsuccessful efforts to close the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay suggest that Obama is &ldquo;complicit&rdquo; with Ra&uacute;l Castro&rsquo;s demands that the U.S. return the military base itself to Cuban control.</p> <p>&ldquo;A Time to Act&rdquo; includes plenty of familiar Religious Right claims: that Supreme Court rulings on state-sponsored prayer and Bible readings in public schools have contributed to America&rsquo;s downward slide, along with legal abortion and the &ldquo;redefinition&rdquo; of traditional marriage.</p> <p>The book is also full of the hyperbolic rhetoric you&rsquo;d expect from Rafael Cruz and World Net Daily, the far-right news outlet that serves as his publisher. Jimmy Carter&rsquo;s policies were &ldquo;reminiscent of the bearded dictator I had left behind in Cuba&rdquo; and Obama taking executive action on immigration in the face of congressional inaction &ldquo;doesn&rsquo;t sound much different from the old, bearded dictator I left behind in Cuba almost sixty years ago &mdash; governing by decree, by fiat, just like Fidel Castro.&rdquo;</p> <p>There&rsquo;s more: America today &ldquo;is tragically following the same path that Cuba did a half century ago.&rdquo; The Obama administration has &ldquo;intensified our progression into an age of lawlessness.&rdquo; The Obama administration&rsquo;s nuclear deal with Iran will make it &ldquo;quite literally, the world&rsquo;s leading financier of radical Islamic terrorism.&rdquo; The Supreme Court&rsquo;s &ldquo;lawless&rdquo; and &ldquo;preposterous&rdquo; marriage equality decision is &ldquo;one of the biggest signs of our country&rsquo;s moral degradation.&rdquo; The federal government &ldquo;mandates that teachers affirm alternative, nonbiblical lifestyles, teach evolution as incontrovertible &lsquo;fact,&rsquo; and mock the notion that God created the heavens and earth.&rdquo; Common Core is a means for educational elites to &ldquo;brainwash our students through federally mandated curriculum that extols socialism, globalism, and immorality from a secular humanist worldview.&rdquo;</p> <p>Like countless speeches at Religious Right political gatherings, Rafael Cruz places much of the blame for America&rsquo;s sad state of affairs on pastors who aren&rsquo;t being aggressive enough in preaching politics from the pulpit. &ldquo;The time has come,&rdquo; he writes, &ldquo;for pastors to again fearlessly preach toward the political landscape, just like their predecessors centuries ago. If they don&rsquo;t, Satan will rule without opposition in our halls of legislation.&rdquo;</p> <p>It is interesting to read the extent to which Ted Cruz is a product of careful grooming since childhood by his father and by far-right organizations. Rafael was active in the Religious Roundtable&rsquo;s efforts to elect Ronald Reagan, and Ted, then nine years old, heard plenty of dinner conversations about the importance of getting rid of Jimmy Carter and replacing him with Ronald Reagan. Says Rafael, &ldquo;My son received a dose of constitutionally conservative politics from a biblical worldview every day for a year when he was just nine!&rdquo; As a kid, Rafael&rsquo;s friends introduced Ted to the founder of the Free Enterprise Institute and began inculcating him in the teachings of people like Milton Friedman, Ludwig von Mises and Friedrich Hayek. Ted was part of a group of five high school students that the Institute sent around Texas giving speeches on free-market economics and the Constitution.</p> <p>&ldquo;A Time for Action&rdquo; also includes a few appendices. One helpfully explains how U.S. government policies &mdash; such as progressive income taxes, net neutrality, Amtrak subsidies and the auto industry &ldquo;bailout&rdquo; &mdash; align with the 10 planks of the Communist Manifesto. Also included, courtesy of David Barton&rsquo;s Wallbuilders, the letter of the Danbury Baptists to Thomas Jefferson and his response; a sermon preached by colonial pastor Jonas Clark before the battle of Lexington and his account of the battles of Lexington and Concord; and recommended resources, which include Ted Cruz&rsquo;s &ldquo;A Time for Truth: Reigniting the Promise of America&rdquo; as well as books by conservative economists and a few Religious Right organizations, including the Alliance Defending Freedom, David Lane&rsquo;s American Renewal Project, Wallbuilders, and, of course, WND. Earlier in the book, Cruz promotes other Religious Right groups that produce voter guides or voting records, including Vision America, Liberty Counsel, Liberty Institute, Eagle Forum and Concerned Women for America.</p> Peter Montgomery Alliance Defending Freedom C4 Christian Nation David Barton David Lane Election 2016 Liberty Counsel Liberty Institute Rafael Cruz Seven Mountains Ted Cruz Texas Vision America Wallbuilders WorldNetDaily American Renewal Project Concerned Women for America Eagle Forum Glenn Beck Fighting the Right 67166 Mon, 28 Dec 2015 15:09:04 -0500 Texas Ted Cruz: Obama Won't Fight Terrorists Because He 'Refuses To Distinguish Good Guys From Bad Guys' http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/ted-cruz-obama-wont-fight-terrorists-because-he-refuses-distinguish-good-guys-bad-guys <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_images/ted_cruz.jpg?1367254223" /> <p>In an interview with &ldquo;<a href="https://soundcloud.com/siriusxm-news-issues/senator-ted-cruz-with-david-webb-and-stephen-k-bannon">Breitbart News Daily&rdquo;</a> in the spin room following last night&rsquo;s Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas, Sen. Ted Cruz declared that his strategy to defeat domestic terrorism is to &ldquo;target the terrorists,&rdquo; something that he claimed President Obama won&rsquo;t do because he &ldquo;consistently refuses to distinguish good guys from bad guys.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;You&rsquo;re someone who probably has a better sense of the Constitution than just about anybody in living memory who&rsquo;s ever run for the presidency,&rdquo; Breitbart&rsquo;s Stephen Bannon told Cruz before asking him, &ldquo;How would you fight this war domestically here in the United States, given your reverence for the Constitution?&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;What we need to do is target the terrorists,&rdquo; the Texas Republican responded. &ldquo;And this is the consistent failing that the Obama administration has, is that it consistently refuses to distinguish good guys from bad guys. So, for instance, in the wake of San Bernardino, what does President Obama want to come out and do? Take away the Second Amendment right to bear arms of millions of law-abiding citizens.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/237830846&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> Miranda Blue C4 Election 2016 Ted Cruz Texas Fighting the Right 66816 Wed, 16 Dec 2015 10:41:16 -0500 Texas Cruz Claims Obama Administration Has Banned Anti-Islam Speech http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/cruz-claims-obama-administration-has-banned-anti-islam-speech <p>Sen. Ted Cruz submitted a video address to conservative activist Frank Gaffney's &ldquo;Nevada National Security Action Summit&rdquo; last night, in which he put his own spin on the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/frank-gaffneys-presidential-summit-begins-secret-muslim-conspiracy-theory" id="LPlnk530831">event&rsquo;s</a> <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/john-bolton-obama-biggest-threat-national-security">theme</a> of claiming that President Obama doesn&rsquo;t care about America&rsquo;s national security and threw in a casual lie about a nonexistent Obama administration "ban" on "rhetoric against radical Islamic terrorists."</p> <p>Cruz defended Gaffney, <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/meet-conspiracy-theorist-behind-trumppalincruz-iran-rally" title="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/meet-conspiracy-theorist-behind-trumppalincruz-iran-rally Ctrl+Click or tap to follow the link"> an anti-Muslim activist and birther </a> who has recently been in the news for <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/right-wing-activists-praise-trumps-plan-ban-muslim-immigration"> providing shoddy polling data to Donald Trump</a>, laughably claiming that &ldquo;Frank Gaffney has been attacked over and over again for having the courage to stand up and speak the name &lsquo;radical Islamic terrorism&rsquo; of the enemy that is waging jihad against us,&rdquo; something that he said Obama won&rsquo;t do.</p> <p>He then went on to casually lie about recent remarks that Attorney General Loretta Lynch made about anti-Muslim hate speech. Lynch <a href="http://www.mediaite.com/online/ag-loretta-lynch-promises-to-take-action-against-anti-muslim-rhetoric/">told a Muslim group</a> that the Justice Department would &ldquo;take action&rdquo; when it sees anti-Muslim rhetoric that &ldquo;edges towards violence,&rdquo; <a href="http://www.politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/2015/12/lynch-recalibrates-message-on-hateful-speech-216488">later clarifying</a> that &ldquo;of course, we prosecute deeds and not words.&rdquo;</p> <p>According to Cruz, however, Lynch has now imposed a &ldquo;ban on anti-Muslim rhetoric, what she considers rhetoric against radical Islamic terrorists&rdquo; which is being used to force Americans to &ldquo;submit&rdquo; to the Obama administration and is having a &ldquo;chilling effect&rdquo; on people reporting suspicious activities, including the neighbors of the San Bernardino shooters.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Of course, these neighbors were probably </span><em style="line-height: 20.4px;">not </em><span style="line-height: 20.4px;">silenced by comments that the attorney general made </span><em style="line-height: 20.4px;">after</em><span style="line-height: 20.4px;"> the shooting.</span></p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/FYTuscuKIh0" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>Cruz started out his comments by praising Gaffney, saying that the activist &ldquo;is a patriot, he loves this country, and he is clear-eyed about the incredible threat of radical Islamic terrorism.&rdquo;</p> <p>This, Cruz said, was in contrast to President Obama, who has left the issue of terrorism &ldquo;festering unattended&rdquo; because preventing terrorism is &ldquo;peripheral at best to his core progressive agenda, an agenda that appeases our enemies before actually defending the national security interests of our great country.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Olg2Nk7RxQA" width="560"></iframe></p> Miranda Blue C4 Election 2016 Frank Gaffney Nevada Ted Cruz Texas Center for Security Policy Fighting the Right 66731 Tue, 15 Dec 2015 10:02:47 -0500 Texas David Barton's Sidekick Launches Another Bid For A Seat On The Texas Supreme Court http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/david-bartons-sidekick-launches-another-bid-seat-texas-supreme-court <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_rww/Rick_Green.jpg?1395152831" /> <p>Back in 2010, Rick Green, a former <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/last-man-standing-texas-supreme-court">right-wing Texas state legislator</a> turned <a href="http://www.wallbuilders.com/SCHbioRG.asp">David Barton's sidekick at WallBuilders</a>, made <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/david-bartons-right-hand-man-seeks-seat-tx-supreme-court">a run for a seat</a> on the Texas Supreme Court, only to <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/disaster-barely-averted-rick-green-loses-texas-supreme-court-run">lose in a run-off</a> for the GOP nomination amid worries about <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/rick-green-says-his-controversial-history-no-big-deal">his controversial history</a>.&nbsp;Since then, Green has continued to <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/david-barton-praises-phil-robertson-making-homosexuality-seem-very-repugnant-which-what-it-s">serve as co-host</a> of the daily "WallBuilders Live" radio program alongside Barton, while producing his own Bartonesque <a href="http://store.rickgreen.com/chasing-american-legends-season-one/">presentations on American history</a></p> <p>Today, Green announced in an email that he will once again be seeking a seat on the Texas Supreme Court, not because he wants to but because so many people have practically begged him to run:</p> <blockquote> <p>For months I've been approached by conservative leaders across Texas and asked to consider running for Texas Supreme Court.</p> <p>Honestly, I wasn't very excited about it at first. I have a fantastic job and my family is loving the opportunity we have to live out the liberty that we are given. My family has been blessed with opportunities to travel across the country and teach Americans about the Constitution and our founding fathers. It doesn't get much better than that.</p> <p>But as the calls continued, my children started reminding me of the principle I have taught them: that every generation is in desperate need of leaders willing to sacrifice convenience for the sake of liberty.</p> <p>Today we have a Supreme Court, both nationally and at times in Texas, which has ignored the rule of law, has trampled on marriage and has refused to stand for the very freedom upon which our nation was founded.</p> <p>The deliberate violation of separation of powers is a threat to the liberty we all cherish. It&rsquo;s time to put a constitutional watchdog on the Supreme Court.</p> <p>I am answering the call today with my family by my side, excited about the challenge and opportunity ahead. I NEED your support.</p> </blockquote> <p>In <a href="https://vimeo.com/148284355">a video</a> announcing his candidacy, Green says that he does not even want to run for this office but simply must because "several months ago, our Texas Supreme Court handed down a decision that ignored our Texas constitutional definition of marriage." As such, Green says he feels obligated to run in order to replace one of the justices who supported that position:</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="281" mozallowfullscreen="" src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/148284355" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe></p> <p>For the record, the Texas Supreme Court never struck down the state's anti-gay marriage amendment, but did <a href="http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2015/06/texas-supreme-court-upholds-austin-judges-grant-of-divorce-to-two-lesbians.html/">decline to prevent</a> a lesbian couple who have gotten married in Massachusetts from getting divorced in Texas and that seems to the case that so outraged Green that he had no choice but to launch a bid for a seat on the court.</p> Kyle Mantyla David Barton Rick Green Texas Wallbuilders C3 Fighting the Right 66546 Thu, 10 Dec 2015 14:28:11 -0500 Texas Ted Cruz: We Can 'Absolutely' Outlaw Abortion Without Overturning Roe http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/ted-cruz-we-can-absolutely-outlaw-abortion-without-overturning-roe <p>Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said last month that Congress could &ldquo;absolutely&rdquo; criminalize all abortion by passing a law giving 14th&nbsp;Amendment protections to fetuses and zygotes, thus bypassing a constitutional amendment overturning Roe v. Wade.</p> <p>This represents the Republican presidential candidate&rsquo;s strongest endorsement yet of <a href="http://www.pfaw.org/rww-in-focus/personhood-movement-where-it-comes-and-what-it-means-future-choice"> the radical anti-choice &ldquo;personhood&rdquo; strategy</a>, which, <a href="http://www.pfaw.org/rww-in-focus/personhood-movement-where-it-comes-and-what-it-means-future-choice#silver"> based on a questionable interpretation of Roe</a>, holds that Congress can simply outlaw abortion by classifying fertilized eggs as persons under the law. If successful, personhood would outlaw nearly all abortions and <a href="http://www.pfaw.org/rww-in-focus/personhood-movement-where-it-comes-and-what-it-means-future-choice#consequences"> could even criminalize certain types of birth control. </a></p> <p>Cruz made the comments in <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dr_yshI9D7A">a November 25 interview</a> with influential social conservative commentator Robert George as part of a series of candidate interviews that George is hosting on the the Catholic television network EWTN.</p> <p>After outlining the personhood strategy, George asked Cruz, &ldquo;Do you believe that unborn babies are persons within the meaning of the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th&nbsp;Amendment and, if so, will you call on Congress to use its authority under the 14th&nbsp;Amendment pursuant to Section Five, to protect the unborn? Or do you take the view, as some do, that we can&rsquo;t do that until Roe v. Wade is overturned either by the court itself or by constitutional amendment? Where do you stand on that?&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Listen, absolutely yes,&rdquo; Cruz responded.</p> <p>&ldquo;I very much agree with the pope&rsquo;s longstanding and prior popes&rsquo; before him longstanding call to protect every human life from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death,&rdquo; he added.</p> <p>&ldquo;And we can do that by Congressional action without waiting for the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade?&rdquo; George asked.</p> <p>&ldquo;Absolutely yes, under the 14th&nbsp;Amendment,&rdquo; Cruz responded.</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/sDCv62h--jw" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>Cruz has <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/cruz-laughs-condom-police-ignores-his-own-anti-contraception-policies">on two separate occassions</a> promised personhood groups that he would support their strategy, but has previously been eclipsed on the issue by his presidential rival Mike Huckabee, who has <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/what-mike-huckabee-means-giving-14th-amendment-rights-fetuses">vowed to impose personhood</a> <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/mike-huckabee-will-outlaw-abortion-executive-fiat">by executive fiat</a> if he becomes president. Another GOP presidential candidate, Rand Paul, has <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/rand-paul-claims-his-personhood-bill-merely-meant-start-debate">sponsored a personhood bill in Congress</a>.</p> Miranda Blue Anti-Choice C4 Election 2016 Eternal Word Television Network personhood Reproductive Health Robert George Ted Cruz Texas American Principles Project Fighting the Right 66291 Mon, 07 Dec 2015 12:25:36 -0500 Texas Texas GOPer Wants Vote On Secession From U.S. http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/texas-goper-wants-vote-secession-us <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="800" height="530" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_images/secede-sign_jpg_800x1000_q100.jpg?1448468219" /> <p>A member of the executive committee of the Republican Party of Texas has proposed a resolution calling for a vote during the March 1st GOP primary on whether Texas should leave the U.S.</p> <p>The Houston Chronicle <a href="http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/texas/article/texas-independence-secession-republic-TNM-texian-6654896.php">reports</a> today that executive committee member Tanya Robertson &ldquo;already has support from a few other members&rdquo; for her resolution, noting that she &ldquo;got the idea for the resolution from the Texas Nationalist Movement.&rdquo;</p> <blockquote> A member of the executive committee for the Republican Party of Texas plans to introduce a resolution at the group's next meeting, which would add to the party's primary ballot a non-binding measure for Texas secession. Party leadership calls the prospect unlikely.<br /> <br /> Tanya Robertson, State Republican Executive Committee member for Senate District 11, which covers parts of Harris, Galveston and Brazoria counties, said she'll present the resolution at the committee's December 4 meeting in Austin, and that she already has support from a few other members.<br /> <br /> "There's been a big groundswell of Texans that are getting into the Texas independence issue," she said, citing conversations she's had with constituents. "I believe conservatives in Texas should have a choice to voice their opinion."<br /> <br /> &hellip;<br /> <br /> Robertson got the idea for the resolution from the Texas Nationalist Movement, a small secessionist group that has tried but so far failed to raise the necessary 75,000 signatures to put a non-binding secession vote on the March ballot. When she heard that news she thought she could help, though she isn't a member of the TNM.</blockquote> <p>The Texas Nationalist Movement, <a href="http://politicalcorrection.org/print/factcheck/200904200002">a far-right anti-government group</a>, is hoping to include a resolution on the March primary ballot reading: &ldquo;The State of Texas should reassert its status as an independent nation. FOR or AGAINST.&rdquo;</p> <p>It is too bad that <a href="http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2009/04/16/texas-governor-says-secession-possible/">Texas secessionist sympathizer</a> Rick Perry has already dropped out of the presidential race.</p> Brian Tashman C4 Texas Fighting the Right 65821 Wed, 25 Nov 2015 11:15:37 -0500 Texas Cruz Touts Endorsement Of Radical Anti-Choice Activist Troy Newman http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/cruz-touts-endorsement-radical-anti-choice-activist-troy-newman <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_rww/Troy%20Newman.jpg?1448317096" /> <p>In a press release yesterday, Sen. Ted Cruz <a href="https://www.tedcruz.org/news/troy-newman-activist-behind-planned-parenthood-videos-endorses-ted-cruz/" id="LPlnk980248"> announced that he had received the endorsement of Troy Newman </a> , the radical anti-choice activist who runs Operation Rescue, saying he was &ldquo;grateful&rdquo; for the endorsement of Newman, who &ldquo;has served as a voice for the unborn for over 25 years.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;We need leaders like Troy Newman in this country who will stand up for those who do not have a voice,&rdquo; Cruz added.</p> <p>It is remarkable that Cruz is touting the endorsement of one of the most radical anti-choice activists in the country. In a movement that has <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/miranda-blue/the-texas-abortion-decision_b_7554986.html"> increasingly embraced softer rhetoric about &ldquo;women&rsquo;s health&rdquo; </a> in order to pass incremental measures restricting abortion rights, <a href="http://www.pfaw.org/rww-in-focus/operation-rescue-s-big-break-how-organization-rooted-radical-fringes-anti-choice-moveme"> Newman is a holdover from the no-holds-barred activism of the so-called &ldquo;rescue&rdquo; movement of the 1980s and 1990s</a>.</p> <p>Much as Cruz recently tried to court an extremist pastor who <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/maddow-calls-out-gopers-kill-gays-rally-appearance">believes the government should execute gay people</a>, he is now hailing an activist who authored a book criticizing the U.S. government for failing to treat abortion providers as murderers who <a href="http://www.pfaw.org/rww-in-focus/operation-rescue-s-big-break-how-organization-rooted-radical-fringes-anti-choice-moveme"> should be put to death</a>.</p> <p>Newman <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/anti-planned-parenthood-activist-troy-newmans-terrifying-woman-shaming-apocalyptic-manifesto"> argued in his 2003 book</a>, &ldquo;Their Blood Cries Out,&rdquo; that the biblical duty of government &ldquo;rightly involves executing convicted murderers, including abortionists, for their crimes in order to expunge bloodguilt from the land and people.&rdquo; (He later <a href="https://soundcloud.com/janetmefferdtoday/10-06-2015-janet-mefferd-today">explained</a> that while &ldquo;there&rsquo;s several prescriptions in the Old Testament that God calls out that the person who commits these crimes should be executed,&rdquo; he was going for a message of &ldquo;mercy&rdquo; in that &ldquo;we need to repent first for our personal involvement and corporate involvement of abortion and work to restore those that have been involved in it and work to end this terrible tragedy that&rsquo;s in our nation.&rdquo;)</p> <p>Newman also wrote in his book that women who have abortions should be considered &ldquo;a murderer&rdquo; just like &ldquo;any other mother, killing any other family member.&rdquo; Along with Operation Rescue&rsquo;s Cheryl Sullenger, who was once convicted of conspiring to bomb an abortion clinic, Newman later claimed that a man convicted of murdering an abortion provider <a href="http://www.pfaw.org/rww-in-focus/operation-rescue-s-big-break-how-organization-rooted-radical-fringes-anti-choice-moveme"> should have been allowed to argue that the homicide was justified</a>.</p> <p>Newman has claimed that <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/anti-planned-parenthood-activist-troy-newmans-terrifying-woman-shaming-apocalyptic-manifesto"> the 9/11 terrorist attacks and AIDS were both warnings from God about legal abortion in America </a> and <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/troy-newman-legal-abortion-blame-california-drought"> attributed a drought in California to the state&rsquo;s liberal abortion laws</a>, insisting <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/troy-newman-god-sending-weather-patterns-gay-rights-judgment-abortion"> that &ldquo;weather patterns&rdquo; and economic instability are connected to legal abortion</a>.</p> <p>In the press release, the Cruz campaign touts Newman&rsquo;s role as a driving force behind the Center for Medical Progress, which <a href="http://www.pfaw.org/rww-in-focus/operation-rescue-s-big-break-how-organization-rooted-radical-fringes-anti-choice-moveme"> released a series of videos this year </a> that were used to falsely claim that Planned Parenthood had broken federal laws around fetal tissue research. That project has catapulted Newman to a new stature in the anti-choice movement that now, apparently, includes joint press releases with top-tier presidential candidates.</p> Miranda Blue C4 Election 2016 Operation Rescue Ted Cruz Texas Troy Newman Fighting the Right 65576 Fri, 20 Nov 2015 11:00:35 -0500 Texas Ted Cruz Will Bring Unity To America By Uniting Republicans Against The Media http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/ted-cruz-will-bring-unity-america-uniting-republicans-against-media <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_images/ted-cruz2.jpg?1367254591" /> <p>Speaking to a press gaggle earlier this month at a <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/maddow-calls-out-gopers-kill-gays-rally-appearance">conference organized by radical pastor Kevin Swanson</a>, Sen. Ted Cruz said that he is qualified to unite a divided nation because he united his fellow Republican presidential candidates <a href="http://deadline.com/2015/10/gop-debate-rnc-cnbc-moderators-should-be-ashamed-1201597148/">against the moderators of a recent CNBC debate</a>.</p> <p>&ldquo;You have been a champion of conservative values and issues<a href="https://soundcloud.com/just-ask-joyce/11-11-15-ted-cruz-larnelle-harris" title="https://soundcloud.com/just-ask-joyce/11-11-15-ted-cruz-larnelle-harris Cmd+Click or tap to follow the link">,&rdquo; an unidentified reporter asked Cruz </a> in an exchange broadcast by Indiana Christian radio host Joyce Oglesby, who was at the conference. &ldquo;What are you going to do to bring unity to a divided nation?&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a great question, and let&rsquo;s talk about unity for a second,&rdquo; Cruz responded. &ldquo;How do you bring unity? You know, we saw a moment of unity last week in the debate when I called out the debate moderators. One of the great results that happened was you saw all the Republicans on stage come together and be united, standing behind that charge of the ridiculous bias, the dripping condescension, the assumption in each of those media questions that anyone who actually believes in the conservative principles that America was built on is somehow a blithering idiot. That unity was encouraging.&rdquo;</p> <p>Although Cruz did show great success in uniting his fellow candidates against debate moderators asking them hard questions, his attendance at a <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/gop-confab-ends-call-execute-gays-who-dont-repent-send-queen-elsa-back-hell"> conference that ended with a call to execute unrepentant gay people </a> may not have been the best way to show that he can bring Americans together.</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/233801494&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> Miranda Blue C4 Election 2016 Iowa Ted Cruz Texas Fighting the Right 65521 Thu, 19 Nov 2015 13:00:06 -0500 Texas Rep. Brian Babin: 'Mary And Jesus Didn’t Have Suicide Bomb Vests Strapped On Them' http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/rep-brian-babin-mary-and-jesus-didn-t-have-suicide-bomb-vests-strapped-them <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="542" height="340" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_rww/BrianBabin.jpg?1447944416" /> <p>Rep. Brian Babin, R-Texas, has been a leading voice of efforts to restrict refugee resettlement in the U.S. and is the <a href="http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/11/18/support-grows-rep-babin-plan-defund-syrian-refugee-plan/" id="LPlnk247495"> sponsor of a bill </a> to defund the resettlement program, which has <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/anti-refugee-activists-call-end-all-muslim-immigration-after-paris-attacks" title="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/anti-refugee-activists-call-end-all-muslim-immigration-after-paris-attacks Ctrl+Click or tap to follow the link"> gained traction </a> as many have scapegoated Syrian refugees in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks.</p> <p>Brietbart News&rsquo; Stephen Bannon <a href="http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/11/17/rep-babin-syrian-refugee-plan-recipe-disaster-must-defund/">invited Babin</a> on to his SiriusXM program on Tuesday to discuss these efforts to block refugees, where he asked the congressman to respond to people who might call anti-refugee activists &ldquo;haters.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;What they&rsquo;re going to bring up over the holiday season is, &lsquo;Mary and Joseph were refugees. Mary and Joseph when they went into Egypt were refugees,&rsquo;&rdquo; Bannon said.</p> <p>&ldquo;Well, Steve, I would just say this,&rdquo; Babin responded. &ldquo;Mary and Jesus didn&rsquo;t have suicide bomb vests strapped on them, and these folks do. You can see it in technicolor in Paris.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/233774913&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> Miranda Blue Brian Babin C4 Immigration Paris attacks Texas Fighting the Right 65496 Thu, 19 Nov 2015 09:47:31 -0500 Texas Newt Gingrich: Congress Must Block Protections For Transgender Students http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/newt-gingrich-congress-must-block-protections-transgender-students <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="600" height="404" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_rww/newtgingrchl.jpg?1447105733" /> <p>Last week, Newt Gingrich appeared on the Houston-area program &ldquo;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0OxF0UMFeE">The Sam Malone Show</a>&rdquo; to promote his new novel, &ldquo;Duplicity.&rdquo;</p> <p>The former House speaker kicked things off by praising Houston voters for repealing the city&rsquo;s LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination law, the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, which he said should inspire Congress to reject a Department of Education finding that Title IX prohibits discrimination against transgender students.</p> <p>&ldquo;I was delighted to see that the people of Houston voted for common sense,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;In fact, I hope the Congress is going to pick up on Houston and do the same thing to a new Department of Education regulation that says that boys who want to can declare themselves transgender and use girls&rsquo; bathrooms in high school, which I think is just one of those things where you shake your head and you wonder how really lacking in understanding of human nature the bureaucrats are who write this stuff.&rdquo;</p> <p>He called the growth in transgender rights a &ldquo;strange&rdquo; cultural development, which he then used as a way to criticize President Obama&rsquo;s policy in Syria: &ldquo;They are as far out of touch with reality in foreign policy as they are in these cultural values they keep trying to impose on the rest of us.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/232328115&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> Brian Tashman C4 Newt Gingrich Sam Malone Texas Fighting the Right 65061 Mon, 09 Nov 2015 16:45:55 -0500 Texas Ted Cruz Dodges Question About Appearing With Wildly Anti-Gay Pastor http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/ted-cruz-dodges-question-about-appearing-wildly-anti-gay-pastor <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_images/ted-cruz2.jpg?1367254591" /> <p>As we have been reporting this week, three Republican presidential candidates &mdash; Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee and Bobby Jindal &mdash; are scheduled to appear this weekend at <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/cruz-huckabee-and-jindal-joining-liberty-conference-promoting-christian-reconstruction-and-b" id="LPlnk587766"> an Iowa &ldquo;religious liberties&rdquo; conference </a> <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/cruz-huckabee-and-jindal-will-join-pastor-who-wants-gays-put-death"> organized by wildly anti-gay pastor and activist Kevin Swanson</a>. To give you a flavor of this event, three speakers, including Swanson, have <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/cruz-jindal-and-huckbee-join-multiple-speakers-who-want-gays-put-death"> advocated or defended imposing the death penalty on gay people</a>.</p> <p>So we were relieved yesterday when one of these candidates finally had to answer for his participation in Swanson&rsquo;s conference. At the end of an interview with Cruz yesterday, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R17XDvXYHBc">CNN&rsquo;s Jake Tapper asked the Texas senator</a> how he reconciles his constant cries of liberal &ldquo;intolerance&rdquo; against Christians with appearing alongside such an intolerant figure as Swanson.</p> <p>Cruz, predictably, dodged the question by claiming ignorance of Swanson&rsquo;s record and launching into his standard stump speech about the supposed persecution of Christians in America.</p> <p>You can watch the exchange starting about 15 minutes into this video:</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/R17XDvXYHBc" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>Tapper ran out of time to press Cruz on the issue, but we hope that Cruz, Huckabee and Jindal will continue to face questions about their participation in this event.</p> Miranda Blue Anti-Gay C4 Election 2016 Equality For All Iowa Kevin Swanson National Religious Liberties Conference Ted Cruz Texas Fighting the Right 64951 Fri, 06 Nov 2015 10:22:34 -0500 Texas Republican Leaders Address Event Organized By White Nationalist-Linked Publisher http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/republican-leaders-address-event-organized-white-nationalist-linked-publisher <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_images/kris_kobach_A.jpg?1381161842" /> <p>Two leading opponents of immigration, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Rep. Brian Babin of Texas, spoke this week at an annual &ldquo;writers&rsquo; workshop&rdquo; event held by the Social Contract Press, an anti-immigrant publication that <a href="https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/extremist-files/group/social-contract-press">frequently publishes the work of white nationalists</a>,<a href="http://imagine2050.newcomm.org/2015/10/30/kobach-heads-to-dc-for-white-nationalist-social-contracts-writers-workshop/"> according to the Center for New Community</a>.<br /> <br /> Kobach is the brains behind a wide range of anti-immigrant and voter suppression legislation around the country. Babin, a freshman Republican, is the loudest champion in Congress of efforts to restrict refugee resettlement in the U.S., which <a href="http://imagine2050.newcomm.org/2015/10/30/kobach-heads-to-dc-for-white-nationalist-social-contracts-writers-workshop/">CNC reports </a>was a central topic at the event.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://imagine2050.newcomm.org/2015/10/30/kobach-heads-to-dc-for-white-nationalist-social-contracts-writers-workshop/">CNC writes</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>The annual Writers&rsquo; Workshop is the brainchild of white nationalist and founder of the organized anti-immigrant movement, John Tanton. The meetings began as a venue for Tanton and colleagues to exchange ideas and strategies as they worked to build the then-nascent anti-immigrant movement that exists today. The invitation-only meetings have been attended by prominent white nationalists over the years including Peter Brimelow, Sam Francis, and Jared Taylor.<br /> <br /> Tanton is no longer a regular at these meetings, but under the stewardship of KC McAlpin and Wayne Lutton, the white nationalist editor of TSCP&rsquo;s quarterly journal, the bigotry sparking these meetings remains 39 years later.</p> </blockquote> <p>SPLC summarizes<a href="https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/extremist-files/group/social-contract-press"> the Social Contract Press&rsquo; racist and anti-immigrant content</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>The Social Contract Press (TSCP) routinely publishes race-baiting articles penned by white nationalists. The press is a program of U.S. Inc, the foundation created by John Tanton, the racist founder and principal ideologue of the modern nativist movement. TSCP puts an academic veneer of legitimacy over what are essentially racist arguments about the inferiority of today's immigrants. Recent articles in its main product, The Social Contract, have propagated the myth that Latino activists want to occupy and 'reclaim' the American Southwest, argued that no Muslim immigrants should be allowed into the U.S., and claimed that multiculturalists are trying to replace "successful Euro-American culture" with "dysfunctional Third World cultures."</p> </blockquote> Miranda Blue Brian Babin C4 Immigration Kansas Kris Kobach Texas The Social Contract Press Fighting the Right 64616 Fri, 30 Oct 2015 15:33:24 -0500 Texas Steve Hotze: Trans People Like Those Who Think They're Cows And Cockroaches http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/steve-hotze-trans-people-those-who-think-theyre-cows-and-cockroaches <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="955" height="533" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_images/hotzefox.jpg?1445371107" /> <p>Anti-LGBT activist <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/people/steve-hotze">Steve Hotze</a> of Conservative Republicans of Texas <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMrqTrt6rSw">spoke to</a> Sam Malone earlier this month to promote the campaign to repeal the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, which he suggested will lead to a wave of sexual violence against women.</p> <p>Hotze also attacked transgender women as perverts who want &ldquo;special rights.&rdquo;</p> <blockquote> Think about it, some strange men, some perverted men, perverted in their thinking who think they&rsquo;re women. You can think whatever you want to think, you can think you&rsquo;re a frog, you can think you&rsquo;re a cockroach, you can think you&rsquo;re a cow and you may moo all day long, but the long and the short of it is you&rsquo;re not, you&rsquo;re a male. If you&rsquo;re born with male parts, you&rsquo;re a male, your sex is male, your gender is male no matter what you think. And this idea that we&rsquo;re going to give special rights and privileges based on a person&rsquo;s perverted thinking about whether or not they&rsquo;re a man or a woman is just absolute nonsense.</blockquote> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/229303960&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>Hotze later said that the ordinance will let &ldquo;perverted men&rdquo; be &ldquo;as strange, as weird, as perverted, as deviant as you want to be,&rdquo; which led him to berate Caitlyn Jenner.</p> <p>&ldquo;You can be like Bruce Jenner and dress up like a woman and get on a stage and talk with a low voice and get an award because you had courage to dress like a woman,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s the most asinine thing I&rsquo;ve ever seen in my life. I thought to myself when they gave him that award and those people stood up and cheered for them, &lsquo;Have they got rocks in their heads? What&rsquo;s going on here? Is everything in the world is upside down?&rsquo;&rdquo;</p> <p>He added that the Bible predicted that the &ldquo;fruitcakes&rdquo; defending Houston ordinance would then criticize people like him as &ldquo;perverted&rdquo; and &ldquo;the ones who don&rsquo;t think straight.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/229304003&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> Brian Tashman C4 Sam Malone Steve Hotze Texas Fighting the Right 63976 Tue, 20 Oct 2015 14:55:23 -0500 Texas Ted Cruz: Obama 'Radical And A Zealot' For Welcoming Refugees 'Coming Here To Commit Jihad' http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/ted-cruz-obama-radical-and-zealot-welcoming-refugees-coming-here-commit-jihad <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_rww/Ted_Cruz_VVS.jpg?1412345075" /> <p>Sen. Ted Cruz <a href="http://mickelson.libsyn.com/monday-october-12-2015" id="LPlnk51220">told</a> conservative Iowa talk radio host Jan Mickelson yesterday that if he is elected president, &ldquo;one of the things that will stop immediately&rdquo; are <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/11/world/middleeast/obama-directs-administration-to-accept-10000-syrian-refugees.html">efforts to resettle</a> some of the millions of refugees fleeing Syria&rsquo;s civil war.</p> <p>&ldquo;President Obama&rsquo;s proposal to bring in tens of thousands of Muslim Syrian refugees makes no sense and I think it&rsquo;s crazy,&rdquo; the Texas Republican said, <a href="http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2015/oct/04/donald-trump/donald-trump-syrian-refugees-are-mostly-men/">falsely conflating</a> the refugees who are travelling to Europe with those who would be resettled in the U.S. and ignoring the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/11/world/middleeast/refugees-stuck-in-grinding-us-process-wait-and-hope.html"> intensive screening process for refugees</a>.</p> <p>&ldquo;It is lunacy for President Obama to be bringing people into this country who are coming here to commit jihad to murder innocent Americans,&rdquo; Cruz said in the interview, which was <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/ted-cruz-us-will-stop-taking-syrian-refugees-immediately-if#.sdpkwkR4k">first flagged by Buzzfeed's Andrew Kaczynski and Megan Appe</a>r. &ldquo;It doesn&rsquo;t make any sense and, sadly, it&rsquo;s the result of the ideological extremism of this president and his unwillingness to protect our national security.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;The real solution here is electing a new president,&rdquo; he added, &ldquo;because, unfortunately, there are consequences when you elect a commander in chief who is a radical and a zealot and is undermining our country.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/228215583&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>Later in the interview, Cruz implied that he would support taking only Christian refugees because Syrian Muslims would &ldquo;put at jeopardy the safety and security of Americans.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/228215581&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> Miranda Blue Anti-Muslim C4 Election 2016 Immigration Jan Mickelson Ted Cruz Texas Fighting the Right 63671 Tue, 13 Oct 2015 10:05:07 -0500 Texas Rafael Cruz: 'Appalling' That Houston Elected A Lesbian Mayor http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/rafael-cruz-appalling-houston-elected-lesbian-mayor <p>Rafael Cruz believes that his son, Texas senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz, is on a <a href="http://www.rawstory.com/2015/03/rafael-cruz-says-god-helped-his-son-fight-houstons-mayor-over-an-anti-discrimination-ordinance/">divinely inspired mission</a> to overturn the city of Houston's nondiscrimination ordinance.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">The elder Cruz, who also serves as a campaign surrogate for his son&rsquo;s campaign, is not just upset that Houston approved an ordinance protecting LGBT people from discrimination, but is also <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DybU25AD1qA&feature=youtu.be">furious</a> that the city even elected an openly gay mayor.</span></p> <p>In a <a href="https://vimeo.com/139085847">speech</a> earlier this month on behalf of the group working to repeal Houston&rsquo;s ordinance, Cruz lit into the Supreme Court for striking down state bans on same-sex marriage, claiming that the court "had no jurisdiction to rule over marriage."</p> <p>He said the court's decision on marriage, which he has <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/rafael-cruz-devil-overplayed-his-hand-scotus-gay-marriage-decision">blamed on Satan</a>, should inspire more conservative Christians to run for higher office.</p> <p>"It is appalling that in a city like Houston, right in the middle of the Bible Belt, we have a homosexual mayor," Cruz <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DybU25AD1qA&feature=youtu.be">said</a>, referring to Annise Parker. He blamed the church's inability to stop a lesbian from winning elected office on the separation of church and state, which he called "a lie."</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/DybU25AD1qA" width="560"></iframe></p> Brian Tashman Anti-Gay C4 Rafael Cruz Ted Cruz Texas Fighting the Right 62886 Thu, 24 Sep 2015 13:15:46 -0500 Texas Jeb Bush Touts Voucher Program That Funds Christian Schools, Religious Right Ideology http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/jeb-bush-touts-voucher-program-funds-christian-schools-religious-right-ideology <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_rww/Jeb_Bush.jpg?1426799709" /> <p><span style="line-height: 20.4px;">At Wednesday night&rsquo;s presidential debate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush went out of his way to tout &ldquo;a voucher program that was created under my watch, the largest voucher program in the country, where kids can go to a Christian school&rdquo; &mdash; a phrase he sandwiched into a conversation about Donald Trump criticizing him for speaking Spanish in public.</span></p> <p>Julie Ingersoll, a religious studies professor at the University of North Florida, <a href="https://twitter.com/julieingersoll/status/644323663311990784">tweeted</a> a reminder that her book on Christian Reconstructionism, which was recently released by Oxford University Press, mentions Bush&rsquo;s voucher program. &ldquo;Building God&rsquo;s Kingdom: Inside the World of Christian Reconstructionism&rdquo; includes chapters on the enormous influence of Christian Reconstructionism in the homeschooling and Christian school movements, which have succeeded in getting states like Florida to funnel taxpayer money to their religious education efforts</p> <p><a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/topics/christian-reconstructionism">Christian Reconstructionism</a>, grounded in the teachings of 20<sup>th</sup>-century writer R.J. Rushdoony, has <a href="http://www.politicalresearch.org/2015/04/21/biblical-economics-the-divine-laissez-faire-mandate/#sthash.2IQYGl1q.dpbs">greatly influenced</a> both the <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/christian-reconstructionism-and-gop-biblical-justice-vs-social-justice">Religious Right and Tea Party movements</a> with its doctrine of &ldquo;sphere sovereignty,&rdquo; which states that God has given government, church, and family specific responsibilities over different &ldquo;spheres.&rdquo; Reconstructionists argue that there is no biblical authority for the government to take on a duty that is given to church or family &ndash; for example, they argue that <a href="http://www.politicalresearch.org/2015/04/21/biblical-economics-the-divine-laissez-faire-mandate/#sthash.2IQYGl1q.dpbs">the government has no role in caring for the poor because charity is the job of the church</a>.</p> <p>Reconstructionism teaches that education is the duty of parents, and that the state therefore has no role in or legitimate authority over the education of children. Reconstructionists led legal and political battles to win the right of parents to homeschool their children, and continue to resist efforts at regulating homeschoolers. As Ingersoll notes, &ldquo;Reconstructionists are unabashedly committed to the dismantling of public education, and their strategies and solutions have gained a hearing far beyond the boundaries of the small groups explicitly affiliated with them.&rdquo; In June, <a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2015/06/26/donna_bahorich_is_a_homeschooler_why_is_she_going_to_head_the_state_school.html">Texas Gov. Greg Abbott named a right-wing homeschooler to chair the state&rsquo;s Board of Education</a>.</p> <p>The organized and intensely active network of evangelical homeschooling families in Iowa is credited, in part, with Mike Huckabee&rsquo;s win in the 2008 Iowa caucus, and the Associated Press reported this year that <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/10/gop-candidates-homeschool_n_7040814.html">presidential candidates have been jockeying</a> for its leaders&rsquo; support.</p> <p>Ingersoll also explores how central creationism is to the Christian Reconstructionist worldview; as others have noted, creationism also forms <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/loch-ness-monster-real-in-biology-textbook/2012/06/26/gJQAPhwr4V_blog.html">the basis of &ldquo;science&rdquo; education</a> in <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2012/07/photos-evangelical-curricula-louisiana-tax-dollars">books and curricula used by some Christian schools and homeschoolers.</a></p> <p>Ingersoll writes about the independent, Reconstructionism-inspired Rocky Bayou Christian School in Niceville, Florida, which was founded in the 1970s. In addition to the hundreds of students in its K-12 program, the school offers a program allowing homeschoolers to participate in courses and activities. Writes Ingersoll, &ldquo;RCBS also has a program designed to take advantage of Florida&rsquo;s school voucher plan. The plan, put into place by former Governor Jeb Bush, permits students at &lsquo;failing public schools&rsquo; to obtain vouchers that can be used at any school.&rdquo;</p> <p>According to Ingersoll, the Bush voucher program &ldquo;has become such a significant revenue stream&rdquo; for Rocky Bayou Christian School that &ldquo;it would have a major impact on the school if the state were to decide to discontinue the controversial program&hellip;.&rdquo;&nbsp; But, she notes, &ldquo;the conservative legislature took up the effort to expand the state&rsquo;s privatization of public education with vouchers and the expansion of charter schools.&rdquo;</p> <p>Indeed, legislation signed by Gov. Rick Scott last year <a href="http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2014-06-29/features/os-voucher-bill-q-and-a-20140629_1_school-vouchers-mckay-scholarship-private-school">expanded voucher and tax-credit programs</a>; it also, according to the Orlando Sentinel, created state-funded &ldquo;personal learning scholarship accounts&rdquo; that &ldquo;parents of students with certain disabilities can use to pay for private school, <a href="http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2014-06-29/features/os-voucher-bill-q-and-a-20140629_1_school-vouchers-mckay-scholarship-private-school">buy home-school curriculum</a> or pay for needed therapies, among other services, if their child is not in public school.&rdquo;</p> <p>Florida is not the only state where proponents of privatization have won victories. Louisiana&rsquo;s Bobby Jindal <a href="http://thinkprogress.org/education/2015/02/09/3620799/nola-bobby-jindal-school-plan/">used the Katrina disaster</a> to push through a&nbsp;radical privatization scheme and has <a href="http://www.nola.com/education/index.ssf/2013/11/no_performance_score_for_80_pe.html">battled the Obama administration over its efforts to monitor the state&rsquo;s voucher program&rsquo;s effect on racial segregation</a>. Proponents of <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/topics/privatization-education">&ldquo;school choice&rdquo;</a> had a major victory in Nevada this year, where <a href="http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/06/10/1392220/-New-school-voucher-laws-put-public-education-in-peril">a law pushed by an education foundation created by Jeb Bush</a> would allow parents of any income level to &ldquo;pull a child from the state's public schools and take tax dollars with them, giving families the option to use public money to pay for private or parochial school or even for home schooling.&rdquo; While <a href="http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/05/28/why-homeschoolers-dont-want-school-vouchers/">some Christian homeschoolers want no part of voucher programs</a>, because they believe taking voucher money would bring more intrusive government regulation, laws like Nevada&rsquo;s could prove a windfall for Religious Right and Christian Reconstructionist groups that provide curricula to homeschoolers.</p> <p>Ingersoll writes about a 2009 Men&rsquo;s Leadership Summit hosted by the Christian Home Educators of Colorado at an Indianapolis facility of Bill Gothard&rsquo;s Institute for Biblical Life Principles, <a href="http://talkingpointsmemo.com/theslice/duggars-bill-gothard-iblp">a troubling organization in the news recently for its connection to the Duggar family</a>. The purpose of the summit, writes Ingersoll, was the development of a &ldquo;Christian Education Manifesto,&rdquo; which is no longer public, but whose goals included the elimination of public education and dismantling of government agencies that regulate the rights of parents, such as child welfare and child protective service groups.</p> <p>There have been some setbacks for the privatization movement. In June, the Colorado Supreme Court <a href="http://static.aclu-co.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/LaRue-Opinion.pdf">ruled</a> that its state&rsquo;s Choice Scholarship Pilot Program violates the state Constitution by channeling public money to private religious schools, contrary to an explicit constitutional prohibition on doing so.</p> <p>But, as Ingersoll notes, the massively funded privatization movement is advancing the dream of the Christian Reconstructionists:</p> <blockquote> <p>Florida&rsquo;s efforts mirror attempts across the nation to shift the delivery of public education to the private sector; a shift of tax money from a public endeavor intended to educate and foster a shared sense of what it means to be American to sectarian efforts, including efforts at schools like Rocky Bayou which seek to transform society according to biblical law. The long-standing goal of the Christian Reconstructionists to defund, and ultimately eliminate, public education has come as close as it has ever come to being a reality.</p> </blockquote> Peter Montgomery 2016 Bill Gothard Bobby Jindal Christian Reconstructionism Church-State Election 2016 Florida GOP Debate 2016 Jeb Bush Mike Huckabee Nevada Privatization of education Republican Party Texas Vouchers Fighting the Right 62536 Thu, 17 Sep 2015 15:29:36 -0500 Texas Ted Cruz Boasts Of Endorsement From Radical Gun Group http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/ted-cruz-boasts-endorsement-radical-gun-group <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_rww/Ted_Cruz_VVS.jpg?1412345075" /> <p>At last night&rsquo;s debate, Sen. Ted Cruz attempted to show his Second Amendment bona fides by touting his <a href="http://mediamatters.org/research/2015/09/09/gun-group-whose-leader-was-linked-to-white-supr/205453">recent endorsement</a> from Gun Owners of America, a group that thinks the National Rifle Association is <em>not extreme enough</em> on gun rights.</p> <p>Cruz <a href="http://time.com/4037239/second-republican-debate-transcript-cnn/">boasted</a> of his role <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/transcript/transcript.php?storyId=88251874">writing an amicus brief in <em>District of Columbia v. Heller</em></a>, the case in which the Supreme Court determined that the Second Amendment protects an individual&rsquo;s right to bear arms, and his work in the Senate to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/17/background-checks-bill_n_3103341.html">defeat a bill expanding gun background checks</a> shortly after the Sandy Hook school massacre. He then said that he was &ldquo;honored to be endorsed by Gun Owners of America as the strongest supporter of the Second Amendment on this stage today&rdquo;:</p> <blockquote> <p>You mentioned that the U.S. Supreme Court had rightly upheld the individual right to keep and bear arms. I was proud to lead 31 states before the U.S. Supreme Court defending the Second Amendment, and we won that landmark victory. And indeed, just a couple of years ago, when Harry Reid and Barack Obama came after the right to keep and bear arms of millions of Americans, I was proud to lead the fight in the United States Senate to protect our right to keep and bear arms, and for that reason. <strong>I was honored to be endorsed by Gun Owners of America as the strongest supporter of the Second Amendment on this stage today</strong>, and I will fight every day to defend the Bill of Rights.</p> </blockquote> <p>Cruz didn&rsquo;t mention that he got GOA&rsquo;s endorsement because he was the <a href="https://www.gunowners.org/alert982015.htm">only candidate in the race to return the group&rsquo;s candidate survey</a>. He also didn&rsquo;t mention any of the reasons he&rsquo;s the only candidate willing to publicly support GOA.</p> <p>Although Cruz may be GOA&rsquo;s only outspoken ally in the presidential race, he has been a good one for them. During the effort to defeat the background checks bill, the New York Times <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/04/us/politics/gun-owners-of-america-a-lobbying-group-grows-in-influence.html"> reported</a> that Cruz was GOA&rsquo;s &ldquo;key ally in the Senate.&rdquo; Cruz is the also the only candidate to have agreed to give a telephone briefing to GOA&rsquo;s members; <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/ted-cruz-praises-radical-gun-groups-extremism-credits-it-senate-win">in his briefing</a>, he praised GOA&rsquo;s members as &ldquo;fighters&rdquo; and &ldquo;patriots&rdquo; and thanks them for helping him get elected to the Senate.</p> <p>Cruz evidently has no qualms about associating with a group that promotes paranoia about an impending race war, birther conspiracy theories about President Obama, and not-so-veiled threats that elected officials will face assassination if they step out of line.</p> <p>To begin with, the gun group&rsquo;s executive director, Larry Pratt, has a long history on the fringes of the radical right that was too extreme for even Pat Buchanan, who dropped him from his 1996 presidential campaign because of his <a href="http://archive.adl.org/mwd/oldnew1.html">ties with white supremecist groups</a>. As we <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/ted-cruz-panders-assassination-threat-pushing-race-paranoia-loving-gun-lobbyist-larry-pratt"> wrote back in May</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>Pratt has long <a href="http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-files/profiles/Larry-Pratt" target="_blank">stood at the intersection</a> of the &ldquo;mainstream&rdquo; right, Christian nationalists, and fringe militia movements. In 1996, he was forced to step down from a position on Pat Buchanan&rsquo;s presidential campaign when it came to light that he had <a href="http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-files/profiles/Larry-Pratt" target="_blank">spoken at a militia event</a> featuring a number of neo-Nazi and anti-Semitic activists. Several years earlier, Pratt had <a href="http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-files/profiles/Larry-Pratt" target="_blank">coauthored</a> what the Southern Poverty Law Center calls the book that &ldquo;introduced the concept of citizen militias to the radical right.&rdquo;</p> <p>A few days after the Oklahoma City bombing, he spoke to a far-right &ldquo;Christian Patriots&rdquo; group on the &ldquo;biblical mandate to arm,&rdquo; <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/larry-pratt-and-radical-right">telling them</a> that whoever had taken on the government &ldquo;beast&rdquo; in Oklahoma knew that &ldquo;they can&rsquo;t rely on the Lord to take vengeance.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> <p>Pratt <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/ted-cruz-panders-assassination-threat-pushing-race-paranoia-loving-gun-lobbyist-larry-pratt"> continues to push wild conspiracy theories </a> about impending government takeovers and race wars and frequently tells elected officials that they should fear being shot by his group&rsquo;s members:</p> <blockquote> <p>In an interview last year, Pratt <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/larry-pratt-glad-members-congress-have-healthy-fear-being-shot">said that being afraid of assassination</a> was &ldquo;a healthy fear&rdquo; for members of Congress to have, because that&rsquo;s what makes them &ldquo;behave.&rdquo; When Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-NY, who had felt threatened by one of GOA&rsquo;s members, complained about his comments, Pratt doubled down, saying that elected officials should fear &ldquo; <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/larry-pratt-doubles-down-telling-congresswoman-she-should-fear-being-shot">the cartridge box</a>&rdquo; and accusing the congresswoman of being &ldquo; <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/gabrielle-giffords-husband-no-candidate-office-should-accept-support-larry-pratts-organizati">foolish</a>&rdquo; and having &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/larry-pratt-accuses-congresswoman-he-threatened-hissy-fit-youre-nuts-lady-shut">a hissy fit</a> .&rdquo; Later, he <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/pratt-democrats-push-gun-control-because-theyre-afraid-getting-shot-and-they-ought-be">boasted</a> that Democratic proponents of stricter gun laws are &ldquo;afraid of getting shot and they ought to be!&rdquo;</p> <p>Pratt also pushes all manner of conspiracy theories regarding President Obama. He has claimed that <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/pratt-obama-raising-private-dhs-force-equally-powerful-military"> Obama is building up a private security force </a> within the Department of Homeland Security <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/larry-pratt-wants-happy-africans-mentor-surly-african-americans-warns-obama-building-private"> to use for his own purposes </a> &ldquo;if he can&rsquo;t actually commandeer the military&rdquo;; warned that Obama will enlist undocumented immigrants into a private &ldquo; <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/larry-pratt-obama-will-use-undocumented-immigrants-his-praetorian-guard">Praetorian guard</a>&rdquo; and advise police officers to <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/pratt-obama-administration-will-use-police-target-republicans-bar-christians-owning-guns"> go after people with conservative bumper stickers </a> ; said Obamacare will ultimately &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/pratt-obamacare-take-away-your-guns">take away your guns</a>&rdquo;; feared Obama is stockpiling &ldquo;anti-personnel rounds&rdquo; because he &ldquo; <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/larry-pratt-demands-impeachment-obama-pagan-gun-laws">seems to view the American people as the enemy</a>&rdquo;; claimed that Obama &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/pratt-obama-full-bore-marxist-who-had-steal-last-election">had to steal</a>&rdquo; the 2012 presidential election and even <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/gun-owners-america-chief-embraces-fringe-obamas-real-father-birther-theory"> buys into the fringe birther theory </a> that holds that the president&rsquo;s &ldquo;real father&rdquo; was labor activist Frank Marshall Davis.</p> <p>Pratt repeatedly suggests that President Obama will seek to bring violence against white Christians, possibly in the form of race riots. In a 2013 conversation with far-right pundit Stan Solomon, Pratt predicted that &ldquo;there is <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/larry-pratt-agrees-race-war-will-pit-christian-heterosexual-white-haves-against-black-muslim"> inevitably going to be some kind of social implosion</a>, some kind of neighbor-against-neighbor&rdquo; violence brought about by &ldquo;these folks in power.&rdquo; When Solomon predicted that that &ldquo;implosion&rdquo; would take the form of a race war pitting &ldquo;black, Muslim and/or atheist&hellip;have-nots&rdquo; on &ldquo;Christian, heterosexual white haves,&rdquo; Pratt replied that he wasn&rsquo;t &ldquo;stretching&rdquo; anything.</p> </blockquote> <p><span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Just this week, Pratt&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/larry-pratt-military-will-turn-obama-if-he-tries-impose-some-sort-military-arms-solution" style="line-height: 20.4px;">joined conspiracy theorist extraordinaire Alex</a>&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Jones to discuss how the military and police departments will be ready to turn on President Obama if he tries to impose any sort of tyrannical government.</span></p> Miranda Blue C4 Election 2016 GOP Debate 2016 gun lobby Gun Owners of America Larry Pratt Ted Cruz Texas Fighting the Right 62476 Thu, 17 Sep 2015 10:10:07 -0500 Texas Muslim Student Arrested For Making A Clock Lives In Hotbed Of Sharia Panic http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/muslim-student-arrested-making-clock-lives-hotbed-sharia-panic <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="640" height="360" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_rww/beth%20van%20duyne.jpg?1442439229" /> <p>Earlier this week, 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed of Irving, Texas, brought a digital clock he made from a pencil case to his school. He brought the clock to show off to his teachers, but instead of receiving encouragement, Mohamed&rsquo;s school day <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/16/us/texas-student-ahmed-muslim-clock-bomb/">ended in handcuffs</a> and with the threat of being charged with making a &ldquo;hoax bomb.&rdquo; While many have condemned the actions of the school officials and law enforcement, Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne has come out in defense of the decision to arrest the teenage boy.</p> <p>In a Facebook <a href="https://www.facebook.com/BethVanDuyneTX/posts/1630225133900704">post</a> today, Van Duyne wrote, &ldquo;I do not fault the school or the police for looking into what they saw as a potential threat. . . We have all seen terrible and violent acts committed in schools, the workplace, and in public venues. Perhaps some of those could have been prevented and lives could have been spared if people were more vigilant. I hope this incident does not serve as a deterrent against our police and school personnel from maintaining the safety and security of our schools.&rdquo; The mayor later edited her post to remove the latter three sentences and replaced them with a message encouraging Mohamed to not be dissuaded from pursuing engineering dreams.</p> <p>Van Duyne came under fire earlier this year after she publicly condemned a rumored &ldquo;Islamic Sharia court&rdquo; in Irving. Van Duyne claimed the non-existent Sharia court was set up by Muslims trying to gain a foothold in America <a href="http://www.dallasnews.com/news/metro/20150319-dispute-on-islam-roils-irving.ece">to &ldquo;bypass&rdquo; American courts</a>. In another <a href="https://www.facebook.com/beth.vanduyne/posts/10205051547001480?fref=nf">Facebook post</a>, Van Duyne wrote, &ldquo;I am working with our State Representatives on legislation to clarify and strengthen existing prohibitions on the application of foreign law in violation of constitutional or statutory rights. . . Our nation cannot be so overly sensitive in defending other cultures that we stop protecting our own.&rdquo; The &ldquo;court&rdquo; that Van Duyne referred to is, in reality, <a href="http://www.politifact.com/texas/article/2015/jul/17/sharia-court-irving-texas-negative/">simply a dispute resolution process</a>, similar to systems set up by <a href="http://www.snopes.com/politics/religion/shariatexas.asp">Christians and Jews</a>, and does not attempt to take precedent over the law.</p> <p>Nonetheless, in a move backed by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/GlennBeck/posts/10153066402388188">Glenn Beck</a> and <a href="http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/mar/24/frank-gaffney-thank-you-mayor-van-duyne/">Frank Gaffney</a>, Van Duyne convinced the Irving City Council to support <a href="http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/latest-columns/20150416-beth-van-duyne-controversy-generated-by-shariah-law-discussion-is-baffling.ece">legislation to ban the nonexistent problem of Sharia law in Texas</a>. Zia Sheikh, imam at the Islamic Center of Irving, <a href="http://www.rawstory.com/2015/09/the-mayor-of-ahmed-mohameds-town-is-a-well-known-conservative-folk-hero-for-fighting-fake-muslim-threats/">asserted</a> that the mayor&rsquo;s statements fueled &ldquo;anti-Islamic hysteria.&rdquo; This hysteria has found a home in the Republican Party, where presidential candidates like Ted Cruz insist that <a href="http://www.mediaite.com/online/tea-party-senate-candidate-ted-cruz-fear-mongers-sharia-law-is-an-enormous-problem/">Sharia law is making inroads in the U.S</a>. and failed U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle <a href="http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2010/10/09/angle-two-american-cities-under-sharia-law/">said that the city of Frankford, Texas, is under the thumb of Sharia</a>. (As CNN pointed out, Dallas annexed Frankford back in 1975 and &ldquo;<a href="http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2010/10/09/angle-two-american-cities-under-sharia-law/">all that remains is a church and cemetery</a>,&rdquo; not exactly a hotbed of Islamic radicalism.)</p> <p>While the Texas bill <a href="http://www.austinchronicle.com/news/2015-05-22/anti-sharia-bill-dead-but-sentiment-alive/">did not pass</a>, the recent incident involving Mohamed proves that anti-Muslim panic encouraged by people like Van Duyne still thrives in Irving.</p> Isabel Carter-Kahn Anti-Muslim Beth Van Duyne C4 Islamophobia Ted Cruz Texas Fighting the Right 62456 Wed, 16 Sep 2015 16:27:17 -0500 Texas Cruz And Perry Join Pastor Who Warns God Will Wreak Judgment On America For Gay Marriage http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/cruz-and-perry-join-pastor-who-warns-god-will-wreak-judgment-america-gay-marriage <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="980" height="552" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_rww/cruz-0924-horizontal-large-gallery.jpg?1435602538" /> <p>GOP presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Rick Perry tried to burnish their Religious Right credentials this weekend by speaking at a &ldquo;We Stand With God&rdquo; rally in front of the South Carolina capitol, where Perry promised that he would root out corruption in Washington <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/onward-christian-soldiers-rick-perry-will-clear-greed-and-corruption-out-washington-dc-just-"> just like Jesus kicked the money changers out of the Temple </a> and Cruz <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/ted-cruz-anti-christian-persecution-will-soon-take-your-pastor-your-mom-me"> warned that the U.S. will soon be throwing pastors in jail like Iran</a>.</p> <p>The <a href="http://oldpathsermons.com/sermons/ron-baity/">keynote address</a> of the event was given by North Carolina Baptist pastor Ron Baity &mdash; previously known for warning <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/14/ron-baity-ebola-gay-marriage_n_5987210.html"> that God would send a calamity worse than the Ebola virus </a> in punishment for gay marriage &mdash; who told the crowd that marriage equality and legal abortion are inviting God&rsquo;s judgment on America.</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/221721622&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>Pastors, he said, must stand up to criticism and preach that homosexuality is an &ldquo;abomination&rdquo; and &ldquo;preach against Planned Parenthood.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;The judgment of God will eventually fall on a nation that cheapens marriage,&rdquo; he warned. &ldquo;God had an urban renewal program for Sodom and Gomorrah!&rdquo;</p> <p>Baity warned that the U.S. will soon have to change its national bird from the eagle to the buzzard because &ldquo;we have come to a time in America where we are ashamed of the old-time religion, we are ashamed of the Word of God, we are ashamed by the pastor that would stand in the pulpit, dare to raise his voice, point his index finger and dare to say, &lsquo;Here&rsquo;s the way, walk me in.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p> Miranda Blue Anti-Gay C4 Election 2016 Marriage Equality North Carolina Reproductive Health Rick Perry Ron Baity South Carolina Ted Cruz Texas Fighting the Right 61596 Mon, 31 Aug 2015 12:10:27 -0500 Texas Ted Cruz: God Will Heal America If More Evangelicals Start Voting http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/ted-cruz-god-will-heal-america-if-more-evangelicals-start-voting <p>Repeating the message he <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/ted-cruz-tells-afa-mobilizing-christians-vote-biblical-values-key-saving-america" title="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/ted-cruz-tells-afa-mobilizing-christians-vote-biblical-values-key-saving-america Ctrl+Click or tap to follow the link"> recently gave to the viciously anti-gay American Family Association</a>, Sen. Ted Cruz told a <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/ted-cruz-anti-christian-persecution-will-soon-take-your-pastor-your-mom-me"> conservative Christian rally in South Carolina </a> this weekend that &ldquo;we live in a country where life is under assault, where marriage is under assault, where faith is under assault&rdquo; because evangelicals have failed to vote in great enough numbers. If they finally do, he said, God &ldquo;will heal our land.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/mF0nxM9eovo" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>Cruz urged pastors in the crowd to <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/ted-cruz-urges-pastors-preach-against-planned-parenthood-sunday">preach against Planned Parenthood</a> and attacked the Supreme Court&rsquo;s &ldquo;fundamentally illegitimate, lawless decision that purports to tear down the marriage laws of every state.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Marriage was ordained by God Almighty and Caesar has no jurisdiction over the pulpit,&rdquo; he declared, promising that &ldquo;every justice I appoint to the United States Supreme Court will follow the law and follow the Constitution and not impose their radical views on the people of America.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;If you ask ourselves why do we live in a country where life is under assault, where marriage is under assault, where faith is under assault,&rdquo; he said, &ldquo;the last election, 54 million evangelical Christians stayed home. Fifty-four million. Is it any wonder we have the country we have when believers are not honoring the commands of the Scripture? We&rsquo;re told to be salt and light. You can&rsquo;t be salt if you don&rsquo;t come into contact with that which you are to preserve. You cannot be light if you&rsquo;re hidden under a bushel.&rdquo;</p> <p>However, he said, &ldquo;there is a spirit of revival and awakening sweeping this country today&rdquo; and evangelicals &ldquo;will stay home no longer.&rdquo; When conservative evangelicals vote in great enough numbers, he said, God will &ldquo;heal our land.&rdquo;</p> Miranda Blue Anti-Gay C4 Marriage Equality South Carolina Ted Cruz Texas Fighting the Right 61591 Mon, 31 Aug 2015 11:10:01 -0500 Texas Ted Cruz: Anti-Christian Persecution Will Soon Take Your Pastor, Your Mom, Me http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/ted-cruz-anti-christian-persecution-will-soon-take-your-pastor-your-mom-me <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Over the weekend, GOP presidential candidates Ted Cruz and <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/onward-christian-soldiers-rick-perry-will-clear-greed-and-corruption-out-washington-dc-just-">Rick Perry</a>&nbsp;— joined the GOP&rsquo;s evangelical outreach coordinator Chad Connelly and North Carolina pastor Ron Baity &mdash; famous for </span><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/14/ron-baity-ebola-gay-marriage_n_5987210.html" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;" title="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/14/ron-baity-ebola-gay-marriage_n_5987210.html Ctrl+Click or tap to follow the link"> warning that God would send a disease worse than Ebola </a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> in punishment for gay marriage &mdash; at a &ldquo;<a href="http://www.christianpost.com/news/10000-stand-up-for-religious-freedom-biblical-morals-at-scs-we-stand-with-god-rally-144055/">We Stand Wi</a></span><a href="http://www.christianpost.com/news/10000-stand-up-for-religious-freedom-biblical-morals-at-scs-we-stand-with-god-rally-144055/"><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">th God </span></a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> &rdquo; rally in front of the South Carolina state capitol meant to remind elected leaders that there are still people who &ldquo;</span><a href="https://twitter.com/staceyshiflett/status/637407101887885313" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">stand for God&rsquo;s definition of family</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">.&rdquo;</span></p> <p>Cruz, unsurprisingly, focused much of <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eo2BeSUpulc">his sermon-like speech </a>on claiming that advances in LGBT rights are in fact &ldquo;persecuting&rdquo; conservative Christian business owners who refuse to serve LGBT customers. Discussing a few of the people he brought to his <a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2015/08/18/ted_cruz_s_rally_for_religious_liberty_featuring_special_guests_victimized.html"> persecution-palooza in Iowa </a> earlier this month, he warned the South Carolina crowd that they might be next and that eventually the U.S. will become like Iran, which has imprisoned American pastor Saeed Abedini.</p> <p>&ldquo;This is the world we&rsquo;re living in,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;If you think your faith is safe, next may be you. Next may be me. Next may be your pastor who preaches the Word from the pulpit. Next may be your sister or brother or mom who volunteers at the pregnancy crisis center. And you want to know how bad it can get, at that rally, we had Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of Saeed Abedini, an American citizen, a Christian pastor, sentenced to eight years in prison in Iran for the crime of preaching the Gospel.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/VoHqR9tdcpY" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>Cruz was introduced by South Carolina Religious Right activist and radio hsot Tony Beam, who <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJyOJ6M5VIk">claimed that Christianity would soon be criminalized</a> as part of the effort to &ldquo;get rid of Christians&rdquo; and establish a dictatorship.</p> <p>&ldquo;You know, if you look back and you look through history, there&rsquo;s a three-step process that&rsquo;s always resulted in tyranny and dictators,&rdquo; Beam said, &ldquo;and that process is this: First comes the demonization of any people you want to get rid of. We saw that start in the 1970s as the church began to be demonized and God&rsquo;s people were made fun of and it&rsquo;s continued to today. The next step is marginalization. They take the people they want to get rid of and they push them to the side of the debate and they ignore them. You know, a lot of the national media may ignore us today, but we can&rsquo;t be ignored because we stand for the sovereign God of the universe.</p> <p>&ldquo;And so, after marginalization comes criminalization. And you know we live in a country now that&rsquo;s tried to criminalize God-fearing believers for trying to run a business to honor God.&rdquo;</p> <p>Cruz thanked Beam for the &ldquo;tremendous&rdquo; introduction:</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/XIiyFTJWnR8" width="560"></iframe></p> Miranda Blue Anti-Gay C4 Election 2016 religious persecution rhetoric Rick Perry Ron Baity South Carolina Ted Cruz Texas Tony Beam Fighting the Right 61586 Mon, 31 Aug 2015 10:48:12 -0500 Texas