Paul Ryan http://www.pfaw.org/ Wed, 12 Mar 2014 17:34:55 -0400 Wed, 12 Mar 2014 17:34:55 -0400 Right Wing Round-Up - 3/12/14 http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/right-wing-round-31214 <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_rww/roundup_a.jpg?1383228480" /> <ul> <li> <a href="http://mediamatters.org/blog/2014/03/12/notorious-smear-merchants-launch-super-pac/198459">Ben Dimiero & Eric Hananoki @ Media Matters</a>: Notorious Smear Merchants Launch Super PAC.</li> <p> <li> <a href="http://www.bilerico.com/2014/03/brewers_staff_helped_write_anti-lgbt_bill_she_veto.php">John M. Becker @ Bilerico Report</a>: Brewer's Staff Helped Write Anti-LGBT Bill She Vetoed.</li> <p> <li> <a href="http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/03/12/3394871/ryan-poverty-inner-city/">Igor Volsky @ Think Progress</a>: Paul Ryan Blames Poverty On Lazy &lsquo;Inner City&rsquo; Men.</li> <p> <li> <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michelangelo-signorile/national-organization-for-marriage-cpac-2014-basement_b_4941514.html">Michelangelo Signorile @ Huffington Post</a>: How the National Organization for Marriage Was Banished to the Basement at CPAC 2014.</li> <p> <li> <a href="http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2014/03/07/about-that-common-core-math-problem-making-the-rounds-on-facebook/">Hemant Mehta @ Friendly Atheist</a>: About That &lsquo;Common Core&rsquo; Math Problem Making the Rounds on Facebook&hellip;</li> <p> <li> <a href="http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/03/12/ex-gay-professor-warns-that-gay-men-want-surrogate-moms-as-breeding-slaves/">David Ferguson @ Raw Story</a>: &lsquo;Ex-gay&rsquo; professor warns that gay men want surrogate moms as &lsquo;breeding slaves.&rsquo;</li></ul> Kyle Mantyla Common Core Paul Ryan Robert Oscar Lopez Round-Up 46096 Wed, 12 Mar 2014 17:34:55 -0400 Paul Ryan Right Wing Round-Up - 3/6/14 http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/right-wing-round-3614 <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_rww/roundup_a.jpg?1383228480" /> <ul> <li> <a href="http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/03/06/paul-ryan-cpac-free-school-lunches-mean-poor-parents-dont-care-about-kids/">David Edwards @ Raw Story</a>: Paul Ryan at CPAC: Free school lunches mean poor parents don&rsquo;t care about kids.</li> <p> <li> <a href="http://www.patheos.com/blogs/warrenthrockmorton/2014/03/06/the-signed-contract-that-helped-get-mark-driscolls-real-marriage-on-the-new-york-times-best-seller-list/">Warren Throckmorton</a>: The Signed Contract That Helped Get Mark Driscoll&rsquo;s Real Marriage on the New York Times Best Seller List.</li> <p> <li> <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/03/cpac-irs-targeting-scandal-ukraine-russia-invasion">Andy Kroll @ Mother Jones</a>: CPAC: How the IRS Scandal is Just Like Russia Invading Ukraine.</li> <p> <li> <a href="http://www.towleroad.com/2014/03/anti-gay-gop-chair-who-attacked-and-sued-houston-mayor-annise-parker-loses-re-election-bid.html">Andy Towle @ Towleroad</a>: Anti-Gay GOP Chair Who Attacked and Sued Houston Mayor Annise Parker Loses Re-Election Bid.</li> <p> <li> <a href="http://mediamatters.org/blog/2014/03/06/nra-official-at-cpac-healthcare-reform-part-of/198376">Timothy Johnson @ Media Matters</a>: NRA Official At CPAC: Healthcare Reform Part Of Obama Plot To "Destroy The Family" And "Silence The Church."</li> <p> <li> <a href="http://www.bilerico.com/2014/03/virginia_finally_repeals_ban_on_oral_anal_sex.php?">John M. Becker @ Bilerico</a>: Virginia Finally Repeals Ban on Oral, Anal Sex.</li> <p> <li> <a href="http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2014/03/06/ohio-ministers-in-cahoots-with-cops-stage-their-own-mock-arrests-to-illustrate-christian-persecution/">Terry Firma @ Friendly Atheist</a>: Ohio Ministers, In Cahoots With Cops, Stage Their Own Mock Arrests to Illustrate &lsquo;Christian Persecution.&rsquo;</li></ul> Kyle Mantyla CPAC Ken Blackwell Mark Driscoll Paul Ryan Round-Up 46011 Thu, 06 Mar 2014 18:33:30 -0400 Paul Ryan Right Wing Round-Up - 12/11/13 http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/right-wing-round-121113 <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_rww/roundup_a.jpg?1383228480" /> <ul> <li> <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-montgomery/the-perils-of-religious-p_b_4425802.html">Peter Montgomery @ Huffington Post</a>: The Perils of Religious Politicking.</li> <p> <li> <a href="http://www.mediaite.com/online/glenn-beck-calls-obama-out-of-control-arrogant-for-mandela-memorial-selfie/">Josh Feldman @ Mediaite</a>: Glenn Beck Calls Obama &lsquo;Out-of-Control Arrogant&rsquo; for Mandela Memorial Selfie.</li> <p> <li> <a href="http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/12/10/fox-news-host-flips-over-atheist-holiday-display-baby-jesus-is-behind-the-festivus- pole/">David Edwards @ Raw Story</a>: Fox News host flips over atheist holiday display: &lsquo;Baby Jesus is behind the Festivus pole! &rsquo;</li> <p> <li> <a href="http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/12/11/3049681/shimkus-north-korea-sebelius/">Igor Volsky @ Think Progress</a>: Congressman Botches Attempt To Compare Sebelius To North Korean Dictator &mdash; And Then Really Freaks Out.</li> <p> <li> <a href="http://www.religiondispatches.org/dispatches/sarahposner/7436/paul_ryan_is_like_jesus__but_it_s_not_what_you_think/">Sarah Posner @ Religion Dispatches</a>: Paul Ryan Is Like Jesus, But It's Not What You Think.</li> <p> <li> <a href="http://www.salon.com/2013/12/11/gop_congressman_u_s_shouldnt_have_lowered_flag_for_mandela/">Elias Isquith @ Salon</a>: GOP congressman: U.S. shouldn&rsquo;t have lowered flags for Mandela.</li></ul> Kyle Mantyla Jim Sensenbrenner Paul Ryan Round-Up Glenn Beck 45162 Wed, 11 Dec 2013 18:39:04 -0400 Paul Ryan Religious Right Will Cheer Tea Party Extremism at Values Voter Summit http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/religious-right-will-cheer-tea-party-extremism-values-voter-summit <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_images/tea_party_5_a.jpg?1355957007" /> <p>It&rsquo;s quite a week in Washington, D.C.&nbsp; House Speaker John Boehner kicked off the week by <a href="http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/boehner-u-s-will-default-if-obama-doesn-t-cave-on-the-debt-limit" target="_blank">threatening to destroy the global economy</a> if President Obama does not give in to Tea Party demands. The shutdown of the federal government, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/06/us/a-federal-budget-crisis-months-in-the-planning.html" target="_blank">planned and engineered by anti-government extremists in Congress and their billionaire backers</a>, continues. And the Supreme Court <a href="http://www.pfaw.org/press-releases/2013/10/pfaw-memo-key-cases-supreme-courts-new-term" target="_blank">started a term</a> in which conservatives on the Court could further gut campaign finance laws, restrict women&rsquo;s access to abortion, undermine fair housing and educational opportunity, and weaken separation of church and state.</p> <p>In other words, it&rsquo;s the <em>perfect</em> week for the Values Voter Summit, the annual event at which thousands of Religious Right activists have a chance to rub shoulders with the movement&rsquo;s leaders and the Republican politicians who court them.&nbsp; The summit&rsquo;s lead sponsor, the Family Research Council, has asked its supporters to pray, &ldquo;<em>May God cause this years [sic] VVS to have a profound impact in informing Christian and conservative leaders, and in shaping the 2014 elections for righteousness!&rdquo;</em></p> <p>People For the American Way has <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/civil-rights-groups-urge-gop-leaders-skip-values-voter-summit" target="_blank">joined</a> the Southern Poverty Law Center, Faithful America, GLAAD, the Human Rights Campaign, the NAACP and the National Council of La Raza in urging public officials not to participate in the festival of extremism, but experience indicates that the chance to preen before these super-motivated right-wing activists is impossible for many Republican politicos to pass up.&nbsp;</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.valuesvotersummit.org/schedule" target="_blank">schedule</a> gives you a pretty good sense of what the Values Voter Summit will be like: the first four speakers are senators from the Tea Party wing of the GOP: Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan, Rand Paul, and Ted Cruz.&nbsp; Of course, that&rsquo;s after the pre-event breakfast, &ldquo;Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition,&rdquo; a panel on gun rights.&nbsp; (No, you are not reading The Onion.) Current and former Republican House members scheduled to speak on Friday are all Tea Partiers: Allen West, Jim Bridenstine (Okla.), Louie Gohmert (Texas), Jim Jordan (Ohio), and Steve Scalise (La.)</p> <p>The Values Voter Summit makes clear how completely the Religious Right&rsquo;s leaders are working to merge their activists&rsquo; anti-abortion and anti-gay zeal with the anti-government extremism of the Tea Party. Actually, it goes beyond that. Movement leaders are trying to give the Tea Party&rsquo;s agenda a biblical foundation. A couple of weeks ago, for example, Family Research Council spokesman Ken Blackwell said that there is <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/frc-nothing-more-christian-massive-food-stamp-cut" target="_blank">&ldquo;nothing more Christian&rdquo;</a> than throwing millions of low-income families off food stamps. The Tea Party &ndash; Religious Right convergence is also evident on a panel called &ldquo;Where do we go from here: Challenging Tyranny,&rdquo; whose speakers include FRC&rsquo;s Ken Blackwell and Dean Clancy of the Koch-funded FreedomWorks.</p> <p>The Family Research Council has been leading cheers for Ted Cruz, the shutdown Svengali.&nbsp; Cruz appeared on Perkins&rsquo; radio show last week for a fawning interview in which Cruz blamed President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for the shutdown and accused Democratic leaders of holding veterans hostage.&nbsp; For his part, Perkins called Obamacare&nbsp;a &ldquo;government takeover of health care&rdquo; and a &ldquo;lurch toward socialism&rdquo; and said there is nothing more important than stopping it. Perkins even portrayed the government shutdown as a reason to attend VVS, because there won&rsquo;t be as much traffic on the streets.</p> <p>Perkins recently sent out a fundraising letter in which he called on Congress to use both the government funding bill and the looming debt limit deadline to force through limits on the Obama administration&rsquo;s requirement that insurance plans cover contraception. He is also <a href="http://www.frc.org/washingtonupdate/drawing-default-lines">promoting</a> the dangerous idea being floated by Tea Party Republicans that failure to increase the debt ceiling is no big problem.</p> <p>Of course, if you&rsquo;re an old-school Religious Right activist who is really motivated by hostility to legal equality for LGBT people, the Values Voter Summit will have <a href="http://mediamatters.org/blog/2013/09/23/here-are-the-anti-lgbt-media-figures-speaking-a/196040" target="_blank">plenty of anti-gayness</a> for you.&nbsp;&nbsp; A panel on marriage features Brian Brown, who traveled to <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/globalizing-homophobia-part-2-today-whole-world-looking-russia" target="_blank">Russia</a> earlier this year to rally support for a law that bans the adoption of Russian children by parents who live in countries that recognize legal equality for LGBT people. Several speakers will present marriage equality as a dire threat to religious liberty. Dr. Ben Carson, who became a Tea Party folk hero for lecturing President Obama about a flat tax during a prayer breakfast last year, said last week that supporters of LGBT equality want to <a href="http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/10/07/tea-party-hero-ben-carson-marriage-equality-jeopardizes-everything-else-in-the-bible/" target="_blank">&ldquo;get rid of&rdquo; everything in the Bible.</a></p> <p>In fact, multiple panels on Saturday are built around the notion that religious liberty is in extreme peril in the U.S., with speakers from the Heritage Foundation, the Becket Fund, and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, among others.</p> <p>A concentrated dose of right-wing extremism may come on Friday night, where the line-up includes far-right Virginia Attorney General <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/people/ken-cuccinelli" target="_blank">Ken Cuccinelli</a>, whose bid to revive the state&rsquo;s unconstitutional sodomy law was just rejected by the Supreme Court; his even fringier running mate <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/people/ew-jackson" target="_blank">E.W. Jackson</a>; former presidential candidate and radio host Mike Huckabee; and former Sen. <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/people/jim-demint">Jim DeMin</a>t, the Tea Party godfather who left the Senate to take charge of the Heritage Foundation, whose massive budget he is using to bully Republicans into submission to the wishes of the Tea Party.</p> <p>But even that line-up may be topped by &ldquo;Standing Up to the Assaults on our Faith,&rdquo; a panel that includes&nbsp; birther extraordinaire <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/people/joseph-farah" target="_blank">Joseph Farah</a>; conspiracy theorist <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/people/jerome-corsi" target="_blank">Jerome Corsi</a>, who <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/corsi-continues-obama-gay-crusade">insists</a> that Obama is gay; dominionist anti-choice activist and radio host <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/people/janet-porter-n%C3%A9e-folger?page=1" target="_blank">Janet Porter</a>, author of <em>The Criminalization of Christianity</em>; and self-described <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/governor-and-christocrat-match-made-texas" target="_blank">&ldquo;Christocrat&rdquo;</a> <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/people/rick-scarborough" target="_blank">Rick Scarborough</a>, who says AIDS is God&rsquo;s punishment. Whew! The Obama hatred and reality-denial will be knee-deep in that one.</p> <p>The increasingly unhinged <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/people/glenn-beck-0" target="_blank">Glenn Beck</a> gets an hour of Saturday afternoon presumably to peddle his <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/beck-obama-administration-will-commit-mass-killings-following-monument-closure" target="_blank">wild</a> <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/glenn-beck-considers-moving-canada-obama-administration-revolutionaries-start-scoop-people" target="_blank">conspiracy</a> <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/glenn-beck-reveals-progressive-dishwasher-cursive-handwriting-conspiracy-theories" target="_blank">theories</a>, though you never know if you&rsquo;ll get the despondent Glenn Beck, messianic Glenn Beck, or bold and blustery Glenn Beck.&nbsp; Whichever one shows up, it&rsquo;s a safe bet that the crowd will eat it up.</p> Peter Montgomery Allen West Anti-Gay Brian Brown E.W. Jackson Janet Porter Jeromise Corsi Jim Bridenstine Jim DeMint Jim Jordan John Boehner Joseph Farah Ken Blackwell Ken Cuccinelli Louie Gohmert Marco Rubio Mike Huckabee Paul Ryan Rand Paul Republican Party Rick Scarborough shutdown Steve Scalise tea party Ted Cruz Tony Perkins Values Voter Summit Family Research Council Glenn Beck Fighting the Right 44496 Wed, 09 Oct 2013 13:25:22 -0400 Paul Ryan Civil Rights Groups Urge GOP Leaders to Skip Values Voter Summit http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/civil-rights-groups-urge-gop-leaders-skip-values-voter-summit <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_images/marco_rubio_a.jpg?1359744621" /> <p>This weekend, Religious Right leaders and GOP politicians will gather in Washington for the Values Voter Summit, an annual event that highlights the cozy relationship between Republican elected officials and extreme right-wing groups.</p> <p>The event is hosted by the Family Research Council, a group with a long record of pushing false anti-gay propaganda. And one of the event&rsquo;s major sponsors is the American Family Association, whose extreme right-wing views are <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/people/bryan-fischer">expressed on a daily basis </a>by its spokesman Bryan Fischer.</p> <p>On Friday, People For the American Way joined with the Southern Poverty Law Center, Faithful America, GLAAD, the Human Rights Campaign, the NAACP and the National Council of La Raza to send a letter to every public official scheduled to speak at this year&rsquo;s Values Voter Summit, urging them to withdraw from the event.</p> <p>Among the scheduled speakers are Sens. Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Tim Scott and Reps. Paul Ryan, Randy Forbes, Michele Bachmann, Jim Bridenstine, Louie Gohmert, Jim Jordan, Steve King, Steve Scalise and Scott Turner.</p> <p>The letter <a href="http://www.splcenter.org/sites/default/files/downloads/splc_vvs_letter_2013.pdf">[pdf]</a> reads in part:</p> <blockquote> <p>We understand that you&rsquo;ve been invited to speak at the upcoming Values Voter Summit being held in Washington, D.C., from Oct. 11-13. Given the demonizing lies about the LGBT community spread by the host, the Family Research Council (FRC), and another major sponsor of the event, the American Family Association (AFA), we urge you to not lend the prestige of your office to the summit.</p> <p>The FRC has amassed an extensive record of vilifying gays and lesbians with falsehoods &ndash; portraying them as sick, evil, incestuous, violent, perverted, and a danger to the nation.&nbsp; Perhaps its most insidious claim is that gay men molest children at a far higher rate than heterosexual men &ndash; a claim refuted by all credible scientific authorities, including the American Psychological Association. Yet the FRC has continued to smear gays and lesbians by claiming&nbsp; that pedophilia, in the words of FRC President Tony Perkins, &ldquo;is a homosexual problem.&rdquo;</p> <p>Perkins also says the &ldquo;It Gets Better&rdquo; campaign, an initiative designed to give LGBT students hope for a better tomorrow, is &ldquo;disgusting&rdquo; and part of a &ldquo;concerted effort&rdquo; to &ldquo;recruit&rdquo; children into the gay &ldquo;lifestyle.&rdquo; One senior FRC official has even argued that homosexuality should be illegal.</p> <p>The AFA&rsquo;s Bryan Fischer, who serves as the group&rsquo;s spokesman and director of issue analysis, frequently blames homosexuality for the Holocaust and Nazi Party: &ldquo;Homosexuality gave us Adolph Hitler, and homosexuals in the military gave us the Brown Shirts, the Nazi war machine and 6 million dead Jews.&rdquo; He also promotes the views of the American architect of the &ldquo;Kill the Gays&rdquo; bill in Uganda.</p> <p>Demonizing the LGBT community has consequences. As FBI data demonstrate, it is one of the groups most likely to be victimized by violent hate crimes. Defaming them publicly day after day &ndash; as the FRC and the AFA do &ndash; only throws fuel on the fire.</p> <p>The bigotry of the FRC and the AFA is not limited to gays and lesbians. Fischer, for example, has said that African Americans &ldquo;rut like rabbits&rdquo; and argued that women should be kicked out of politics and the military. He&rsquo;s also stated that Hispanics are &ldquo;socialists by nature&rdquo;&nbsp; and come here to &ldquo;plunder&rdquo; our country. The FRC&rsquo;s executive vice president, Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin, has said Jews must be converted to Christianity and has argued that &ldquo;Islam is not a religion and does not deserve First Amendment protections&rdquo; &ndash; a statement that is antithetical to American ideals.</p> </blockquote> <p>In 2011, we urged Mitt Romney not to share a stage with the extremists, and particularly Fischer, at that year&rsquo;s Values Voter Summit. Although Romney still attended, he also made a point of calling out Fischer&rsquo;s &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/romney-calls-out-bryan-fischers-bigotry">poisonous language</a>." This year, Fischer was noticeably <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/bryan-fischer-too-bigoted-even-values-voter-summit">not listed as a speaker</a> at the summit, although his employer remains a sponsor.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Miranda Blue American Family Association Bryan Fischer C4 Equality For All Jerry Boykin Jim Bridenstine Jim Jordan Louie Gohmert Marco Rubio Michele Bachmann Paul Ryan Rand Paul Randy Forbes Scott Turner Steve King Steve Scalise Ted Cruz Tim Scott Tony Perkins Values Voter Summit Family Research Council 44472 Mon, 07 Oct 2013 16:58:31 -0400 Paul Ryan Right Wing Leftovers - 1/4/13 http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/right-wing-leftovers-1413 <ul> <li> Paul Ryan will be the <a href="http://www.sba-list.org/newsroom/press-releases/rep-paul-ryan-keynote-pro-life-susan-b-anthony-list-gala">keynote speaker</a> at the anti-choice Susan B. Anthony List Gala.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <ul> <li> Ryan was also among the <a href="http://politics.nytimes.com/congress/votes/113/house/1/7">67 Republicans</a> to oppose a bill providing $9.7 billion in Sandy relief, which the House passed after the GOP leadership <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/02/politics/house-sandy-aid-vote/index.html">withdrew</a> a much more substantial aid package.</li> </ul> <ul> <li> Apparently, conservatives are <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2013/01/christie-straight-talk-starts-to-grate-on-gop-right-85782.html?hp=t1_3">shocked and dismayed</a> that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie would dare to criticize House Republicans for pulling the plug on the Sandy aid bill.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <ul> <li> An Indiana Republican state senator <a href="http://www.indystar.com/article/20130103/NEWS05/130103032/Sen-Kruse-s-bill-would-allow-schools-require-saying-Lord-s-Prayer?gcheck=1">wants to allow public schools</a> to require the reading of the Lord&rsquo;s Prayer.</li> </ul> <ul> <li> The NRA has trotted out <a href="http://mediamatters.org/blog/2013/01/04/new-nra-talking-point-banning-assault-weapons-i/192021">another winning talking point</a>.</li> </ul> <ul> <li> National Organization for Marriage founder Maggie Gallagher has <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/04/maggie-gallagher-gay-marriage-column_n_2411082.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular">ended her column</a> after seventeen years.</li> </ul> Brian Tashman Leftovers Paul Ryan Susan B. Anthony List 41866 Fri, 04 Jan 2013 18:40:47 -0400 Paul Ryan Right Wing Round-Up - 11/5/12 http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/right-wing-round-11512 <ul> <li><a href="http://www.advocate.com/politics/media/2012/11/02/signorile-apologizes-suicide-comment-romney-voter">Trudy Ring @ The Advocate</a>: Signorile Apologizes for Suicide Comment to Romney Voter.</li> <p> <li><a href="http://www.salon.com/2012/11/05/bachmann_stands_by_muslim_witch_hunt/">Alex Seitz-Wald @ Salon</a>: Bachmann stands by Muslim witch hunt.</li> <p> <li><a href="http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/11/linda-mcmahon-vote-for-obama.php">Evan McMorris-Santoro @ TPM</a>: Linda McMahon Doorhanger: Vote For Obama &hellip; And Me.</li> <p> <li><a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/zekejmiller/ryan-obama-plan-compromisesthose-judeo-christ">Zeke Miller @ BuzzFeed</a>: Ryan Warns Evangelicals: Obama Threatens &ldquo;Judeo-Christian Values.&rdquo;</li> <p> <li><a href="http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/article/2012/11/04/why-cant-anti-choicers-give-up-war-on-contraception">Amanda Marcotte @ RH Reality Check</a>: Charmaine Yoest Tries to Give the War on Women a Pleasant Face.</li> <p> <li><a href="http://www.towleroad.com/2012/11/boston-globe-knocks-down-anti-gay-lie.html">Towleroad</a>:&nbsp;'Boston Globe' Knocks Down Anti-Gay Lie.</li> <p> <li><a href="http://www.talk2action.org/story/2012/11/5/113049/969">Rachel Tabachnick @ Talk To Action</a>: What Jewish Voters Should Know About the Source of Those 'Support Israel? Fire Obama' Yard Signs.</li> <p> <li><a href="http://www.philipvickersfithian.com/2012/11/is-america-christian-nation-what-focus.html">John Fea</a>:&nbsp;Is America a Christian Nation? What Focus on the Family Gets Wrong.</li></ul> Kyle Mantyla Charmaine Yoest Michele Bachmann Paul Ryan Round-Up Faith and Freedom Coalition 41455 Mon, 05 Nov 2012 18:48:55 -0400 Paul Ryan Ryan's Real Values? Reed and Rand http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/ryans-real-values-reed-and-rand <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_images/paul_ryan_a.jpg?1349285787" /> <p>Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan will hold a town hall teleconference with Ralph Reed, the disgraced former head of the Christian Coalition who is making a political <a href="http://www.religiondispatches.org/dispatches/sarahposner/4700/ralph_reed_at_the_helm_of_the_religious_right%2C_again">comeback</a> with a conservative voter turnout project called the <a href="http://www.alternet.org/story/156141/religious_right%27s_ralph_reed_field-tests_plan_for_beating_obama">Faith and Freedom Coalition</a>. That group is sending voters flyers <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/10/ralph-reed-mailer-obama-capitalism-death-panels">warning</a> that reelecting Obama would allow the president to &ldquo;complete America&rsquo;s destruction.&rdquo; They also <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/09/ralph-reed-obama-mailer-nazi-communist">compare</a> Obama&rsquo;s policies to the threat posed to America by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">For all Paul Ryan&rsquo;s talk about values, it&rsquo;s worth remembering who his pal Ralph Reed is: a <a href="http://www.religiondispatches.org/dispatches/petermontgomery/6177/ralph_reed%E2%80%99s_divinely_profitable_mission%3A_defeating_democrats/">self-enriching</a> win-at-any-cost political operative whose own campaign for office was tanked by revelations of Reed&rsquo;s involvement in a <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/15/AR2006011500915.html">scandal</a> with Jack Abramoff, the convicted corrupt lobbyist who helped Reed get business &ldquo;humping in corporate accounts&rdquo; after he left the Christian Coalition and started his own consulting firm.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">As Kyle has <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/reed-there-nothing-obama-wont-do-win-re-election">noted</a>:<o:p></o:p></p> <p style="margin: 12pt 0in 12pt 0.5in; line-height: 13.5pt; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; "><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Helvetica","sans-serif";color:#323232">There are few political operatives active today that are as ruthless and cynical as Ralph Reed.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="margin: 12pt 0in 12pt 0.5in; line-height: 13.5pt; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; "><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Helvetica","sans-serif"; color:#323232">Reed is, after all, the man who<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1218060,00.html"><span style="color:#AF2028">infamously declared</span></a><span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>that he specializes in "guerrilla warfare," and bragged "I paint my face and travel at night. You don't know it's over until you're in a body bag."&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="margin: 12pt 0in 12pt 0.5in; line-height: 13.5pt; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; "><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Helvetica","sans-serif"; color:#323232">Reed also knowingly<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.pfaw.org/media-center/publications/ralph-reed-the-crash-of-the-choir-boy-wonder/reed-s-lucrative-stealth-camp"><span style="color:#AF2028">took hundreds of thousands of dollars</span></a><span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>from corrupt lobbyist Jack Abramoff to manipulate and mobilize his Religious Right allies to fight gambling expansions in order to protect Abramoff's client's gambling interests.&nbsp; Reed even had some of the money laundered through third-parties in order to try and conceal its origins, yet continues to insist to this day that he is<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/ralph-reed-proud-his-work-jack-abramoff-it-was-outstanding-it-advanced-sound-public-policy"><span style="color:#AF2028">"proud" of the "outstanding"</span></a><span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>work he did on behalf of Abramoff and his clients.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Ryan cites his Catholic faith to distract attention from his devotion to Ayn Rand and her infamous hostility to charity toward the poor.&nbsp; Reed himself preaches the Tea Party&rsquo;s notion that federal government programs that serve the poor and elderly are <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/reed-when-government-helps-poor-it-takes-away-our-liberty">unconstitutional</a>. (And of course, for a big chunk of the Religious Right, the social safety net is not only unconstitutional, but <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/religious-right-romney-safety-net-un-biblical">unbiblical</a>.)<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The FFC held several <a href="http://www.alternet.org/election-2012/right-wing-finally-unites-behind-romney-anti-obama-hate-fest-tampa">events</a> at the Republican National Convention featuring other notable &ldquo;values&rdquo; stalwarts such as Newt Gingrich, union-busting <a href="http://www.religiondispatches.org/dispatches/sarahposner/4896/ralph_reed's_group_goes_after_%22union_thugs%22_in_wisconsin/">Scott Walker</a>, anti-gay activist <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/people/jim-garlow">Jim Garlow</a> and down-the-government-in-the-bathtub anti-tax zealot <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/people/grover-norquist">Grover Norquist</a>.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Reed <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/reed-if-christians-beg-gods-forgiveness-then-hell-have-mercy-our-land-november">said</a> earlier this year that American Christians must get down on their knees and beg God for forgiveness for &ldquo;what we have allowed to happen&rdquo; to the country &ndash; then God might have mercy on America (the implication being that God would help Romney defeat Obama).<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p>&nbsp;Back in 2008, John McCain was <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/reed-skips-mccain-fundraiser">embarrassed</a> by watchdog groups over his participation in a fundraiser organized by Reed; in the end Reed did not attend. Four years later, the values-promoting Paul Ryan seems to have no hesitation embracing Reed, who exemplifies the self-promoting values of Ryan inspiration Ayn Rand.</p> Peter Montgomery C4 Election 2012 Paul Ryan Ralph Reed Faith and Freedom Coalition Fighting the Right 41353 Thu, 25 Oct 2012 11:37:39 -0400 Paul Ryan Paul Ryan Promises Focus on the Family that He Will Fight Gay Equality http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/paul-ryan-promises-focus-family-fight-gay-equality <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_images/paul_ryan_a.jpg?1349285787" /> <p>During an interview with Focus on the Family president Jim Daly, Paul Ryan reassured the anti-gay group that a Romney-Ryan administration will fiercely oppose gay rights. Focus on the Family and its founder James Dobson have a long history of promoting anti-gay policies and ex-gay therapy, and earned a <a href="http://articles.latimes.com/2012/oct/01/nation/la-na-pn-mitt-romney-denver-20121001">shout-out from Romney</a> earlier this week while campaigning in Colorado, where it is headquartered.</p> <p>While Romney has moved in his career from <a href="http://newsone.com/2006845/mitt-romney-gay-rights-bay-windows/">backing gay rights</a> to <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/mitt-romney-same-sex-marriage-blow-civilization">becoming a vocal foe</a>, Ryan has a <a href="http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2012/08/13/681111/paul-ryan-has-acted-on-every-anti-gay-belief-mitt-romney-has/">solidly anti-gay voting record</a> in Congress. Ryan told&nbsp;Daly, whose political arm has been spending money on behalf of Romney and a number of other Republican candidates like Todd Akin, that the ticket is firmly against same-sex marriage and that he was a &ldquo;big supporter&rdquo; of a <a href="http://fairwisconsin.com/couples/amendment">2006 amendment</a> which enshrined marriage discrimination into the Wisconsin state constitution. He also said the Obama administration&rsquo;s decision not to defend the unconstitutional Defense of Marriage Act hurt the &ldquo;rule of law&rdquo; and &ldquo;contradicts our system of government,&rdquo; however, a number of presidents including George W. Bush have <a href="http://mediamatters.org/research/2011/02/25/a-form-of-dictatorship-conservative-media-dubio/176920">not defended statutes they deemed unconstitutional</a>.</p> <p align="center"><embed width="400" height="20" flashvars="file=/sites/default/files/mp3/Daly-Ryan-1.mp3" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" bgcolor="undefined" src="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/sites/default/files/mp3/player.swf"></embed></p> <blockquote> <strong>Daly</strong>: Focus on the Family has been behind the scenes working for years to defend marriage and to speak out for marriage and the importance of marriage. I think thirty-two out of thirty-two states where we have helped put a ballot initiative or some other mechanism in front of the people, we have won that thirty-two out of thirty-two times. It seems like when it&rsquo;s in front of the people they vote for it, if it&rsquo;s the state-level judges they will try to do it by fiat or if it is simply some other mechanism, the State House passes it without the vote of the people. For the Romney-Ryan ticket, when you look at marriage, what do we need to do in the culture to lift up and strengthen the very core building block of society and that&rsquo;s family.<br /> <br /> <strong>Ryan</strong>: It&rsquo;s the foundation for society and for family for thousands of years. First of all, Mitt Romney and I &mdash; I&rsquo;ll just say it, it&rsquo;s worth repeating &mdash; we believe marriage is between one man and one woman, that&rsquo;s number one. Number two, you know where I come from we had one of those amendments in Wisconsin, I was a big supporter of it and we passed it like you say, where it&rsquo;s put on the ballot it passes. The second point is, President Obama gave up defending the Defense of Marriage Act in the courts, I mean, not only is this decision to abandon this law the wrong decision, it passed in a bipartisan manner, it is very troubling because it undermines not only traditional marriage but it contradicts our system of government. It&rsquo;s not the president&rsquo;s job to pick and choose which laws he likes. A Romney administration will protect traditional marriage and the rule of law and we will provide the Defense of Marriage Act the proper defense in the courts that it deserves. </blockquote> Brian Tashman Anti-Gay C4 Election 2012 Jim Daly Marriage Equality Paul Ryan Focus on the Family Fighting the Right 41164 Wed, 03 Oct 2012 13:15:31 -0400 Paul Ryan Right Wing Round-Up - 10/1/12 http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/right-wing-round-10112 <ul> <li><a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/10/virgil-goode-virginia-immigration">Tim Murphy @&nbsp;Mother Jones</a>: Why This Man Won't Be the Next Nader.</li> <p> <li><a href="http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/09/dean-chambers-unskewed-polls.php">David Tanitor @&nbsp;TPM</a>: Meet Dean Chambers, The Virginia Republican Who Is &lsquo;Unskewing&rsquo; The Polls.</li> <p> <li><a href="http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/10/01/14169239-paul-ryans-too-busy-for-details">Steve Benen @&nbsp;The Maddow Blog</a>: Paul Ryan's too busy for details.</li> <p> <li><a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/zekejmiller/nancy-pelosi-leads-zombie-army-in-republican-video">Zeke Miller @&nbsp;BuzzFeed</a>: Nancy Pelosi Leads Zombie Army In Republican Video.</li> <p> <li><a href="http://www.salon.com/2012/09/25/son_of_a_bigot/">Dick Gordon @&nbsp;Salon</a>: Son of a bigot. </li> <p> <li><a href="http:// http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2012/10/01/934551/nom-defends-child-kidnapping-because-of-a-parents-biological-connection/">Zack Ford @&nbsp;Think Progress</a>: NOM Defends Child Kidnapping Because Of A Parent&rsquo;s &lsquo;Biological Connection&rsquo;.</li> <p> <li><a href="http://www.goodasyou.org/good_as_you/2012/10/audio-harry-jackson-cursed-washblade-out-of-business-the-washblade-thats-still-in-print-that-is.html">Jeremy Hooper</a>: Harry Jackson cursed 'Washington Blade' out of business; the 'Blade' that's still in print, that is.</li></ul> Kyle Mantyla Harry Jackson National Organization for Marriage Paul Ryan Round-Up 41143 Mon, 01 Oct 2012 17:39:46 -0400 Paul Ryan Right Wing Round-Up - 9/26/12 http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/right-wing-round-92612 <ul> <li><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-b-keegan/george-stephanopoulos-ann_b_1916851.html">Michael B. Keegan @&nbsp;Huffington Post</a>: George Stephanopoulos' Ann Coulter Problem.</li> <p> <li><a href="http://www.towleroad.com/2012/09/ryanohio.html">Towleroad</a>: Paul Ryan Suggests Allowing Gays to Marry is Not an 'American' or 'Human' Value.</li> <p> <li><a href="http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2012/09/fbi-investigates-eugene-delgaudio-for.html">Joe.My.God</a>: FBI Investigates Eugene Delgaudio For Multiple Violations Of Campaign & Employment Laws.</li> <p> <li><a href="http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/09/26/14113291-scott-browns-team-under-fire-for-racist-antics">Steve Benen @&nbsp;The Maddow Blog</a>: Scott Brown's team under fire for racist antics.</li> <p> <li><a href="http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/09/fox-and-friends-flubs-data-obama.php?ref=fpnewsfeed">Sahil Kapur @ TPM</a>: Fox & Friends Distorts Data On Obama&rsquo;s Spending Record.</li> <p> <li><a href="http://thinkprogress.org/election/2012/09/26/911931/gop-lawmaker-who-called-for-akin-to-drop-out-now-supporting-him/">Aviva Shen @ Think Progress</a>: GOP Lawmaker Who Called For Akin To Drop Out Now Supporting Him.</li></ul> Kyle Mantyla Ann Coulter Eugene Delgaudio Paul Ryan Round-Up Todd Akin 41107 Wed, 26 Sep 2012 17:42:20 -0400 Paul Ryan Right Wing Round-Up - 9/24/12 http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/right-wing-round-92412 <ul> <li><a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/rosiegray/anti-obama-movie-mailed-to-1-million-ohioians">Rosie Gray @&nbsp;BuzzFeed</a>:&nbsp;Anti-Obama Movie Mailed To 1 Million Ohioians.</li> <p> <li><a href="http://www.goddiscussion.com/101363/restoring-america-conference2012/">God Discussion</a>: Christian conservatives to gather at 'Restoring America Conference.'</li> <p> <li><a href="http://www.au.org/blogs/wall-of-separation/murky-math-why-ralph-reed-s-latest-political-claims-don-t-add-up">Rob Boston @ Wall of Separation</a>: Murky Math: Why Ralph Reed&rsquo;s Latest Political Claims Don&rsquo;t Add Up.</li> <p> <li><a href="http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2012/09/24/895361/paul-ryan-on-dont-ask-dont-tell-i-think-we-need-to-move-on/">Zack Ford @ Think Progress</a>: Paul Ryan On &lsquo;Don&rsquo;t Ask, Don&rsquo;t Tell&rsquo;: &lsquo;I Think We Need To Move On.&rsquo;</li> <p> <li><a href="http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/09/24/14066565-the-gops-emergency-room-argument-never-dies">Steve Benen @&nbsp;The Maddow Blog</a>: The GOP's emergency-room argument never dies.</li> <p> <li><a href="http://freethoughtblogs.com/rodda/2012/09/23/book-excerpt-bartons-lie-about-jefferson-and-scottish-common-sense/">Chris Rodda</a>: Book Excerpt: Barton&rsquo;s Lie About Jefferson and Scottish Common Sense.</li> <p> <li><a href="http://www.philipvickersfithian.com/2012/09/david-barton-as-christian-illusionist.html">John Wilsey</a>: David Barton as "Christian Illusionist."</li></ul> Kyle Mantyla David Barton Paul Ryan Ralph Reed Round-Up 41085 Mon, 24 Sep 2012 17:42:34 -0400 Paul Ryan Right Wing Round-Up - 9/21/12 http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/right-wing-round-92112 <ul> <li><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/wp/2012/09/21/mitt-romney-is-paying-too-much-in-taxes/">Brad Plumer @&nbsp;WonkBlog</a>: Mitt Romney is paying&hellip; too much in taxes?</li> <p> <li><a href="http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2012/09/21/888581/washington-archbishop-claims-human-society-would-be-harmed-beyond-repair-by-marriage-equality/">Zack Ford @ Think Progress</a>: Washington Archbishop Claims &lsquo;Human Society Would Be Harmed Beyond Repair&rsquo; By Marriage Equality.</li> <p> <li><a href="http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/david/aarp-repeatedly-boos-ryan-vowing-repeal-obam">Crooks &&nbsp;Liars</a>: AARP Repeatedly Boos Ryan for Vowing to Repeal 'Obamacare.'</li> <p> <li><a href="http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2012/09/another-conservative-conspiracy-theory-bites-dust">Kevin Drum @&nbsp;Mother Jones</a>:&nbsp;Another Conservative Conspiracy Theory Bites the Dust.</li> <p> <li><a href="http://mediamatters.org/research/2012/09/21/fox-conspiracy-theory-obama-admin-is-engaged-in/190058">Emily Arrowood & Chelsea Rudman @ Media Matters</a>: Fox Conspiracy Theory: Obama Admin. Is Engaged In "Cover-Up" Of Libya Consulate Attacks.</li> <p> <li><a href="http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/09/21/14015130-worst-surrogates-ever">Steve Benen @&nbsp;The Maddow Blog</a>: Worst. Surrogates. Ever.</li> </ul> Kyle Mantyla Election 2012 Herman Cain Mitt Romney Paul Ryan Round-Up 41074 Fri, 21 Sep 2012 17:31:40 -0400 Paul Ryan Sex, Lies, and Bloodlust: What the Values Voter Summit Tells us About the Religious Right and the Republican Party http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/sex-lies-and-bloodlust-what-values-voter-summit-tells-us-about-religious-right-and-republica <div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; ">During this past weekend&rsquo;s Values Voter Summit, the annual family reunion of the far right, RWW posted many <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/topics/values-voter-summit">memorable video highlights</a>. What does it all tell us about the Religious Right and today&rsquo;s Republican Party?</div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; ">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; "><span style="background-color: white; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; ">First are foremost, Republican leaders are unwilling to distance themselves from the </span><a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/whos-who-values-voter-summit-2012"><span style="background: white">far-right fringes</span></a><span style="background-color: white; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; "> of their base, especially in an election year in which conservative evangelical voters are not tremendously excited about Mitt Romney.&nbsp; Romney took a pass this year, and it&rsquo;s not hard to understand why.&nbsp; Last year, organizers maliciously put him on stage right before the American Family Association&rsquo;s Bryan Fischer, who had ridiculed Romney&rsquo;s Mormonism.&nbsp; A supporter of Texas Gov. Rick Perry denounced Mormonism as a cult, and the flap over Romney&rsquo;s faith was the dominant story coming out of the gathering. It was much safer to let Paul Ryan represent the ticket this year, and to have other speakers like Rick Santorum and Rick Scarborough ensure evangelicals that voting for Romney was in fact a good thing. Romney did send a tepidly-received <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QHJyjpLoNA">video</a>, which seemed almost an afterthought. What is motivating these activists is not enthusiasm for Romney but their hostility toward the Obama administration.&nbsp; </span></div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; ">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; "><b>Their pants are on fire</b></div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; "><b>&nbsp;</b></div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; ">Conservatives love the Ten Commandments in theory.&nbsp; Ted Cruz bragged about helping to win Supreme Court approval of a display on the statehouse lawn in Austin; speakers suggested that taxation is theft and talking about inequality is covetousness, violations of commandments eight and ten. But everyone must have gotten a memo not to worry about number nine, bearing false witness. Because there was a whole lot of lying going on at VVS, just as there was at the GOP convention in Tampa. Here are just a few of the favorites:</div> <ul> <li>Obama gutted work requirements in welfare (Steve King, Rick Santorum). Bill Clinton dispatched this one in Charlotte.</li> <li>The President is always apologizing for America and did so in the recent crisis (speaker after speaker). Familiar, and false.</li> <li>The stimulus didn&rsquo;t work and was money &ldquo;wasted&rdquo;&nbsp; (Lyin&rsquo; Paul Ryan)</li> <li>President Obama is acting like a king by not enforcing the Defense of Marriage Act.&nbsp; Whether by intention or ignorance, speakers are missing the crucial difference between not defending the act in court, which the administration is no longer doing, and enforcing the law, which the administration is doing, which is why married couples are suing to overturn the law that is denying them equal treatment under the law.</li> <li>There&rsquo;s a &ldquo;war on religion&rdquo; raging in the U.S. (see below)</li> <li><a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/people/kamal-saleem">Kamal Saleem</a></li> </ul> <div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; "><b>They got brass &ndash; and straw</b></div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; "><b>&nbsp;</b></div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; ">Lots of people were clamoring to prove that, just like Paul Ryan, they&rsquo;ve got brass, in the sense of Bill Clinton&rsquo;s take on Paul Ryan: <span style="background-color: white; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; ">&ldquo;It takes some brass to attack a guy for doing what you did.&rdquo; Speakers at the Values Voter Summit loved to criticize the Obama administration for being divisive (enough said.) Rep. James Lankord accused the left of believing that the ends justify the means (see &ldquo;pants on fire&rdquo;).</span></div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; ">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; "><span style="background-color: white; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; ">Paul Ryan announced that the Republican ticket would be calling out the Obama administration for making straw man arguments.&nbsp; Meet just a couple of the many straw men that got propped up at VVS:</span></div> <ul> <li><span style="background-color: white; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; ">Gary Bauer said that the media was not only criticizing Romney&rsquo;s irresponsible and ill-timed comments about attacks on US diplomats, but that the media was trying to shift blame for events in the Middle East to Mitt Romney.&nbsp; Yeah, that happened.</span></li> <li>Rick Santorum said that the Obama administration believes that the US government can be a source of no good in the world but is the only source of good in America. Obama you see, doesn&rsquo;t believe in families, churches or communities. Sure, Rick.</li> </ul> <div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; ">&nbsp;<b>They are at war over religion</b></div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; "><b>&nbsp;</b></div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; ">Religious Right leaders have been complaining for decades that their faith and freedom is under attack. Tony Perkins, Jerry Boykin, and Fox personality Todd Starnes used a panel discussion to decry, in Perkins&rsquo; words, the &ldquo;relentless onslaught&rdquo; against Christians by a &ldquo;radicalized minority&rdquo; driven by &ldquo;anti-religious ideology.&rdquo; Boykin invoked Marx, Lenin, Stalin <i>and</i> Hitler while denouncing what he called an effort to move everyone in society away from the notion that there is a sovereign God. Star Parker sounded as if the war was already lost, declaring, &ldquo;this is no longer a free country.&rdquo; This year they&rsquo;re getting more help from Republican officials.</div> <ul> <li>Rep. Lankford accused liberals of wanting to marginalize religion</li> <li>Rep. Tim Huelskamp claimed that &ldquo;the biggest war being waged right now is against our religious liberties and traditional values.</li> <li>House Majority Leader Eric Cantor declared, &ldquo;The fight for religious freedom starts here at home because we are one nation under God.&rdquo;</li> <li>U.S. Senate candidate from Texas Ted Cruz claimed that President Obama has &ldquo;manifested contempt for our religious liberty.&rdquo;</li> </ul> <div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; ">&nbsp;Kirk Cameron, who is pushing his new movie, &ldquo;Monumental,&rdquo; about religion in early American history, focused not on the men who wrote the Constitution and Bill of Rights, but on the Puritans, who he says created a society based on free enterprise. He did not mention that religious liberty was essentially non-existent in the society those Puritans created, which makes it a bit troubling that he&rsquo;s hoping to elect politicians who will find the &ldquo;reset&rdquo; button and return America to its &ldquo;factory settings.&rdquo;</div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; ">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; ">The conference also featured a vast amount of <a href="http://www.alternet.org/election-2012/romney-and-ryan-court-leaders-anti-muslim-hate-fest?paging=off">Muslim-bashing</a> and wild conspiracy theories about Obama and Clinton getting ready to sell out Americans&rsquo; free speech and religious liberty rights to Islamists at the United Nations.</div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; ">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; "><b>They&rsquo;re happy to use God as a political club.</b></div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; "><b>&nbsp;</b></div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; ">Speakers couldn&rsquo;t resist mocking the Democratic Party for first having left the word &ldquo;God&rdquo; out of the platform and returning it and a reference to Jerusalem in a chaotic vote.&nbsp; Of course, not a single speaker noted the extensive section in the Democrats&rsquo; platform about the importance of faith in America; they were intent on convincing people that the disappearance of a reference to people using their &ldquo;God-given&rdquo; talents was somehow a sign of secularism run amok.&nbsp; Kirk Cameron got a standing ovation for declaring, &ldquo;God <i>is</i> the platform.&rdquo; A couple of speakers compared the three voice votes taken by Democrats with the biblical story of Peter denying Jesus three times &ndash; something Tony Perkins also did last week at his National Press Club speech. E.W. Jackson, appearing at Rick Scarborough&rsquo;s breakout session on &ldquo;Debunking the Myth of Separation of Church and State,&rdquo; made a pitch for his <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/ew-jackson-and-jerry-boykin-call-mass-exodus-christians-democratic-party">new campaign</a> calling for an exodus of all Christians out of the Democratic Party.</div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; ">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; "><b>&nbsp;What war on women?&nbsp; This one.</b></div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; "><b>&nbsp;</b></div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; ">Anti-abortion activist Lila Rose was among the speakers who mocked the notion that there is a &ldquo;war on women,&rdquo; while gleefully declaring her intention to destroy Planned Parenthood, which provides millions of women with their only access to basic health care.&nbsp; Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown law student who was vilified by Rush Limbaugh when she publicly advocated for contraception coverage, was slammed by Star Parker as an &ldquo;icon of promiscuity.&rdquo; Brent Bozell of the Media Research Center said that HHS Secretary Kathleen Sibelius should be prosecuted for crimes against humanity.</div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; "><b>&nbsp;</b></div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; "><b>They are at war against marriage equality.</b></div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; "><b>&nbsp;</b></div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; ">Plenty of speakers pledged to keep loving and committed same-sex couples from being able to get married. A panel of activists from the four states where marriage equality is on the ballot this fall &ndash; Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington &ndash; pleaded with the crowd for financial support. Carroll Conley from the Maine Family Policy Council warned that marriage equality is the enemy of religious liberty, citing Dietrich Bonhoffer and saying, &ldquo;this is our Coliseum.&rdquo;</div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; ">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; ">Anti-gay activist Harry Jackson had a workshop session promoting his current campaign, which seeks to use marriage as a wedge issue against President Obama and other Democratic candidates in seven swing states.&nbsp; Among the helpful tools Jackson handed out was a set of tips from anti-gay extremist Scott &ldquo;Pink Swastika&rdquo; Lively, which suggests that the key to defeating pro-equality arguments is to &ldquo;[s]tand firmly on the truth that homosexuality is an objectively disordered condition deserving of social disapproval because it spreads disease and dysfunction.&rdquo; The Lively document is a bit out of date, as it was written before the Supreme Court&rsquo;s 2003 decision in <i>Lawrence v Texas</i>, when state laws against homosexual behavior were still in effect; maybe that&rsquo;s just wishful thinking.</div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; ">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; "><b>They really hate President Obama.</b></div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; "><b>&nbsp;</b></div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; ">OK, this is not exactly news. Hatred of President Obama has transformed the right-wing movement and Republican Party since 2008.&nbsp; Among the notable characterizations of President Obama were from Rep. Michele Bachmann, who called him &ldquo;the most dangerous president we have ever had,&rdquo; and Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who called the president &ldquo;the greatest lawbreaker in America.&rdquo;</div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; ">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; "><b>They&rsquo;re Drama Queens</b></div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; ">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; ">Speaker after speaker insisted that this is not only the most important election in our lifetimes, but the most important election in the history of the country. Rick Santorum even looked into the future and pronounced it the most important election anyone will ever be involved in.&nbsp; While this is indeed a critically important election, it is not for the delusional reasons they profess.&nbsp; If President Obama wins, Santorum warned darkly, we will be living in a country and a world that is &ldquo;fundamentally different.&rdquo; Eric Cantor said it would determine whether or not the very moral fabric of our country will be upheld or torn apart. Bill Bennett quoted Shakespeare&rsquo;s <i>Macbeth</i>: &ldquo;I think our country sinks beneath the yoke.&rdquo;</div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; ">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; "><b>The only kind of lust they embrace publicly is bloodlust</b></div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; ">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; ">Sen. Rand Paul was met with stony silence when he spoke skeptically about war. Other speakers seemed eager for some kind of violent response to the recent attacks on American embassies.&nbsp; Bill Bennett was among the speakers who <a href="http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/paul-ryan-and-allies-dance-grave-slain-us-diplomat-right-wing-confab">praised</a> Romney&rsquo;s widely-reviled statement accusing Obama of sympathizing with those who killed the American ambassador to Libya and others &ndash; Bennett bemoaned that the response had been &ldquo;bleating&rdquo; rather than a &ldquo;terrible swift sword.&rdquo; Gary Bauer said there was a crowd in Cairo chanting &ldquo;Obama, Obama, we are all Osamas now&rdquo; and said they should all meet bin Laden&rsquo;s fate.&nbsp; Does Bauer think it would be in the U.S. interest to gun down protestors?</div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; ">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; "><b>They are trying to keep Romney on message on Obamacare</b></div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; "><b>&nbsp;</b></div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; ">Shortly before the Values Voter Summit, Romney went off message by starting to talk to the media about aspects of health care reform that he supported. His campaign walked those statements back as quickly as they could. There was no sign of nuance at the VVS, with Paul Ryan and Ted Cruz among those pledging to repeal every single word of &ldquo;Obamacare.&rdquo;</div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; ">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; "><b>They can be exceptionally mindless</b></div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; ">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; ">Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, in a speech that seemed intended to position her for national office, was one of those making the <i>de rigueur</i> plug for &ldquo;American exceptionalism.&rdquo; What other country, Brewer demanded, had ever sent troops to fight for justice, acting not to dominate to liberate?&nbsp; She didn&rsquo;t answer her question, which clearly implied that no other country had ever done so.&nbsp; Um, Canada? Australia? Our NATO allies?&nbsp; Rep. Steve King used vivid language in accusing President Obama and his &ldquo;leftist minions&rdquo; of &ldquo;taking jackhammers to the pillars of American exceptionalism.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> Peter Montgomery Brent Bozell E.W. Jackson Eric Cantor Gary Bauer Harry Jackson Jan Brewer Jerry Boykin Ken Cuccinelli Kirk Cameron Lila Rose Michele Bachmann Mitt Romney Paul Ryan Reproductive Health Rick Santorum Star Parker Steve King Ted Cruz Todd Starnes Tony Perkins Values Voter Summit Family Research Council Fighting the Right 41019 Mon, 17 Sep 2012 13:18:22 -0400 Paul Ryan Paul Ryan at Summit that Makes Mockery of Diplomacy and Terrorism http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/paul-ryan-summit-makes-mockery-diplomacy-and-terrorism <p>Michelle Bachmann, speaking at the Values Voter Summit this morning, quickly one-upped Mitt Romney in pinning blame on President Obama for the violent protests in Libya and Egypt and deaths of four Americans in Libya. She accused Obama of appeasing the Muslim Brotherhood and opening our borders to terrorists. Not long after, Paul Ryan also <a href="http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/09/14/ryan-to-deliver-harsh-foreign-policy-speech-in-washington/">attacked Obama</a> over foreign policy:&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <div>Amid all these threats and dangers, what we do not see is steady, consistent American leadership. In the days ahead, and in the years ahead, American foreign policy needs moral clarity and firmness of purpose. Only by the confident exercise of American influence are evil and violence overcome.</div> </blockquote> <div>But here&rsquo;s the thing. Ryan and Bachmann are speaking at a Religious Right conference that is making a mockery of diplomacy and even the threat of terrorism. Consider the following:</div> <ul> <li>the conference features a <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/paul-ryan-featured-alongside-former-terrorist">fake terrorist</a> who claims to have <a href="http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/2008/02/27/apparently-terrorism-pays-it-pays-very-well/">smuggled weapons</a> into the U.S. and <a href="http://www.kamalsaleem.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=84&Itemid=54">carried out</a> &ldquo;bloody terror&rdquo; missions against Israel</li> </ul> <ul> <li>the video that sparked the unrest in Egypt and Libya was <a href="http://www.talk2action.org/story/2012/9/14/05433/1020">created</a> and <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/american-who-sparked-libya-egypt-unrest-hates-obama-hearts-gop">promoted</a> by anti-Muslim activists who have worked with backers of Bachmann&rsquo;s effort to purge the U.S. government of Muslim Americans and key players in the effort to block the so-called Ground Zero mosque (e.g. <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/american-who-sparked-libya-egypt-unrest-hates-obama-hearts-gop">ACT! for America</a> and the <a href="http://www.talk2action.org/story/2012/9/14/05433/1020">Christian Anti-Defamation Commission</a>)</li> </ul> <ul> <li>in July, misinformation promoted by Bachmann and two upcoming speakers at the Values Voter Summit, Frank Gaffney and Jerry Boykin, <a href="http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/16/egyptians-who-jeered-clinton-cite-american-conservatives-to-argue-u-s-secretly-supports-islamists/">sparked aggressive protests</a> against American diplomats in Egypt, including Secretary Clinton, whose motorcade was pelted by protestors &ndash; Boykin and Gaffney have been the <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/romney-met-thursday-top-anti-muslim-activist-and-leading-backers-bachmann-witch-hunt">leading forces</a> behind Bachmann&rsquo;s witch hunt against Muslim Americans in the U.S. government</li> </ul> <ul> <li>former Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin, now the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/19/william-jerry-boykin-family-research-council_n_1684706.html">executive vice president</a> of the Family Research Council, which hosts the conference, significantly <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2003/10/18/world/the-struggle-for-iraq-pentagon-us-general-apologizes-for-remarks-about-islam.html">set back American diplomacy</a> in 2003, drawing a rebuke from <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2003/10/23/world/bush-says-he-disagrees-with-general-s-remarks-on-religion.html">President Bush</a> and <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A14262-2004Aug19.html">Pentagon investigators</a>, when he repeatedly denounced and insulted Islam in uniform and characterized the &ldquo;war on the terror&rdquo; as a war <a href="http://www.adl.org/PresRele/Mise_00/4382_00">in the name of Jesus</a></li> </ul> <div>Taken together, this suggests more than a lack of seriousness. It suggests that many Religious Right activists are far more interested in fighting a holy war than they are with diplomacy, peace or religious freedom. Unfortunately for the rest of us, we have the live in the same world as them.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/paul-ryan-featured-alongside-former-terrorist">fake terrorist</a> I referred to above is identified on the <a href="http://www.valuesvotersummit.org/schedule">schedule</a> as Kamal Saleem, but his real name is Khodor Shami. He <a href="http://michiganmessenger.com/52434/self-declared-former-terrorist-speaks-at-agema-rally">claims</a> that he was a Muslim Brotherhood operative who &ldquo;came to the United States of America&hellip;to destroy this country&rdquo; and crossed the Canadian border and &ldquo;brought weapon caches right through cities.&rdquo; He also <a href="http://www.kamalsaleem.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=84&Itemid=54">claims</a> to have &ldquo;completed his first bloody terror mission into Israel for the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) at the age of seven.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Saleem is <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/03/kamal-saleem-former-terrorist-islamophobia">widely known</a> <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/07/us/07muslim.html">to be a fraud</a>. Yet he&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/paul-ryan-featured-alongside-former-terrorist">being presented</a> by the Family Research Council as the real deal and <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/paul-ryan-featured-alongside-former-terrorist">appears next to Ryan</a> on the featured speakers page, with &ldquo;former terrorist&rdquo; under his name. Here&rsquo;s one of his <a href="http://youtu.be/nBm79Zr4rZ4">promotional videos</a>:</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <center><iframe width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/nBm79Zr4rZ4" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></center> Josh Glasstetter C4 Family Research Council Jerry Boykin Kamal Saleem Michele Bachmann Paul Ryan Family Research Council Fighting the Right 41003 Fri, 14 Sep 2012 13:11:04 -0400 Paul Ryan Who's Who at the Values Voter Summit 2012 http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/whos-who-values-voter-summit-2012 <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_images/valuesvotersummit2012_story_A-new.jpg?1348848416" /> <p>This weekend Republican and conservative leaders, including GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, are set to address the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. Last year, nearly every single Republican candidate for President<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/who%E2%80%99s-who-values-voter-summit"> addressed the conference</a>, where speakers denounced <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/topics/values-voter-summit?page=1">gay rights</a>,<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/staver-progressives-hate-core-american-values"> secular government</a>, <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/parker-god-will-judge-us-abortion-gay-marriage">legal abortion</a> and <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/jeffress-vote-perry-because-romney-not-true-christian">the Mormon faith</a>.</p> <p>This year, Ryan will be speaking at a conference that is playing host to some of the most extreme activists in the Religious Right who have made careers demonizing gays and lesbians, attacking the freedoms of Muslim-Americans and promoting wild conspiracies about President Obama.</p> <p><strong>Tony Perkins</strong></p> <p>Tony Perkins is president of the Family Research Council, the main organizer of this weekend&rsquo;s summit. Perkins leads the group&rsquo;s efforts against gay rights, abortion rights and church/state separation.</p> <p>The FRC has one of the most anti-gay platforms of any major political organization, including expressions of support for the <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/frcs-sprigg-wants-see-homosexuality-criminalized">criminalization of homosexuality in the U.S.</a> and abroad in countries law <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/frc-pray-criminalization-homosexuality">Malawi</a> and <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/why-would-mainstream-conservative-think-tank-praise-kill-gays-law">Uganda</a>. Senior fellow Peter Sprigg said he would &ldquo;much prefer to <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/frc%E2%80%99s-sprigg-wants-export-gays">export homosexuals from the United States</a> than to import them into the United States because we believe homosexuality is destructive to society.&rdquo;</p> <p>Perkins himself <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/individuals/tony-perkins">frequently reflects</a> the extreme views of his organization. He:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>said Islam is &ldquo;<a href="http://blog.faithinpubliclife.org/2011/09/tony_perkins_failure_of_leader_1.html">evil</a>&rdquo;;</li> <li>attacked the media for <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/perkins-questions-about-obamas-birth-certificate-are-legitimate-issue">dismissing conspiracies</a> about Obama&rsquo;s birth certificate;</li> <li>demanded Christians who voted for Obama &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/perkins-obamas-christian-supporters-repent">repent</a>&rdquo; since he has a &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/perkins-obama-has-disdain-christianity">disdain for Christianity</a>&rdquo;;</li> <li>linked <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/frc-scientists-refuse-accept-clear-correlation-between-homosexuality-and-pedophilia"> homosexuality to pedophilia </a> and <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/perkins-pride-month-adultery-drunkenness">compared it to alcoholism</a>;</li> <li>warned, &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/perkins-obama-worst-president-county-has-ever-had">I don&rsquo;t know if the country can survive</a> &rdquo; another Obama term and that the president&rsquo;s reelection would &ldquo; <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/frc-losing-it-over-dadt">destroy this country</a>.&rdquo;</li> <li>called gay rights activists <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/perkins-gay-activists-are-intolerant-hateful-vile-spiteful-pawns-devil"> &ldquo;intolerant,&rdquo; &ldquo;hateful,&rdquo; &ldquo;vile,&rdquo; &ldquo;spiteful&rdquo; and &ldquo;pawns&rdquo; of Satan </a> and said that homosexuality is &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/perkins-homosexuality-man-shaking-his-fist-face-god">man shaking his fist in the face of God</a>&rdquo;;</li> <li>denounced <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/perkins-hate-crime-chaos-america">hate crimes laws</a> for promoting &ldquo;chaos&rdquo; and leading to the &ldquo;indoctrination of our children in schools and the loss of religious freedom and the freedom of speech&rdquo;;</li> <li>wrote that the <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/frc-blasts-obama-administration-support-it-gets-better-calls-it-immoral-disgusting-perversio"> anti-bullying &ldquo;It Gets Better Project&rdquo; </a> is &ldquo;immoral,&rdquo; &ldquo;disgusting,&rdquo; and promotes &ldquo;perversion&rdquo;;</li> <li>denied that there was a correlation between anti-gay bullying and depression and suicide, saying instead that gay and lesbian teens <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/perkins-gay-teens-are-suicidal-because-they-know-they-are-abnormal">know they are &ldquo;abnormal&rdquo;</a> and &ldquo;have a higher propensity to depression or suicide because of that internal conflict";</li> <li>wrote that senators would have &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/frc-losing-it-over-dadt">the blood of innocent soldiers on their hands</a>" if they vote to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell and allowed gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military;</li> <li>insisted the government may introduce the &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/perkins-warns-government-promotion-same-sex-relations-population-control">promotion of same-sex relations </a> &rdquo; as a means of &ldquo;population control&rdquo;;</li> </ul> <p>Following the deplorable and tragic shooting at the Family Research Council&rsquo;s headquarters, Perkins has tried to blame the incident on everyone from the <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/religious-right-exploiting-tragedy-blunt-criticism-its-extremism">Southern Poverty Law Center</a> to the <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/perkins-clear-link-shooting-obama-administration-policies">Obama administration</a>. The unconscionable shooting, however, should not be used as a way to conceal his organization&rsquo;s virulent language targeting gays and lesbians.</p> <p><strong>Mat Staver</strong></p> <p>Mat Staver is the head of the Liberty University School of Law and its legal affiliate, Liberty Counsel, both sponsors of the Values Voter Summit. Liberty Counsel (LC) has been <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/liberty-law-school-and-others-hit-rico-lawsuit-over-lisa-miller-kidnapping-case">implicated</a> in the<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/people/lisa-miller"> Lisa Miller kidnapping case</a>, where an LC client kidnapped her daughter and <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/lisa-miller-still-run">fled to Central America</a> after a court granted custody to her former partner.</p> <p>Through his role at Liberty Counsel and on his radio program Faith & Freedom, <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/individuals/mat-staver">Staver has</a>:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>argued that President Obama &ldquo;does not respect America&rdquo; and wants to intentionally cripple America so he can <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/liberty-counsel-warns-obama-seeks-become-global-dictator">have global power</a>;</li> <li>suggested that the president was using health care reform to <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/sputtering-start-religious-rights-rebranding">create his own personal army </a>of Brownshirts;</li> <li><a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/liberty-counsel-declares-its-independence-we-do-not-suffer-tyrants">pledged to resist</a> the &ldquo;abusive and lawless regime in the Executive Branch and in the United States Congress&rdquo;;</li> <li><a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/staver-under-obama-us-one-worlds-immoral-leaders">defended Malawi&rsquo;s law criminalizing homosexuality</a> and said U.S. opposition to criminalization was &ldquo;immoral&rdquo;;</li> <li>urged schools to <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/staver-stop-intolerance-promoted-day-silence">prohibit students from holding a &ldquo;Day of Silence&rdquo;</a> to protest anti-gay bullying;</li> <li>alleged that the Employment Non-Discrimination Act will lead to <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/mat-staver-enda-result-death-individuals">child molestation, sexual assault, and even death</a> if passed;</li> <li><a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/religious-rights-spin-science">promoted &ldquo;ex-gay&rdquo; reparative</a> therapy and warned that gays and lesbians are &ldquo; <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/liberty-university-hosting-two-day-anti-gay-conference"> intent on trampling upon the fundamental freedoms</a>&rdquo;;</li> <li>warned that the Obama administration might have its own &ldquo; <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/affirmative-action-muslim-brotherhood">affirmative action program</a>&rdquo; for Muslim Brotherhood sympathizers;</li> <li>linked gay rights to the country&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/right-wing-solution-our-economic-crisis">economic problems</a>;</li> </ul> <p>At last year&rsquo;s Values Voter Summit, Staver claimed that progressives are using LGBT rights and secular government in order to &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/staver-progressives-hate-core-american-values">ultimately implode America</a>&rdquo; and that the &ldquo; <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/staver-gay-rights-will-destroy-western-civilization">agenda of the homosexual movement</a>&rdquo; is to destroy freedom and western civilization.</p> <p><strong>Jerry Boykin</strong></p> <p>Family Research Council vice president and retired Army Lt. Gen. William &ldquo;Jerry&rdquo; Boykin sparked a controversy when, as a high-ranking official in the Bush Defense Department, he framed the War on Terror as a <a href="http://articles.latimes.com/2003/oct/16/opinion/oe-arkin16">holy war against Islam</a>. He has since built a career as a Religious Right speaker, <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/individuals/jerry-boykin">specializing</a> in anti-Muslim rhetoric and anti-Obama conspiracy theories. He:</p> <ul> <li>asserted that &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/boykin-islam-evil">Islam is evil</a>&rdquo;;</li> <li><a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/boykin-no-mosques-america">rejects religious freedom for American Muslims</a>, claiming that Islam &ldquo;is not just a religion, it is a totalitarian way of life.&rdquo;</li> <li>wants to <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/boykin-tries-backtrack-his-no-mosques-america-comment">ban mosques</a>;</li> <li>warned Obama is using the health care reform law as a cover to establish <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/company-rick-perry-keeps-jerry-boykin-and-obamas-brownshirt-army"> a private army of Brownshirts loyal just to him</a>;</li> <li><a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/boykin-obama-support-infiltration-muslim-brotherhood-government">accused the Obama administration</a> of showing &ldquo;support for the infiltration of the Muslim Brotherhood into our government&rdquo;;</li> <li>claimed the bailout of AIG led to the <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/boykin-us-govt-practicing-sharia-through-aig-bailout">establishment of Sharia law</a>;</li> <li>said that American Jews were <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/romney-met-thursday-top-anti-muslim-activist-and-leading-backers-bachmann-witch-hunt"> misled into supporting Democrats </a> by wrongly thinking Adolf Hitler was right-wing extremist;</li> </ul> <p>Along with his role at the FRC, Boykin is also a leading member of the dominionist group The Oak Initiative. In a speech at the group&rsquo;s conference last April, he declared that George Soros and the Council on Foreign Relations <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/oak-initiative-george-soros-cfr-and-obama-supporters-collapses-our-economy"> conspired to collapse the U.S. economy </a> in order to help Obama get elected.</p> <p><strong>Bishop Harry Jackson</strong></p> <p>Jackson, who built his career as an <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/individuals/harry-jackson">avowed opponent of rights for gays and lesbians</a>, is a regular speaker at Religious Right conferences. He has called for a <a href="http://www.pfawf.com/media-center/publications/harry-jackson-point-man-for-the-wedge-strategy#introduction"> &ldquo;SWAT Team&rdquo; of &ldquo;Holy Ghost terrorists&rdquo; </a> to work against hate crimes legislation that protects gays and lesbians, and said that black organizations that support gay rights have &ldquo; <a href="http://www.pfawf.com/media-center/publications/harry-jackson-point-man-for-the-wedge-strategy#introduction">sold out the black community</a>&rdquo; and have been &ldquo; <a href="http://www.pfawf.com/media-center/publications/harry-jackson-point-man-for-the-wedge-strategy#introduction"> co-opted by the radical gay movement</a>.&rdquo; Jackson has:</p> <ul> <li>warned a <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/harry-jackson-brings-down-queen-heaven-behind-same-sex-marriage-perversion"> demon called the Queen of Heaven </a> is behind efforts to pass a marriage equality law in Maryland;</li> <li>claimed that gay marriage is part of &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/jackson-gay-marriage-part-satanic-plot-destroy-family">a Satanic plot to destroy our seed</a>&rdquo; and that the larger gay rights movement is &ldquo;<a href="http://www.pfawf.com/media-center/publications/harry-jackson-point-man-for-the-wedge-strategy#gays">an insidious intrusion of the Devil</a>.&rdquo;</li> <li>insisted gays &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/jackson-gays-recruit-children-christians-steal-back-rainbow">want to recruit your kids</a>&rdquo; by supporting marriage equality;</li> <li>compared the gay rights movement to an iceberg that if struck will &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/religious-right-titanic-radical-homosexual-agenda">take us under</a>&rdquo;;</li> <li>said the tactics of gay rights advocates are reminiscent of &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/harry-jackson-radical-gay-activists-america-times-hitler">the times of Hitler</a>&rdquo;;</li> <li>maintained that God is <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/harry-jackson-claims-god-removing-marriage-equality-proponents-office">removing</a> proponents of marriage equality from office&rsquo;</li> </ul> <p>Along with his fierce opposition to LGBT rights, Jackson has <a href="http://www.pfawf.com/media-center/publications/harry-jackson-point-man-for-the-wedge-strategy#gays">compared legal abortion to &ldquo;lynching&rdquo;</a> and urged the Senate to defeat Elena Kagan&rsquo;s nomination to the Supreme Court <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/harry-jacksons-religious-test-kagan-must-be-defeated-because-she-not-protestant"> because she is not a Protestant </a> (Kagan is Jewish). Jackson has even described his political efforts in <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/pray-act-fighting-obamas-nazis-just-jesus-so-god-can-wipe-out-his-enemies">apocalyptic terms</a>, telling a Religious Right group before the 2010 elections, &ldquo;God is saying to us &lsquo;I want to pick a fight in which I can wipe out my enemies and cause them to be silenced once and for all.&rsquo; This is where America is; if we do not recognize and repent, we are going to see our way of life destroyed as we now know it.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Kamal Saleem</strong></p> <p>Kamal Saleem tells audiences at Religious Right conferences he is ex-terrorist, yet he refuses to provide any details substantiating his claims, and his story has been <a href="http://www.booksandculture.com/site/utilities/print.html?id=87522">repeatedly</a> <a href="http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/weekly-watch/2-29-08/weeklywatch.html">debunked</a> <a href="http://washington-report.org/component/content/article/5561-the-war-against-tolerance.html">as</a> <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/700-club-features-phony-ex-terrorist">a</a> <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/03/kamal-saleem-former-terrorist-islamophobia">myth</a>. Saleem is using his phony story to claim that President Obama is <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/kamal-saleem-obama-muslim-fascist">likely a secret Muslim</a> who wants to change the laws so <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/saleem-terrorism-will-be-legal-immigration-reform-wearing-ragheads"> &ldquo;terrorism will be legal&rdquo; and everyone will &ldquo;be wearing ragheads&rdquo; </a> as part of his <a href="http://www.talk2action.org/story/2011/11/14/18411/980">twenty year plan to bring about Sharia law</a>. According to Saleem,<em> Roe v. Wade</em> is part of a plot to &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/kamal-saleem-uncovers-plot-use-roe-v-wade-bring-sharia-law">bring Sharia law liberally in our face</a>&rdquo; and that U.S. currency in some parts of the country now reads &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/latest-conspiracy-theory-muslims-altering-us-dollars-read-allah-we-trust">In Allah We Trust</a>.&rdquo; Along with the Obama administration and the judiciary, Saleem says radical Islamists have <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/saleem-generals-destroy-united-states-obama-legalize-terrorism">penetrated</a> the education system, medical and banking industries, the church and the U.S. military, <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/saleem-generals-destroy-united-states-obama-legalize-terrorism">claiming</a> that &ldquo;many generals who swore to destroy the United States of America are generals in the United States&rdquo; and that the hate crimes law and contraception mandate are part of a plan to instill Sharia law and to try and go about &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/saleem-generals-destroy-united-states-obama-legalize-terrorism">legalizing terrorism</a>.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Frank Gaffney</strong></p> <p>Frank Gaffney tries to pose as an intellectual to promote his own anti-Muslim and anti-Obama conspiracies, and has significant sway over <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/when-conservatives-need-attack-obama-security-they-turn-conspiracist-frank-gaffney"> Republicans in Congress </a> who believe them. Frank Gaffney is a <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/frank-gaffney-goes-birther">proud birther</a> and has called President Obama &ldquo;<a href="http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/jun/9/americas-first-muslim-president/">America&rsquo;s first Muslim president</a>,&rdquo; while suggesting that Obama is out to become a <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/gohmert-obama-wants-dictatorship">dictator</a> by using <a href="http://bridgeproject.com/?rhetoric_detail&id=39&sort=0">similar tactics as Adolf Hitler</a>. He accuses Obama of <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/gaffney-obama-sharia-radical-homosexual-agenda-military"> simultaneously pushing Sharia law and the &ldquo;radical homosexual agenda&rdquo; </a> and also asserting that George W. Bush&rsquo;s inner circle and the conservative movements were also <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/boykin-obama-support-infiltration-muslim-brotherhood-government">penetrated by the Muslim Brotherhood</a>. His outrageous conspiracies got him <a href="http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2012/02/12/422933/exclusive-conservative-board-unanimously-condemned-gaffneys-reprehensible-and-unfounded-attacks/"> banned from the American Conservative Union&rsquo;s CPAC </a> and a <a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/weigel/2012/05/17/frank_gaffney_banned_from_another_conservative_d_c_meeting.html"> weekly meeting of top conservative activists </a> . He continues to smear even Republicans, including <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/gaffney-mccain-boehner-parroting-muslim-brotherhood-line-bachmann">John McCain and John Boehner</a>, who don&rsquo;t sign on to his anti-Muslim conspiracies.</p> <p><strong>Tim Wildmon</strong></p> <p>American Family Association president Tim Wildmon will be speaking in lieu of AFA spokesman Bryan Fischer this year, but Wildmon and Fischer share the same ultraconservative views. Wildmon believes gay rights, secular government and the theory of evolution have put America &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/wildmon-road-to-self-destruction">on the road to self-destruction</a>&rdquo; and accused gay rights supporters of acting &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/rep-lankford-doubles-down-defends-comments-employers-being-able-fire-gay-employees">in the most vile, wicked, evil ways</a>.&rdquo; He claims Obama is <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/religious-right-leaders-deride-obamas-overt-anti-christian-hostility">not a Christian</a> but <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/afa-vote-end-evil-obama-s-all-out-war-christians">an &rdquo;evil&rdquo; and tyrannical leader</a> who is out &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/bilge-box">to destroy religious freedom in this country</a>&rdquo; as part of his &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/afa-vote-end-evil-obama-s-all-out-war-christians">administration&rsquo;s all-out war on Christians</a>.&rdquo; Wildmon has also attacked Obama as &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/perkins-amazed-this-man-is-president-of-the-united-states">un-American</a>&rdquo; and said his administration&rsquo;s policies to combat climate change are &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/wildmon-efforts-prevent-human-influenced-climate-change-are-anti-christian">anti-American [and] anti-Christian</a>.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Sandy Rios</strong></p> <p>Former Concerned Women for America president Sandy Rios now hosts a show on the American Family Association&rsquo;s radio network where she regularly floats anti-gay, anti-Muslim and anti-Obama conspiracies. She <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/rios-there-are-tons-people-government-who-are-communists">believes</a> that there are &ldquo;tons of people in government,&rdquo; including Obama, who &ldquo;embrace Socialism/Communism.&rdquo; Obama, says Rios, is trying to bring about America&rsquo;s &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/ed-klein-michelle-obama-wears-the-pants-in-the-family">destruction</a>&rdquo; and <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/rios-progressives-acting-terrorists-supporting-wisconsin-workers">compared his campaign to Hamas</a>. According to Rios, liberal and secular Jews specifically are among &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/sandy-rios-says-secular-jews-have-been-worst-enemies-country">the worst enemies of the country</a>,&rdquo; lamenting that most Jews identify with the left and warning that &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/gabriel-islam-everywhere-rios-jewish-leftists-eager-islam">Jewish leftists in this country are eager to embrace Islam </a> .&rdquo; Rios also criticizes Muslim-Americans, saying they plan to &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/sandy-rios-pushes-myth-health-care-reform-exempts-muslim-americans">overpopulate and overtake</a>&rdquo; America and <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/bachmann-obama-spit-constitution-muslim-brotherhood-penetrated-government">joining Michele Bachmann</a> in promoting conspiracies about Muslim Brotherhood infiltration. Like other anti-gay activists on the far-right, Rios has dubbed child molestation as &ldquo; <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/sandy-rios-child-abuse-homosexual-recruitmen">homosexual recruitment</a>&rdquo; and knocked Ellen DeGeneres for pushing &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/sandy-rios-ellen-degeneres-pushing-america-moral-chaos">moral chaos</a>.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Star Parker</strong></p> <p>Parker is a long-time Religious Right activist who is particularly active in <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/individuals/star-parker">anti-gay and anti-abortion rights</a> work. As Washington, DC was poised to legalize marriage equality, Parker warned that it would lead to more HIV infections in the city, which would &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/star-parker-marrige-equality-more-hiv">transform officially into Sodom</a>.&rdquo; In a recent radio interview with Tony Perkins, Parker mused that black family life was &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/parker-black-family-life-was-more-healthy-under-slavery">more healthy</a>&rdquo; under slavery than it is today and has accused liberals of treating Justice Clarence Thomas and Gov. Sarah Palin <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/parker-progressives-treat-sarah-palin-and-clarence-thomas-runaway-slaves">like runaway slaves</a>. She has called legal abortion a &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/parsley-and-parker-team-fight-black-genocide">genocide</a>&rdquo; on par with slavery and the Holocaust and blamed &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/parker-blames-sexual-promiscuity-poverty-government-spending-all-social-problems">sexual promiscuity</a>&rdquo; for nearly all budgetary and societal problems. At last year&rsquo;s Values Voter Summit, she claimed that <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/parker-god-will-judge-us-abortion-gay-marriage">God is getting ready to punish America</a> for marriage equality and legal abortion.</p> <p><strong>Lila Rose</strong></p> <p>Rose is the <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/individuals/lila-rose">anti-choice activist</a> responsible for carrying out a <a href="http://www.pfaw.org/rww-in-focus/deceptive-video-sting-attacking-planned-parenthood-dishonest-hit-job-part-of-religious-"> deceptive hit job against Planned Parenthood </a> this year. Members of Rose&rsquo;s group, Live Action, went to Planned Parenthood clinics around the country posing as clients seeking help with a child sex trafficking ring. Planned Parenthood alerted the FBI about the activity, and the one staffer who handled the supposed traffickers inappropriately was promptly fired. Nevertheless, Rose claimed that her hoax proved &ldquo;beyond a shadow of a doubt that Planned Parenthood intentionally breaks state and federal laws and covers up the abuse of young girls it claims to serve.&rdquo;</p> <p>She says she has a plan to &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/lila-rose-pledges-take-out-planned-parenthood-and-do-battle-lie-satan">take out Planned Parenthood</a>,&rdquo; which is part of her battle with the &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/lila-rose-pledges-take-out-planned-parenthood-and-do-battle-lie-satan">lie of Satan</a>.&rdquo; Rose is no newcomer to the Values Voter Summit: in a speech at 2009&rsquo;s summit, she <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/flashback-lila-rose-wants-see-abortions-carried-out-public-square"> called for abortions to be performed &ldquo;in the public square.&rdquo; </a></p> <p><strong>Kirk Cameron</strong></p> <p>Child actor Kirk Cameron has pushed his<a href="http://www.religiondispatches.org/dispatches/julieingersoll/5810/a_monumentally_different_kirk_cameron/">misleading</a>, <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/traveling-through-time-kirk-cameron-looking-america-through-religious-right-lens">Religious Right</a> documentary about America&rsquo;s founding to become a hero among conservative activists. After calling homosexuality &ldquo; <a href="http://piersmorgan.blogs.cnn.com/2012/03/02/kirk-cameron-on-homosexuality-its-detrimental-and-ultimately-destructive/">destructive</a>&rdquo; to civilization, he faced criticism from gay rights supporters and <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/pat-robertson-says-satan-behind-homosexuality-and-abortion-rights">likened</a> his ordeal to being &ldquo;drug out to the public square and stoned, so to speak.&rdquo; He <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/cameron-secular-totalitarianism-greatest-threat-we-face-today">said</a> that the &ldquo;greatest threat we face today is the secular totalitarianism of our current system&rdquo; and <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/kirk-cameron-america-has-conditions-similar-what-led-nazi-germany"> believes America is heading in a similar direction as Nazi Germany </a> . 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href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/scarborough-needs-money-stop-sodomites">sexual anarchy led by sodomites</a>.&rdquo; Scarborough joked on <a href="http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-january-14-2010/no-gay-out">The Daily Show</a>, &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve never turned my back on the gays, but that&rsquo;s a different story.&rdquo; He blames America&rsquo;s supposed cultural decline on <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/focus-family-kicks-off-rnc-prayer-rally-americas-future">Jerry Seinfeld</a>, <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/rick-scarborough-bart-simpson-rachel-maddow-brokeback-mountain">Rachel Maddow and Bart Simpson</a> &ndash;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/rick-scarborough-worries-more-non-white-families-will-mean-less-christians-america"> mourning</a> the decline in the white share of the population as a &ldquo;sad reality&rdquo; and <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/scarborough-if-country-becomes-30-percent-hispanic-we-will-no-longer-be-america">warning</a> that &ldquo;if this country becomes 30 percent Hispanic, we will no longer be America.&rdquo; He has accused Obama of leading a &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/kinder-gentler-rick-scarborough-accuses-obama-trying-de-christianize-america">campaign to de-Christianize America</a>&rdquo; and <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/rick-scarborough-still-waiting-be-arrested">warned in 2009 that his arrest is imminent</a> after Obama signed the Shepard-Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act.</p> Brian Tashman American Family Association C4 Frank Gaffney Jerry Boykin Kamal Saleem Kirk Cameron Liberty Counsel Lila Rose Mat Staver Paul Ryan Reproductive Health Rick Scarborough Sandy Rios Star Parker Tim Wildmon Tony Perkins Values Voter Summit Family Research Council Fighting the Right 40993 Thu, 13 Sep 2012 15:25:26 -0400 Paul Ryan Ann Romney Booked for Gay-Bashing Conference? http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/ann-romney-booked-gay-bashing-conference <p>[Update 9-12-12: <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/ann-romney-joins-cardinal-dolan-declining-values-voter-summit-invitation">Ann Romney Joins Cardinal Dolan In Declining Values Voter Summit Invitation</a>]</p> <p>Ann Romney, the person tasked with humanizing her husband Mitt, is apparently scheduled to address a conference that dehumanizes others. I&rsquo;m talking about the <a href="http://www.valuesvotersummit.org/">Values Voter Summit</a>, which is hosted and sponsored by two Southern Poverty Law Center-designated <a href="http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-report/browse-all-issues/2010/winter/the-hard-liners">hate groups</a> &ndash; the Family Research Council and American Family Association.</p> <div>The National Journal <a href="http://daybook.nationaljournal.com/">Daybook</a> and Values Voter Summit <a href="http://www.valuesvotersummit.org/schedule">website</a> both list Ann Romney on the schedule:</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div class="rtecenter"><img width="495" height="214" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/daybook-VVS 2.png" />&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Notably absent from the list is Cardinal Timothy Dolan, whose spokesperson <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-faith/cardinal-timothy-dolans-gop-convention-blessing-prompts-debate/2012/08/23/6d69c280-ed65-11e1-866f-60a00f604425_story.html">pointedly declined</a> FRC&rsquo;s invitation. Yet there Ann Romney is.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>It&rsquo;s an odd move by the Romney campaign. They&rsquo;ve previously deployed her to show the softer side of Mitt. Now they&rsquo;re sending her to stand on stage with a man who paid $83,000 to <a href="http://mediamatters.org/research/2007/08/29/ny-times-stolberg-msnbcs-matthews-cited-tony-pe/139712">use David Duke&rsquo;s mailing list</a> and <a href="http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-report/browse-all-issues/2004/fall/communing-with-the-council?page=0,2">addressed a white supremacist group</a> while in public office. The same person &ndash; Tony Perkins &ndash; also <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/why-would-mainstream-conservative-think-tank-praise-kill-gays-law">praised a law in Uganda</a> to execute gays and <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/frc-losing-it-over-dadt">warned senators</a> they would have &ldquo;the blood of innocent soldiers on their hands&rdquo; if they repealed Don&rsquo;t Ask, Don&rsquo;t Tell.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Romney campaign must have its reasons, but it sure seems like an odd way to deploy Ann Romney. They already have Paul Ryan scheduled to address the conference. Do they really need <i>two</i> headliners reaching out to the Bachmann-Akin wing of the party? Besides, just last week Ann Romney refused to answer questions about same-sex marriage and contraception, <a href="http://www.kwqc.com/story/19484978/anne-romney-kwqc-tv6-interview-transcript">dismissing them as distractions</a> "from what the real voting issue is going to be."</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For weeks, the Values Voter Summit website listed Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan as invited speakers. When Ryan was added to the ticket in August, the Family Research Council blasted out an email confirming Ryan&rsquo;s appearance. No one really expected Mitt Romney to show for the event &ndash; too radical, too close to the election. That&rsquo;s why, when the conference schedule was recently posted, it was a shock to see not only &ldquo;Romney&rdquo; on the lineup, but <i>Ann</i> Romney.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ryan and Ann Romney, if she appears, will be speaking on stage with Perkins in a lineup that includes Kirk Cameron and Michele Bachmann. They&rsquo;ll be kicking off a conference that features a who&rsquo;s who of <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/paul-ryan-headline-todd-akin-love-fest-next-month">Todd Akin backers</a> (e.g. Mike Huckabee and Rep. Steve King) and <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/paul-ryan-headline-todd-akin-love-fest-next-month">anti-Muslim McCarthyites</a> (e.g. Frank Gaffney and Jerry Boykin). And, of course, there will be gay-bashers &ndash; featured speakers like Perkins and Liberty Counsel&rsquo;s Mat Staver, who <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/staver-under-obama-us-one-worlds-immoral-leaders">recently defended</a> Malawi&rsquo;s law criminalizing homosexuality. They would push for the same thing here in America if they thought they could pull it off. In fact, FRC&rsquo;s Peter Sprigg and the American Family Association&rsquo;s Bryan Fischer <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/frcs-sprigg-wants-see-homosexuality-criminalized">have already done so</a>.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>These aren&rsquo;t conservative people pushing conservative values and policies &ndash; this is the radical right. America, and the Romney campaign in all likelihood, would be better served if Romney and Ryan followed <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-faith/cardinal-timothy-dolans-gop-convention-blessing-prompts-debate/2012/08/23/6d69c280-ed65-11e1-866f-60a00f604425_story_1.html">Dolan&rsquo;s example</a> and skipped the conference. Or they can go cast their lot with the extremists with the national media looking on. We&rsquo;ll see what their priorities are this Friday morning.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Josh Glasstetter American Family Association Ann Romney C4 Liberty Counsel Mat Staver Paul Ryan Tony Perkins Values Voter Summit Values Voter Summit Family Research Council Fighting the Right 40977 Tue, 11 Sep 2012 17:20:41 -0400 Paul Ryan Huckabee Blocked Abortion Funding for 15-Year-Old Girl Raped by Stepfather http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/huckabee-blocked-abortion-funding-15-year-old-girl-raped-stepfather <div>Mike Huckabee and Paul Ryan have <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/huckabee-lauds-personhood-mississippi-slams-avaricious-abortion-industry">both</a> <a href="http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/08/20/712501/paul-ryan-and-todd-akin-partnered-on-radical-personhood-bill-outlawing-abortion-and-many-birth-control-pills/">supported</a> &ldquo;personhood&rdquo; amendments, which would ban abortion in the case of rape or incest, among other things. But unlike Ryan, Huckabee has already had the opportunity to force others to live in accordance with his extreme beliefs. Ryan, who speaks shortly after Huckabee tonight at the RNC, is still waiting for his chance.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Huckabee makes no secret of his views on reproductive rights. He has denounced the &ldquo;holocaust of liberalized abortion,&rdquo; <a href="http://www.adl.org/PresRele/HolNa_52/5155_52.htm">angering</a> the Anti-Defamation League in the process, and he argued at a personhood fundraiser that pro-choice activists are really <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/huckabee-lauds-personhood-mississippi-slams-avaricious-abortion-industry">motivated</a> by &ldquo;profit from the sale of death.&rdquo; He was raising cash, by the way, for an amendment that would have criminalized not only abortion but also in vitro fertilization, stem cell research, the treatment of ectopic pregnancies and some types of birth control.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Here&rsquo;s what Huckabee did when he was in power. In August of 1996, not even a month into his governorship, <a href="http://www.apnewsarchive.com/1996/Arkansas-Governor-Won-t-Allow-Medicaid-Payment-For-Abortion/id-792352db6552f00f73a4376fd5ac5ecc">he went to the mat</a> to deny funding &ndash; $430 to be precise &ndash; for an abortion provided to a &ldquo;15-year-old mentally retarded girl impregnated by her stepfather&rdquo;:</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin-left:.5in">In defiance of an order from a federal judge, Gov. Mike Huckabee on Friday refused to allow Medicaid to pay for the abortion of a 15-year-old girl whose stepfather has been charged with incest.</div> <div style="margin-left:.5in">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin-left:.5in">While federal law requires Medicaid to fund abortions for poor women in cases of rape or incest, Huckabee said through a spokesman his first obligation is to the Arkansas Constitution, which forbids public funds to be used for abortion except when the mother's life is in danger.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>While Huckabee claimed his first obligation was to the Arkansas Constitution, he was either willfully ignoring, or unfamiliar with, the basics of federalism. Either way, his first obligation clearly was not to the U.S. Constitution or the 15-year-old girl, who thankfully underwent the procedure <i>in advance</i> of the standoff. Nor was it to the people of his state. As the <i>Arkansas Democrat-Gazette</i> reported, the standoff &ldquo;appeared to put the entire state Medicaid program in jeopardy.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Huckabee stuck to his guns as long as he could. As the <i>Memphis Commercial Appeal</i> reported, &ldquo;U.S. Dist. Judge William Wilson entered into the record Thursday a ruling that Arkansas must pay for Medicaid abortions in cases of rape, incest and to protect the life of the mother, making the ruling official&rdquo; and clearing the way for contempt charges for Huckabee. That never happened, as Huckabee agreed under pressure to the creation of a private trust to pay for such abortions.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The debate over reproductive choice can seem at times to be more theoretical than practical, but Huckabee's actions give us an idea of how a Religious Right America would look. So a 15-year-old mentally retarded girl was raped by her stepfather and got pregnant? Aw shucks, no abortion for her!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Josh Glasstetter Abortion Arkansas C4 Mike Huckabee Paul Ryan personhood Fighting the Right 40881 Wed, 29 Aug 2012 20:14:30 -0400 Paul Ryan Paul Ryan Still Believes in Forcing Rape Victims to Give Birth to Their Rapists' Children http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/paul-ryan-still-believes-forcing-rape-victims-give-birth-their-rapists-children <p>In an interview yesterday with <a href="http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2012/08/21/in-exclusive-interview-paul-ryan-distances-self-from-akin/">Pittsburgh&rsquo;s KDKA</a>, Paul Ryan took the opportunity to stand behind his record of trying to force rape victims who get pregnant to give birth to their rapists&rsquo; children. Ryan, speaking with KDKA political editor Jon Delano, said he would follow the lead of Romney, who supports an exception for rape. But he made it clear that he doesn't personally support one.</p> <p>Ryan&rsquo;s record on reproductive rights is <a href="http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-08-22/ryan-opposition-to-abortion-consistent-with-akin-s-no-exceptions">virtually identical</a> to that of Todd &ldquo;legitimate rape&rdquo; Akin. Both oppose abortion in the case of rape, and the GOP platform committee yesterday <a href="http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/21/g-o-p-approves-strict-anti-abortion-language-in-party-platform/">reaffirmed</a> this position on behalf of the entire party.</p> <div>But still, you might have expected Ryan to back away from the issue during his first interview since Akin captured the spotlight. Nope, Ryan&rsquo;s a true believer. <a href="http://youtu.be/YmhI4p2q-0Q">Pregnant rape victims be damned</a>:</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <center><iframe width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/YmhI4p2q-0Q"></iframe></center> <blockquote> <div>Delano: &ldquo;Should abortions to be available to women who are raped?&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ryan: &ldquo;Well, look, I&rsquo;m proud of my pro-life record. And I stand by my pro-life record in Congress. It&rsquo;s something I&rsquo;m proud of. But Mitt Romney is the top of the ticket and Mitt Romney will be president and he will set the policy of the Romney administration.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Delano: &ldquo;Despite Ryan&rsquo;s views, Romney says he will allow exceptions for rape and incest."</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Delano: "Ryan says women won&rsquo;t fall for these side issues."</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ryan: "And I don&rsquo;t think they&rsquo;re going to take the bait of all these distractions that the President is trying to throw at them."</div> </blockquote> <p>&nbsp;</p> Josh Glasstetter Abortion C4 Paul Ryan rape Todd Akin Fighting the Right 40810 Wed, 22 Aug 2012 13:52:02 -0400 Paul Ryan Fischer and Beisner Praise Ryan's 'Biblical View of the Environment' http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/fischer-beisner-ryan-biblical-environment <p>American Family Association&rsquo;s Bryan Fischer today was joined by <a href="http://www.pfaw.org/rww-in-focus/the-green-dragon-slayers-how-the-religious-right-and-the-corporate-right-are-joining-fo#relgpower">pro-corporate, anti-environmental activist Cal Beisner </a>on <em>Focal Point</em> to discuss Rep. Paul Ryan&rsquo;s <a href="http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/08/11/677051/meet-paul-ryan-climate-denier-conspiracy-theorist-koch-acolyte/">egregious record on environmental protection</a>. The two <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAGPHpEE2qg&feature=youtu.be">celebrated</a> his votes against the EPA and climate change legislation as signs that he has a &ldquo;sane, objective and biblical or evangelical understanding of man&rsquo;s relationship with the environment. &ldquo;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAGPHpEE2qg&feature=youtu.be">Paul Ryan seems to get it</a>,&rdquo; Fischer said, and Beisner applauded Ryan&rsquo;s voting record &ldquo;fits well with the biblical understanding&rdquo; of the environment, which for them <a href="http://www.pfaw.org/rww-in-focus/the-green-dragon-slayers-how-the-religious-right-and-the-corporate-right-are-joining-fo#planningenv">means </a>that there should be few if any restrictions on environmental exploitation. Later, Beisner <a href="http://www.pfaw.org/rww-in-focus/the-green-dragon-slayers-how-the-religious-right-and-the-corporate-right-are-joining-fo#praise">repeated his bogus charge</a> that increased carbon dioxide levels and climate change will help the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/climate-models-that-predict-more-droughts-win-further-scientific-support/2012/08/13/cb4e3108-e16f-11e1-ae7f-d2a13e249eb2_story.html">environment</a> and the <a href="http://www.pfaw.org/rww-in-focus/the-green-dragon-slayers-how-the-religious-right-and-the-corporate-right-are-joining-fo#crocodile">poor</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAGPHpEE2qg&feature=youtu.be">Watch:</a></p> <p align="center"><iframe width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/lAGPHpEE2qg" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <blockquote><strong>Fischer</strong>: It seems like we&rsquo;ve got another clear differential when it comes to a sane, objective and biblical or evangelical understanding of man&rsquo;s relationship with the environment. Paul Ryan seems to get ii and the other team doesn&rsquo;t. So that would be potentially very good news for those of us that care about seeing a biblical view of the environment in public policy.<br /> <br /> <strong>Beisner</strong>: Yes it would. Ryan&rsquo;s understanding I think fits well with the biblical understanding that God made man in His image to be creative and productive as He is, to fill and to rule the earth. Not to abuse the earth, not to rape the land so to speak as many environmentalists talk, but rather to increase its fruitfulness, its beauty and its safety to the glory of God and the benefit of our neighbors. I think that really underlies the comments that Ryan has made on these issues through the years and it comes I think from his solidly Christian worldview background.<br /> <br /> &hellip;<br /> <br /> <strong>Beisner</strong>: Most Americans do not see any real purpose in tight restrictions on CO2 admissions. Many Americans actually remembered what they learned way back in seventh and eighth grade biology class, mainly that carbon dioxide is plant food. So the more of that there is in the air the more the crops grow and the cheaper the food is around the world, this actually helps especially the poor. </blockquote> Brian Tashman American Family Association Bryan Fischer C4 Calvin Beisner Environment green dragon Paul Ryan Cornwall Alliance Fighting the Right 40729 Mon, 13 Aug 2012 16:50:11 -0400 Paul Ryan Paul Ryan Featured Alongside 'Former Terrorist’ http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/paul-ryan-featured-alongside-former-terrorist <p>This, in a nutshell, is your modern Religious Right:</p> <p class="rtecenter"><img width="420" height="235" align="middle" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/Salem-Ryan-VVS-2012.png" alt="" /></p> <div>The <a href="http://www.valuesvotersummit.org/speakers">website</a> for the upcoming Values Voter Summit in DC, hosted by the Family Research Council, features Mitt Romney&rsquo;s running mate side-by-side with &ldquo;former terrorist&rdquo; Kamal Saleem, seen <a href="http://youtu.be/nBm79Zr4rZ4">here</a>:</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <center><iframe width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/nBm79Zr4rZ4" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></center> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I can&rsquo;t imagine Ryan would appreciate being given equal billing with a &ldquo;former terrorist,&rdquo; but Saleem is a big deal to the Religious Right.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Saleem, whose real name is <a href="http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/2008/02/27/apparently-terrorism-pays-it-pays-very-well/">Khodor Shami</a>, <a href="http://michiganmessenger.com/52434/self-declared-former-terrorist-speaks-at-agema-rally">claims</a> that he was Muslim Brotherhood operative who &ldquo;came to the United States of America&hellip;to destroy this country,&rdquo; <a href="http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/2008/02/27/apparently-terrorism-pays-it-pays-very-well/">saying</a> that he crossed the Canadian border and &ldquo;brought weapon caches right through cities.&rdquo; Somewhere along the way he converted, got a job at Pat Robertson&rsquo;s Christian Broadcasting Network, and became the <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/people/kamal-saleem">favorite ex-Muslim</a> of the Religious Right. As a result, he says his life is <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgCJxCN2bi4">constantly in danger</a>, and he is being <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/03/kamal-saleem-former-terrorist-islamophobia">pursued by foreign agents</a>.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>If you&rsquo;re asking yourself why Saleem isn&rsquo;t in jail as opposed to speaking at a conference with the likes of Paul Ryan, Michele Bachmann, Jerry Boykin, and Tony Perkins, it&rsquo;s because Saleem is widely <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/03/kamal-saleem-former-terrorist-islamophobia">considered to be a fraud</a>. But this begs a question.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Does FRC believe Saleem? Do they think he came to America as a Muslim Brotherhood member bent on destroying our nation? They have <a href="http://www.valuesvotersummit.org/schedule">scheduled</a> him to speak alongside Jerry Boykin in a breakout session on &ldquo;the strategic nature of Israel, and its role in the Middle East, America, and in the future of Western Civilization.&rdquo; That suggests they do.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>FRC is either knowingly presenting a fraud or someone who plotted to destroy the nation. If it&rsquo;s the latter, they must also believe that Saleem is being pursued by foreign agents who are threatening his life. Now I&rsquo;m not an event planner, but I would lean against booking anyone like that at a high-profile conference with governors and members of Congress.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>But no matter FRC&rsquo;s real intentions, Saleem is clearly useful to their anti-Muslim efforts. He is willing to say pretty much anything to confirm the darkest, most paranoid suspicions of his audiences, e.g.:</div> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/saleem-generals-destroy-united-states-obama-legalize-terrorism">Kamal Saleem Says U.S. Generals Pledged to 'Destroy the United States' and Obama Will 'Legalize Terrorism'</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/kamal-saleem-obama-muslim-fascist">Kamal Saleem Suggests Obama is a Muslim, Imposing Islamic 'Fascist Religion'</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/kamal-saleem-uncovers-plot-use-roe-v-wade-bring-sharia-law">Kamal Saleem Uncovers Plot to Use Roe v. Wade to Bring in Sharia Law</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/saleem-terrorism-will-be-legal-immigration-reform-wearing-ragheads">Kamal Saleem Says 'Terrorism Will Be Legal' if Immigration Reform Passes; 'We'll be Wearing Ragheads'</a></li> </ul> <div>I, for one, welcome an investigation by the proper authorities to ensure Paul Ryan&rsquo;s safety and prevent Michele Bachmann from accidentally palling around with a terrorist. If Saleem is to be believed, that is.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Josh Glasstetter C4 Islamophobia Jerry Boykin Kamal Saleem Michele Bachmann Paul Ryan Values Voter Summit Values Voter Summit Family Research Council Fighting the Right 40725 Mon, 13 Aug 2012 13:40:45 -0400 Paul Ryan Religious Right Groups Laud Paul Ryan, Highlight Anti-Choice and Anti-Gay Voting Record http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/religious-right-groups-laud-paul-ryan-highlight-anti-choice-and-anti-gay-voting-record <p>Conservative leaders hailed<a href="http://www.pfaw.org/press-releases/2012/08/mitt-romney-capitulates-right-yet-again"> Mitt Romney&rsquo;s choice</a> of Paul Ryan,<a href="http://politicalwire.com/archives/2012/08/11/as_conservative_as_michele_bachmann.html"> the far-right congressman</a>, to be his running mate, emphasizing his opposition to <a href="http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2012/08/13/681111/paul-ryan-has-acted-on-every-anti-gay-belief-mitt-romney-has/">LGBT</a> and <a href="http://www.democracynow.org/2012/8/13/the_paul_ryan_vision_of_america">reproductive rights</a>.</p> <p>Concerned Women for America&rsquo;s Penny Nance said that besides his one-time vote for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, she is <a href="http://blogs.cbn.com/thebrodyfile/archive/2012/08/11/paul-ryan-as-vp-teavangelical-base-will-be-excited.aspx">excited</a> &ldquo;to pull back out my t-shirt from 2008 that says &lsquo;Our VP is hotter than your VP!&rsquo;&rdquo;</p> <blockquote> Paul Ryan is a great choice. He has one little blip in that he voted for ENDA (Employment Non-Discrimination Act) a long time ago but voted right on the marriage amendment and supports the unborn. Plus, I get to pull back out my t-shirt from 2008 that says &lsquo;Our VP is hotter than your VP!&rsquo; Bonus.</blockquote> <p>Ralph Reed of the Faith and Freedom Coalition <a href="http://blogs.cbn.com/thebrodyfile/archive/2012/08/11/paul-ryan-as-vp-teavangelical-base-will-be-excited.aspx">commended</a> Ryan&rsquo;s &ldquo;100 percent pro-life and pro-family voting record.&rdquo;</p> <blockquote> Mitt Romney choosing Paul Ryan as his vice presidential nominee is an inspired, outstanding selection. Paul Ryan is a rare and exceptional public servant who combines the courage of his convictions with a sharp intellect and a winsome personality. I have known him since he worked for Jack Kemp at Empower America in the early 1990s, worked with him in passing sound budgets in the House, and am proud to count him as a friend. He is a person of devout Christian faith who has a 100 percent pro-life and pro-family voting record in his 14 years in Congress. He will excite and energize social conservatives, who will play a critical role in the outcome of the elections.</blockquote> <p>Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council is <a href="http://www.frc.org/pressrelease/frcs-tony-perkins-statement-on-mitt-romneys-selection-of-paul-ryan">proud</a> that Ryan &ldquo;believes that social, fiscal and national security conservatism is indivisible.&rdquo;</p> <blockquote> Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan shows that he is serious about getting America's fiscal house in order. Paul Ryan's voting record also suggests that he believes that social, fiscal and national security conservatism is indivisible. Paul Ryan's philosophy clearly includes the understanding that America's financial greatness is tied directly to its moral and cultural wholeness. <br /> <br /> As a member of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, he has been a defender of religious expression in the public square. Paul Ryan has spoken out strongly against President Obama's abortion drug and contraception mandates as an affront to religious liberty. He has articulately described how the President's government takeover of health care has pushed aside our First Amendment right of religious freedom. <br /> <br /> We look forward to hearing Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan speak at the upcoming Values Voter Summit so that the conservative grassroots will have an opportunity to hear more about their agenda on the critical issues facing our country including religious liberty, marriage, the sanctity of human life as well as fiscal responsibility and national security.</blockquote> <p>The Susan B. Anthony List&rsquo;s Marjore Dannenfelser <a href="http://www.sba-list.org/newsroom/press-releases/sba-list-praises-pro-life-paul-ryan-romney-vp-pick">hailed</a> Ryan&rsquo;s rejection of a &ldquo;culture war truce.&rdquo;</p> <blockquote> &ldquo;By selecting Congressman Ryan as his vice presidential running mate, Governor Romney demonstrates his commitment to protecting American women and unborn children,&rdquo; said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of SBA List. &ldquo;A longtime pro-life advocate and a strong fiscal conservative, Congressman Ryan has insisted that there can be no &lsquo;truce&rsquo; when it comes to advancing the rights of the unborn and achieving fiscal responsibility. He has a pristine pro-life voting record and will be an asset to Governor Romney&rsquo;s campaign.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Pro-life voters are a key demographic and help secure victory in critical elections,&rdquo; continued Dannenfelser. &ldquo;The addition of a second strong pro-life leader to the ticket energizes the pro-life base &ndash; we are thrilled with this pick.&rdquo;</blockquote> <p>The Catholic Association called Ryan an &ldquo;<a href="http://www.thecatholicassociation.org/22-home-page/127-tca-on-romney-s-selection-of-paul-ryan-as-running-mate">excellent choice</a>&rdquo; since &ldquo;he has been thoughtful and articulate in applying Catholic principles to the other challenges facing America.&rdquo;</p> <blockquote> We believe Governor Romney has made an excellent choice. As a smart, serious Catholic, Congressman Ryan has been steadfast on issues of fundamental principle &ndash; defending religious liberty, life, and traditional marriage.<br /> <br /> In addition, he has been thoughtful and articulate in applying Catholic principles to the other challenges facing America.</blockquote> <p>The American Center for Law and Justice&rsquo;s David French <a href="http://aclj.org/pro-life/paul-ryan-solid-pro-life-record">noted</a> Ryan&rsquo;s opposition to reproductive rights.</p> <blockquote> In the next days and weeks, there will be a lot of attention on Paul Ryan&rsquo;s economic expertise and experience with fiscal reform. He became famous in political circles for the &ldquo;Ryan budget&rdquo; and for his fearlessness and effectiveness in challenging President Obama in the midst of the Obamacare debate. But what many may not know is that Paul Ryan is a man completely committed to the cause of life.</blockquote> <p>Gary Bauer of the Campaign for Working Families is <a href="http://www.cwfpac.com/eod/saturday-august-11-2012">glad</a> this &ldquo;youthful, forward-looking ticket [is] reminding us that with the right choices America's best days are still ahead of us.&rdquo;</p> <blockquote> Just moments ago, Governor Mitt Romney formally announced his selection of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan to be his vice presidential running mate. He made the announcement at a naval museum in Norfolk, Virginia, with the USS Wisconsin as his backdrop. This is a bold choice, and I am very excited about this pick!<br /> <br /> The selection of Paul Ryan shows Governor Romney is serious about confronting the fiscal challenges facing our country. It shows the kind of talented and experienced team Governor Romney will put together that will work for American exceptionalism.<br /> <br /> Ryan is a strong conservative. He is pro-life and believes in traditional marriage. Of course, what he is most known for is entitlement reform and stopping the growth of government. He's 42 with a young family. <br /> <br /> So this will be a youthful, forward-looking ticket, reminding us that with the right choices America's best days are still ahead of us. It will be a stark contrast to Obama's failed tax and spend policies that are taking us down the dead-end road of European-style socialism. It's clear which presidential ticket is serious about making real change!</blockquote> Brian Tashman American Center for Law and Justice C4 David French Gary Bauer Marjorie Dannenfelser Mitt Romney Paul Ryan Penny Nance Ralph Reed Susan B. Anthony List Tony Perkins Values Voter Summit Campaign for Working Families Concerned Women for America Faith and Freedom Coalition Family Research Council Fighting the Right 40722 Mon, 13 Aug 2012 11:25:46 -0400 Paul Ryan