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TEXAS-HERE’S YOUR CHANCE

Well, the Primaries are over in Texas, and it’s time for Texans to roll up their sleeves, put on their walking shoes (or wading boots) and hit the streets because they have a lot of work to do. While there will still be a few run-off elections, we pretty well know what needs to be done. Here is some information that may prove invaluable. November 4, really isn’t that far away.

U.S. SENATE

CornynJohn Cornyn (R) – walked away with the 59.4% of the vote in a field of 8 candidates. Cornyn is the incumbent since 2002, and the current Senate Minority Whip. His beliefs on same-sex marriage were published in the Washington Post via a quote:

“It does not affect your daily life very much if your neighbor marries a box turtle. But that does not mean it is right…Now you must raise your children up in a world where that union of man and box turtle is on the same legal footing as man and wife”.

He is anti-women’s rights; anti-affirmative action; anti-separation of church and state; anti-Obamacare; anti- senior citizen; pro-charter schools; pro-gun rights; anti-higher taxes on the wealthy; anti-immigration; pro-English as the official language; anti-green energy.

His endorsements include: Texas Right-To-Life; former Senator Phil Graham; Dick Armey; Governor Rick Perry; the National Rifle Association; National Right-To-Life PAC; Texas Alliance for Life; U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

He is a graduate of both Trinity University and St. Mary’s School of Law. He is a member of the Church of Christ. REBIBLICAN

Cornyn will face either:

david-alameel_jpg_800x1000_q100David Alameel (D) – dentist and businessman out of Dallas, who won 47.6% of the vote. Alameel is a member of St. Rita Catholic Church. He is the founder and owner of Jefferson Dental Clinics. His platform includes: Raising the minimum wage; forcing big corporations to pay their fair share in taxes; enforcing equal pay laws; a faster track program of lawful work permits for immigrants; a pathway to citizenship; protecting a woman’s right to choose.

David Alameel has been endorsed by (just to name a few): Wendy Davis; The Austin American-Statesman; Fort Worth Star-Telegram; The Houston Chronicle; The Dallas Morning News; The Beaumont Enterprise; The Corpus Christi Caller-Times; Bexar County Tejano Democrats; Hispanic Women for Better Justice; Mexican American Democrats of Texas, San Antonio Chapter; Texas Young Democrats Women’s Caucus; Grace Hernandez, Mexican American Democrats of Texas “ONDA” Chapter; Houston GLBT Political Caucus; Bexar County African-American Political Alliance; Bexar County Northside Coalition of Women; Bexar County Mexican American Democrats; Bexar County Second Chance Democrats; Bexar County Young Tejano Democrats; Rosa Rosales, former national president of LULAC.
Alameel faces:
RogersKesha Rogers (D) – a Lyndon LaRouche devotee. Kesha has called for the impeachment of President Obama. She ran in both 2010 and 2012, for the U.S. House of Representatives.
NOTE: It is unlikely that Rogers will win the run-off against Alameel. A showdown between extremist Cornyn and David Alameel will be the race to watch (and to get involved in if you are a Texan). Cornyn is hugely popular among conservatives and the religious right. With a very large war-chest and a lot of heavy-hitters it will be interesting to watch the drama unfold as he takes on David Alameel and his dedicated, socially responsible cadre.
This is one of several opportunities for Texans to take out the trash and bring in a little sanity to the United States Senate. Will they rise to the occasion?


With Governor Rick Perry taking the high-road after this year, we can only say don’t let the door hit you in the butt on the way out. Believe me when I say that Texas might be a whole lot better off after January of 2015. But the operative word there is “might.” A whole lot depends on November 4, 2014 – and I DO mean a LOT.

Now that the primaries are over we know that Greg Abbot and Wendy Davis will face off at the polls to fill that vacant governor’s seat. Let the games begin – not that they haven’t already been in a dog-fight; not that it hasn’t already gotten bloody; but look for the REAL fireworks to commence, because we ain’t seen nothing yet!

Here’s the skinny:

Greg AbbottGreg Abbott (R) – the 50th Attorney General of Texas, won 95.5% of the vote in the primary. He became the Attorney General in 2002, when his crony John Cornyn won the U.S. Senate seat. He is best known for successfully advocating for the display of the Ten Commandments in front of the Texas State Capitol. Previously, he was appointed by George W. Bush to the Texas Supreme Court. According to Wikipedia, “In the first six months of 2011, he raised more funds for his campaign than any other Texas politician, reaching $1.6 million.”

He is: committed to ending Obamacare; committed to defending the 2nd Amendment and any restritictions placed upon gun ownership; committed to the conservative values of faith, family, and freedom; committed to fight EPA regulations; committed to the enactment of strong Voter ID laws; committed to upholding the 10th Amendment.

Greg Abbott has been endorsed by: Sarah Palin; Texas Right-toLife; National Rifle Association; Mike Hucabee Huck PAC; Ted Nugent; Chuck Norris.

Abbott is a devout Orthodox Roman Catholic. REBIBLICAN

DavisWendy Davis (D) – Davis garnered 79.1% of the vote over challenger Ray Madrigal. She is an attorney out of Fort Worth, Texas where she served on the Fort Worth City Council. She has served in the Texas State Senate since 2008. Her rise to popularity came about when she held an eleven hour-long filibuster in an effort to block Senate Bill 5, which was legislation aimed at more restrictive abortion regulations in the state. She was successful in blocking the Bill for that session, however it passed in the next. She has been called the 4th most liberal Senator in the State.

On the issues, she is: pro-women’s rights; pro-LGBT rights and same-sex marriage; pro-public education; pro-veterans services.

She is endorsed by the Texas State Teachers Association; Human Rights Campaign; Girl Scouts of America; Emily’s List; Progresssives United; Mayor Julian Castro; American Federation of Teachers.

NOTE: The fur has been flying for months now between Abbott and Davis, of that there is little doubt. The campaign will be a very dirty one, for certain. Abbott has the backing, the finances, and a lot of support from the old-guard, the religious right, and Texas Republicans. Davis, on the other hand has been bruised, battered, and bloodied while hanging on as the best hope that Texas Democrats and Progressives have for a saner, kinder and more palatable leadership in the state Capitol.

It is, truly, time for Texans to decide if they want to continue on the path of ignorance and insanity that they have been following, or if they want to participate in making their state one worthy of respect. Electing Abbott not only insures more of the same lunacy demonstrated by Perry, but promises to take that insanity to a much higher level. Texas – now is your chance.

HEADS UP TEXAS! I mean seriously? I know that there are serious issues in your state with poiticians, but this Lieutenant Governor’s race is a ridiculous state of affairs! There will be a runoff election between David Dewhurst (R) (the incumbent) and Dan Patrick.

DewhurstDavid Dewhurst (R) – as the incumbent he only garnered 28.3% of the vote, yet he is in a runoff. He is a businessman and rancher out of Houston, and a former officer in the CIA. It has been reported that he is worth in excess of $200 million. He has been Lieutenant Governor since 2002.

On the issues he is: anti-women’s right to choose; pro-charter schools and vouchers; pro-Voter ID laws; anti-Obamacare; anti-immigration; pro-gun; and anti-LGBT rights and same-sex marriage.

Dewhurst is a member of the Second Baptist Church in Houston. He has been endorsed by: Texas Eagle Forum; Tea Party’s across Texas; Texas Coalition for Parental Choice in Education; Christian Coalition of America; Texas Association of Business; Texas Oil and Gas PAC; Texas Right to Life PAC. REBIBLICAN

pATRICK DANDan Patrick (R) – Talk show host and current state Senator out of Houston. During his first month in office, Patrick introduced a bill that would have made abortions in the State illegal. In 2010, Patrick was listed as one of the top 10 influencers in Texas by PolitiFact.

Dan Patrick fits the bill, not only of ReBiblican, but of Dominionist. While vehemently opposed to abortion, Patrick is no friend of public education. Not only does he support increasing the number of charter schools, he has proposed a 20% cut to public education funding, and is determined to establish the teaching of creationism in the school curriculum.

He is anti-immigration and has advocated the adoption of Arizona’s Immigration Enforcement Law.

When the Texas ban on same-sex marriage was ruled unconstitutional, Patrick quickly assured voters that he intended to fight that decision should he be elected to Lieutenant Governor.

His list of endorsements is a veritable of who’s who on the extreme right of religion and politics in Texas, including: Mike Huckabee; Concerned Women for America; Texas Values; Bum Phillips; NE Tarrent Tea Party; Pastor John Hagee; Conservative Republicans of Texas; Montgomery County Texas Patriots PAC; Dave Ramsey; The Liberty Institute; Family Research Council Action PAC; Ralph Reed; Faith and Freedom Coalition; Texas Conservative Review.

Dan Patrick took 41.5% of the vote in a field of four. He is a dangerous candidate for the second highest office in the State of Texas. Not just a conservative, but a religious-right uber conservative, placing Dan Patrick in a position that powerful could spell the downward spiral of one of the largest states in this country. REBIBLICAN/DOMINIONIST

van de putteLeticia Van de Putte (D) – will be running against either Dan Patrick or David Dewhurst on November 4, 2014. She is a current member of the Texas State Senate. She has also served in the Texas House of Representatives. She is a pharmacist out of San Antonio.

On the issues, Leticia is: pro-women’s rights; pro-public education; pro-equal pay; pro-veterans benefits; pro-immigration.

She has been endorsed by: The Latino Fund; Democracy for America; Emily’s List; Texas Organizing Project; Annie’s List; Democratic National Committee; Texas AFL-CIA COPE.

NOTE: Both the Governor and Lieutenant Governor’s race inTexas are clearly races between common sense and extremism. The rest of the nation has watched as Texans have been noted for their number of executions, their support for secession, and their states-rights mania. We have watched, with bated breath, as their school board and text-book adoption committee made repeated attempts to include creationism in its science curriculum and to bastardize our history books with a white, Christian bias if revisionism.

On November 4, 2014, Texans have the opportunity to set things right. They have the chance to demonstrate to the rest of the nation that common sense does exist in Texas, and that religion belongs in church – not in government. Embrace the Separation of Church and State, Texas. Here’s your chance.

 

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Who’s Crazier? The ReBiblicans or the Voters?

            Who’s Crazier? The ReBiblicans or the Voters?

 Ted YohoFlorida! Beautiful swaying palms, pristine sandy beaches, warm ocean water, great fishing, lots of fun in the sun – I grew up there, and life was good. Today? Not so much. Today Florida is home to George Zimmerman, crooked politicians and right-wing crazies. Today they claim folks like Marco Rubio and Gus Bilirakis along with a whole host of others as their “leaders.” Among that long list of whacked out nut-jobs is Ted Yoho.

Yoho recently held a town hall meeting that I wish I could have attended. But, alas, living 1,200 miles away, I just couldn’t quite get there from here. It’s probably just as well as I would probably have ended up in jail for disturbing the peace and using a great deal of profanity in the public square.

Now, it’s no secret that good ole Ted is one of those ReBiblicans that I talk so much about. He’s a veterinarian who came out of virtually nowhere and won the election last year. But, it really didn’t take long before we could determine just exactly where this man’s head is.

Standing in front of many of his constituents, Yoho took the opportunity to reignite the whole “Birther” issue. Yeah, you just thought all of that was behind us. You see, Steve Stockman, the nut-job representative out of Texas, has introduced some sort of “Birther Bill” and Yoho, who just couldn’t resist, promised his people that he would back that legislation. Stockman, you may remember, is the same idiot who brought Ted Nugent to the State of the Union Address.

Actually, Yoho indicated that there were other, more pressing issues than the birther issue, but said that an investigation into Obama’s birth certificate could bring down the whole government. “They said if it is true, it’s illegal, he shouldn’t be there and we can get rid of everything he’s done, and I said I agree with that.”

Now, if it seems that Yoho has gone a little over the edge, he has. You see, Yoho went on to tell the audience that Obamacare is racist against white people. Why? Because there is a tax on tanning beds. He claimed that white people who want to tan are being discriminated against because of the color of their skin.

Later, speaking about food-stamp funding, Yoho said that he very much doubted that 50 million Americans are dealing with food insecurity:

 “I think there’s 330 million people starving, at least three times a day, we call it breakfast, lunch and dinner.” He added that huge proposed cuts to food aid won’t impact anyone, telling the audience that “not one person would lose a calorie or crumb that deserves it.” http://rightwingwatch.org

As to terrorism – Yoho has spoken with some guy who works with Hezbollah, (uh…huh), and he said that Hezbollah has already smuggled 1,500 people into the United States who “don’t like us and want to blow us up.”

Now, no one can make this stuff up. Yoho is but one in a whole pool of like-minded individuals running this country. The numbers are frightening, but the second most scary thing in all of this is the fact that the electorate keeps voting them into office! That begs the question – “Who’s crazier? The ReBiblicans, or the Voters?”

THE SCIENCE OF THE FUTURE – CONTROL THE KIDS & CONTROL THE WORLD

THE SCIENCE OF THE FUTURE – CONTROL THE KIDS & CONTROL THE WORLD

 

 

There is a lot of evidence that tells us plainly that man walked with dinosaurs. The Bible (Word of God) has many eyewitness accounts. One case in point is when Job seen a creature that God called Behemoth and even states that the creature was created the same time man (Adam) was created. Job 40:15a says, “Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee”. (Dale Stuckwish)

 

“The belief that the world was created yesterday seems to hold great appeal to those born at that time.” (Gary Malone, Christopher Hitchens and His Critics: Terror, Iraq, and the Left)

 

EVOLUTIONIn 2010, the Texas State Board of Education adopted highly controversial new standards for school social studies textbooks emphasizing the Christian influences of the Founding Fathers. The changes were so egregious as to prompt the leading text-book adoption state of California to pass a Bill describing the Texas curriculum changes as ““a sharp departure from widely accepted historical teachings” and “a threat to the apolitical nature of public school governance and academic content standards in California,” and to call for their Board of Education to “screen state curricula for any of the new standards adopted in Texas.”

Well…Texas is at it again. At least six Creationist/Intelligent Design proponents have been asked to participate in the review of their high school biology textbooks which will be adopted in November. It’s important to note that with budget cuts and a financially embattled public school system these textbooks, once adopted could remain in high school classrooms for as long as ten years.

It is also important to mention that Texas is the second largest purchaser of public school textbooks next to California. Consequently, the adoptions made in Texas are often those which become most prolifically accepted throughout the United   States.

In actuality, there were to be 28 reviewers – only a dozen have shown up. Since their discussions and deliberations are held behind closed does away from public view, concerned parents, patrons, and educators will not know of the changes until the decisions are final.

The TFN Insider has provided us with a list of the known creationism/intelligent design proponents who are in attendance:

 

  • Raymond BohlinRaymond      Bohlin is vice      president of vision outreach for Probe Ministries in Plano      and a research      fellow for the Seattle-based Discovery Institute. The Discovery      Institute promotes the pseudoscientific concept “intelligent design” over      evolution. Founded in 1973, Probe works “to present the Gospel to      communities, nationally and internationally, by providing life-long      opportunities to integrate faith and learning through balanced, biblically      based scholarship.” Bohlin has a doctorate in molecular and cell biology      from the University of Texas      at Dallas, making him a star      performer for anti-evolution groups. He is listed as a “Darwin Skeptic” on the Creation Science Hall of Fame      website. Probe and the Creation Science Hall of Fame promote a      fundamentalist, literal interpretation of the Bible’s creation story. We      know that Bohlin is in Austin      this week to participate in the biology review panel meetings.
  • Walter BradleyWalter      Bradley is a retired Baylor       University professor of engineering      who coauthored a book, The Mystery of Life’s Origins in      1984, that essentially launched the “intelligent design” movement.      “Intelligent design” suggests a scientific basis for creationism      (creationism dressed up in a lab coat). Bradley, founding fellow of the      Discovery Institute’s Center for the Renewal of Science and      Culture, is also listed as a “Darwin Skeptic” on the Creation Science      Hall of Fame website. He is participating in the biology review panel      meetings this week.
  • Daniel RomoDaniel      Romo is a chemistry professor at Texas       A&MUniversity      and is listed as a “Darwin Skeptic” on the Creation Science Hall of Fame      website. We don’t know yet whether Romo made it to Austin      for the biology review panel meetings.
  • Ide      Trotter is a longtime standard-bearer for the creationist      movement in Texas, both as a      source of      funding and as a spokesperson for the absurdly named creationist group      Texans      for Better Science Education. Trotter, listed as a “Darwin Skeptic” on      the Creation Science Hall of Fame website, is a veteran of the evolution      wars at the SBOE and is participating the biology review panel meetings      this week. He testified before the board during the 2003 biology textbook      adoption and again in 2009 during the science curriculum adoption. In both      instances, Trotter advocated including scientifically discredited      “weaknesses” of evolution in Texas      science classrooms. Trotter, who has a doctorate in chemical engineering,      runs his own investment management company and served as dean of business      and professor of finance at Dallas       Baptist University.      He claims that major scientific discoveries over last century have actually      made      evolutionary science harder to defend:

“The ball is rolling and it’s going downhill. There are not enough forces on the side of Darwinism to keep pushing it back uphill forever.”

“…These are all well-known scientific problems with modern evolutionary theory, and they do not exhaust the list. The entire list is a very long one.”

White went on in his testimony to insist that teaching the mainstream scientific consensus concerning evolution without also presenting its alleged “weaknesses” amounted to forcing religious dogma on students. We don’t know whether White is participating in the review panels this week.

Unfortunately, this doesn’t bode well, not only for the future of Texas young people, but for the future of students across the country. It signals the inroads that are being made by Dominionists into the public education arena. Once they can circumvent the separation of church and state, and indoctrinate our children into their worldview, they believe they will control the world.

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A CONGRESSMAN, A COUPLE OF WHITE SUPREMACISTS, AND AN ASSAULT RIFLE – OH MY!

A CONGRESSMAN, A COUPLE OF WHITE SUPREMACISTS, AND AN ASSAULT RIFLE – OH MY!

Just An Inside Glimpse At the Mindset of Extremist Right-Wing Politics

SteveStockmanReturning Congressman Steve Stockman (R-TX) has some new friends, at least we think they are new. You know, he couldn’t have picked a more disreputable group of people to run around with, but then he really isn’t the sharpest pencil in the box.

 Stockman was born and raised in Michigan, but migrated to Texas – which is a pretty good place for a born-again, Southern Baptist, Christian extremist. I’m sure he fits right in with the Rick Perry crowd.  He previously served for a couple of years in the House of Representatives back in 1995-1997. He lost his next bid for the seat in a run-off election.

After his brief stint in Congressman he took a faculty job with the uber-conservative Leaderhip Institute where he was engaged in training young people in right-wing extremism.

Bushmaster AR15Now he’s back. Having won a seat in Congress again, Stockman has been plying his trade as an extremist extraordinaire. Upset with Obama after the Sandy Hook school shootings and his belief that the President’s number one agenda is to take everyone’s guns away, Stockman decided to fight back. On his website he held a drawing for a free Bushmaster AR15 Rifle to be given away on Independence Day.

His campaign website also offers bumper stickers that read, “If babies had guns, they wouldn’t be aborted.”

Well, ever the zealot, Steve Stockman has now hooked up with Michael Peroutka’s Institute on the Constitution as well as Larry Pratt’s Gun Owners of America. Stockman, along with the two groups has filed an Amicus Brief in United States v. Abramski.

The case is one based around Abramski giving false information when purchasing a firearm. According to the complaint:

“When his uncle, Angel Alvarez, expressed a desire for a Glock 19 handgun, Bruce Abramski offered to make the purchase. As a former police officer, Abramski received a professional discount for the gun purchase that his uncle was not eligible for. When making the purchase, Abramski filled out ATF Form 4473, which contained several “yes-or-no” questions. One of the questions asked whether he was the actual purchaser of the firearm. The question also stated, “Warning: You are not the actual buyer if you are acquiring the firearm(s) on behalf of another person. If you are not the actual buyer, the dealer cannot transfer the firearm(s) to you.” Abramski answered “yes” to the question, buying the Glock 19 for his uncle. Alvarez mailed Abramski a check for the price of the handgun, and Abramski transferred the weapon to his uncle in Pennsylvania through a licensed firearms dealer.”

 Abramski pled guilty, but reserved his right to appeal, which is what he is doing. The Amicus Brief, in short, makes the following claim:

“At the heart of the Government’s case against Mr. Abramski is a “straw purchase” theory based neither in law nor regulation that it is impermissible for a person to purchase a firearm from an FFL if the transferee is acting as an agent for a third party, who furnished the funds for the purchase, even if both parties are eligible under state and federal law to possess a firearm.”

The rub isn’t that Abramski is appealing, or that Stockman and others filed the brief. The problem with all of this is that a United States Congressman has teamed up with individuals and organizations known to be White Supremacists.

Michael PeroutkaMichael Peroutka is a high-ranking board member in the League of the South. For a description of the LOS, we turn to the Southern Poverty Law Center which has this to say:

“The League of the South is a neo-Confederate group that advocates for a second Southern secession and a society dominated by “European Americans.” The league believes the “godly” nation it wants to form should be run by an “Anglo-Celtic” (read: white) elite that would establish a Christian theocratic state and politically dominate blacks and other minorities. Originally founded by a group that included many Southern university professors, the group lost its Ph.D.s as it became more explicitly racist. The league denounces the federal government and northern and coastal states as part of “the Empire,” a materialist and anti-religious society.”

From the LOS website:

“We also encourage individuals and families to personally secede from the corrupt and corrupting influence of post-Christian culture in America. We call this ‘abjuring the realm,’ and it’s a real and dramatic first step all of us can take by simply withdrawing our support of and allegiance to a regime that has imperiled our future. … Once our Southern culture is re-established, then the political issues will begin to take care of themselves. Good leaders flow naturally out of a healthy culture; however, power-hungry, self-seeking politicians are all we can expect from the debased cultural climate we have today.”

Peroutka’s Institute On The Constitution claims that its mission is to “help individuals across America to understand and appreciate their own history and heritage by reacquainting them with the worldview and vision of our Founding Fathers. Michael Peroutka’s “worldvision” is that of a dominionist Christian. According to Peroutka, the Separation of Church and State “refers to the fact that the jurisdiction and functions of these two God-ordained institutions are separate and distinct from each other. What it doesn’t mean that either of these institutions is independent from God and His law.”

It’s interesting to note that in the 2008 Presidential elections Perouka was being considered for Ron Paul’s Vice Presidential pick.

Larry PrattLarry Pratt and Gun Owner’s of America ranks right up there with Peroutka and his cult. In many ways, Pratt is even more of a threat. The Southern Poverty Law Center tells us:

“Larry Pratt, a gun rights absolutist whose Gun Owners of America (GOA) has been described as “eight lanes to the right” of the National Rifle Association, may well be the person who brought the concept of citizen militias to the radical right.

“In 1990, Pratt wrote a book, Armed People Victorious, based on his study of “citizen defense patrols” used in Guatemala and the Philippines against Communist rebels — patrols that came to be known as death squads for their murderous brutality.

“Picturing these groups in rosy terms, Pratt advocated similar militias in the United States — an idea that finally caught on when he was invited for a meeting of 160 extremists, including many famous white supremacists, in 1992.

“It was at that meeting, hosted in Colorado by white supremacist minister Pete Peters, that the contours of the militia movement were laid out.

“Pratt, whose GOA has grown since its 1975 founding to some 150,000 members today, hit the headlines in a big way when his associations with Peters and other professional racists were revealed, convincing arch-conservative Pat Buchanan to eject him as a national co-chair of Buchanan’s 1996 presidential campaign.

“The same year, it emerged that Pratt was a contributing editor to a periodical of the anti-Semitic United Sovereigns of America, and that his GOA had donated money to a white supremacist attorney’s group.

“Pratt is today close to the extremist Constitution Party and its radical theology.”

The “radical theology” that they have ascribed to the Constitution Party is, decidedly, Dominionist. Interestingly, Pratt has served as a board member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), as well as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates. He comes to us straight out of the Dominionist, and secretive, Council for National Policy.

On another side note, Pratt is a close ally of Ron Paul and supported him in his bid for President. According to Ron Paul Gun Owner’s of America is “The only no-compromise gun lobby in Washington.”

Gun Owner’s of America currently has over 300,00 members.

Steve Stockman is the sterotypical ReBiblican politician. His campaign endorsements read like a who’s who of the extremist right, including: Tim & Beverley LaHaye; Richard Viguerie; Donald Wildmon of the American Family Association (Another hate group); Michael Farris, Founder of the Home School Legal Defense Fund and Patrick Henry College; Ted Nugent; and Pastor Chuck Baldwin.

This is who Texans in the 36th Congressional District elected to represent them. There are over 200 others who grace our House of Representatives with their radical, extremist presence. In truth, it should scare the hell out of any sane, rational American. We can only hope that the next election will change the encroaching Christian Nationalist ideology that continues to erode our liberties and our very way of life.

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UNITED STATES REBIBLICANS IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

UNITED STATES REBIBLICANS IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

On November 4, 2014, voters will, once again, have the opportunity to vote for the candidates of their choice in both the United States House and Senate races. There will be 33 Senate seats up for grabs and all of the House seats.There are currently 41 Senators who have made our list of “ReBiblicans.” Of those 41, there are 15 running for re-election. Until filing time we won’t have an accurate picture of the number who will be vying for the other 18. It is incumbent upon the electorate to know who these individuals are and what they stand for.

There are 435 members of the House of Representatives. Of those 435 there are 217 who have met our criteria to be considered “ReBiblican.” This means that, while they might not be true Dominionists, they proffer, support, vote for, and promote legislation that infringes upon civil and human rights, and they pander to Dominionist groups and organizations. The criteria that we use is as follows:

  1. They      perpetuate the war on women
  2. They      are anti-Affirmative Action
  3. They      are against same-sex marriage and adoptions
  4. They      are against the separation of church and state
  5. They      believe that the United States      is a Christian Nation
  6. They      believe in faith-based initiatives
  7. They      believe in an absolute right to gun-ownership
  8. They      believe in the privatization of public education and social services
  9. They      are against providing a pathway to citizenship for undocumented workers
  10. They      believe in an expansion of the military and further insurgency
  11. They      foster hatred toward Muslims
  12. They      consistently vote in a manner that furthers the Dominionist agenda

Now, it should be noted that embracing one or two of these beliefs does not make them a ReBiblican. They must consistently cling to at least four of these, and either author or support legislation that furthers this agenda. That not only means that some who are not on the list are “marginal” at best, but that those who are on the list present a clear and present danger to the American way of life.

Below you will find a list of the 217 members of the House of Representatives who have met the criteria, and who will be up for re-election in 2014. We have a great opportunity to unseat these individuals.  Our next endeavor will be to identify those in various state elections – a mammoth task.

Alabama

Jo Bonner – resigning in August

Martha Roby

Mike D. Rogers

Robert Aderholt

Mo Brooks

Spencer Bachus

Alaska

Don Young

Arizona

Paul Gosar

Matt Salmon

David Schweikert

Trent Franks

Arkansas

Rick Crawford

Tim Griffin

Steve Womack

Tom Cotton

California

Doug LaMalfa

Tom McClintock

Paul Cook

Jeff Denham

David Valadao

Devin Nunes

Kevin McCarthy

Howard “Buck” McKeon

Gary Miller

Ed Royce

Ken Calvert

John Campbell

Dana Rohrabacher

Darrell Issa

Duncan D. Hunter

Colorado

Scott Tipton

Cory Gardner

Doug Lamborn

Mike Coffman

Connecticut

*NO REBIBLICANS REPRESENTING CONNECTICUT IN THE HOUSE!*

Delaware

*NO REBIBLICANS REPRESENTING DELAWARE IN THE HOUSE!*

Florida

Jeff Miller

Steve Southerland

Ted Yoho

Ander Crenshaw

Ron DeSantis

John Mica

Bill Posey

Daniel Webster

Rich Nugent

Gus Bilirakis

Bill Young

Dennis Ross

Vern Buchanan

Tom Rooney

Trey Radel

Mario Diaz-Balart

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Georgia

Jack Kingston

Lynn Westmoreland

Tom Price

Rob Woodall

Austin Scott

Doug Collins

Paul Broun

Phil Gingrey

Tom Graves

Hawaii

*NO REBIBLICANS REPRESENTING HAWAII IN THE HOUSE!*

Idaho

Raul Labrador

Mike Simpson

Illinois

Peter Roskam

Rodney L. Davis

Randy Hultgren

John Shimkus

Adam Kinzinger

Aaron Schock

Indiana

Jackie Walorski

Marlin Stutzman

Todd Rokita

Luke Messer

Larry Buschon

Todd Young

Iowa

Tom Latham

Steve King

Kansas

Tim Huelskamp

Lynn Jenkins

Mike Pompeo

Kentucky

Ed Whitfield

Brett Guthrie

Hal Rogers

Louisiana

Steve Scalise

Charles Boustany

John Fleming

Rodney Alexander

Maine

*NO REBIBLICANS REPRESENTING MAINE IN THE HOUSE!*

Maryland

Andy Harris

Massachusetts

*NO REBIBLICANS REPRESENTING MASSACHUSETTS IN THE HOUSE!*

Michigan

Dan Benishek

Bill Huizenga

Justin Amash

David Camp

Fred Upton

Tim Walberg

Mike Rogers

Candice Miller

Minnesota

John Kline

Erik Paulsen

Michele Bachmann

Mississippi

Alan Nunnelee

Gregg Harper

Steven Palazzo

Missouri

Blaine Luetkemeyer

Vicky Hartzler

Sam Graves

Billy Long

Jason T. Smith

Montana

Steve Daines – considering Senate run in 2014

Nebraska

 

Jeff Fortenberry

Lee Terry

Adrian Smith

Nevada

Joe Heck

New   Hampshire

*NO REBIBLICANS REPRESENTING NEW   HAMPSHIRE IN THE HOUSE!*

New   Jersey

Frank LoBiondo

Jon Runyan

Chris Smith

Scott Garrett

Rodney Frelinghuysen

New   Mexico

 

Steve Pearce

New   York

Peter King

Michael Grimm

Chris Gibson

Chris Collins

North   Carolina

 

Renee Ellmers

Walter Jones

Virginia Foxx

Howard Coble

Richard Hudson

Robert Pittenger

Patrick McHenry

Mark Meadows

George Holding

North   Dakota

 

Kevin Cramer

Ohio

Steve Chabot

Brad Wenstrup

Jim Jordan

Bob Lotta

Bill Johnson

Bob Gibbs

John Boehner

Mike Turner

Pat Tiberi

David Joyce

Jim Renacci

Oklahoma

 

Jim Bridenstine

Markwayne Mullin

Frank Lucas

Tom Cole

James Lankford

Oregon

 

Greg Walden

Pennsylvania

 

Mike Kelly

Scott Perry

Glenn Thompson

Jim Gerlach

Mike Fitzpatrick

Bill Shuster

Tom Marino

Lou Barletta

Charlie Dent

Joe Pitts

Timothy F. Murphy

Rhode   Island

*NO REBIBLICANS REPRESENTING RHODEISLAND IN THE HOUSE!*

South   Carolina

 

Mark Sanford

Joe Wilson

Trey Gowdy

Mick Mulvaey

Tom Rice

South   Dakota

Kristi Noem

Tennessee

 

Phil Roe

Jimmy Duncan

Chuck Fleischmann

Scott DesJarlais

Diane Black

Marsha Blackburn

Stephen Fincher

Texas

 

Louie Gohmert

Ted Poe

Sam Johnson

Ralph Hall

Jeb Hensarling

Joe Barton

John Culerson

Kevin Brady

Michael McCaul

Mike Conaway

Kay Grange

Mac Thornberry

Randy Weber

Bill Flores

Randy Neugebauer

Lamar S. Smith

Pete Olson

Kenny Marchant

Roger Williams

Michael Burgess

Blake Farenthold

John Carter

Pete Sessions

Steve Stockman

Utah

Rob Bishop

Jason Chaffetz

Vermont

*NO REBIBLICANS REPRESENTING VERMONT IN THE HOUSE!*

Virginia

 

Rob Wittman

Scott Rigell

Randy Forbes

Robert Hurt

Bob Goodlatte

Eric Cantor

Morgan Griffith

Frank Wolf

Washington

 

Jamie Herrera Beutler

Doc Hastings

Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Dave Reichert

West   Virginia

Shelley Moore Capito

Wisconsin

Paul Ryan

Jim Sensenbrenner

Tom Petri

Sean Duffy

Reid Ribble

Wyoming

Cynthia Lummis

The Dumbing Down of the GOP

“Old Dominion…The Mother of Presidents…Home of the first permanent English settlement in the New World…Home of George Washington, Patrick Henry,Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, and Richard Lee – that’s the State of Virginia. Rich in history, the State has always been in the forefront of the political arena. None of that has changed. What has changed is the complexion of Virginia politics.

gop You know, for years I have heard others decry what they call “the dumbing down” of the American people, and I never put much stock into that notion. However, given more recent events, I might want to rethink my opinion. In one of the most egregiously absurd moves of the 21st Century Virginia’s delegates to the GOP convention nominated as candidates for Governor and Lt. Governor , not only Ken Cuccinelli – the anti-woman, anti-gay, and anti-separation of church and state clown who has been serving as the Attorney General in that state, but E.W. Jackson the Dominionist preacher who couldn’t pull more than 5% of the vote when he ran for the U.S. Senate last year. What the hell is up with that, Virginia?

gop5Now, I realize that the Republican Party has undergone some massive changes over the last couple of decades and that they are almost unrecognizable as the party we all remember. I know that they have been largely taken over by some of the most ill-suited, ill-mannered, and absolutely preposterous religious wing-nuts that America has to offer. I understand that. But, this…this is beyond comprehension. This has to be that proof in the pudding for making the argument that the GOP is no longer a viable political party with the public interest at heart.

 ew5E. W. Jackson is the pastor of Exodus Faith Ministries, which holds services for it’s small congregation in the Marriot Hotel in Chesapeake every Sunday. Now, few people have ever heard of E. W. Jackson, and most of us don’t give a lot of time to candidates for state offices other than our own. However, it is because of that the Dominionists have been so successful in placing their people in seats of power, and Jackson is the prime example of how this works for them.

Jackson published a book back in 2008, called “Ten Commandments to an Extraordinary Life: Making Your Dreams Come True.” Among other things, the book discusses the importance of donating to one’s spiritual leader. Betsy Woodruff of the National Review quotes from page 177 of that book:

 “For example, as you read this book, you may feel a deep spiritual affinity for the things I am teaching and therefore a profound spiritual kinship with me. We may never meet in person, but you can draw on the anointing which God has placed on my life by sowing into my ministry. That opens a spiritual door for you to partake at a deeper level and for me to impart to you as one in Covenant with me. That is how I have come to support other ministries. Wherever you are moved to give, do it consistently and generously. This will start a flow of prosperity in your life which will enhance all the other principles you have learned.”

 prosperityNow, this all pretty much sounds like the Prosperity Theology that many Dominionists preach. Additionally, Jackson promotes the erroneous notion that the United States is a Christian nation and that the Founding Fathers envisioned a Christian nation and that we have strayed from that and must reclaim God’s Kingdom.

His sermons are filled with political rhetoric which focuses on parental rights, separation of church and state (which he opposes), the evils of same-sex marriage and homosexuality, and the degenerate American culture. None of this should surprise us, though, given the fact that we know what his beliefs are. What is surprising, however, is his ridiculous penchant for saying the most outrageous things, leaving little room for any thinking person to believe that he is anything but bat-shit crazy.

From the National Review:

 On “most people”:

[M]ost people are dead spirits. As such they have the nature of Satan who does not want to have anything to do with God or anyone related to Him. Of course they are not aware that they are imbued with the nature of Satan. They would be mortified by the idea of becoming Satanists or devil worshippers. Satan benefits far more from people who do not know they serve him than from those who knowingly bow to him. Your spirit was made for attachment. It is either attached to God or to Satan, but it is not neutral, no matter how much people think themselves to be.

On the times we live in:

We live in the most interesting times in human history. These are the days spoken of in Scripture, the days of fulfillment. This is therefore an era of unprecedented spiritual activity on both sides as the conflict races to a head. Those who are in Christ are on the winning side. Part of what must happen during this period of great harvest for the kingdom of God is a massive wealth transfer. It is not going to happen by theft or governmental policy. It is going to happen supernaturally. Those invested in God’s market are going to reap a windfall. Make up your mind now to buy in.

On the dangers of yoga:

ew3When one hears the word meditation, it conjures an image of Maharishi Yoga talking about finding a mantra and striving for nirvana. . . . The purpose of such meditation is to empty oneself. . . . [Satan] is happy to invade the empty vacuum of your soul and possess it. That is why people serve Satan without ever knowing it or deciding to, but no one can be a child of God without making a decision to surrender to him. Beware of systems of spirituality which tell you to empty yourself. You will end up filled with something you probably do not want.

From BuzzFeed:

  1. I believe there is a direct connection between being gay and being a pedophile.
  2. In his Senate run on the issue page, he said he would lead the fight to “stop our government from using the law to promote the normalization of homosexuality in society.”
  3. Gays attempt to “sexualize people” at “the earliest possible age.”
  4. Gays are “frankly very sick people…”
  5. “The Democrat Party has equated homosexuality with being black…”
  6. On last year’s boycott of Chick-fil-A, he said gays “want to destroy the very faith which established this nation…”
  7. The repeal of DADT was “a disaster of historic proportions and it must be reinstated.”
  8. “I know people who have been delivered from homosexuality…”
  9. Gay marriage is a “sledgehammer used to shatter our Judeo-Christian culture.”
  10. Homosexuality is “killing black men by the thousands” because of HIV. Pro-gay rights liberals have “have done more to kill black folks whom they claim so much to love than the Ku Klux Klan, lynching and slavery and Jim Crow ever did…”

From Salon: http://www.salon.com/2013/05/20/deep_thoughts_with_virginias_new_lg_candidate/

ew61. On gay people: “Their minds are perverted, they’re frankly very sick people psychologically, mentally and emotionally and they see everything through the lens of homosexuality. When they talk about love they’re not talking about love, they’re talking about homosexual sex.”

2. On gay people (again): “Homosexuality is a horrible sin, it poisons culture, it destroys families, it destroys societies; it brings the judgment of God unlike very few things that we can think of… It’s an authoritarian, totalitarian spirit.”

3. Political predictions: Jackson said a few weeks before the 2012 election that black voters would “overwhelmingly” vote against Barack Obama because he had endorsed marriage equality. Over 90 percent of African Americans voted for the president.

4. On Democrats: “I liken them to slave masters who brag about how good their slaves are and how well-behaved they are but let them try to be free, let them try to escape and then you find out that they don’t really think very much of them.”

5. On Planned Parenthood and the KKK: “Planned Parenthood has been far more lethal to black lives than the KKK ever was. And the Democrat Party and the black civil rights allies are partners in this genocide.”
ew76. On liberals and the KKK: “Liberalism and their ideas have done more to kill black folks whom they claim so much to love than the Ku Klux Klan, lynching and slavery and Jim Crow ever did, now that’s a fact.”

7. On the Democratic Party’s agenda: “An agenda worthy of the Antichrist.”

8. On Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: “The new Marine motto: ‘The Few, the Proud, the Sexually Twisted.’ Good luck selling that to strong young males who would otherwise love to defend their country. What virile young man wants to serve in a military like that?

9. On boycotting CPAC for being too gay: “The self-proclaimed gay Republicans support hate crime laws (which will be used to bludgeon the church) and oppose the Federal Defense of Marriage Amendment, without which judges will ultimately legislate homosexual ‘marriage’—making the natural family an endangered species… What would Ronald Reagan think of CPAC today?”

10. On Obama’s Muslim sensibilities: “Obama clearly has Muslim sensibilities. He sees the world and Israel from a Muslim perspective. His construct of ‘The Muslim World’ is unique in modern diplomacy. It is said that only The Muslim Brotherhood and other radical elements of the religion use that concept. It is a call to unify Muslims around the world.”

A SIDE NOTE: Glenn Beck has called him, “one of the biggest truth‑tellers I’ve ever seen, one of the bravest guys I’ve ever seen.”

gop4As a testament to the prevalence of dominionism, what was once considered a “fringe element” is rapidly becoming more and more mainstream, as the Republican Party is rapidly becoming the ReBiblican Party. While I might not buy into the whole “dumbing down” of America, the shameful truth is that with the nomination of such an unworthy and absolutely repugnant individual by the Commonwealth’s GOP delegates is a giant red-flag to America that the Party values of yesteryear have been usurped by nefarious and deplorable extremists and begs the question, “Who dumbed-down the GOP?”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Family Policy Network – Dominionists At Work

FPNAccording to the Family Policy Network, they are a” socially-conservative Christian organization that works to inform Christians and confront the culture on the important moral issues of the day.”

Of course, the “buzz” phrase in all of that is “confront the culture,” because climbing the cultural mountains is what all dominionist seek to do with their Seven Mountains Mandate.

They list as their three primary issues, The Family, Biblical Morality, and Religious Liberties. All of these reek of Dominionist “code speak.” “The Family,” as they see it consists only of a husband, wife, and their offspring. “Biblical Morality,” means nothing less than strict adherence to Old Testament scripture which they claim condemns homosexuality and advocates a patriarchal union between men and women where the woman is subservient to the man. As far as “Religious Liberties,” they mean liberties for Christians and exclusion of all others. This sort of religious supremacy is rampant among dominionist cults. While they are the first to scream about “Sharia Law,” they fail to acknowledge that their Biblical bent is comparable.

The FPN lists its objectives as:

– Educating Christians on important moral issues in public and corporate policy(What they really mean is poisoning the well with Biblical laws on such issues as abortion, birth control, same-sex marriage, and homosexuality.)

Confronting the culture by lifting a standard of righteousness in the public square.(Again we see the Seven Mountains Mandate creeping into their dialogue. Dominion over the “public square” complete with a theocratic ideology is what they seek.)

FPN3– Raising awareness of the harmful effects of immorality on families and communities. (Conquering the family mountain is of the utmost importance. Interestingly, here they would be the morality police making policies dictating what is moral and what is not.)
– Dissuading companies from condoning and/or sponsoring immoral behavior

(Simply put, this group, along with dozens of others, believe that companies and corporations should discriminate against homosexuals, and that homosexuality is a basis for dismissal from employment. Additionally, they have been behind the push toward mandatory birth control coverage.)

– Promoting forgiveness and healing as an “alternative lifestyle” for people involved in the sin of homosexuality (Along with many other dominionist groups, the FPN believes in Reparative Therapy for homosexuals and that gays are a sinful and heinous group who must be reformed before they can be forgiven.)

– Supporting laws protecting families, religious liberties, decency and health (Again, we witness the deliberately innocuous code speak endemic to the Dominionist mindset. The ideas of  religious freedom, protecting families, decency and good health are important to everyone. The use of such buzz words and phrases has worked well in their recruitment activities.)

– Encouraging corporate and public support for honoring America’s Christian heritage (Dominioists are hell-bent on convincing the world that we are a Christian Nation and that we were founded as such. “Heritage” is yet another of those buzz words in their arsenal aplenty.)

– Defending Biblical Christianity as the only answer to life’s ultimate questions (The FPN isn’t even trying to camouflage their dominionist leanings with this one. The use of the word “only” demonstrates their intolerance of all other religions and teachings.

– Equipping and networking Christians together for the purpose of preserving society and advancing the Kingdom of God (Kingdom Theology, proselytizing, and recruiting are all instruments in the Dominionist tool chest. The preservation of society is simply another way of saying “taking dominion.”

– Maintaining Christian humility and integrity in all aspects of the organization’s endeavors. (This begs the question – what is “Christian” humility and integrity? It certainly is an implication that those other than Christians lack these attributes, or, at the very least, that “Christian” humility and integrity is superior to all others.)

The Family Policy Network claims that “Confrontation” is one of their “Strategic Priorities.” They describe this as:

FPN2Working to hold corporations and public officials accountable for actions, policies and statements that undermine traditional values in society, FPN utilizes news releases, Email alerts, media interviews and other venues to confront policies and proposals that would undermine religious liberties, traditional morality, and the value of human life. (Empahsis added)

Dominionists love the word “traditional,” considering it appealing to the masses and underestimating the populace. In a world that is striving for advancement and a forward direction, the Dominionist realizes that their brand of archaic and backward thinking is not as palatable to mainstream America as it used to be, they tend to reach out to those who are disenfranchised or lost with a promise of “Taking America Back.” They capitalize on nostalgia and the remembering of the “good old days” with words like “traditional” and “heritage.”

Knowing that one of the most precious things to most people is “human life” and that we must protect it, they use the term “value human life.” Of course we all do. However, this term, as used by them is directed toward the issue of abortion and a woman’s right to choose.

In response to the recent decision by the Boy Scouts of America to allow gay youth into their rank and file, FPN President Joe Glover issued the following statement:

“The Boy Scouts of America should drop the phrase ‘to God’ and ‘morally straight’ from their oath, since they’ve decided to reject His standards of morality. The Bible clearly states homosexuality is a sin against God, and yet the Boy Scouts of America has decided to allow it.

“Parents should only place their children in the care of people who readily accept God’s definition of what it means to be ‘morally straight.’ Unfortunately, the leaders of the Boy Scouts of America have chosen a form of moral character that arrogantly rejects God’s written Word.”

For a look into the mindset of the FPN, one has only to look at their “Policy Papers” found here.

It is important to note that this organization, along with many, others exert an enormous amount of pressure upon our elected officials and policy makers to accept their ideas, ideologies, and policies and enact them into law. They wield a lot of influence in the halls of government and have made some major inroads into getting their people into offices of power. Also note that many of these organizations raise enormous sums of money and have many well-heeled foundations and individuals supporting their efforts.