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Ted Cruz – Climbing the Mountain

We knew it was only a matter of time until they climbed that mountain!

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Christain Right – Supreme Court Hostage Takers?

Mat Staver

Mat Staver

With a ruling on Marriage Equality by the United States Supreme Court looming, Christian Right activst across the nation are promising great reprisals should the Court rule aganst them. Over 160 leaders of the Christian Right have joined with Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver to put the Court on notice promising nothing less than revolution.

The list of anti-gay crusaders is impressive, indeed. Rallying around the idea that  “this is the line we must draw and one we cannot and will not cross,” they are essentially attempting to take the Supreme Court hostage under the threat of Civil War. In actuality, this might just be the litmus test required to see just how far into the Christian dogma the ties of the SCOTUS go, and to test the mettle of the bullies on the far right.

Not that we wish to see this country torn apart over religious bigotry, but for way too long these Christian nationalists have been running their mouth and their agenda rough-shod over the American people. In an all out effort to convince our governmental entities that these zealots speak for all of us, this group of fanatics has been behind the war on women, the war on gays, the war on the poor, infirm, and underprivleged, the war on everyone non-white, and non-Christian all in the name of God.

Mat Staver and Deaon Keith Fournier issued the following statement which they entitled “The Marriage Solidarity Statement:

We Stand in Solidarity to Defend Marriage

and the Family and Society Founded Upon Them

We stand together as Christians in defense of marriage and the family and society founded upon them. While we come from a variety of communities and hold differing faith perspectives, we are united in our common faith in Jesus Christ.

We acknowledge that differences exist between us on important matters of religious doctrine and practice. But, on the matter of marriage, we stand in solidarity. As a nation, we have lost our moral compass. As a result, we are losing true freedom. We affirm together that there is a moral basis to a free society. Though we live in a secular society, together we reject relativism and secularism.

We affirm that marriage and family have been inscribed by the Divine Architect into the order of creation. Marriage is ontologically between one man and one woman, ordered toward the union of the spouses, open to children and formative of family. Family is the first vital cell of society; the first church, first school, first hospital, first economy, first government and first mediating institution of our social order. The future of a free and healthy society passes through marriage and the family.

Marriage as existing solely between one man and one woman was not an idea manufactured by the Christian Church. It precedes Christianity. Though affirmed, fulfilled, and elevated by Christian teaching, the truth that marriage can exist only between one man and one woman is not based on religion or revelation alone, but on the Natural Moral Law, written on the human heart and discernible through the exercise of reason.

This claim of the existence of such a Natural Moral Law is the ground upon which every great civilization has been built. It is the source of every authentic human and civil rights movement. This Natural Moral Law gives us the norms we need to build truly human and humane societies and govern ourselves. It should also inform our positive law or we will become lawless and devolve into anarchy.

Marriage is the preeminent and the most fundamental of all human social institutions. Civil institutions do not create marriage nor can they manufacture a right to marry for those who are incapable of marriage. In the words of the first book of the Bible, we read: “it is not good for man to be alone.” (Genesis 2:18) Society begins with marriage and the family.

Like many other concerned Americans, we await the opinion of the Supreme Court of the United States on two cases which open up the possibility that the institution of marriage will be further 2

undermined by a judicial opinion. We pledge to stand together to defend marriage as what it is, a bond between one man and one woman, intended for life, and open to the gift of children.

The institutions of civil government should defend marriage and not seek to undermine it. Government has long regulated marriage for the true common good. Examples, such as the age of consent, demonstrate such a proper regulation to ensure the free and voluntary basis of the marriage bond. Redefining the very institution of marriage is improper and outside the authority of the State. The Supreme Court has no authority to redefine marriage.

If the Supreme Court becomes the tool by which marriage is redefined in the positive law of this nation, the precedent established will leave no room for any limitation on what can constitute such a redefined notion of marriage. Conferring a moral and legal equivalency to same-sex couples by legislative or judicial fiat also sends the message that children do not need a mother and a father. It undermines their fundamental rights and threatens their security, stability, and future.

As Christian citizens united together, we will not stand by while the destruction of the institution of marriage unfolds in this nation we love. The Sacred Scriptures and unbroken teaching of the Church confirm that marriage is between one man and one woman. We stand together in solidarity to defend marriage and the family and society founded upon them. The effort to redefine marriage threatens the proper mediating role of the Church in society.

Experience and history have shown us that if the government redefines marriage to grant a legal equivalency to same-sex couples, that same government will then enforce such an action with the police power of the State. This will bring about an inevitable collision with religious freedom and conscience rights. We cannot and will not allow this to occur on our watch. Religious freedom is the first freedom in the American experiment for good reason.

Finally, the Supreme Court has no authority to redefine marriage and thereby weaken both the family and society. Unlike the Legislative Branch that has the power of the purse and the Executive Branch which has the figurative power of the sword, the Judicial Branch has neither. It must depend upon the Executive Branch for the enforcement of its decisions.

As the Supreme Court acknowledged in the 1992 decision of Planned Parenthood v. Casey, its power rests solely upon the legitimacy of its decisions in the eyes of the people. If the Supreme Court were to issue a decision that redefined marriage or provided a precedent on which to build

an argument to redefine marriage, the Supreme Court will thereby undermine its legitimacy. The Court will significantly decrease its credibility and impair the role it has assumed for itself as a moral authority. It will be acting beyond its proper constitutional role and contrary to the Natural Moral Law which transcends religions, culture, and time.

As Christians united together in defense of marriage, we pray that this will not happen. But, make no mistake about our resolve. While there are many things we can endure, redefining marriage is so fundamental to the natural order and the true common good that this is the line we must draw and one we cannot and will not cross.

They then put out the call to all of the Christian ant-gay activists to sign this statement – this is the result, so far.

Mathew Staver, Chairman,Liberty Counsel Action, Co-drafter

Deacon Keith Fournier, Common Good Alliance,Catholic Online, Co-drafter

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

Fr. Paul CB Schenck, MA, EdD, National Representative, Catholics United for Life

Hon. Kenneth Blackwell, Constitutional Congress, Fmr. U.S. Ambassador to United Nations on Human Rights

Anita Staver, President, Liberty Counsel

James Robison, LIFE Outreach International

Fr. Randolph W. Sly, Common Good Foundation

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director, Priests for Life, President, National Pro-Life Religious Council

Rev. Johannes L. Jacobse, American Orthodox Institute

Benjamin S. Carson, M.D., World-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon

Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council

James C. Dobson, Ph.D., President and Founder, Family Talk Action

William G Boykin, LTG(R) US Army, President, Kingdom Warriors Ministries

Dr. Erwin Lutzer, Moody Church – Chicago, IL

Colin A Hanna, President, Let Freedom Ring

Dr. Ché Ahn, Senior Pastor, HROCK Church, Pasadena, CA, President, Harvest International Ministry, International Chancellor, Wagner Leadership Institute

Carlos Campo, Ph. D., President, Regent University

Dr. Richard Land, President, Southern Evangelical Seminary

Dr. Paige Patterson, President, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Ron Luce, Founder, Teen Mania

Bill Donohue, President, Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights

Betty Robison,Co-Host, LIFE Today Television

Dr. Jack W. Hayford, Chancellor The King’s University—Dallas/Los Angeles

Rick Joyner, President, The Oak Initiative

Rick Scarborough, President, Vision America Action

Dr. Carl Herbster, President, Advance USA

Dr. Alveda C. King, President, Alveda King Ministries

Star Parker, President, CURE

Ruth Graham, President, Ruth Graham Ministries

Tim Clinton, President, American Association of Christian Counselors

Dr. Keith Wiebe, President, American Association of Christian Schools

Bill Johnson, President, American Decency Association

Don Wildmon, Founder/Chairman Emeritus American Family Association

Tim Wildmon, President American Family Association

Nancy Schulze, Co-Founder, American Prayer Initiative

Gary L. Bauer, President, American Values

Tom Hoefling, Chairman, America’s Party

Dr. Kenneth Hutcherson, Senior Pastor, Antioch Bible Church

Andrew Wommack, Andrew Wommack Ministries, Inc.

Dr. Sergio Navarrete, Superintendent, A/G – Southern Pacific District

Eleazar Rodriguez, Jr, A/G – Texas Louisiana Hispanic District

Pastor Juan Eliel Garcia, Auditorio de la Fe – La Nueva FM 88.3FM

Al Kresta, President and CEO, Ave Maria Radio

Sue Ek, Executive Director, BOMA-USA

Stanley Jeter, Sr. Producer, CBN News, President, ComunicadoresUSA

Rev. Dan E. Collis, Pastor Bell Shoals Baptist Church – Apollo Beach

John Martin, Senior Adult Pastor, Bell Shoals Baptist Church – Apollo Beach

Dr. Jeffrey Meyer, Exec. Pastor, Bell Shoals Baptist Church

Dr. Stephen Rummage, Sr. Pastor, Bell Shoals Baptist Church

George & Sandra Thomasson, Pastor Bell Shoals Baptist Church – Apollo Beach

Dr. Mike Spaulding, Calvary Chapel of Lima, OH

Steve Strang, Founder & CEO, Charisma Media

Matt Smith, President, Catholic Advocate

Sue Trombino, Founder, Women Impacting the Nation

Bishop Harry R. Jackson, Jr., President, High Impact Leadership Coalition

Daniel Hite, Pastor, Christian Family Fellowship

Carlos S. Morán, Ed.D., Dir.of Hispanic Ministries Church of God International, Cleveland, TN

Bishop Juan A. Garcia, Admin. Bishop, Church of God Northeast Spanish Region

Michael A. Montelongo, Former Mayor, City of Sanger, CA

Michael L. Brown, Ph.D., Director, Coalition of Conscience

Terry Kemple, President, Community Issues Council

Penny Nance, CEO and President, Concerned Women for America

Robert Gittelson, President Conservatives for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Rick Ryan, Director, Convoy of Hope

Nathan Blackwell, Senior Pastor, Cornerstone Family Church – St. Cloud, FL

The Most Reverend Rene Henry Gracida, Bishop Emeritus, Corpus Christi – Corpus Christi, Texas

Dr. Tom Mullins, Founding Pastor, Christ Fellowship

Amelia Den Hartog, MS., PLMHP, Christ for the City International

Marcus Lamb. Daystar Television Network

Rev. Rick Stevens, Pastor, Diplomat Wesleyan Church, Cape Coral, FL

Shannon M. Jones, President, CatechismClass.com

M. Daniel Carroll R. (Rodas), PhD, Distinguished Professor of Old Testament

Denver Seminary, Jay. W. Richards, PhD, Senior Fellow, Discovery Institute

George and Terri Pearsons, Pastors, Eagle Mountain International Church

Andrew Haines, Editor, Ethika Politika

Gary Marx, E. D., Faith and Freedom Coalition

Ralph Reed, Chairman, Faith and Freedom Coalition

Stephen Broden, Sr. Pastor, Fair Park Bible Fellowship, Pres., Constitutional Defenders of Texas

Rev. Louise Yakubisin, Assoc. Pastor, Faith Christian Fellowship Church Newton, Ohio

Rev. Gary Cristofaro, Senior Pastor, First Assembly of God, Melbourne FL

Dr. Robert Jeffress, Pastor, First Baptist Church Dallas, TX

Dr. Richard Lee, Founding Pastor, First Redeemer Church – Alpharetta, GA

Pat Andrews, President, Florida Eagle Forum

John Stemberger, President, Florida Family Policy Council

Norman Blanton, Pastor, Foursquare Church

Colonel (AL) John Eidsmoe, Senior Counsel and Resident Scholar Foundation for Moral Law

Patrick Lee, Director of Institute of Bioethics, Franciscan University of Steubeniville

Dr. Lloyd Stilley, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church Gulf Shores, AL

John Meador, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church Euless, TX

Don Worden, Pastor of Church Administration and Missions, First Baptist Church of Pompano Beach Florida

Steve Dulin, Elder, Gateway Church

Robert Morris, Senior Pastor, Gateway Church

Bill Gattis, retired Vice Pres., Exxon Mobil

Dr. Cindy & Mike Jacobs, Co-Founders, Generals International

Michael Cordeiro, Deacon Grace and Truth Family Baptist Church

Nathaniel & Veronica Dixon, Pastors, Grandview Church – Dunnellon, FL

Dr. Robert W. Roach, Pastor, Haven of Hope of St. Lucie County

Mark Andrews, President, Heartland Research Corporation

Ronald L. Drumm, Pastor Henderson Blvd Church of Christ

Dr. Carl Herbster, President, Center to Advance the USA

Patricia Sullivan, Women Impacting the Nation

Dr. Travis Smith, Sr. Pastor, Hillsdale Baptist Church

Jesse Rincones, Executive Director, Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas

Michael P. Donnelly, HSLDA Attorney, Home School Legal Defense Association

Rev. Nilo Ayala, Senior Pastor, Iglesia De Dios De Auburn

Rev. Carlos Quintero Iglesia Harvest Rock Hispana Unidad Los Angeles

David E. Smith, Executive Director, Illinois Family Institute

Pasqual Urrabazo Jr., Associate Pastor, International Church of Las Vegas

Frank Lopez, Sr. Pastor, Jesus Worship Center

Phillip L. Jauregui, President, Judicial Action Group

Eugene J. Zurlo, KCHS Radio

Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, Founder and Co-Founder, Kenneth Copeland Ministries

Rev. Jesten F. Peters, President/Minister, Keys of Authority Ministries, Inc.

Steve Smothermon, Pastor, Legacy Church – Albuquerque,NM

Dean Shawn Akers, Liberty University, Helms School of Government

Yuri Mantilla, Ph.D., Dir. of Global Initiatives, Liberty University School of Law

Judith Gelernter Reisman, Ph.D., Visiting Professor of Law, Liberty University School of Law

Dr. Johnny M. Hunter, DD, National Director, Life, Education and Resource Networks

Gene Mills, President, Louisiana Family Forum

Dr. María M. Hermida, President, Magda Hermida Ministries

Rev. Yolandita Colon, Exec.Justice Pastor, Maranatha Minneapolis Church, Minnesota Chapter Director of NHCLC

Jimmy Evans, Founder and CEO, MarriageToday

Linda Harvey, Host Mission America

Patrick A. Trueman, President, CEO, Morality in Media

Steven Frakes, Pastor, Mount Zion Bible Church – Pensacola, FL

Jeff Pollard, Pastor, Mount Zion Bible Church – Pensacola, FL

Ted Baehr, Movie Guide

Rev. Lydia Gonzalez-D’Ross, Oklahoma City Chapter Director, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

Rev. Eve Nunez, V.P. of Networking, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

Steve Noble, Host, Called2Action Today

Pastor Carlos Ortiz, V.P. Southeast Region, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

Gene Pierce, Executive Director, Ohio Faith & Freedom Coalition

Dr. Steve Kern, Senior Pastor, Olivet Baptist Church – Oklahoma City, OK, Candidate Oklahoma Senate District 40

Jacob Aranza, Senior Pastor, Our Savior’s Church-Broussard, LA

Jim Garlow, Founding Director, Pastors Rapid Response Team

Bud Hansen, Jr.,Secretary, Papal Foundation

Janet Parshall, Nationally Syndicated Talk Show Host

Joy Allen, Advisory Board, Pennsylvania Catholics Network

Deal W. Hudson, President, Pennsylvania Catholics Network

Ted Meehan, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Catholics Network

John & Patsy Radcliffe, Advisory Board, Pennsylvania Catholics Network

Raymond Rivera Martinez, Presidente, La Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal MI a nivel mundial

Daniel A. Rodriguez, PhD, Professor of Religion and Hispanic Studies, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA

Sonja Corbitt, Founder, PursuingtheSummit.com

Dr. Moses Mercedes, President, Radio Amor and NHCLC Board Member

Rev. Paul Blair, Reclaiming America for Christ

Barbara B.Henkels, Co-Founder, Regina Academies, Philadelphia

William J. Murray, Chairman, Religious Freedom Coalition

Matt C. Abbott, RenewAmerica.com

Stephen Stone, President, RenewAmerica

Rev. Paul Blair, Renewing America for Christ

Richard Wilson, Pastor Revival Outreach Center

Rev. Dale M. Glading, President, Risk Takers for Christ, Inc.

Dave Roever, Vietnam veteran, Founder & President Roever Foundation

Tony Calatayud, National Director Salem Espanol

Dran Reese, Salt and Light Council

Jose L. González, President, Semilla

Chris J. Montelongo, Administrator

Tabernacle of Praise Christian Center, Board of Directors, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

Daniel de Leon, Senior Pastor, Templo Calvario Church

Erwin Guevara, Pastor, Victory Christian Center – Boca Raton

Dave Welch, Exec. Dir., TX Pastor Council

Dr. Gary M. Benedict, President, The Christian and Missionary Alliance

Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt, PhD, Founder, The Pray In Jesus Name Project

Rev. Andrew S. Doan, Sr. Pastor, The Solid Rock Church – Winter Haven, FL

Timothy F. Johnson, Ph.D., Founder/ President, The Frederick Douglass Foundation

Fmr Vice Chairman, NC Republican Party

Steven W. Fitschen, President, The National Legal Foundation, Velasquez Group Productions

Rev. Michael and Rev. Jennifer Derrick The River of WNY

Dr. Tony Evans, The Urban Alternative

Morton Blackwell, Chairman, The Weyrich Lunch

Father James F. Kauffmann, Pastor, Saint Benedict Parish

Andrea Lafferty, President Traditional Values Coalition

Rev. Abraham Hernandez, V. P. Northeast Region, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

Mike Valerio,Helen and Mike Valerio Charitable Trust

Harold Velasquez, President/CEO, Velasquez Group Productions

Dr. G. Antonio Smart, Pastor, Victory Baptist Church of Tampa

Rev Louis P. Sheldon, Founder and Chairman, Traditional Values Coalition

C. Preston Noell III, President Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.

Tom Peterson, President and Founder, VirtueMedia, Inc.

Robert R. Reilly, Former President, Voice of America

Rev. Nicholas Woodbury, Director, Latin America Mission

Bradlee Dean, President, You Can Run But You Can Not Hide International/The Sons of Liberty Radio

Dr. Tony Serna, ND & Master Trainer, Wellness Center

Joseph Farah, Chief Executive Officer, World Net Daily and World Net Daily Books

Susan Carleson, Chairman/CEO, American Civil Rights Union

Robert Knight, Senior Fellow, American Civil Rights Union and, Drafter of the Defense of Marriage Act

Micah Clark, Executive Director, American Family Association of Indiana

Gary Glenn, President, American Family Association of Michigan

Diane Gramley, President, American Family Association of Pennsylvania

Peter LaBarbera, President, Americans For Truth About Homosexuality

Donna Rogers, Founder of Angel of Love and Light Ministries

Janice Shaw Crouse, Ph.D., Senior Fellow Beverly LaHaye Institute, Concerned Women for America

Richard Viguerie, Chairman ConservativeHQ.com

Janet L. Porter, President, Faith2ACTION

Ken Klukowski, Director, Center for Religious Liberty, Family Research Council

Robert Fischer, President, Fischer Furniture, Inc

John Kirkwood, Pastor, Grace Gospel Fellowship

Dr. Warren Guy, DDS, PhD, Pediatric Dentist

Matt Barber, Vice President, Liberty Counsel Action

Lucinda Hodges, LifeCare SouthShoreCenter Manager

Rep. Sally Kern, Oklahoma, House District 84

Gregory Quinlan, President, Pro-Family Network

Ann Quest, Founder, Unity Quest

Dr. Randy Rebold, National Director, Pastors & Patriots Initiative

Now, I don’t know about anyone else, but I do believe that the vast majority of American people will completely resent this band of miscreants who are clearly attempting to intimidate the justices of the Supreme Court into handing down a ruling that will serve no other purpose but to set civil rights back at least 50 years, as well as prohibit any further movement forward for America’s gay population.

Born and bred in fear, ignorance, and an irrational lust for power, these groups and individuals still wield a heavy hand in our political realm. Knowledge and education is the key to thrwarting their movements and their bid for a theocracy. In actuality, this is not about religion or the love of God – it’s about power and oppression.

Mitch McConnell Again? Kentucky What ARE You Thinking?

McConnell 3On November 4, 2008, I sat and watched as the election results rolled in like so many others. Actually I was doing a BlogTalk Radio Show with anti-racist expert, Floyd Cochran. As the results of the Senatorial election in Kentucky were revealed, I just shook my head in amazement and asked “What the hell were the people in Kentucky thinking?” You see, ReBiblican extraordinaire, Mitch McConnell had garnered nearly 53% of the vote. Outrageous!

Yes…I know that Kentucky has historically been a red state – but, Mitch McConnell? Get serious!

Rand Paul On November 6, 2012, I was live blogging and in lively discussion over at God’s Own Party as the election results rolled in. Rand Paul took 59% of the vote in Kentucky – OMG! All I could think of was that the good people of Kentucky who constituted the 41% who had the good sense to vote for someone other than Paul had better put on their wading boots, their flack jackets, and buckle their seat belts because the ride was fixing to get bumpy – and UGLY!

I do love it when I’m right…usually. But, in this case, I so wanted to be wrong! Maybe the Rapture would come after all and take them both to the Pearly Gates. But…that’s only for the righteous…or so they say.

Well, in less than a year and a half, Kentuckians will have an opportunity to begin redeeming themselves and gaining some credibility as a knowledgeable and informed electorate – or not. On November 14, 2014, there will be 33 Senate seats up for grabs and one of them belongs to Mitch McConnell. He’s already laying the groundwork and bringing his brand of douche-baggery into the campaign arena. After pretty much ruining a young reporters life, McConnell is already under investigation for ethics violations during this campaign.

And to top everything off, McConnell is now courting the Tea Party!

So who is this miscreant and what is his nefarious agenda? Let’s pull back the proverbial covers on Mitch McConnell and see what he is all about.

Mitch McConnell was born on February 20, 1942, in Tuscumbia, Alabama and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. He took office in 1985. He has been referred to as “The most powerful Republican on the Planet,” and is considered a “Kingmaker” in Kentucky Republican politics.

McConnell 2He is certainly the consummate conservative with strong religious beliefs: Opposed to abortion; opposed to same-sex marriage and gay adoptions; opposed to Affirmative Action; Opposed to the separation of church and state; in favor of prayer in public schools and faith-based initiatives; in favor of an absolute right to gun ownership; opposed to raising taxes on the wealthy; in favor of privatizing Social Security; and, of course, in favor of expanding the military.

On January 2, 2013, the Public Campaign Action Fund, a nonprofit group that backs stronger campaign finance regulation, released a report highlighting eight instances from McConnell’s political career in which a vote or a blocked vote (filibuster), coincided with an influx of campaign contributions to McConnell’s campaign. Progress Kentucky, a SuperPAC focused on defeating Mitch McConnell in 2014, hosted a press conference in front of the senator’s Louisville office to highlight the report’s findings.

McConnell, in 2010, was ranked the 10th wealthiest member of the U.S. Senate with a personal fortune somewhere in the neighborhood of $45 million.

Morton BlackwellNow for the really good stuff. Mitch McConnell is an alumni and speaker for the Leadership Institute. The Leadership Institute, in spite of calling itself bipartisan, is a right-wing training ground for young conservatives founded by Morton Blackwell.

An excellent report on the Institute can be found at Salon Magazine.

With a $9 million annual budget, the Institute has trained over 40,000 conservatives in the last 25 years and is still counting. Among those alumni are Karl Rove, Grover Norquist, Mike Pence, Ralph Reed, and James O’Keefe, to name a few.

The mission of the Institute is “to increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists” and to “identify, train, recruit and place conservatives in politics, government, and media.” And that is exactly what they achieve.

In 1997, Mitch McConnell founded the JamesMadisonCenter for Free Speech – a legal defense organization in Washington, D.C. Among other things, the Center supports the recognition of the Ten Commandments as one of America’s founding texts, and opposed a measure proposed by the Federal Election Commission to ban non-profits from expressing views on public policy.

McConnell’s General Counsel for the Center is James Bopp. James Bopp was an advisor to Mitt Romney’s campaign, and has served as the General Counsel for National Right to Life since 1978, and as special Counsel for Focus on the Family since 2004.

BoppAccording to his resume, the following are some of his clients: National Organization for Marriage; National Right to Life Committee; Focus on the Family; Susan B. Anthony List; The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice; Catholic Answers; Christian Broadcasting Network; Salem Radio; Priests For Life; Traditional Values Coalition; Homeschool Legal Defense Association; Vision America; Common Sense America; Life Issues Institute; Christian Coalition; Christian Life Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention; Concerned Women For America; National Right to Work Legal Defense and Education Foundation; Club for Growth; Citizens United; Fereation of American Immigration Reform; National Federation of Independent Business; Republican Governors Association; The Libertarian Party; and the Republican National Committee.

So…it would appear that all of the Dominionist and ReBiblican bases are covered, not to mention that the majority of the entities listed are major contributors to the campaigns of right-wing zealots who promote and perpetuate a far-right religious agenda.

It is also worth noting that Bopp was a legal advisor to Citizens United leading up to their victory in the Supreme Court that labeled businesses as people. Because of this and some of the other groups and causes that he has represented, he has earned the label “Public Enemy #1 for fair elections.”

The very fact that Mitch McConnell has been in office for 28 years and is seeking another term should send up a lot of red flags to Kentucky voters. His affiliations, associations, and voting record should certainly sound some alarms. The fact that they are stuck with a looney-tunes poster child in Rand Paul until 2016, should send all of them scurrying to the polls next year to eliminate at least one of these reprobates. But ‘should’s’ and ‘will’s’ are two different things, I realize.

I would ask Kentuckians to remember that these are National Senators, notState. Consequently, while the decisions made by those in the U.S. Senate may reflect the values or the wishes of their constituency in the home state, they definitely conflict with those of sane and lucid Americans who would prefer not to be subjected to the backwoods whims of theocratic ignoramuses who wish to take America backward. You see, forward motion is the goal.

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Bully Sunday

pfsTomorrow is Sunday – church day for Christians, but chances are it won’t be just your ordinary go-to-meetin’ Sunday morning. Now, it’s not Palm Sunday, nor Easter, and it’s just too hot to be Christmas. What it is, is another Pulpit Freedom Sunday. But, wait…it’s not the Sunday before any major elections, you know, where certain preachers decide to test the waters and the laws by jeopardizing their tax-exempt status by preaching politics from the pulpit. So, just what has gotten them into such a frenzy this time? It’s all about you gay people out there who think that you deserve the same rights as everyone else. Just what the hell are you thinking?

Tomorrow morning, and perhaps all through the months of June and July, ministers across this country will be bludgeoning, brow-beating, and bullying their congregations with anti-homosexual rhetoric. Extolling the virtues of heterosexual marriage and family while demonizing anything that doesn’t resemble what they define as “traditional,” these pulpit masters will take you to the river of Biblical dogma and anoint you with their interpretation of Old Testament values. Never mind the teachings of Christ.

This will be the Alliance Defending Freedom’s sixth Pulpit Freedom Sunday and they are boasting that “Nearly 1,100 pastors in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have registered to participate.” Additionally, registration will remain open through the months of June and July.

The Alliance Defending Freedom (previously the Alliance Defense Fund), is one of scores of conservative far-right Christian organizations dedicated to fight Christian persecution because, after-all, they are the down-trodden and oppressed in this country.

The ADF was founded in 1993, by Bill Bright (Campus Crusade for Christ), Larry Burkett (Crown Financial Ministries), James Dobson (Focus on the Family), D. James Kennedy (Coral Ridge Ministries), Marlin Maddoux (International Christian Media) and Donald Wildmon (American Family Association. All but Dobson and Wildmon have passed on to Dominionist heaven – oh yes, there must be such a thing because they would never share their space with those of us who aren’t the “right kind of Christians.”

Alan Sears Currently Alan Sears heads up this outfit. Sears was the Executive Director of the Meese Commission which investigated pornography in this country. That investigation managed to frighten over 17,000 retailers into pulling both Playboy and Penthouse magazines from their shelves for fear they would be labeled “pornography dealers.”

There is little doubt that the ADF is promoting a Christian Supremacist Agenda. From their website:

“We must continue the fight for religious liberty, so that the life-changing message of Jesus Christ can be proclaimed and transform our culture. Each win for the Body of Christ is a loss for the opposition. It’s that black and white.”

 Cutural transformation is their objective. Dominionism is their goal.

 

 

Restored Hope Network – The Dementia of the Radical Right

Exodus_International_logoIn the Spring of 2012, a new hate group emerged after breaking away from Exodous International (a non-profit, ex-gay, Christian organization that seeks to limit homosexual desires). According to Wikipedia: “Focus on the Family reaches out to persons with homosexual desires in cooperation with Exodus International through the Love Won Out Conference. Love Won Out maintains that “[t]he sin of homosexual behavior, like all sins, can be forgiven and healed by the grace revealed in the life and death of Christ. All sexual sin affects the human personality like no other sin, for sexual issues run deep into our character, and change is slow and uphill-but is possible nonetheless.” Exodus International aims to facilitate that change in accordance with the Love Won Out Conference.”

Back in 2009, Exodus International became involved in the Ugandan “Kill the Gays” effort, an effort they would later apologize for. Last year, Alan Chambers, President of Exodous International signaled a shift in the organizations previous policies stating that conversion therapy is potentially harmful to those participating and that it does not work. We can only speculate that the splintering occurred because of this shift and that the new group was unhappy with Chambers and his statements.

Calling themselves “Restored Hope Network,” the list of those who are Board members or endorsers according to Ex-Gay Watch reads like a list of Who’s Who, “not of the Christian Right (which would include Focus on the Family and the ethics wing of the Southern Baptist Convention), but of a Dominionist wing of Christianity that seeks to imprison or execute sexual minorities, suppress religious minorities, and replace the U.S. Constitution with its own harsh interpretation of the Bible.”

After reading the list, we concur. Understanding the Dominionist quest for power and subjugation of the American populace, gives us a reason for pause and caution regarding this group. Giving further credence to our speculation as to why the split from Exodus International is Chairman of the Board for RHN, Andrew Comiskey’s statement about the rebranding that Alan Chambers is striving for. (Rebranding is a trademark of Dominionists. When they find themselves under fire, they attempt to distance themselves from their critics while continuing their pursuits.)

“We at DSM are only indebted to the good of reparative therapy and its underpinnings in developmental psychology. How else would we understand how we become disintegrated in our gender identities, as well as gain objective markers en route to wholeness?

“We cannot afford to distance ourselves from the whole healing community, which must involve solid reparative therapists. They can do what we cannot in our ministries, and vice-versa. We need them!”

Andrew ComiskeyAndrew Comiskey founded Desert Stream Ministry in 1980. According to their Mission Statement: “Based on the biblical foundation of compassion, integrity, and dependence on God, Desert Stream Ministries proclaims to the world the transforming power of Jesus Christ. We equip the body of Christ to minister healing to the sexually and relationally broken through healing groups and leadership training for the local church.”

He claims to have been gay and came to the church as one of the “broken ones.” That term seems to be one that this group is quite fond of. Throughout their literature, homosexuals are referred to as “broken.”

In March of 2010, Desert Streams Ministry found itself embroiled in a scandal surrounding the sexual abuse of a young boy by a longstanding staff member. According to Truth Wins Out:

On March 8, Comiskey wrote a blog post entitled “Falling Mercies” where he says DSM had been, “cast out of our home church”, Vineyard Anaheim, as a result of “a darker strain of sin in our own ranks.” He goes onto reveal that this sin was, “a longstanding staff person from Desert Stream had sexually abused at least one teenager who had sought help from us.”

Comiskey alleges that he was a victim of seven-figure blackmail from the relative of one of the abused boys. This led to, “a scourging of our entire ministry through police interrogations, the naked bulb of insurance agents and their lawyers, and Vineyard elders who for good reason wanted to know what was really going on in Desert Stream Ministries.”

As a result of the investigation, Comiskey says DSM was “torn in two” and that “we the righteous became the scum of the earth–not only the defender of victims, but the predators.”

In his post, Comiskey seemed to care little for those harmed by DSM and tried to come across as a victim saying, “News of our tragedy, now official on police and court records, attracted our accusers like vultures: “Do they change homosexuals or create them?’”

Comiskey claims that, “At the end of 3 years, the case was settled. Our insurance covered most of the costs.” He rightfully thanks the media for not covering the story and allowing his ministry to continue. “Not one story was printed about the tragedy,” writes Comiskey. “God spared us. His mercy leveled and sustained DSM.”

“Comiskey is mocking the mainstream media for not serving as the public’ trusted watchdog,” said Besen. “I hope news outlets understand that inaction has allowed this ministry to continue its operations. Given these revelations, it would be an optimum time for the media to investigate this story.”

For reasons possibly related to this scandal, Comiskey moved Desert Stream from Anaheim to Kansas City, Mo., several years ago, where it currently remains in operation.

This is not the first time Desert Stream has been in trouble. In 1998, The Los Angeles Times reported that one family sued Desert Stream alleging that a minister had sexually abused a teenager while the youth was undergoing therapy to turn him heterosexual. Besen’ book, “Anything But Straight”, discusses a newsletter that says:

“At the end of 2000, we faced an unusual number of Desert Stream-related leaders who fell into sexual sin, or who at least demonstrated a colossal lack of wisdom in their social choices…several were placed on different plans of discipline and restoration.”

In February 2008, Truth Wins Out produced a video featuring “ex-gay’ survivor Jaylen Braiden, who claims an Exodus team leader at Desert Stream took him advantage of him.

Comiskey is one of the most influential ex-gay activists and groups use his curriculum, “Living Waters”, across the globe. Comiskey is the author of “” and calls homosexuality “spiritual disfigurement.” His book also indulges in “spiritual warfare”, calling homosexuality satanic.

“Satan delights in homosexual perversion because it not only exists outside of marriage, but it also defiles God’ very image reflected as male and female….Another related source of demonization is the homosexual relationship itself….that attachment and communion are indeed inspired, but the source is demonic.”

Stephen BlackVice Chairman Steven Black, also claiming to be previously gay, has been with First Stone Ministries since 1993. First Stone Ministries specializes in helping people who struggle with unwanted same sex attractions, homosexuality and all forms of sexual and relational brokenness to finding freedom in Jesus Christ. First Stone Ministries is dedicated to the healing of the homosexual, and otherwise sexually-broken, and wounded.

According to Truth Wins Out: “Black patches together numerous Bible verses that have nothing to do with sexual orientation; falsifies statistics about “ex-gay” success rates; presents a series of unsupported strawman arguments which he says represent a monolithic and evil gay ideology; and presents his own misguided gossip and incompetent Biblical scholarship as God’s true word.”

Ron SmithSecretary Ron Smith joined the ex-gay movement in 2001. He reportedly lived as a gay man with the same partner for 18 years. After spending two and a half years in New Hope Ministries “Step Out Program,” Smith was supposedly “cured of his homosexual lifestyle.” He makes the following claim:

 “All along the way, I’ve been seeking Christ to transform me into the man he has called me to be. My life verse is I Corinthians 16:13-14: “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love.”

 

Treasurer Jason Thompson is, of course, another “cured” homosexual.

Jason ThompsonAccording to his RHN biography:

In 1989, at the age of 19, Jason Thompson approached a crossroads in his young life — what to do with his unwanted homosexual feelings. Relying on his Christian upbringing, he made the difficult decision to follow God’s word and sought help to overcome his struggle and walk in freedom. His search led him to Portland Fellowship, a Christ-centered ministry to those who desire change from sexual brokenness. Through biblical counseling, and loving support, Jason overcame his homosexuality and now serves as Executive Director for Portland Fellowship.

Jason graduated from Multnomah Bible College in Portland Oregon and holds a Masters Degree in Counseling from Western Seminary and is an ordained minister through the church. He and his wife Amy had Abigail, who passed away at 3 1/2 months due to a heart defect. Jason and Amy are raising two boys, Trevor and Cody.

Jason has counseled numerous adults and youth and has spoken to many church groups, colleges (including Moody Bible Institute and Multnomah Bible College, Concorida, Linfield, George Fox, and Western Seminary), and retreat centers. His story has been published in several magazines and booklets. Jason made appearances on local and national Christian and secular television programs and has been interviewed on several local and national radio programs.

Jason has also produced the “The Map”, and interactive CD ROM for youth and in 2008 produced and launched www.reachtruth.com, an online support program and in 2012, produced www.takingbackground.com.

In August of 2012, Thompson announced that his Portland Fellowship had left Exodus International. In his newsletter he listed two reasons for the spilt:

The problem for many Exodus ministries, including Portland Fellowship, is the two-fold message; 1) there is no eternal reason to seek repentance for the self-identified and practicing ‘Gay Christian’; and 2) that change simply isn’t a goal or a strong reality for the majority. So what is the point of Exodus? At the recent annual Exodus conference, Alan opens the conference by answering the question with, “the answer that came to mind was the thing I was looking for was I didn’t want to be alone anymore.”

Robert GagnonBoard Member Dr. Robert Gagnon is another piece of work. In his own words:

On extending domestic partnership benefits to same-sex couples:

“[T]he supposition of extending some benefits to homosexual relationships underestimates the degree to which such relationships are offensive to God and are repulsively contrary to nature. Homosexual relationships are far worse than polyamory, worse even than adultery (isn’t it unfair not to allow health benefits and inheritance laws to extend to one’s mistress?), and comparable to, or more likely worse than, the worst forms of adult-incest (e.g., a man and his mother). The state should not in any way want to be accommodating to homosexual unions. It should do everything it can in terms of persuasion (short of violence and incarceration, of course) to discourage such unions.”

From a theological perspective, the core problem with any attempted homosexual bond is not merely that it is structurally incongruous. It is also, by definition, sexually narcissistic or at least sexually self-deceptive. As one ancient text put it, in a critique of male homosexual practice: “One nature [rather than two] came together in one bed. But seeing themselves in one another, they were ashamed neither of what they were doing, nor of what they were having done to them.” Or, as St. Paul put it: “males… were inflamed with their yearning for one another, males with males…” If one is conscious of being strongly aroused by the distinctive features of one’s own sex, it is a case of sexual narcissism. If one is not conscious of this sameness but thinks instead of a same-sex partner as completing what is lacking in one’s own sex (probably the more common scenario), then it is a case of sexual self-deception. A self-perception of gender deficit, expressed in a desire to merge with someone of the same sex, is consistent with scientific research regarding (1) high rates of gender nonconformity among homosexual males and (2) preferences on the part of most adult homosexual males for very “masculine” men..”

Love is about recovering people for the kingdom of God, not consigning them to hell. The irony is here it’s actually those who are tolerating the serial unrepentant sexual immorality that are consigning the individual to hell. And no matter what they feel affectively in themselves, functionally it turns out to be hate. If a person has two young children and those children want to touch a hot stove, and the parent says “there there, knock yourself out, go ahead and explore,” those parents are not considered loving. In fact, state social services takes the children out of the home and the parents go to prison. So clearly tolerance is not always loving. The issue that has to be faced here with regard to homosexual practice is first a truth question. Are people genuinely at risk in their relationship to God through serial unrepentant behavior?”

Gagnon was offended and enraged by Alan Chambers statements and issued a 34 page rant attempting to rebut Chambers’ statements.

Anne PaulkBoard member and Network Coordinator, Anne Paulk is pretty well known among the Dominionists seeking to cure homosexuality as she purports to be a recipient of their healing powers. Additionally, she married the poster boy for these charlatans, John Paulk who fell from grace and dumped her.

She is the author of Restoring Sexual Identity: Hope for Women Who Struggle with Same-Sex Attraction, and has been on numerous radio and TV programs promoting the cause. From an article by Wayne Besen on Truth Wins Out from December of last year, we get the real story behind the Paulk charade:

(BE SURE AND CHECK OUT THE VIDEO)

John and Anne Paulk were the king and queen of the so-called “ex-gay” industry. Anne had appeared in the Religious Right’s 1998 “Truth in Love” campaign with a full page ad in the New York Times headlined, “I’m living proof that Truth can set you free.” She was on the cover of Newsweek with her husband, John, who was the founder of Focus on the Family’s Love Won Out program and the Chairman of Exodus International. John had also appeared on Oprah, Good Morning America, and 60 Minutes, dissembling about how he prayed away the gay and married his “ex-lesbian” wife, Anne.

On Sept. 19, 2000 the lie abruptly ended when I photographed John in Mr. P’s, a Washington, DC gay bar.

Well, we thought the fraud had ended.

Paulk was interviewed by James Dobson on Focus on the Family radio, where the group claimed that Paulk had simply “slipped” into temporary sin. On the show, John plead for forgiveness and claimed that he had made a mistake by walking into “Satan’s Trap.”

A couple of years later, the Paulk family moved to Portland, Oregon where John started a new life as a chef and opened Mezzaluna Catering, which featured a staff of highly attractive male models. For years, the Paulks were left alone to move on with their lives.

However, they never really did move on. John spoke at a 2010 Evergreen “ex-gay” conference. Anne continued peddling the lie that one can “pray away the gay.”

Earlier this year, I debated Focus on the Family’s Timothy Dailey on a radio program. During the show, Dailey claimed that despite the Mr. P’s incident, the Paulk family was an example of an “ex-gay” success story and that John had returned to heterosexuality. This was odd, because people had contacted Truth Wins Out claiming that John Paulk was part of the gay night scene, with a special affinity for Silverado, a gay strip club.

In Sept. 2012, Anne Paulk helped found the Restored Hope Network, a group of “ex-gay” ministries that were defecting from Exodus because its leader, Alan Chambers, claimed that Exodus did not successfully convert homosexuals into heterosexuals. While speaking at the inaugural Restored Hope Network meeting, Anne misled the crowd by exploiting her crumbling marriage from the stage:

“I never thought I would be married and the mother of three sons,” she told the eager crowd mixed with anti-gay extremists and the hurting parents of gay children.

Anne’s version of their marriage was bizarre, because several people in Portland had told me they had recently split up.

Tired of the continuing lies, Truth Wins Out contacted John and asked him to come out with dignity, so his tale of change could no longer be used to justify anti-gay discrimination or promote “ex-gay” programs. We asked John to contact Focus on the Family and tell them the truth — that he was a gay man — so they would no longer promote his story.

John refused several offers to publicly tell the truth about his life on his own terms.

From Wikipedia:

“In April 2013, Paulk disavowed his belief in gay reparative therapy, announcing that while he remains a devout Christian he also identifies as a gay (not formerly gay) man and believes that reparative therapy is both futile and harmful. He announced that his marriage is ending and he issued a formal apology for his role as an advocate of the movement.”

Denise ShickAnother Board member, Denise Shick is the Founder and Director of Help 4 Families Ministry. She is the author of My Daddy’s Secret and When Hope Seems Lost.

Help 4 Families Ministry poses as an outreach ministry for family members dealing with the torment of homosexuality. Denise welcomes everyone with this message:

“Now, as an adult who has received much insight and healing of my own, I’m at a place to offer a helping hand to others caught in similar circumstance, primarily having to do with Gender Identity Disorders. Help 4 Families is designed to give you the encouragement, loving support, and open-handed approach towards your own restoration; the kind of help I longed to experience as a youngster. If you are searching for a listening ear and/or basic information for yourself, your minister and others, or basic help in locating a Christian counselor, as well as others who are ready and eager to help on-line, you have now found your helping hand.”

But, these “Board Members” are just the tip of the iceberg in this list of Dominionist cretins. The newly announced Board of Reference is where we must turn our attention at this juncture.

Randy AlcornRandy Alcorn – the Founder and Director of Eternal Perspective Ministries (EPM) and award winning author. In November 2009, Alcorn signed an ecumenical statement known as the Manhattan Declaration calling on Evangelicals, Catholics and Orthodox not to comply with rules and laws permitting abortion, same-sex marriage and other matters that go against their religious consciences.

Alcorn was arrested several times in 1989, for blocking the doors to several abortion clinics. One of those clinics sued him and others and won a judgment. Randy refused to pay. Prior to the suit, he had placed all of the family assests in the name of his wife and gave away or sold all of the copyrights to his books. Claiming that he had no assests, the court garnished his wages. Consequently he resigned his position with the church. Later he would establish the Eternal Perspectives Ministries – a Dominionist outfit seeking to convert the “unreached, unfed, unborn, uneducated, unreconciled, and unsupported people around the world.”

Matt BarberMatt Barber – a Constitutional Law Attorney and Associate Dean for Career and Professional Development as well as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law at Liberty University, which in and of itself deserves a post all of its own. He lists as his areas of interests and teaching: Pro-family public policy and cultural advocacy; Judicial and Constitutional integrity, Strategic Career Guidance and Counseling; and Sexual Behavior and the Law.

No newcomer to the ultra-right-wing conservative ideology, Barber previously served as Policy Director for Beverly LaHaye’s Concerned Women For America. According to his biography he proudly proclaims:

As a published freelance writer, many newspapers and online publications run his columns, including the Washington Examiner, Washington Times, Insight magazine, WorldNetDaily.com, TownHall.com, and others. Dean Barber frequently appears on Fox News, MSNBC, and CNN, and is a regular guest on dozens of talk radio programs and networks, including Michael Savage, G. Gordon Liddy, Michael Medved, Janet Parshall, Michael Reagan, and Dennis Prager.

The Liberty Counsel hosts the Faith and Freedom show that is seen on approximately 90 channels. Today, as I was writing this article, Matt Barber appeared on that program and proffered the idea that homosexuals are buying children as if they were pets.



In his own words:

“Just because two people want to play house and pretend that they’re a married couple, a man and a man or a woman and a woman, guess what, they still have to bring in a third party, whether it’s two lesbians with artificial insemination or two homosexual males through having to adopt from somebody who naturally had children. It’s an assault on truth, it’s an attack on truth and it’s rebellion against God.”

In March of 2012, Barber stated that he opposed “violence against people who engage in these aberrant sexual behaviors,” but he also opposes efforts to investigate and prevent such violence and discrimination. On the Faith and Freedom show, Matt Barber reiterated his support of countries that outlaw homosexuality and warned that anti-violence measures are a “Trojan Horse to repress the church and anyone who holds traditional values.” (Right Wing Watch)

Steve BergerSteve Berger – founding pastor of Grace Chapel – a transformational Dominionist church. Steve is also the founder of CalvaryChapelPomonaValley in Southern California.

 

 

Michael BrownDr. Michael Brown – the founder and president of FIRESchool of Ministry in Concord, North   Carolina. He is the Director of the Coalition of Conscience, and the host of the daily syndicated talk show, “In the Line of Fire.”

According to his biography, “Since coming to faith in 1971 as a 16 year-old, heroin-shooting Jewish rock drummer, Dr. Michael Brown has devoted his life to fostering awakening in the Church, sparking moral and cultural revolution in the society, raising up gospel laborers for the nations, and reaching out to his own Jewish people. He is the host of the nationally syndicated Line of Fire radio broadcast, the president of FIRE School of Ministry, and a professor of Bible and Hebrew studies at several leading seminaries. He has preached in more than 25 nations and is the author of 22 books and numerous scholarly and popular articles. Dr. Brown has debated Jewish rabbis, agnostic professors, and gay activists on radio, TV, and college campuses, and he is widely considered to be the world’s foremost Messianic Jewish apologist.”

Last year, the Southern Poverty Law Center listed Michael Brown as one of their 30 New Activists Heading up the Religious Right. They had this to offer on Brown:

Michael Brown is not typical of most who push the idea that a cabal of liberal media elites have orchestrated a so-called “homosexual agenda” to indoctrinate children into a lifestyle that makes a mockery of Christian values.

The founder of the FIRE School in Ministry in Concord, N.C., and host of the daily, nationally syndicated talk-radio show “The Line of Fire,” Brown frequently discusses his conversion to Christianity “as a sixteen-year-old, heroin-shooting, LSD-using Jewish rock drummer.” With a doctorate in Near Eastern languages and literatures, he considers himself the world’s “foremost Messianic Jewish apologist” and has taught, he says, at seven theological seminaries.

But in recent years, Brown has ventured beyond seminary walls to take on a new, activist anti-LGBT project, selling himself as an expert speaker on the issue of “cultural revolution.” He has appeared on television and radio talk shows and last year delivered a keynote presentation at the annual conference for the National Association for the Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), the pre-eminent source of junk science aimed at “curing” gay people.

“Speak now,” he says frequently when discussing homosexuality, “or forever hold your peace.”

Unlike many other voices on the religious right, Brown generally has avoided the kind of slashing rhetoric that often devolves into rank defamation. His work is heavily footnoted and avoids the blanket pronouncements that have gotten others in trouble. But he still can sound conspiratorial.

“When it comes to denying the existence of a gay agenda, there is ‘immense unity’ in the gay community. Why? It is because the denial of that agenda is part of the agenda. … That is the necessary piece of the puzzle,” Brown wrote in A Queer Thing Happened to America: And What A Long Strange Trip It’s Been, a 691-page critique of homosexuality he self-published in 2011.

“[I]t is not good that homosexual behavior is presented as just another alternative to heterosexual behavior, that bisexuality is celebrated, that transgenderism [sic] is normalized, that sex-change surgery is presented as the thing to do, that ex-gays are ridiculed and their very existence denied,” Brown wrote.

Brown has also been known to make spurious claims linking homosexuality and pedophilia. In a 2011 essay, he suggested that Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach who sexually abused a number of children, was a gay man. “Could it be,” Brown asked, “that the [Penn State] sex abuse scandal involved a man allegedly abusing boys, meaning that the acts were homosexual in nature?”

Researchers, however, established long ago that chronic pedophiles like Sandusky have no sexual interest in any adult and can’t be considered homosexual or heterosexual. The American Psychological Association, contrary to Brown’s insinuations, has officially concluded “homosexual men are not more likely to sexually abuse children than heterosexual men.”

Donald CarsonDonald Arthur Carson – a Canadian born evangelical minister. He is a research professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. In 2007, he, along with Tim Keller, a Presbyterian minister out of New York, started the Gospel Coalition. The Gospel Coalition is a Reformed Evangelical Christian Organization. According to their website they are unhappy with mainstream Christianity:

“We are a fellowship of evangelical churches deeply committed to renewing our faith in the gospel of Christ and to reforming our ministry practices to conform fully to the Scriptures. We have become deeply concerned about some movements within traditional evangelicalism that seem to be diminishing the church’s life and leading us away from our historic beliefs and practices. On the one hand, we are troubled by the idolatry of personal con- sumerism and the politicization of faith; on the other hand, we are distressed by the unchallenged acceptance of theological and moral relativism. These movements have led to the easy abandonment of both biblical truth and the transformed living mandated by our historic faith. We not only hear of these influences, we see their effects. We have committed ourselves to invigorating churches with new hope and compelling joy based on the promises received by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.”

Accordingly, they incorporate the decidedly Dominionist Statement of Faith into their description as well as promoting anti-gay literature on their website.

Father Paul CheckFather Paul Check – Director of the Courage apostolate. Yes, he is Catholic and yes, Catholics CAN be Dominionists. The Courage Apostolate is a Catholic organization dedicated to “curing” homosexuals. From their Website:

Courage, an apostolate of the Catholic Church, ministers to persons with same-sex attractions and their loved ones. We have been endorsed by the Pontifical Council for the Family and our beloved John Paul II said of this ministry, “COURAGE is doing the work of God!” We also have an outreach called EnCourage which ministers to relatives, spouses, and friends of persons with same-sex attractions.

They host a “Christian Manhood Men’s Retreat,” as well as a variety of conferences. They list Five Goals of Courage which are:

To live chaste lives in accordance with the Roman Catholic Church’s teaching on homosexuality. ( Chastity )

To dedicate our entire lives to Christ through service to others, spiritual reading, prayer, meditation, individual spiritual direction, frequent attendance at Mass, and the frequent reception of the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist. (Prayer and Dedication)

To foster a spirit of fellowship in which we may share with one another our thoughts and experiences, and so ensure that no one will have to face the problems of homosexuality alone. (Fellowship)

To be mindful of the truth that chaste friendships are not only possible but necessary in a chaste Christian life; and to encourage one another in forming and sustaining these friendships. (Support)

To live lives that may serve as good examples to others. (Good Example/Role Model)

And based upon the Twelve Step Program of Alcoholics Anonymous, they list the Twelve Steps of Courage:

We admitted that we were powerless over homosexuality and our lives had become unmanageable.

We came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

We made a decision to turn our will and our lives to the care of God as we understood Him.

We made a searching and fearless inventory of ourselves.

We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects in our character.

We humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings.

We made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make direct amends to them all.

We made the direct amends to such people wherever possible except when to do so would injure them or others.

We continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.

We sought through prayer and meditation improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for the knowledge of God’s Will for us and the power to carry it out.

Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to others and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Jim GarlowJim Garlow – the pastor of the SkylineChurch in La   Mesa, California. Garlow is credited with being a leader in the Pulpit Freedom Movement which insists that pastors should be free to carry out political advocacy from the pulpit and still maintain their tax-exempt status.

Back in 2008, Garlow and his Skyline church took the lead in organizing Christian groups in an all out effort to support California’s Propostition 8 which banned same-se marriage. In 2010, he was appointed to head up the Renewing American Leadership Foundation started by Dominionist Presidential Candidate, Newt Gingrich.

June HuntJune Hunt – (From Wikipedia)  CEO http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/June_Hunt and CSO (Chief Servant Officer) of Hope For The Heart, the nonprofit ministry she founded in 1986. She is the author of the Biblical Counseling Library, a 100-volume collection of topical, biblical counseling manuals, that serves as the foundation for Hope For The Heart’s international broadcasts, training, publishing, teaching and biblical counseling ministry. Hunt’s two radio broadcasts—Hope In The Night, a live 2-hour call-in counseling program, and Hope For The Heart, a half-hour teaching program—air on approximately 900 radio outlets worldwide.

Between 1989 and 1992, she developed and taught Counseling Through The Bible, a scripturally-based counseling course addressing 100 topics in categories such as marriage and family, rocky relationships, emotional entrapments, Christian apologetics, as well as addictions and abuse. Since then, the coursework has been continuously refined to form the basis for the Biblical Counseling Library, composed of 100 topical training manuals, each called Biblical Counseling Keys.

Hunt is the founder and CEO of The Hope Center in Plano, Texas, a permanent home for nearly 50 nonprofit Christian ministries that share common space, a technology backbone, and amenities under one roof. Hope For The Heart is the Center’s anchor tenant and offers walk-in counseling by appointment at the Center.

Hunt, who holds a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Criswell College, has been a regular guest professor at colleges and seminaries. She trains peers annually at the American Association of Christian Counselor’s conference and speaks at numerous other national and international conferences, as well as religious and broadcasting events each year on topics such as forgiveness, anger, fear, childhood sexual abuse and domestic violence.

Juan MartinezDr. Juan Martinez – (From his biography) – Juan Martínez is associate provost for diversity and international programs and associate professor of Hispanic studies and pastoral leadership. Since coming to Fuller in 2001, Dr. Martínez has also served as director of the Center for the Study of Hispanic Church and Community. Among other topics, his current research focuses on the history of Latino Protestantism, Latino Protestant identity, ministry in Latino Protestant churches, Latino and Latin American Anabaptists, and transnational mission among US Latinos.

Martínez joined Fuller from the Latin American Anabaptist Seminary in Guatemala City, Guatemala, where he served as rector for nine years. A Mennonite Brethren pastor, Martínez also has experience in church planting and teaching in both religious and secular venues. He served as director of Hispanic Ministries for the Pacific District Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Church and of Instituto Bíblico del Pacífico, a Mennonite Brethren Bible Institute.

Joseph NicolosiJoseph Nicolosi – (From Wikipedia) an American clinical psychologist, founder and director of the Thomas Aquinas Psychological Clinic in Encino, California, and a founder and former president of the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH).Nicolosi has advocated and practiced reparative therapy, a practice that he claims can help people overcome or mitigate their homosexual desires and replace them with heterosexual ones.

Nicolosi has described his theories in Reparative Therapy of Male Homosexuality: A New Clinical Approach and three other books. Nicolosi proposes that homosexuality is often the product of a condition he describes as gender-identity deficit caused by an alienation from, and perceived rejection by, individuals of the subject’s gender. He holds a Ph.D. from the California School of Professional Psychology.

Ray OrtlandRay Ortland – (From Wikipedia) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raymond_C._Ortlund,_Jr.  Pastor at Immanuel Church in Nashville, TN. He also serves as President of Renewal Ministries, Regional Director in the Acts 29 Network, and Council Member of The Gospel Coalition (Don Carson’s outfit). Ortlund is perhaps most well known for his contribution to the ESV Study Bible, his expositional commentary on Isaiah, and his blog “Christ is Deeper Still.”

The Acts 29 Network is a church networking organization dedicated to the activity of church planting (i.e. establishing new local congregations).. It derives its name from the Book of Acts in the New Testament, which has 28 chapters, making Acts 29 the “next chapter” in the history of the church.[1] A number of other Christian organisations also use the phrase “Acts 29” in their name.[

Ortlund is known for passionate expositional preaching, Christocentric exegesis, and a strong emphasis on gospel grace over bible-belt legalism.

Janet ParshallJanet Parshall – (From her Biography) http://www.restoredhopenetwork.com/index.php/who-we-are/board-of-reference  Janet has been consistently profiled as one of the top 100 “talkers” in Talkers magazine, the leading trade publication of the talk industry. In 2011 and 2008, Janet was awarded the National Religious Broadcasters On-Air Personality of the Year. Janet was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Religious Broadcasters in 1998, and has served on its Executive Board since 2001. She is the recipient of the Excellence in Communications award from Women in Christian Media. Janet was also elected to Sigma Delta Omega for high attainments in the field of broadcasting.

Throughout her career, Janet has been a devoted advocate of the principles and policies that strengthen the family. In February 2005, Parshall was selected by President George W. Bush to represent the White House as public delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. As a radio and television commentator, author, and advocate for the family, Janet speaks nationwide on public policy issues that impact family preservation and promotion.

Leanne PayneLeanne Payne – A leader the Healing Prayer Movement. She is the Founder and President of Pastoral Care Ministries. Now, Janet might just be certifiably insane. At one point she claimed that God told her that she was pregnant by creating a baby shaped cloud.

In her book, “The Broken Image,” she compares homosexuals to cannibals. Accordint to Truth Wins Out:

“…she opines that homosexuals are not truly interested in having intercourse with same-sex partners. Much like how a cannibal eats victims to ingest their traits, gay men only have sex to ingest the masculinity of partners. She believes that gay men are promiscuous because they keep trying in vain to become masculine through sex — when only praying to Jesus can accomplish this.”

But that isn’t the end of this woman’s madness. Janet doesn’t believe in masturbation and she has created a prayer specifically to help others stop this practice – I kid you not! Here it is:

“In the name of Jesus Christ I say that this creative energy from now on shall flow in its normal channel, and it shall not overflow anymore to the right hand or to the left hand. I build high dikes on the right hand and on the left hand and in Jesus’ Name I command that it shall not overflow to the left hand or the right hand, but it shall flow quietly in its normal channel.”

Georgene RiceGeorgene Rice – (From her biography) Georgene has been a talk show host with KPDQ for more than 20 years and has traveled internationally as a station correspondent. In 2003 Georgene served as the chief spokesman and debater for the Defense of Marriage Coalition, which successfully amended Oregon’s constitution. She has lectured on university campuses and is a frequent speaker and worship leader at Christian conferences and retreats. Georgene has served on several Boards and regularly volunteers for charitable organizations. A musician Georgene and husband Dan have traveled around the world teaching and performing Gospel music.

StaverMatt Staver the Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel and also serves as Vice President of Liberty University, Dean and Professor of Law at Liberty University School of Law, and Chairman of Liberty Counsel Action. He has the highest AV rating given to attorneys by Martindale-Hubbell and is board certified in Appellate Practice.

Matt produces and hosts Faith & Freedom, a 15-minute daily radio program, and Freedom’s Call, a 90-second daily radio program, focusing on topics of cultural and political interest from a Christian worldview. He serves on the Board of Reference of The Christian Film & Television Commission. As a former pastor and one of the nation’s preeminent constitutional attorneys, he frequently appears as a guest on national network and cable TV and radio programs and also appears in several thousand print articles each year.

(From Wikipedia) – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mathew_Staver He authored nine books, including Faith and Freedom: A Complete Handbook for Defending Your Religious Rights, Religion and the Future of America; Religious Expression in Public Schools; Judicial Tyranny; Political Activity of Nonprofit Organizations, Union Membership and its Constitutional Implications, Take Back America, and Same-Sex Marriage: Putting Every Household at Risk, to be released in September, 2004. He has also authored law review and journal articles on a variety of topics, including Disestablishmentarianism Collides With the First Amendment: The Ghost of Thomas Jefferson Still Haunts Churches, and Lifting the Veil: An Expose’ on the American Bar Association’s Arbitrary and Capricious Accreditation Process. Staver is a constitutional litigator and conducts hundreds of media interviews each year.

From GLAAD- In his own words:

http://www.glaad.org/cap/mat-staver

Suggested marriage equality should lead opponents to rise up and fight “another American Revolution.

Or a civil war, perhaps: “[The marriage fight] is the thing that revolutions literally are made of. This would be more devastating to our freedom, to our religious freedom, to the rights of pastors and their duty to be able to speak and to Christians around the country, then anything that the revolutionaries during the American Revolution even dreamed of facing. This would be the thing that revolutions are made of. This could split the country right in two. This could cause another civil war. I’m not talking about just people protesting in the streets, this could be that level because what would ultimately happen is a direct collision would immediately happen with pastors, with churches, with Christians, with Christian ministries, with other businesses, it would be an avalanche that would go across the country.” “

— On the repeal of the discriminatory Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: “We believe they’ve slapped the military in the face and have betrayed the men and women in the service by using the military to push the homosexual agenda. We will ask the House to refuse to fund the repeal, which will take millions of dollars to fund.”

— Claims that children with gay parents will end up “behind bars for committing violent crimes.” (0:00 – 0:56)

— “It may sound crass, but take a fan for example, and instead of having the male plug, have the female plug, and try to see if you can make it work. You’re not going to be able to plug it into a wall. The fact is nature teaches you — you don’t have to have anything — that’s why a five-year-old can understand that this is against nature. That’s why it’s been called a crime against nature. (0:00 – 0:27)

Sam StormsDr. Sam Storms – (From his Biography) Sam Storms is the Lead Pastor for Preaching and Vision at Bridgeway Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and the President of Enjoying God Ministries (www.samstorms.com). He has authored or edited 22 books and has published numerous journal articles and book reviews. He is a graduate of The University of Oklahoma (BA), Dallas Theological Seminary (ThM), and The University of Texas at Dallas (PhD). He and his wife Ann have been married for 41 years and are the parents of two grown daughters and have four grandchildren.

http://www.restoredhopenetwork.com/index.php/who-we-are/board-of-reference

Christopher WestChristorpher West – a Catholic Theologian. (From Wikipedia) West has been delivering lectures since 1997, mostly on topics such as Christian anthropology, the Creed, morality, sacraments, marriage, sexuality, and family life. He has also spoken on national radio and on television. He is one of the main educators in the Theology of the Body Institute, which offers graduate level courses and other training programs on the Theology of the Body.

Theology of the Body is the topic of a series of 129 lectures given by Pope John Paul II during his Wednesday audiences in St. Peter’s Square and the Pope Paul VI Hall between September 1979 and November 1984. It was the first major teaching of his pontificate. The complete addresses were later compiled and expanded upon in many of John Paul’s encyclicals, letters, and exhortations.

The Anti-Gay Movement has many such “organizations.” Most are equally as strident in their message and their actions. This group, however, has managed to pull in some of the most vociferous and egregiously hateful activists that the Movement has to offer. They have been in the process of scheduling numerous regional events for the Summer and are planning more in the Fall.

 

The Family Research Council – Hate & Bigotry Wrapped Up In Religious Zealotry

The Family Research Council

Hate & Bigotry Wrapped Up In Religious Zealotry

By Nicole Nichols

logoThere is little wonder that the Family Research Council was designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center three years ago. The real puzzlement lies in the fact that even after such a designation the center has done nothing to ameliorate those charges and everything to live up to that characterization.

During the recent flap over the Boy Scouts of America’s consideration to allow homosexual youth and scout masters into their rank and file, something that shouldn’t even be a question mark, the Family Research Council and its members were sent into paroxysms of rage. The anti-gay, anti-abortion, anti-non-Christian group wasted no time in pooling the resources of dozens of other similar groups together to publish this full-page advertisement in USA Today reaching readers throughout the country:

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Once the decision had been tabled until May, the Council celebrated and thanked all of those who supported them as President Tony Perkins issued the following statement:

tony 2“However, it is not enough that they postpone a decision. Instead, the BSA board should publicly re-affirm their current standards, as they did just last July. We look forward to continuing to work with scouting parents, leaders of the faith-based organizations that charter over two-thirds of the packs and the troops. We will also continue to communicate with the Scout leadership about the grave consequences that would result if they were to compromise their moral standards in the face of threats from corporate elites and homosexual activists.”

Perkins has a long standing history of hatred and bigotry toward all things non-Christian and non-heterosexual. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Liberty University, an Evangelical Christian school in Virginia, that steeps its students in creationism and dominionist dogma.

Perkins went on to become a police officer, a television reporter, and a two-term legislator in the Louisiana House of Representatives. While in office, Perkins pushed for prayer in public schools and to prevent what he called “Censorship of America’s Christian Heritage.” He authored the nation’s first covenant marriage law which would permit divorce only in cases of physical abuse, abandonment, imprisonment, or after two years of separation.

Believing that judicial nominees were being blocked by U.S. Senate Democrats, who were waging a war against orthodox religious views, and that the nominees were being persecuted for their Christian beliefs, Perkins organized Justice Sunday, an attempt to mobilize the Evangelical Christian base into support of Christian judicial nominees.

Klansman David Duke

Klansman David Duke

Tony Perkins is no saint. In 1996, he was campaign manager for Woody Jenkins who was running against Mary Landrieu. He paid a whopping $82,500 to Ku Klux Klansman David Duke for Duke’s mailing list, a stunt that ended up in the campaign being fined for false disclosure after his attempt to hide the payment to the nefarious racist.

But, his elbow-rubbing with white supremacists didn’t end there as he continued his bigotry with the Council of Conservative Citizens, a group which has also been named a hate group by the SPLC and which outwardly considers black people as a “retrograde species of humanity.”

Perkins has been the head honcho at the Family Research Council since 2003. The Council is an offshoot of James Dobson’s Focus on the Family. Because of the political nature of the Council, the founders believed it might threaten the tax-exempt status of Focus on the Family, hence the separation of the two entities.

The first president of the FRC was Gary Bauer, an evangelical Christian, politician and Ronald Reagan acolyte of equal intolerance to Perkins.

The FRC is extremely active in the political arena and in policy making decisions. With a membership of approximately a half-million, and a cadre of heavy-hitting, well-heeled board members and staff, they enter the halls of government on local, state, and federal levels with a fair amount of clout.

Focusing on all things Christian, the FRC is virulently anti-abortion, anti-separation of church and state, anti-homosexual, anti-immigrant, and anti-pornography. They are one of the leading organizations in funding the conservative movement. Every Fall, the FRC Action group holds the Values Voters Summit, comprised of Christian activists and voters in Washington, DC. where conservative  presidential and congressional hopefuls can be heard and evaluated. In 2012, those who participated included: Rep. Michelle Bachmann; Gary Bauer; Glenn Beck; Gen. William Boykin; Governor Jan Brewer; Rep. Eric Cantor; Sen. Ted Cruz; Sen. Jim DeMint; Rep. Jeff Fortenberry; Governor Mike Huckabee; Rep. Tim Huelskamp; Rep. Jim Jordan; Rep. Steve King; Rep. James Lankford; Governor Bob McDonnell; Lt. Col. Oliver North; Sen. Rand Paul; Governor Mitt Romney; Rep. Paul Ryan; and Sen. Rick Santorum.

This is but a sampling of those who the FRC has great influence over. The Complete roster can be seen here: http://www.valuesvotersummit.org/speakers.

During the 2012, summit, a group Dream Act activists and GetEQUAL activists staged a protest during Mitt Romney’s speech. Apparently, the good Christians present weren’t called upon to feel very Christ-like on that evening and began throwing punches and shoving the young protestors.  Brent Bozell was introducing a speaker and from the podium he told the protestors to leave and told the audience “if you see any protestors, beat ‘em up.” Felipe Matos, one of the protestors,  gave this account:

“As soon as we started our action and pulled out a giant rainbow flag in full sight, conference participants morphed into an angry mob. Some screamed, “Our values are not killing you! It’s AIDS, and you’re spreading it!” Others told us, “Get out of my country!” even though Sean Watkins, one of our activists from Ohio, served in the military during the Iraq War. It was horrifying to see participants and security guards attacking one of our lead organizers in D.C., Charles Butler, pushing and choking him so much that he was out of breath and fell to the floor a few times.”

Jerry Boykin

Jerry Boykin

Recently, General Jerry Boykin was chosen to fill the seat of Executive Vice President for the Family Research Council. Boykin brings a whole new dimension the Council as he is well known for his noxious Islamophobic views. As a 36-year veteran of the military, and a former U.S. deputy undersecretary of defense under Donald Rumsfeld, Boykin likened the War on Terror to a battle against Satan, claimed that George W. Bush was put into office by God, and was censured by the Army for giving speeches at various Christian events while in full-dress uniform.

During his tenure, he ranted that Muslims hate America, and stated that the military is recruiting a spiritual army that will draw strength from a greater power to destroy their enemies. According to Boykin, Islam is not a religion and does not deserve First Amendment protection.

In Jerry Boykin’s world,  mosques should be banned in the United States.  After all,  “we are at war” against the threat of Islam and the Muslim Brotherhood, which he says is trying to implement Sharia law in the U.S.  Of course, his history of incendiary remarks drew a lot of heat recently and he was forced to withdraw from delivering a speech at the 2012 National Prayer Breakfast, held at West Point in February, thanks to a lot of pressure from the good folks at the Military Religious Freedom Foundation.  A few months after that, in July, the FRC hired Boykin as executive vice president. We can only imagine what he will bring to their already hate-filled feast.

Along with the big push against the Boy Scouts of America, the FRC has recently taken up the fight against the Violence Against Women Act. Calling  upon their membership, the FRC sent out an email alert and quoted Phyllis Schlafly who wrote:

schlafly-460x307“[VAWA] has done little or no good for real victims of domestic violence, while its funds have been used to fill feminist coffers and to lobby for feminist objectives and laws. Although every spending bill should be subject to rigorous auditing procedures in order to curb waste and fraud, VAWA has somehow ducked accountability for the [$660 million] a year it doles out to radical feminist organizations.”

The email went on to say:

“Among the bill’s most egregious parts is a provision that would ban funds to grantees who may have religious objections to homosexuality–even if no documented case of refused services has been found. It also includes special assistance for homosexual victims.”

The FRC is a dangerous organization posing a real threat to the very fabric of a multicultural society such as ours. Their every move and motivation is based a dark undercurrent of hatred, ignorance, and fear, and they have become very adept at spreading their pernicious message to millions of vulnerable individuals. Additionally, they have been successful in promoting and electing lawmakers into positions of power who will succumb to the pressure and the purse of those who seek to force us into the abyss of a societal demise.

Who's Who In The FRC

Who’s Who In The FRC

 

The Dominionist Connection

The Menage a trois between Big Business, Government, and Religion – A birds-eye view

By Nicole Nichols

Climbing mountains is never easy, however, if you are climbing those mountains in the metaphorical sense, it behooves you to have beaucoup bucks behind you and a lot of powerful people to push you all the way to the top. If you are a Dominionist hell-bent on taking over the world, you really don’t much care who you climb in bed with or who scratches your back. Hence, we are now witnessing the co-mingling and fraternization of religious extremists, politicians, think-tanks, Super PACs, and big business as the Dominionists seek to reach the pinnacle of that mountain of government.

What we are truly watching is a union, a marriage, if you will, of the church and the state. One of the most coveted tenets of the Founding Fathers of this country was the separation of these two entities, yet those who bellow the loudest about preserving the Constitution and the ideals of those Fathers, are fighting within the framework to circumvent the very doctrine which has served us so well.

For an eye-opening experience, we now take a look at just one of the many groups who are in the midst of that battle and how they have managed to wrangle their way into the inner circle of power brokers.

The passage of Citizens United by the Supreme Court of the United States sent shockwaves throughout the nation. Affording corporations the same rights as people and allowing an unprecedented wave of money to be sent into campaign coffers allows the mega-wealthy to purchase elections of officials who will be even more beholden to their benefactors than they are to their constituents. Petition drives are being held all over our country and congressmen and women are being lobbied to put an end to that ruling as the general populace understands the ramifications of such an enactment. Yet, do they really?

The Citizens United Foundation was begun in 1988, as the brainchild of Floyd G. Brown. It is a nonprofit corporation with a 501(c)(4) Tax exempt status affiliated with the Presidential Coalition and the Conservative Victory Committee and located on Pennsylvania Avenue in the Capitol Hill District of Washington, D.C. The Foundation has been instrumental in creating many controversies and in successfully helping to elect many extreme-right candidates.  Besides Floyd G. Brown, Founder and Chairman of the Board, its officers include: David Bossie, Chairman; Michael Boos, President and General Counsel; Brian J. Berry, Director; Douglas L. Ramsey, Secretary-Treasurer; Ron Robinson, Director; and Bob Barr, Congressman and Honorary Chairman.

The stated mission of the organization is:

“CUF is dedicated to informing the American people about public policy issues which relate to traditional American values, including: the Constitution as the supreme limit on federal power, a strong national defense as the primary role of the federal government; free enterprise as the economic system that has enabled the American people to attain and maintain an historically high standard of living; belief in God and Judeo/Christian values as the fundamental attribute of our way of life; and the recognition of the family as the basic social unit of our society.”

There are a daunting number of groups engaged in running an extreme right-wing agenda on the American people, and following the money and power trails of any of those groups will lead to the same results. However, because of the numerous congressional candidates endorsed by Citizens United and its various entities, it became the obvious place to begin this trek into the dark realm of the blending of religion and politics and the impending marriage of church and state.

For a visual explaining the immediate reach of Citizens United, as a whole, click the chart below – and remember this is just a drop in the bucket when it comes to the influence and power that this one group has.

A look at what each CUF member brings to the table.

A look at what each CUF member brings to the table.

DAVID BOSSIE

Back in the year 2000, colleagues David Bossie and Floyd G. Brown collaborated on a book entitled, “Prince Albert: The Life and Lies of Al Gore.” There’s little surprise there given the fact that both men are devout climate change deniers and evolution myth theorists.

David Bossie, an acolyte of Ronald Reagan, went to work for Floyd Brown at the Presidential Victory Committee back in 1992. He had already come into prominence, and perhaps flown into Brown’s radar, when he and another colleague attempted to show that Susann Coleman had become impregnated by, and committed suicide, after an affair with her law professor, Bill Clinton.  Interestingly, Bossie was hired by Fred Thompson’s U.S. Senate Investigation of the Whitewater Scandal as a lead investigator, to look into Clinton’s financial abuses.

During the investigation it came to light that Bossie, et. al. had published tapes that had been redacted. Bossie was summarily fired.

Once sitting pretty in Brown’s Citizens United Foundation, and feeling right at home with those of the same mind-set, Bossie began to focus his attention on the Citizens United Productions division. Creating such films as: Border War: The Battle Over Illegal Immigration; Celsius 41.11; Rediscovering God in America, hosted by Newt and Callista Gingrich; Hillary: The Movie; and Occupy Unmasked, Bossie and friends were riding high in their saddle as a major righ-ring propaganda mill.

It was, of course, Hillary: The Movie that brought them into the hallowed halls of the Supreme Court of the United States. When they were sued before the film was scheduled to be released in early 2008, the suit also brought with it an injunction. Unfortunately, for Bossie and friends, the appeals court did not hear the case until 2010, and the movie was then untimely. However, the Supreme Court ruling referred to by us today simply as Citizens United, sent an outcry throughout the country which is still reverberating today.

In addition to his office at Citizens United, Bossie is a member of the National Conservative Campaign Fund, and has served as Director of Programs at the prestigious right-wing Leadership Institute which is home to many of the Christian right politicians.  Additionally, he is listed as the President and Manager of the Presidential Coalition, a Republican front group that is closely affiliated with Citizens United and instrumental in funding state and local candidates – so close, in fact that they share the same address at 1006 Pennsylvania Avenue. It’s a cozy relationship.  But, that’s not the only coziness that Bossie enjoys. Sleaze or not, his gallery of running buddies is vast as you can see on the chart below:

The Stealth Marriage Between Church and State

The Stealth Marriage Between Church and State

FLOYD G. BROWN

As the Founder and Chairman of the Board of Citizens United, Brown can only be categorized as an “ultra-conservative, dominionist” with a radical agenda for the United States of America. Along with Citizens United he has served as the Executive Director of Young America’s Foundation, an outreach program whose goal is indoctrination of our youth into the culture of extreme politics. Active on college campuses, the YAF engages such speakers as John Stossel, Ann Coulter, and David Horowitz. The YAF also promotes Horowitz’s Intellectual Diversity Movement which believes that the curriculum being taught is based in liberalism and that the conservative ideology is not being presented.

The YAF operates the Reagan Ranch, also known as Rancho Del Cielo where it conducts conferences, seminars, internships, and disseminates “educational” materials throughout the nation.

Brown’s ultra-conservatism doesn’t stop there, however. He is also President of Excellentia, Inc. which he founded in 2007. Excellentia, Inc. bills itself as a Conservative and Christian Marketplace. They provide fundraising; campaign and strategy development; direct mail; copy writing and production; radio and TV production and scripts; and ad placement and analysis services. According to their website:

“Climb your mountain of success with our help. We have a passion for serving in the marketplace of ideas. We have been in the business of promoting conservative and Christian ideas for over 30 years. Our professionals have developed some of the most memorable marketing campaigns in recent history. We will help you reach your community of interest with unparalleled success. Successful clients have included non profit organizations, political campaigns and publishing organizations.”

A frequent guest on network and cable TV shows, and a contributor to several publications, Brown became obsessed with the Clinton’s. He published a slim paperback entitled “Slick Willie: Why America Cannot Trust Bill Clinton,” in which he went on the standard diatribe about Clinton being a friend of labor unions and a “draft dodger” he also asserted: “Bill Clinton’s America sees no difference between families of ‘homosexual lovers’ and the traditional, monogamous, faithful family…In addition, Mr. Clinton has surrendered completely to the pro-abortion feminists who dominate the Democratic Party.”

In 2007, Brown co-founded the National Campaign Fund along with Bruce E. Haekins, James V. Lacey, Tim Kelley and Michael Reagan. The purpose was to fund the presidential campaigns of  John McCain and Rudy Giuliani as they were concerned about the popularity of Hillary Clinton.

In 1992, during an interview with the Washington Times, Brown stated:

“I have a sense of what connects with people like me. We’re not culturally Republicans. We’re not libertarians. We’re not neo-conservatives or former liberals. We’re just old-fashioned, blue collar social conservatives. These are people who couldn’t care less about politics, want to be left alone by government, but if their country calls for them to fight abroad, will. You win elections by cultivating people like me.”

Nothing could have been further from the truth. The barely thirty-one year old Brown had waded into the dark side of the political arena several years earlier when he started Citizens United and began to organize political campaigns along with an effort to secure Supreme Court Justice, Clarence Thomas an appointment, and the campaigns against Michael Dukakis and Bill Clinton. Brown came to notoriety, however, during the Dukakis campaign when he produced the infamous “Willie Horton ads.” Later, he played a prominent role in the Whitewater Scandal.

Brown and his National Campaign Fund created an anti-Obama website which they update regularly at ExposeObama.com. Filled with anti-Obama hatred and venom accusing him of being soft on crime and islamo-fascism, the website has been criticized nationally for the misinformation that it distributes.

Brown sits on the Council for National Policy, a powerful and highly secretive group of largely Dominionist political figures who hold clandestine meetings and initiate policies to further an extreme agenda of theocracy and ultra-conservatism.

While Brown is considered odious in many circles, he carries a big stick and hob-nobs with others even more tainted than he. His expertise in the area of swift-boat advertising is much sought after by the right and the desperate. This does not, however, diminish the effectiveness of Brown’s campaign acuity. His associates are every bit as ruthless as Brown, and every bit as determined to succeed.

To realize just how connected Floyd Brown is, check out the chart below which depicts those with whom he hob-nobs, infuences, and supports as well as some of their affiliations.

Floyd Brown

MICHAEL BOOS

Michael Boos is the Vice President and General Council for Citizens United. He is also the Director of the American Sovereignty Action Project of Manassas, Virginia which is yet another fundraising arm of Citizens United. In addition, he is in charge of the Presidential Coalition and in 2007, he registered another 527 Committee, the 2007 Conservative Victory Committee. Of course, all of this is nothing less than circumventing campaign finance laws and finding creative ways to channel and funnel large sums of money into the election process. We get that.

That being said, it also muddies the waters and helps to make things much more difficult for the unwashed peasants, which are the American people to these folks, to understand and realize just what the hell is going on and how they are being hoodwinked by a bunch of greedy bastards who want nothing less than to rule the world.

In addition to his other various and sundry duties, Michael Boos acts as the Program Director for the Young America’s Foundation. In short, the organization, another offshoot of Citizens United, is engaged in the promotion of conservative ideas on college campuses throughout the United States. However, the group has come under a lot of fire as one of their unstated objectives is to “keep track of what the left-wing opposition is up to,” according to Fredric L. Rice from SkepticFiles.org. in 1988.

Rice accused Boos of “keeping files, making lists, taking photographs all to keep an eye on students and professors he says ‘need watching.’ Boos didn’t deny that he does just that. In fact, he justified his actions by claiming that two top-level Reagan Administration officials, Ken Cribb, Assistant to the President for Domestic Affairs, and Frank Donatelli, the President’s chief political advisor support his work. Of course, both of those men serve on the YAF’s Board of Directors, and it isn’t the first time that Donatelli has been linked to Citizens United.

Prior to joining the YAF staff, Boos was the Campaign Director for the National Conservative Political Action Committee. He also served as the Executive Director for the Legal Affairs Council where he gallantly represented conservatives and their values in the nations court system.

Boos is closely tied to the Conservative Victory Committee and the Presidential Coalition. Along with his other endeavors, he can only be considered as a mover and shaker in our national elections, and a front man for some very powerful people.  Given the fact that the American Sovereignty Action Project is listed as a member of the Free Congress Foundation, it must be noted that Michael’s arms reach far and wide.  See the chart below.

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Brian J. Berry

Brian J. Berry serves as the Director of Citizens United. Berry has been around the horn a time or two and has lots of experience in directing political campaigns. In 1993, Brian directed the successful campaign of Kay Bailey Hutchison, the big-oil candidate from Texas,  as well as the primary campaign for George W, Bush’s first run for Governor in 1994.

He is now the head honcho at Strategy Group for Media, a production and promotion media firm that creates campaign ads for right-ring conservatives who they deem “good people.” In 2012, they worked closely with “Restoring America” and the “Freedom Club,” to produce ad campaigns for state, local, and national campaigns.

On Berry’s Board of Directors is none other than Rex Elsass, who presides over the group and lends his advice to several notable candidates, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, and Todd Akin, to name a few. As a born-again Christian, he has been labeled as the ring leader of a GOP dirty-tricks group called “The Nasty Boys.” This relationship shouldn’t come as any major surprise as many of the Citizens United group are known to be nothing less than smear-merchants who will stop at nothing when it comes to besmirching the wicked liberals who threaten to gain any seat of power.

In the November, 2012, elections the Strategy Group engaged in more than 300 campaigns across the country and now boast an 80% win rate. They elected seven of 35 freshman members of Congress, (Scott Perry (PA); Keith Rothfus (PA); Thomas Massie (KY); Andy Barr (KY); Steve Daines (MT); Markwayne Mullin (OK) and Ann Wagner (MO). They re-elected more than 25 incumbent members of Congress, defeated two of five incumbent Democrats, and elected one of the four GOP gubernatorial winners.

Their biggest victories, however, were at the state level where they managed to retain majorities in the Ohio State House and Senate, the Wisconsin Assembly, and the Pennsylvania Senate. They flipped the Wisconsin State Senate back to the GOP and made significant gains for Republicans in the Kentucky State House. Additionally, they take the credit for the election of the infamous Supreme Court Justice in Alabama – Justice Roy Moore.

Consequently, Brian J. Berry and his twisted group of slanderous manipulators fit quite well into the deviant and unscrupulous realm of Citizens United.

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Douglas L. Ramsey

Douglas L. Ramsey is somewhat of an enigma within Citizens United. Serving as the Secretary – Treasurer of Citizens United, he is also the Director of Strategic Alliances at Victory Studios, a full-service media company out of Seattle, Washington.

Ramsey is described as a “Career media veteran with extensive management and business development experience in all media forms. He held senior management positions with the Seattle Seahawks as Senior Director of Business Development and the Seattle SuperSonics as Director of Corporate Sponsorship and Broadcast Development.

Undoubtedly, he brings management, marketing, and business acumen to Citizens United.

Ron Robinson

Like so many of his cohorts, Ron Robinson is a Reaganite. He served as an advisor to the United States Department of Education during the Reagan Administration and holds Reagan in the highest regard. Currently, he serves as Director for Citizens United, and has been the President of the Young Americans Foundation for over thirty years.

Time Magazine referred to Robinson as “one of the seasoned generals of the right,” who is leading the “diverse and well-funded” generation of conservatives who are “winning battles on campus.”

He is the co-author of  “Funding Fathers: The Unsung Heroes of the Conservative Movement, Published, of course, by the right-wing Regnery Publishing Company.

Not surprisingly, Robinson served as a Trustee at the Philadelphia Society, a membership only organization that has had considerable influence over the Conservative Movement in this country. He currently serves as a Trustee for the Phillips Foundation, a group that advances Constitutional principles and American Values. The Phillips Foundation awards the annual Reagan Scholarship. Additionally, he is the Vice President of the Free Speech Defense and Education Fund. The FSDEF is noted for its assistance to the Christian Action Network.

Robinson is married to Michelle Easton who is the founder and president of the Clare Booth Luce Policy Institute, a right-wing think tank that seeks to advance women through conservative ideas.

Robinson has all of the credentials and contacts that make him a valuable asset to Citizens United.

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Former Representative  Bob Barr

What we know about the former Representative from Georgia’s 7th District is that he is the exact kind of sleazebag that we would expect to be affiliated with Citizens United.  He is a former federal prosecutor and one of the leaders of the impeachment of President Bill Clinton.

He served for a short time as the President of the Southeastern Legal Foundation, an Atlanta based law firm and policy center that largely litigates in support of limited government, economic freedom and the free enterprise system.

Columnist Bill Schipp, at one point, called Barr, “the idol of the gun-toting, abortion-fighting, IRS-hating hard right-wing of American politics.” We can take that even further. Barr is a member of the racist, radical group “Sons of Confederate Veterans,” who favor secession and an all-white homeland. He is also the darling of the Council of Conservative Citizens. Both of these groups have been designated as hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Barr authored the Defense of Marriage Act, yet he currently claims that it should be repealed. One can only wonder how that plays out with his far-right, Christian-minded buddies. Of course, he then advocated for the practice of Wicca to be banned in the military.

Bob Barr is a contributing editor to the conservative monthly magazine The American Spectator, published by Alfred Regnery and Regnery Publishing, and is on the Board of Advisors for the Texas Review of Law & Politics.

He serves as the 21st Century Liberties Chair for Freedom and Privacy at the American Conservative Union and is on the Board of the Constitution Project as well as the Patrick Henry Center.

As an Honorary Chairman for Citizens United, Bob Barr should feel right at home with the nefarious miscreants who make up that organization.

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Foster Freiss

Every organization needs an infusion of cash and Christian charity now and then, right? Enter Foster Freiss right smack-dab into the midst of chicanery, mud-baths, and the wheeling and dealing that surrounds Citizens United.

Freiss is a businessman and generous supporter of Conservative Christian causes. In 2012, he kept the campaign of Presidential hopeful, Rick Santorum, afloat by financing a super PAC, the Red, White and Blue Fund which ran television advertisements on behalf of the candidate.

In addition, Freiss donated at least $100,000 to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to help fight against the recall campaign that was being waged against him; $3 million dollars to Tucker Carlson’s The Daily Caller website, and a cool million to the Koch Brothers political activities.

Along with his benevolence, Foster Freiss in a member of America’s Foundation, Campaign America, Inc., and the Center For Security Policy.

He has served in several capacities, including president, on the Council For National Policy, an extreme right, Christian outfit that wields a ton of power in the halls of Congress. He also sits alongside a bevy of hard-right individuals in the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a pro-Israeli, pro war outfit.

Among his other beneficiaries are the Good Government For America Committee, Grow PAC, Restore Our Future PAC, the Prosperity PAC, and the John Templeton Foundation. The latter claims to give away about $70 million dollars a year in research grants and programs.

Spreading the wealth around, is what Freiss does best, and his friends at Citizens United can smell money from hundreds of miles away. Deep pockets, a little charisma, and a whole lot of clout makes Foster the golden boy of a lot of very devious and money-grubbing organizations and individuals. Money might not buy everything, but it sure speaks with a very loud voice.

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Again, Citizens United is a small group in comparison with others – but their power reaches far beyond their inner circle. All throughout our halls of government and our policy making institutions, the inner-workings of groups just like this are furthering the dissolution of the coveted separation of church and state and attempting to create a merger of business, government, and theocracy. It is in their hands that our fate lies.