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Generation Opportunity

Generation Opportunity first came on the scene in June of 2011. Touting itself as “a non-profit, non-partisan 501 c4 organization that seeks to engage everyone from young adults, early career professionals, college students, young mothers and fathers, construction workers, current service men and women, veterans, entrepreneurs and all Americans who find themselves dissatisfied with the status quo and willing to create a better tomorrow.”

They set up a Facebook page under the title “Being American,” and rapidly grew. After all, what red-blooded 20-30 something doesn’t like being American. Clearly, this was an effort at deception. Consequently, lots of people “liked” the page. After a few cleverly crafted manipulations, the Facebook page became “GenOpp,” with the following description:

“Generation Opportunity (GenOpp) is a free thinking, liberty loving organization of young people promoting opportunity, creativity and freedom.”

As of this writing, the group has had 2.6 million Facebook “likes.” Of course, they count these “likes” as supporters. However, after a cursory look through the comments, it becomes abundantly clear that is not the case.

The actual website associated with the organization is almost laughable in its attempt to appear youthful and “hip.” Their “Meet the Staff” page is an absolute riot. Resembling more of a Match.com type profile, each staffer answers questions like “What is your favorite beer? What famous person would you most like to have a beer with? What is your ideal date?”

http://generationopportunity.org

A few months ago, Generation Opportunity created quite a ruckus with their anti-Obamacare television advertising campaign. With over $5 million dollars in an account controlled by none other than the Koch brothers they were telling young people not to become insured, and that the fine would be cheaper. Never mind that those hired by the organization are provided with health-care. One particularly creepy ad brought bellows of protests. Check it out.

The former president of Generation Opportunity is Paul Conway who works with the Heritage Foundation an the Leadership Institute. He was replaced by the current president, Evan Feinberg.

Feinberg worked as an aid for both Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK). According to Feinberg’s biography:

“After college, Evan accepted a job at the Heritage Foundation, researching and writing extensively on federal education policy and social and cultural issues such as the importance of stable traditional families.  Evan’s main role at the Heritage Foundation was acting as a “one-stop-shop” for the school choice movement – managing a school choice website, coordinating events, and publishing research on the success of school choice policies.

“Evan then moved on to Capitol Hill to serve as Senator Tom Coburn’s (R-OK) Legislative Assistant for Health Policy.  During his three years working for Dr. Coburn, Evan helped lead the charge against Obamacare.  In this role, Evan promoted substantive alternatives to a government takeover of healthcare.

“After the 2010 change election, Evan was offered a position with Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) to serve as his top policy aide on healthcare, education, labor and entitlement reform. Senator Paul depended on Evan to implement his policy goals  in those four areas. While working in this capacity, Evan crafted several proposals to fundamentally reform our nation’s unsustainable entitlement programs.”

Matthew Faraci is the Senior Vice President for Communications. He is an anti-abortion activist who in 2010, was also named Senior Vice President for Communications and Marketing for Americans United for Life (AUL).

Generation Opportunity is nothing more than, as blogger Kevin Bondelli wrote, “a conservative Astroturf frontgroup.” It is yet another example of re-branding and re-packaging by the Religious Right and their fundamentalist cohorts, in an effort to recruit and to legitimize themselves in the eyes of a not-too-discerning public.

 

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Dominionist Heaven – This Week In Review

Dominionist Heaven

This Week In Review

From Nicole Nichols & Crooked Crosses

 

Military Blues – Shame On The “Radical Left!”

The announcement this week that women will now be allowed to serve in combat roles while in the military has sent the religious right completely over the cliff and into a fit of outrage.

Of course the fingers have been immediately pointed toward the “liberal agenda.” After all, it was the liberals who were responsible for the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

Byan Fischer

Byan Fischer

Bryan Fischer, of the American Family Association, is having a field day with this as he predicts a “total sexual meltdown.”

In an interview yesterday with Elaine Donnelly of the Center for Military Readiness, Fischer went on a tirade prophesying that the new policy will “undermine readiness, cohesion, security, and lead to a reinstatement of the draft.” Uh…didn’t Fischer say much the same thing about rescinding Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell?

He went on to warn of a “complete sexual meltdown” occurring due to “predatory women” trying to sleep with officers, citing CIA head David Petraeus’s affair with a reporter.

Fischer’s American Family Association has already been classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center because of its stand against homosexuals. It would appear that Fischer is trying to make certain that the group live up to that by now including women in their war against all things contradictory to their warped religious views.

A cross in a glorious cloud of golden light.

 Powerful Voices

Well, this week marked the 40th anniversary of Roe v Wade, and, of course, there has been a ton of squawking from the religious right as they marched upon the Supreme Court to brandish their signs of displeasure.

In keeping with the season, the Christian Post announced its list of the Four Most Powerful Pro-Life Female Voices:

  • Marjorie Dannenfelser, the President and Chairman of the Board of the Susan B. Anthony List.
  • Abby Johnson, Chief Research Strategist for Live Action
  • Penny Nance, President and CEO for Concerned Women of America
  • Charmaine Yoest, President and CEO of Americans United For Life.

There you have it – a list of four women who stand firmly behind the Personhood Acts, oppose contraception, and oppose abortion in all cases – even rape. The troubling thing is not that they have powerful voices, but that they have the ears of some of the most powerful people in the country.

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 Sekulow’s War Against Women

On Thursday, January 24, 2013, the American Center for Law & Justice filed its fourth direct challenge to the mandate of the Department of Health and Human Services that requires employers to provide health insurance which covers contraceptives.

Jay Sekulow

Jay Sekulow

Jay Sekulow, the Chief Council for the ACLJ, has long been on a crusade prove that such a mandate violates the First Amendment, The Religious Freedom and Restoration Act, and the Administrative Procedure Act. So far, he has not been successful.

Sekulow has built a financial empire and lives a lavish lifestyle which is suspicious for anyone who is employed by a charitable organization. However, it speaks volumes about his inability to understand the importance of contraceptives to those lowly, hard-working individuals who simply cannot afford another mouth to feed.

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 Demons & Exorcists

Kilingenschmitt

Kilingenschmitt

Now, for the really crazy stuff! We knew that the airy high that we were experiencing following the inauguration couldn’t last for long. Gordon Klingenschmitt, a religious right extremist of the

nth degree, who considers himself a “gay exorcist,” didn’t just go off the rails – he took the train right into the river of insanity.

In an email that went out to the followers of is “Pray In Jesus Name” project, he actually claimed that President Obama’s support for gay equality is an “open invitation to the devil and demonic rule.” He went on to postulate that Obama is “making Satan equal to God as he declares the demonic to be Godly.”

According to Klingenschmitt, “There is one reason homosexual sodomy will never be “equal” to traditional marriage: Satan will never be equal to God.”

He closed his email asking for all of his followers to “…pray for our President to repent, and renounce evil, and invite the Holy Spirit to rule his heart? Then let’s petition all 100 Senators to protect traditional marriage.”

It is important to note that Gordon Klingenschmitt is the author of an ebook that chronicles how President Obama is ruled by 50 demons. The scariest part is, he actually has a following.

A cross in a glorious cloud of golden light.

 Arm the Students & Kill Obamacare

In the wake of his waning popularity, Glen Beck continues to promote loony-tunes David Barton. Last week, Beck had Barton on his television show which, thank God, largely went unnoticed. Barton is this quirky little evangelical minister who considers himself a historian and promotes rewriting school textbooks to reflect a white, Christian perspective. He is the founder of WallBuilders, a Texas outfit that works against the separation of church and state.

Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck

The program initially started out as a discussion over health-care. Glenn Beck, true to his ignorance, claimed that Obamacare would lead to people being forced to relinquish their guns. How he manages to justify that statement is anyone’s guess, but in Beck’s world, I would imagine that there are those who get his train of thought. He also claimed that the Act would lead to “Nazi-like euthanasia programs.”

David Barton

David Barton

Somehow, the talk turned to gun control and the recent school shootings. Barton, not to be outdone by Beck’s hallucinations, told the audience that the NRA had been established in order to protect freed slaves from lynchings – and that there never used to be school shootings in the 1800’s because all of the kids took their guns to school.

There you have it! Arm the kids and solve the problem!

A cross in a glorious cloud of golden light.