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Rick Wiles #racist #fundie friendlyatheist.patheos.com

Right-wing pundit and professional anti-Semite Rick Wiles, who recently said COVID-19 was homophobic, isn’t even in his studio right now but that hasn’t stopped him from blaming Jews for anything he can.

On last night’s ”TruNews” episode, he sent a message to Israel that COVID-19 was infecting synagogues — they’re closed in Israel due to the virus — because Jews oppose Jesus Christ.


Stay out of those things,” Wiles said of the synagogues. “There’s a plague in them. God’s dealing with false religions. God’s dealing with those who oppose his son, Jesus Christ. He’s dealing with the forces of Antichrist. There is a plague moving upon the Earth right now, and the people that are going into the synagogues are coming out with the virus.

It’s spreading in Israel through the synagogues,” Wiles continued. “God is spreading it in your synagogues! You are under judgment because you oppose his son, Jesus Christ. That is why you have a plague in your synagogues. Repent and believe on the name of Jesus Christ, and the plague will stop.

Keep in mind most churches have closed, too. But Wiles seems to think the virus hates Jews as much as he does, and that converting to Christianity will somehow end the pandemic.

It’s bad enough Wiles doesn’t understand science. He’s using that ignorance to be a bigot in other ways.

Remember: Rick Wiles still gets press credentials for White House briefings.

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Liz Crokin #conspiracy rightwingwatch.org

Right-wing “journalist” and Trump–worshiping conspiracy theorist Liz Crokin posted a video on YouTube last night in which she declared that the current coronavirus outbreak is really just a cover for the Trump administration to carry out the mass arrests long promised by conspiracy theorists.

Like her friend and fellow conspiracy theorist Mark Taylor, who suggested the same thing earlier this week, Crokin is an ardent believer in the QAnon conspiracy theory, which posits that President Donald Trump has been working diligently to arrest countless prominent political, media, and business leaders for allegedly being part of a global satanic pedophile ring.

In early 2019, Crokin publicly declared that if the mass arrests long promised by “Q” did not happen by the end of the year, she would “bow out” of the movement and “move on” with her life. The arrests never happened, but Crokin refused to give up, and she is now claiming that the coronavirus outbreak may really be cover for them to finally occur.

“I do believe that when these mass arrests happen that we will be in martial law for our own safety,” Crokin said. “I believe that the coronavirus, which the president of the United States and many doctors have said is no more serious than the flu, is the cover to put the country into lockdown—just like Italy is in lockdown—to possibly declare martial law, get people off the streets, keep them in their homes, so they’re safe so when the military and the National Guard sweeps in and conducts these mass arrests, it is done in a manner where people are kept safe.”

“Since 2017, Q has been talking about these mass arrests, and Q has also been talking about how when these mass arrests happen, there will probably be many days of darkness, social media might go down, the National Guard is going to come in, and the military will be used to arrest these people,” she added. “That is what I believe is happening right now.”

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Josh Bernstein #fundie rightwingwatch.org

Radical right-wing broadcaster Josh Bernstein posted a video on Saturday in which he declared that Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders is a “self-hating” Jew who “would have marched the other Jews right into the gas chambers.”

Even though Sanders lost family in the Holocaust, whereas Bernstein cannot even accurately recount the story of Hanukkah, Bernstein insisted that he is a “true Jew” and Sanders is nothing more than a “self-loathing, self-hating anti-Semite.”

“Bernie is the type of quote-unquote Jew, in my opinion, who would have marched the other Jews right into the gas chambers,” he said. “I don’t believe that Bernie Sanders is a true Jew.”


Bernstein’s comments came just days after a far-right activist unfurled a Nazi flag at a Sanders campaign event in Vermont. In February, Bernstein claimed that he had received White House press credentials to cover a Trump rally in Arizona.

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Dave Daubenmire #fundie #homophobic friendlyatheist.patheos.com

Dave Daubenmire is the latest Christian Right activist to pile on after Democrat Pete Buttigieg answered a question from a nine-year-old boy about how he could be brave when it came to telling people he’s gay. (Buttigieg said the kid, just by asking the question, didn’t need any advice from him on bravery.)

Daubenmire made the comments on his “Pass The Salt Live” program yesterday, saying that Buttigieg should be punished for “contributing to the delinquency of a minor.”

“Fifty years ago, they would have thrown Buttfudge in jail for even bringing it up and talking about it in front of a young kid,” Daubenmire bellowed. “What ever happened to shame? Why didn’t his mommy put him in a headlock and drag him off the court? Where’s his daddy?”

One of the participants in Daubenmire’s show then piped up to say that someone in the audience should have demanded that the sheriff remove Buttigieg from the stage for “violating the moral code of our lives,” while another declared that the boy who asked the question “was probably molested by either mom or dad or some relative.”

For his part, Daubenmire couldn’t believe that we live in a society where “a possible presidential candidate [is] contributing to the delinquency of a minor.”
Remember this exchange whenever Christians say they’re fine with homosexuality, just not homosexual acts. That’s not true. They can’t handle gay people, period. And they’re delusional about when people realize their sexual orientation.

Daubenmire and his guests are far more upset about Buttigieg treating a gay child with compassion that anything Donald Trump has done to harm children, whether it’s separating refugee kids from their parents or serving as the worst role model in American history.

These Christians don’t give a damn. Their bigotry overrules any semblance of common sense.

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Rick Wiles #fundie friendlyatheist.patheos.com

Notorious Jew-hater Rick Wiles, fresh from being booted off of YouTube for his Christian bigotry, would like the Chinese leader to know there’s a simple way to stop the recent deadly strain of coronavirus.

All he has to do is convert to Christianity and bring the Chinese people along for the ride.

[…]

You have a plague, Mr. Xi Jinping. You brought it on China. Now do the right thing and repent, and tell the Chinese people you are sorry, you made a mistake, you repent, and ask them to put up in their homes the painting of Jesus Christ.

Watch what happens if you do it! The plague will stop!

You, Mr. Xi, turn to Jesus. You give your heart to Jesus Christ. You repent of your sins. You believe on His name, and you lead China to the cross. Do it, Mr. Xi. Do it for your people. Don’t be a fool. Lead China to Jesus. Lead them to salvation. The plague will stop.

No pandemic has even been prevented because of Jesus. Hell, no single germ has been defeated because someone prayed for it. Anyone who believes prayer will stop a virus should be grateful that there are scientists around the world who understand the utter futility of prayer when it comes to solving a problem.
Honestly, I’m shocked that Wiles didn’t blame the virus on Jews, since that’s his usual M.O.

What’s surprising, though, is that Wiles thinks turning to God is the way to stop the virus considering he recently said God created it to wipe sin off the planet. It proves the old saying: Christianity is a solution to problems created by Christianity.

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One Million Moms #homophobia friendlyatheist.patheos.com

The evangelical Christian hate group One Million Moms (Twitter count: 4,758) can’t believe that Disney just introduced its first LGBTQ character. They’re referring to the character Officer Specter, voiced by Lena Waithe, who is open about having a same-sex partner in the upcoming movie Onward.

The Moms can’t handle the existence of an openly gay character, because they see it as homosexual indoctrination. Which makes about as much sense as kids saying they want to become cyclops themselves because the same character has only one eye.


There have been numerous attempts by Disney to indoctrinate children with the LGBTQ agenda discretely [sic] and now more overtly…

Disney has decided to be politically correct instead of providing family friendly programming. Disney should stick to entertaining, not pushing an agenda.

Please share this with your friends and family to make sure they are aware of the gay character in Onward and not blindsided by it. As moms, we all want to know when Disney is attempting to desensitize our children by normalizing the LGBTQ lifestyle.

It’s not clear what isn’t family friendly about the mere mention of a same-sex partner. Closing your eyes and covering your ears and pretending gay people don’t exist won’t make them go away.

Like it or not, children are going to have classmates with same-sex parents, or classmates who aren’t cisgender or straight. Representation of them on-screen acknowledges their existence. No one is forcing an orientation on viewers, just as the movie isn’t demanding that everyone accept those characters’ partners.

It’s telling that these Moms get overly outraged whenever gay characters appear in children’s programming considering they haven’t put out any press releases condemning the Trump administration’s separation of children from their parents. They don’t care about actual problems. Just ones they’ve created for themselves because they’re supposedly guided by their faith.

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Anonymous Asshole #racist theguardian.com

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Happy Brexit Day
As we finally have our great country back we feel
there is one rule to that needs to be made clear to
Winchester Tower residents.
We do not tolerate people speaking other languages
than English in the flats.
We are now our own country again and the the
Queens English is the spoken tongue here.
If you do want to speak whatever is the mother
tongue of the country you came from then we suggest
you return to that place and return your flat to the
council so they can let British people live here and we
can return to what was normality before you infected
this once great island.
It's a simple choice obey the rule of the majority or
leave.
You won't have long till our government will
implement rules that will put British first. So, best evolve
or leave.
God Save the Queen, her government and all true
patriots.


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Rep. Rodney Garcia #psycho #wingnut billingsgazette.com

ELENA — A Billings Republican legislator said Saturday he believes the U.S. Constitution calls for the shooting or jailing of those who identify as socialists.

State Rep. Rodney Garcia, from House District 52 on the South Side, first made a statement in the form of an unprompted question at a state party gathering in Helena Friday meant to kick off election season and offer training for party members and candidates.

In his question after a speech by former Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, who was Montana’s representative in the U.S. House for two years, Garcia said he was concerned about socialists “entering our government” and socialists “everywhere” in Billings, before saying the Constitution says to either shoot socialists or put them in jail.

The Montana Republican Party later condemned Garcia's remarks.

In this year's presidential election, President Donald Trump has often called Democrats "radical socialists" in an attempt to use the term socialism, which is defined as theories about collective or government ownership and operation of the means of production and distribution, as a boogeyman-like phrase to criticize proposals from Democrats where the federal government would play a larger role in areas like health care or education.

All but one of the Democratic Party candidates have repeatedly explained they are not socialists, while Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders calls himself a democratic socialist.

After Zinke responded with a non sequitur “You know, Montana’s a great state,” Garcia said back: “We have to do something.”

Zinke’s answer to Garcia didn’t engage in Garcia's statement and pivoted to talk about the former Secretary's effort to open satellite offices of the Interior department in the western part of the U.S.

On Saturday, a reporter asked Garcia to clarify his remarks.

“So actually in the Constitution of the United States (if) they are found guilty of being a socialist member you either go to prison or are shot,” Garcia said.

Garcia could not to point to where in the Constitution it says socialists could be shot or jailed.

Asked to clarify if he thought it was fair to shoot or jail a socialist, including those who live in Montana, Garcia said yes.

“They’re enemies of the free state,” Garcia said. “What do we do with our enemies in war? In Vietnam, (Afghanistan), all those. What did we do?”

Asked if that was an appropriate response to his opponent from the last election cycle, Garcia said “according to the Constitution, I’m telling you.”

“I agree with my Constitution,” Garcia said. “That’s what makes us free. We’re not a democracy, we’re a Republic Constitution.”

In 2018 Garcia ran against Amelia Marquez for the House District 52 seat in Billings.

Marquez said Saturday she is associated with the Montana Democratic Party and is an eastern member at-large with the party’s executive board. She said she is also a democratic socialist and her political views align with those of Sanders.

Marquez said Saturday after being told about Garcia's statements she wished the state legislator would spend more time talking to his constituents about their needs.

“I wish Rep. Garcia would continue to focus on the issues rather than this constant worry over things that are somewhat ludicrous,” Marquez said.

Garcia said he views what he sees as an influx of socialism in Montana as a “very dangerous” situation and that socialism has destroyed countries like Venezuela.

“They’re teaching that to kids. Thank God my grandkids know it’s wrong because I teach them. And it’s a very dangerous situation," Garcia said.

Garcia added he believes socialism is growing, citing advertising he says is done by socialists on Facebook.

Garcia is not new to controversy. During the 2019 state legislative session in the midst of debate over child protective services, he went on a conservative radio show to accuse child protection workers of kidnapping children. He was forced to return a $3,000 campaign contribution in 2018. He also proposed a bill during the 2019 session that would have had the state of Montana buy the Colstrip power plant. It was tabled in committee.

The Montana Republican Party issued a statement Saturday censuring Garcia’s comments. When Garcia spoke Friday there was laughter after his question; some of those asked by a reporter about it said it was a response to an uncomfortable situation.

“The Montana Republican Party wholeheartedly condemns the comment that was made and under no circumstance is violence against someone with opposing political views acceptable,” said Spenser Merwin, the MT GOP executive director. “It’s disappointing that this isolated incident took away from the weekend’s events which showcased the strength of our statewide candidates and the importance of the upcoming election.”

The Montana Democratic Party on Saturday evening released a statement decrying Garcia.

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Ann Vandersteel #conspiracy rightwingwatch.org

During last Thursday’s episode of her “Steel Truth” program, right-wing QAnon conspiracy theorist Ann Vandersteel speculated that the ongoing coronavirus outbreak may have been orchestrated by the “deep state” and/or the British government in order to destabilize global markets, weaken the American economy, and prevent President Donald Trump from being reelected.

Vandersteel, who was unceremoniously disavowed by the Trump campaign last year after she repeatedly claimed to be a member of Trump’s 2020 campaign advisory board, said the virus seems to be especially deadly to “Asian males,” which led her to speculate that it may have been intentionally released in China to disrupt Trump’s trade agreement with that country, thereby undermining the U.S. economy.

“Is this perhaps a ploy to try to take down President Trump’s roaring economy that we have by sabotaging the markets, by creating fear porn and fear-mongering while they’re also killing Chinese people by the thousands?” she wondered. “Is that a strategy that the deep state would actually use?”

“Perhaps maybe the Crown, the Brits, who are not too fond of the Chinese, may have some sort of ulterior motive?” Vandersteel added. “These people don’t want President Trump to win. They don’t want him reelected. If you have him reelected, you know the deep state is going down … so I look at this as an opportunity to shake the core of what President Trump hangs his hat on, which is the economy. You rattle our stock market, and we have a dip and people go, ‘Oh, it was basically nothing but propped up stuff. This isn’t real, and we need to look to Bernie Sanders to bail us out.'”

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Chris McDonald #conspiracy rightwingwatch.org

Right-wing broadcaster Chris McDonald dedicated the first hour and a half of his “The MC Files” program last night to asserting that the recent death of former professional basketball player Kobe Bryant was an occult “ritual sacrifice” that may possibly have been orchestrated by Hillary Clinton, who everyone knows is a witch.

McDonald, an unmitigated conspiracy theorist who was recently welcomed to Capitol Hill by Republican Rep. Phil Roe of Tennessee, interviewed self-proclaimed “political occultist expert” Cory Daniel about Bryant’s death.

After Daniel asserted that Bryant was undoubtedly a witch and McDonald declared that his death was obviously a “ritual sacrifice,” McDonald asked the question that was on everybody’s mind: Could Hillary Clinton have orchestrated Bryant’s death through witchcraft?

“This is the only wild conspiracy theory I am going to ever toss out there on this program,” McDonald laughably asserted. “I normally don’t do this, but this is just a food for thought question.”

“We all know that it is pretty much a given that Mrs. HRC … is a witch,” McDonald continued. “Can a witch cast a spell on something like this to cause death and not be [known]? I’m just throwing that out. I don’t know anything about this stuff, you do. Is that possible if she wanted to get rid of Kobe? Please, Right Wing Watch, don’t be putting in that me and Cory are saying this; this is just a food for thought question. Do you think Hillary would be able to do it if she wanted to do it?”

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Mark Taylor #fundie #conspiracy rightwingwatch.org

So-called “firefighter prophet” and radical right-wing conspiracy theorist Mark Taylor appeared on the “Up Front In The Prophetic” program on Friday, where he declared an urgent need for President Donald Trump to arrest one high-profile Democrat or member of the “deep state” in order to prevent right-wing militias from engaging in violent civil unrest.

Taylor, an ardent follower of the QAnon conspiracy theory, has been predicting for years that Trump will unleash a wave of arrests and put on trial thousands of high-level cannibalistic satanic pedophiles, allegedly including even Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Lately, Taylor has begun to warn that right-wing activists are growing restless and will begin to take matters into their own hands if such arrests don’t happen soon.

Taylor said that he knows that God has a plan in place for carrying all of this out, but that Trump needs to send a signal to gun activists and militia members that progress is happening.

“If they wait too long, this is what is going to end up happening if we’re not careful is that you will see some civil unrest,” Taylor said, “because patriots are tired of it. They’re not going to put up with it any more.”

“I’m around the gun community,” he added. “I hear the talk. This talk is beginning to escalate, like the militia-type stuff. They’re getting ready to take up arms and to take things into their own hands if they don’t see something happen. So this is why I’ve been saying they have got to make at least one high-profile arrest. Perp walk the son of a gun, whoever it is. I don’t care who it is, perp walk ’em in handcuffs on national television to set the stage and to let people know, ‘Yes, we are very serious about justice.'”

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Soldiers of Jesus #fundie #psycho friendlyatheist.patheos.com

Jesus said “turn the other cheek,” but an evangelical Christian group called “Soldiers of Jesus” is taking over large swaths of Brazil, threatening religious minorities with death if they don’t convert. The Washington Post‘s Terrence McCoy has the disturbing story:

Priests have been killed. Children have been stoned. An elderly woman was seriously injured. Death threats and taunts are common. Gangs are unfurling the flag of Israel, a nation seen by some evangelicals as necessary to bringing about the return of Christ.

All of this is bolstered by a right-wing government that came into power on the backs of evangelical Christians who weren’t bothered enough by the blatant cruelty of President Jair Bolsonaro and a rise in Christian programming in the media that routinely paints non-Christians as villains. (It all sounds very familiar.)
These gangs in particular have broken into people’s homes, forcing them at gunpoint to destroy religious items that aren’t Christian. Religious leaders who practice a non-Christian faith have been forced to shut down their houses of worship or face death. So far, over 200 of these temples have been forced to close. There is no sign of this persecution stopping any time soon.

Until conservative Christians have the courage to call it out, no matter the country, it will never change. They’re too addicted to power to do the right thing.

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Mark Taylor #conspiracy rightwingwatch.org

So-called “firefighter prophet” and radical right-wing conspiracy theorist Mark Taylor appeared on “The MC Files” last night, where he suggested that the coronavirus outbreak is really just a cover for the Trump administration to finally make the mass arrests long promised by conspiracy theorists.

Taylor, about whom Liberty University made a movie in 2018, is an ardent believer in the QAnon conspiracy theory, which posits that President Donald Trump has been working diligently to arrest countless prominent political, media, and business leaders for allegedly being part of a global satanic pedophile ring. For years, Taylor has been predicting that mass arrests were imminent, but they have never materialized.

Now Taylor suspects that the current coronavirus outbreak is possibly a cover to get leading Republicans—like Reps. Matt Gaetz, Paul Gosar, Doug Collins, and Sen. Ted Cruz, who are all under self-quarantine after coming into contact with a coronavirus-infected attendee at the recent CPAC conference—out of Washington, D.C., so the Trump administration can carry out the mass arrests.

“They’re using the coronavirus as a cover to go in, shut places down, and go in and start making arrests,” Taylor said. “Are they pulling these guys out, like Matt Gaetz, are they getting them out of D.C. for a reason?”

“They’re pulling these guys out of D.C., the good guys, before they lock D.C. down, possibly, and go in and really start arresting people,” Taylor speculated. “Or could they be sending these guys home, and then they lock D.C. down in a way so that it’s secure, and then they go get these guys at their houses? I don’t know.”

“The corona thing I believe is a front, it’s a cover as an excuse to be able to lock stuff down, and go in and get some of these people out of here,” he added. “This to me is a good thing.”

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Charlie Kirk and Eric Metaxas #fundie friendlyatheist.patheos.com

In a bizarre conversation in which both participants have no clue what they’re talking about, conservative activist Charlie Kirk and Christian author Eric Metaxas talked about atheism while building all kinds of men made out of straw.

You can hear it around the 50:32 mark:


KIRK: … I go as far to say that atheism, in certain senses, can be a religion, and people disagree at this. They say, “Well, Charlie they have no theology.” I say, “Hold on a second. Atheists have a agreed upon belief in afterlife: nothing. They have agreed upon belief in a deity: nothing. And they proselytize and evangelize moreso than Christians do.”

I get more people approaching me to try to convert to atheism than almost any Christian does. And there’s a lot of different reasons for this, but I always challenge the atheist, I say, “If you actually believed what you say you believe, why does it matter? You got like 38 years and five days left, and then you’re just a clump of cells, dust, and then you’re gonna deteriorate into the abyss. You should live it up. You should do as much drugs and indulgence as you possibly can.”

And atheists are divided into two different buckets. There’s agnostics who call themself atheist because they think it’s punk rock. Then there’s deeply unhappy people that have been scarred by religion, and they think they’re too smart for religion, and I say there, I don’t have enough faith to be an atheist. I think it takes unbelievable philosophical calisthenics to believe this is all just an act of randomness. In fact, I think it’s actually rooted in hubris.

METAXAS: Actually, I have been talking about this a lot lately. I actually believe it’s… Let’s put it this way: If God created the universe — which He did — and if He created us in His image — which He did — it is effectively, demonstrably impossible to live as though He didn’t exist. So when people talk about that, it’s a lot of words. There is no one who has the ability to actually live that way… When you have people talking about that, and… they’re implying that everything is random, life has no meaning, there is no good and evil, they don’t live that way, and they don’t dare live that way…

Their mistakes are so obvious, you would find good rebuttals on the first link in any Google search of their arguments.
But just to state the obvious, atheism isn’t a religion any more than “off” is a TV channel. Being a fan of your local sports team is far more “religious” than atheism is. We’re not nihilists either. Many atheists have personal philosophies about why they want to make the world a better place and why they want to do good — hurting other people and hurting ourselves would get in the way of all that. You don’t need fear of the supernatural to be a decent person.

To pretend life is only “randomness,” or to equate atheism with cockiness, or to assume atheists have nothing to live for means Kirk has never actually read about or spoken to them. He just makes up his own reality, then shares it like it’s gospel.

A lot of atheists are vocal because we have to be. As white evangelical Christians control the government and right-wing conservatives push idiotic arguments for public policy that hurt many Americans, it’s important to speak out about the harm both groups cause.

Metaxas, of course, believes everything Kirk is saying, and then proceeds to use that straw man to suggest real atheists don’t exist because they can’t possibly live that way. (It’s true. Those atheists don’t exist because the two guys just conjured them up out of nowhere.)

It’s not the first time Metaxas has perpetuated these myths about atheists.

He once wrote a book about “miracles” — which included things like the fine-tuning argument and the improbability of life, which have been countered and rebutted many times over — and then said of his critics that they exhibited a “real intolerance and a lack of open-mindedness.” More recently, he claimed that a solar eclipse was proof of God.

But evangelical Christians, who treat him like a supposed intellectual, rarely push back on any of this. Like Kirk, they just accept the lies because listening to actual atheists is apparently never an option.

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Rick Wiles #racist #conspiracy friendlyatheist.patheos.com

In case you’ve forgotten, since it’s been a minute or two, right-wing pundit Rick Wiles hates Jews. A lot. He’s already blamed them for impeaching Donald Trump, and now he says it’s their fault for rigging the app used in reporting the results of the Iowa caucus.

You want proof? Then you’re asking far more questions than Wiles ever has.


The pro-Israel owner of the Times of Israel newspaper, he’s backing homosexual mayor Pete Buttigieg, and he’s the money man behind this app?” Wiles asked his co-host, Doc Burkhart. “Are you suggesting the Israelis are influencing the election to have the Democrats nominate its first openly homosexual presidential candidate?

What happened last night was weird, and we have already pointed out there is an Israeli connection,” Wiles said later in the program. “They might accuse me of being anti-Semitic for saying it, but the truth is there is an Israeli connection to the app that bombed last night in Iowa. But you’re not allowed to say these things. Everybody is being censored now. By who? The same people who are doing this stuff.

Though Wiles’ anti-Semitism is almost comical in its lack of originality — he just had to throw in a money reference to check off more boxes on his Bingo card — his ability to jump to a conspiracy theory when pure incompetence makes far more sense is all too common.

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Dave Daubenmire #racist rightwingwatch.org

When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were married in 2018, right-wing activist Dave Daubenmire decried the union as a “psy op” that was intended to promote “the blending of the races,” which is something that Daubenmire vehemently opposes because he believes that interracial marriage has weakened America.

“Today, interracial marriage would be considered honorable, when 40 years ago it would have been considered a disgrace,” Daubenmire argued in 2017. “Now is it a disgrace or is it honorable? Has the mixing of culture been good for America or has it been bad? Is America stronger today than we were 40 years ago or are we weaker today? And could it be are we weaker today because multiculturalism is spiritual AIDS and has brought an infection into what was once a great Christian American culture?”

On his “Pass The Salt Live” webcast yesterday, Daubenmire reacted to the news that Harry and Meghan were stepping back from their positions as members of the royal family by blaming Markle for having “infiltrated” and “poisoned” the royal bloodline.

“How is the royal bloodline of the crown being poisoned?” Daubenmire asked. “Is there something special about this commoner who has married into the royalty?”

“She’s half black,” Daubenmire answered. “When [Harry and Meghan] step back, what is going to be at the heart of why she did it? What are they going to say? Come on. Wake up here. What are they going to say? … Racism! She never felt comfortable. She felt like she was below everybody else.”

“The royal family is the seat of Christianity,” he continued. “We cannot deny the impact the royal family has had on the WASP-y culture; the White Anglo Saxon Protestant culture is a result of what has happened within the crown. And the crown has now, for the first time, been infiltrated with a bloodline … oh my goodness, that sounds racist, doesn’t it?”

“Don’s miss what’s going on,” Daubenmire said. “This infiltrator comes in, proud of her infiltration, proud of her multiculturalism. And what is that demon doing? Destroying and upsetting everything, every tradition in that royal family.”

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Brenden Dilley #psycho #wingnut rightwingwatch.org

On yesterday’s livestream of “The Dilley Show,” MAGA “life coach” Brenden Dilley told his audience that they had “better start developing a stomach for death” because President Donald Trump will soon start executing his political enemies en masse in order to save the nation.

Dilley, a fundamentally amoral right-wing broadcaster who openly brags about creating and spreading lies against his political opponents, reiterated his recent assertion that the only way to save America is for Trump to essentially wipe out those who oppose him.

“You better start developing a stomach for death, because you’re about to see a whole shit ton of it publicly,” Dilley said. “You can’t escape it. The crimes that have been committed against the United States of America are punishable by death, and I fucking firmly believe that should this Justice Department do their job to the fullest extent of the law, you will have to deal with and cope with more and more people being put to death as a result of their crimes.”

“Develop a stomach for it,” he added. “Develop a will for it. You want to save your fucking country? This is what it’s going to take. It’s going to take you having the stomach and the spine and the fucking testicular fortitude to support the president of the United States and the Department of Justice firmly imposing the law of the land.”

Dilley pointed to a poll showing that 7 out of 10 younger voters would be willing to support a socialist candidate as proof that such harsh measures are necessary.

“You prosecute people spreading communist propaganda. That’s the only way,” he said. “You’re going to lose your fucking country. It might not be this week, it might be in 10 years, if you don’t push back. If the restoration of law and order doesn’t happen, you got a real problem.”

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Brenden Dilley #psycho #wingnut rightwingwatch.org

On Monday’s livestream of “The Dilley Show,” MAGA “life coach” Brenden Dilley declared that he will not be satisfied with President Trump merely winning re-election in 2020 because he believes that Trump must completely destroy his political enemies and have them executed.

Dilley, a fundamentally amoral right-wing broadcaster who openly brags about creating and spreading fake news against his political opponents, insisted today that simple political victory will not be enough to satisfy his blood lust.

“I want to win and I won’t consider it total victory without destroying our enemies,” Dilley said. “I don’t want to hold your hand. I want to stomp you into the fucking ground. I want Donald Trump to bury you treasonous pricks under the prison. I don’t want to just win. Winning is a formality at this point. Destroying you motherfuckers is way more important.”

“I won’t consider it a total victory without destroying you, entirely,” he added. “Your entire fucking life. Everything you’ve built, I want to ruin it. I won’t be done, and this won’t be a job well done, and none of us will be satisfied until all of you pricks are gone. Not just gone; gone like totally gone.”

“There is no room for mercy,” Dilley continued. “We don’t have any time for weakness. I don’t want anybody on this team that wants to lift their foot off the throat of the Democrats right now. None of them. It won’t be enough. I want to win in November of next year and I want to keep curb-stomping these motherfuckers well beyond that.”

“You’ve got to destroy your enemy,” he said. “You have to make sure that your enemy can never play the game again and the only way you do that is with total annihilation … You have to lock up these treasonous motherfuckers and they all have to go to jail.”

Pointing to a photo of a noose, Dilley declared that “there is one solution and one solution only to save America and I think you know what it is. It’s a zero-sum game and if you don’t have the stomach for it, I don’t know what to tell you.”

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Liz Crokin #wingnut #conspiracy #dunning-kruger #pratt rightwingwatch.org

Last year, right-wing “journalist” and Trump–worshiping conspiracy theorist Liz Crokin publicly declared that if the mass arrests long promised by those promoting the QAnon conspiracy theory didn’t materialize by the end of 2019, she was going to “bow out” of the movement.

“I’m sick of talking about it,” Crokin said last January. “It’s so depressing and I’m just over it. I’m going to have to move on because it’s just taken such a big toll on me and my health that I don’t think I can stay in this fight if it continues to drag on for years and years and if these mass arrests don’t happen this year.”

Those arrests did not happen, but it doesn’t appear as if Crokin is actually going to abandon the QAnon movement anytime soon, as she posted a video on New Year’s Eve in which she predicted that actor Tom Hanks will soon be among the first of the high-profile figures arrested for his supposed involvement in satanic pedophilia.

“There is a lot of evidence and symbolism with Tom Hanks,” Crokin said. “You can go look at some of the work he’s done, you can look at some of the skits he’s done on Saturday Night Live, you can look at some of the movies he’s been in. There is a lot of symbolism in the work that he’s done. I think one of the first movies he did was [The Man With One Red Shoe] … It was a movie about red shoes; we know that red shoes are significant and symbolic to the occult because they make leather red shoes out of babies’ skin.”

Crokin went on to predict that Hanks “would be the first big name unsealed indictment” because the person behind the Q account has frequently used the word “big” in its posts and Big is the name of one of Hanks’ most successful films.

“Tom Hanks was in a movie—Big—and, of course, the movie is based off of basically pedophilia because he’s a little kid in a grown man’s body that ends up having a sexual relationship with a grown woman,” Crokin said. “So a lot of anons are theorizing that he could be the first big name unsealed indictment. I think it’s a really good theory.”

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Mark Taylor and Chris McDonald #conspiracy #homophobia rightwingwatch.org

During an interview on his “The MC Files” program with so-called “firefighter prophet” Mark Taylor last week, host and right-wing commentator Chris McDonald declared that the new film about Mr. Rogers starring Tom Hanks “is a pedophile signal.”

McDonald, who frequently hosts Republican Rep. Phil Roe of Tennessee on his program, claimed that Hanks has been “named in many, many pedophile-related tweets, pedophile-related call-outs,” and asserted that the new Mr. Rogers film is really a pedophile “code.”

“This is insanity to me,” McDonald said. “He’s going to be in the role of Mr. Rogers in this new movie that is coming out and I don’t think that’s by mistake. Again, I think that’s just code, it’s signaling, it’s a pedophile signal.”

McDonald said that while he has never heard anything negative about Fred Rogers, it was obvious that Rogers “wasn’t the most masculine guy out there” and that “he dealt with children,” so “it makes you wonder” about the real purpose of the movie.

“I just think this thing with Tom Hanks, again, you put a mainstream actor in this role and, again, it just is almost like it’s blatantly in our face and saying, ‘Guess what? We’re going to recruit more of the pedophilia by putting this man up as Mr. Rogers, who deals with children,'” McDonald concluded.

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Rick Wiles #racist #conspiracy rightwingwatch.org

When right-wing conspiracy theorist and End Times broadcaster Rick Wiles and the team from his TruNews network were granted press credentials by the White House to cover President Donald Trump’s trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, last week, it understandably generated news because Wiles and his network are virulently anti-Semitic.

On last night’s episode of his “TruNews” program, Wiles lashed out over the criticism that he and his network received, and predictably did so by blaming “the Jewish-controlled news media” for trying to shut him down.

“I have three constitutional rights at play here,” Wiles said. “We’re a news organization right here, this is freedom of the press. I have freedom of speech, I have a right as an American to express my views. And freedom of religion, I can express my religious beliefs also.”

Wiles said that the “news Nazis” are not only violating his rights, but are actively working to crush him and his network.

“They’re crushing all alternative voices in this country,” he said. “The Zionists are saying, ‘We will control what can be said, what you can think, everything.'”

“Wake up and realize what is happening to your country,” Wiles warned. “There is very little time left to stop the complete takeover. This is a takeover of the United States. You are being brought into slavery, you are being brought into captivity. It’ll be 100 years before you can break out of this. Look what happened to the Russians. They went 70 years when the Jews took over Russia in 1917 … so it’s happening to America right now.”

Wiles’ co-host, Edward Szall, added that when the Jews took over Russia, the royal family “was killed in a blood sacrifice.”

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Warren Hurst #homophobia friendlyatheist.patheos.com

Warren Hurst, a member of the Sevier County Commission in Tennessee, said during a meeting last night that white man were losing their rights and that Pete Buttigieg shouldn’t be running for president because he’s gay.

[…]

“We got a queer running for president, if that ain’t about as ugly as you can get,” he said. “Look what we got running for president in the Democratic party. We can go over here to Hoss’s jail [Sevier County Sheriff] and get better people out of there than those running for democratic to be President of the United States.”

[…]

“I’m not prejudice, a white male in this country has very few rights and they’re getting took more every day,” said Hurst.

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Sheila Zilinsky #fundie friendlyatheist.patheos.com

We BIND the strongmen assigned to Donald J. Trump in the mighty name of Jesus. We cut and bring to naught the power of the spirit of the witch, the wizards, the warlocks, the witch doctors, the magi, the debonators, all sorcerers, high priests… sending attacks against him and God’s people. We SEVER the silver cords of every spirit that’s astral-projecting, even human spirits.

In the MIGHTY name of Jesus, we cut off every ritual, custom, ceremony, curse, hex, vex, spell, incantation, chant, evil spoken judgement, magic, evil prayer, dance, trance, animal and human sacrifices, drums, shells, beads, bones, candles, pins, nails, rituals, customs, voodoo, hoodoo, hooloo, joodoo, Santeria… Cut these supply lines off in the mighty name of Jesus!

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Tom Horn #fundie #conspiracy #crackpot rightwingwatch.org

End Times author and SkyWatch TV CEO Tom Horn appeared on “The Jim Bakker Show” today, where he asserted that President Donald Trump authorized the creation of a “U.S. Space Force” because he knows that the asteroid prophesied in the Book of Revelation is headed toward Earth.

Horn was on Bakker’s show today to promote his latest book, “The Wormwood Prophecy,” which claims that the government is covering up the fact that an asteroid known as Apophis will strike the Earth in 2029. While scientists say that Apophis will simply pass by our planet in 2029, Horn insists that it will strike the Earth and fulfill the prophecy in Revelation 8: “The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water— the name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter.”

Horn claims that he discovered this information when he was shown a vision of what he thought was “a dual-horned, fiery dragon deep in space” that he described as “the most terrifying thing I’ve ever seen in my life.”

When he awoke from this vision, Horn said, “something whispered in my ear, ‘Apophis.'”

“Apophis, I am convinced, is going to impact the earth in nine years from now,” Horn warned. “And when it does, I think it’s the fulfillment of the Wormwood prophecy.”

“Don’t forget, Donald Trump has prophecy-believers in his ear,” Horn added, “and that’s the reason why he was pushing for the new space command, all the additional money for earth defense forces. This is all quietly going on behind the scene.”

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Rep. Matt Shea #fundie #psycho #wingnut npr.org

Six-term Washington state Rep. Matt Shea is accused of participating "in an act of domestic terrorism against the United States," according to a report released Thursday.

Independent investigators commissioned by the Washington State House of Representatives found that Shea, as a leader of the Patriot Movement, "planned, engaged in, and promoted a total of three armed conflicts of political violence against the United States government" between 2014 and 2016.

The report also concluded that Shea was involved in training young people to fight a "holy war." He created a pamphlet called Biblical Basis for War and advocated replacing the government with a theocracy and "the killing of all males who do not agree."

Chat messages showed Shea, a lawyer who was first elected in 2008, condoned intimidation of opponents, political activists, government officials and Muslims. He also offered to conduct background checks on political opponents.

Following the release of the report, Shea was suspended from the House Republican Caucus — a serious form of discipline.

He was also stripped of his position as the ranking member of the House Environment and Energy Committee and will be removed from two committees.

"He should resign," Washington State House Minority Leader Rep. J.T. Wilcox tweeted.

"He cannot use House Republican staff, he cannot meet with the caucus, his office will be moved," Wilcox added.


Rep. Matt Shea has been suspended from any role in the House Republican Caucus. He should resign. He cannot use House Republican staff, he cannot meet with the caucus, his office will be moved.


But late Thursday, Shea said he will not resign.

"Like we are seeing with our President this is a sham investigation meant to silence those of us who stand up against attempts to disarm and destroy our great country," Shea said in a Facebook post. "I will not back down, I will not give in, I will not resign."


Shea maintains he was not given an opportunity to review or respond to the report.

The report states he declined to be interviewed as part of the four-month investigation.

The Army veteran was a public supporter of Cliven Bundy, a Nevada rancher who led a 2014 standoff with FBI agents in a dispute over grazing rights.

According to investigators, Shea visited the Bundy Ranch in Bunkerville for a couple of days. While there, he "developed a strategy for leadership over future Patriot Movement armed resistance against the federal government by creating" a coalition of western state leaders from Idaho, Washington, Arizona and Nevada.

The Patriot Movement is a far-right, anti-government extremist group, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. A core tenet is that the government should not own public lands.

About two months after the Bundy Ranch standoff, the report notes a meeting between Shea and leaders of the Oath Keepers Militia at a restaurant in Spokane. There he was overheard discussing "militias, weapons, stockpiling ammunition, the Bundy Ranch, Special Forces and snipers."


When VA officials planned to remove weapons from the home of a veteran who was flagged by health care officials, Shea issued a call to action for Patriot Movement members. In a Facebook post, he urged them to arm themselves and drive to Priest River.

"That resulted in the use of armed militia members who blocked access to the veteran's home and prevented the lawful retrieval of the guns by the Veterans Administration," the report said.

In early 2016, Shea again teamed up with the Bundy family in an armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.

The 41-day standoff between armed militia men and government officials resulted "in devastating financial, physical and emotional harm to a community and its residents; and the loss of one life."

At the time, Shea said he had gone on a "fact-finding mission."

State Rep. Laurie Jinkins, a Democrat, said the House needed time to review and digest the full report prior to taking further action.

She added: "In its 130-year history, I am unaware of House members ever having received such a comprehensive and disturbing investigatory report about another member."

The gravity of the findings prompted the Chief Clerk's Office to forward the report to the U.S. Attorney's Office and the FBI, Jinkins said.

"We respect Rep. Shea's right to free speech and his personal beliefs, but those ideals are not what this is about," she added. "This is about a state lawmaker who, according to the investigative findings, engaged in an act of domestic terrorism rather than choosing political or legal avenues to change laws and policies he disagrees with."

Shea could be removed from the state House entirely but that would require a two-thirds majority vote of House members, and, the nonprofit news site Crosscut reports, that "has happened only once in the history of Washington's Legislature."

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Dave Daubenmire #racist #fundie #god-complex rightwingwatch.org

Radical religious right activist Dave Daubenmire dedicated his “Pass The Salt Live” webcast this morning to ranting about the “atheistic Jews” who he says are leading the effort to impeach President Donald Trump and are, he insisted, responsible for much of what is wrong in America today.

Daubenmire, who is blatantly anti-Semitic, cited a recent commentary by right-wing radio host Michael Savage in which Savage said that Trump, like Jesus, is being persecuted by Jewish leaders. Daubenmire wholeheartedly agreed with Savage and proceeded to unleash a rant against Christians who travel to Israel, who he claims “are desiring to become Jewish.”

“I’m more precious in the eyes of my savior than any bloodline Jew that was ever born,” Daubenmire declared. “If we could focus on who we are as children of the king, much of this stuff that we see going on around us would end, if we realized who we are, who we represent, whose voice we are.”

Daubenmire said that he was sick of turning on Christian radio and always hearing “about Israel and the Jews.”

“The Jews should be begging to become Christians,” he said. “The Jews should be begging to be like us, and we can’t wait for us to be like them. We want to go be God’s chosen people. Dude, you already are! There’s nothing special about a Jew.”

“They’re supposed to be jealous of us,” Daubenmire screamed. “Everywhere I look it’s Jew worship. You say, ‘Oh Coach, are you anti-Semitic?’ You’re an idiot! You’re an idiot if you think that. I am Semitic, you are too. It’s lies! All lies! And the church gobbles it up and gobbles it up because we don’t know who we are. I’m a child of the king. I’m a prince.”

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Mark Taylor #conspiracy #fundie rightwingwatch.org

Mark Taylor, a radical right-wing conspiracy theorist and so-called “firefighter prophet,” appeared on the “Up Front In The Prophetic” program yesterday, where he urged people to begin carrying concealed weapons to protect themselves from human traffickers who might attempt to snatch them off the streets in order to sacrifice them to the demon god Baal.

Taylor said that “Baal is a very violent entity and it feeds off the blood of the innocent” and that “Baal’s food source is running dry” due to increased restrictions on access to abortion across the country, which is leading satanic forces—possibly including even the Red Cross—to kidnap people off the streets.

“We all know the Red Cross is corrupt,” he said. “They’re into all of this.”

“What the Lord has been showing me is that their food source is drying up and they are literally grabbing people … in broad daylight,” Taylor added. “Why? Because their food source is drying up.”

“We are entering into one of the most dangerous phases of this fight,” he continued. “I tell people, ‘I don’t care if you are a Christian or not, if you don’t have a concealed weapons permit, you need to get one. You need to learn how to use a weapon and you need to be carrying it right now because this is a very dangerous time that we are going to be entering into.'”

Taylor then claimed that God told him that blood banks in America will soon collectively launch a massive blood drive for seemingly no reason “because they need the blood because their sources are running out, so they can use that human blood for sacrifices, they can use it for drinking it, or whatever it is they do.”

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David Fowler #fundie #homophobia friendlyatheist.patheos.com

This week, every single one of the 95 county clerks in the State of Tennessee received threatening letters accusing them of breaking the law and violating civil rights… all for doing their jobs by issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.


The letters in question came from David Fowler, a practicing lawyer who is deeply involved in efforts to challenge the 2015 Supreme Court decision that made same-sex marriage legal across the United States of America.

As general legal counsel for the Constitutional Government Defense Fund, an initiative run by Family Action Council of Tennessee (FACT), he was involved in the state’s earliest challenges the Obergefell ruling. Currently, he’s also partnering with Tennessee Independent Baptists for Religious Liberty (TIBRL) as they file a legal challenge against the Tennessee Department of Health, claiming ministers’ conscience rights are being violated when the government requires them to sign marriage certificates that “define marriage without regard to the sex of the two parties.”

That case appears to have inspired him to send the letters, which refer repeatedly to the TIBRL case, using dense, intimidating legal language to implicate county clerks in a violation of his clients’ civil rights:

The Department’s Certificate is inextricably tied to the marriage license issued by County Clerks that, according to Tenn. Code Ann. 36-3-103(a), is the legal document that actually authorizes my clients to solemnize the marriages they conduct by ceremony… However, the issuance of licenses by county clerks to persons other than a “male and female contracting party” as stated in Tenn. Code Ann. 36-3-103(a)(1) presents my clients with a grave civil rights issue of conscience under the Tennessee [Constitution], Article I, section 3, as well as a grave civil rights issue under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution regarding the free exercise of religion and government-compelled speech.

Confused? That’s probably the goal.

In conversation with noted LGBTQ news outlet The Washington Blade, Fowler described his intentions:

The purpose of the letter was simply that which was stated, to call to the attention of our county clerks the constitutional fact that the provisions in our state constitution applicable to marriage licenses have not been enjoined by a court or repealed by vote of the people, meaning they have not been excused from complying with it and, because they are purely administrative officials, they have no judicial authority to interpret the U.S. Constitution or the Tennessee Constitution, or to interpret licensing statutes in light of the language in the two Constitutions and the Obergefell ruling. They are not judges.
Neither are all of us, but we have to follow the law, too.

In any case, Fowler is just admitting that he wants to make county clerks nervous that they might be falling afoul of the law if they continue to do their jobs as they’ve been instructed.

It’s true that, as it currently stands, the state’s Constitution defines marriage as existing only between one man and one woman and insists that any other understanding of marriage is “void and unenforceable.”

However, following the historic Obergefell v. Hodges decision on marriage equality, even the state’s attorney general, Herbert Slatery, acknowledged that Tennessee was legally obligated to abide by the Supreme Court’s decision — a fact that Fowler neglected to mention in his letters. It’s the same reason that some states have constitutional provisions blocking atheists from holding public office even though those laws are all unenforceable.

According to Chris Sanders, president of the Tennessee Equality Project, Fowler’s letters amount to little more than a bad-faith attempt to undermine settled law:

We are well aware that some continue to look for ways to deny and ignore the plain meaning of the Obergefell ruling and the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Marriage equality is equal protection of the laws, and it is the law of the land.

It’s hard to avoid the impression that Fowler is playing with emotional manipulation here. He’s sent county clerks hefty packets with an important-looking letter full of hard-to-parse jargon, backed up by no less than five enclosures packed with legalese, and he’s playing on understandable fears of repercussions in the hope that maybe, somewhere in Tennessee, some LGBTQ couple will have a harder time getting a marriage license because of him.

Does he seriously believe this is what Jesus would have done? (Does it even matter to people like him?)

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Steven Anderson #fundie friendlyatheist.patheos.com

Over the weekend, a group of Independent Fundamentalist Baptist preachers held yet another cult meeting where they preached all different kinds of hate. Pastor Steven Anderson of Arizona’s Faithful Word Baptist Church, for example, delivered a rant against environmentalism, saying that God created the world for us, so there’s no reason to accept climate change as real, much less an existential threat.

He claimed Al Gore was trying to protect people who didn’t need protecting,

Along the way, he denounced activist Greta Thunberg as a “sniveling Swedish brat”:


[God] formed [the world] to be inhabited. If it’s not inhabited, there’d be no point. If this Earth were just this Earth, of just animals and flowers and trees and California condors and spotted owls and three-toed sloths, the whole thing would be a waste. It’s what the Bible says. If it’s not formed to be inhabited, then it’s in vain…


… the world’s gonna end. And we already know how it’s gonna end. It has nothing to do with the climate. It has to do with the Spirit. It has to do with an angry God, raining His wrath. So that’s why following after Al Gore is vanity. That’s why following Alexandra — whatever the “O” stands for — Cortez is vanity. And following that little sniveling Swedish brat is vanity!

This is the danger of irrational thinking. By dismissing all environmentalists — and experts who back up what they’re saying about our world — as liberals who have some secret anti-Christian agenda, they’re more likely to support politicians who are equally ignorant or short-sighted enough that they’ll pass bills exacerbating the situation.

The mockery of a child is just icing on the cake for these people. It’s only “persecution” when people mock them. Never the other way around.

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Linda Harvey #homophobia #fundie friendlyatheist.patheos.com

Linda Harvey, the founder of Mission: America and a Christian who thinks straight people never engage in oral or anal sex, says that LGBTQ people can’t possibly celebrate Thanksgiving because they’re not thankful for anything.

ingratitude forms a core ingredient of the “LGBT” community, the pro-abortion movement, and the left in general…

The internet is replete with homosexual/transgender hostility toward parents, those who lovingly provided a home, allowance, support, and often college tuition, not to mention the child’s genetic heritage — and receive derision and scorn in return from sexually sinful or gender-deviant children.

The tears of these parents could fill a cathedral. God knows their pain.

Only straight pain matters, apparently. Harvey must have forgotten to mention the pain caused by Christian parents who torture their kids via conversion therapy or kick them out of the house over a same-sex relationship or gender identity issue.

In her mind, the only happy people in the world are the miserable wretches who spend their lives trying to force their will on everybody else. It’s a wonderful Thanksgiving for everybody except the people unlucky enough to have to sit next to people like her over the holiday.

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Various Christian Cowards #fundie #homophobia friendlyatheist.patheos.com

There are many ways to respond inappropriately to someone else’s loss of a loved one, but the abuse received by Reverend Richard Coles, who lost his partner to an illness, takes “inappropriate” to a whole new level.

Coles is a musician, priest in the Church of England, and a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing (similar to Dancing with the Stars). He announced the death of Rev. David Coles last week:

@RevRichardColes
I’m very sorry to say that @RevDavidColes has died. He had been ill for a while. Thanks to the brilliant teams who looked after him at @KettGeneral. Funeral details to follow. “The Lord shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended”.

Given Richard Coles’ popularity, there was an outpouring of love and support, but not everyone was on the same page, as he explained days later:

@RevRichardColes
99.99999% loveliness from people and then a small but lively correspondence from Christians who wish me to know that D is in hell and I will follow. It’s like the Khmer Rouge suddenly popping up in a stream of condolence.

He said: “A letter, courageously unsigned, begins: ‘Dear Mr Coles, I can’t begin to tell you how happy I am to hear of the death of your partner…’.”

In a follow-up tweet, he added: “It continues: ‘I have been praying for your pain for a long time now…’.”

Of all the terrible things to say to someone in mourning — “He’s in a better place now”; “This happened for a reason”; “I understand how you feel” — claiming happiness over someone’s grief might be the most cruel.

It’s unfathomable how any reasonable person could think that’s appropriate, much less loving. Especially if the goal is to somehow “convert” Coles to heterosexuality and/or a specific conservative denomination of Christianity. What on earth would he find attractive about such a group?

For his part, Coles seems to be handling the abuse with a degree of positivity:

A short while later he tweeted: “The horrible letters: they don’t touch me. I am right now an expert in pain, the real kind, and these are paper darts among the incoming, and just leave me mildly curious about the state of mind of the writer.”

He’s a good guy. It’s too bad he has to deal with miserable souls who have an urge to project their own pain onto someone else.

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Bryan Fischer #fundie #homophobia rightwingwatch.org

Last week, the Hallmark Channel announced that it was pulling ads for the wedding planning website Zola.com after the religious right organization One Million Moms complained about the ads showing two brides kissing. After an outcry about that decision, Hallmark reversed course and apologized.

One Million Moms is a project of the American Family Association, and yesterday, the AFA’s Bryan Fischer used his “Focal Point” radio program to blast Hallmark for supposedly caving to “the gay gestapo.”

Fischer bragged that One Million Moms had been able to pressure Hallmark into pulling the ads and force the CEO of Crown Media, which owns Hallmark, to personally call AFA president Tim Wildmon to apologize.

“And then the gay gestapo, the bullies of the homosexual movement—and remember, their theme is ‘homosexuality uber alles,’ homosexual trumps everything—so they got a hold of Hallmark, they started getting in, getting after it, getting on Hallmark and they folded in about 48 hours. They completely collapsed,” Fischer griped. “They completely reversed. Now they are apologizing all over themselves for supporting normative sexuality.”

“Another victory for the gay gestapo,” Fischer said.

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Anonymous Fundie #homophobia friendlyatheist.patheos.com

Two weeks ago, the Westerville City Council in Ohio voted 4-3 to add sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression to the list of classes receiving non-discrimination protection. It’s no longer legal to be denied housing or employment, for example, just because you’re LGBTQ.[…]

Council member Valerie Cumming voted in favor of that change, and she now says her family has been targeted by conservative activists as a result.

“On Sunday afternoon I arrived home from our Thanksgiving vacation to find that someone left a bag on my doorstep with two copies of an article titled ‘Democrats and their Coalition of the Damned.‘”

With a cover letter saying “Happy Thanksgiving from Your Neighbors,” the letter says “pro-choice women…should ask themselves, if I had crossed my legs instead of my fingers…” and refers to “…organized sexual deviants demanding acceptance of their perversions by the general culture.”

“There were two copies of it — one addressed to me, and one addressed to my children,” Cumming said…

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Jesse Lee Peterson #racist rightwingwatch.org

Right-wing radio host Jesse Lee Peterson kicked off his radio program yesterday by railing against Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang’s proposal to provide a universal basic income to all American adults and declaring that Yang “should go back to China or wherever he came from.”

Yang was born in Schenectady, New York.

“There is this little Asian guy or Chinese guy or whatever he is, he should go back to China or wherever he came from,” Peterson said. “You allow these people to come into our country and they come in with their socialist, communist ideas.”

“Can we send this guy back to wherever he came from?” Peterson continued. “Let him go over there and give away free stuff. Why is he coming here to turn America into the place that he left?”

“What a sick person,” he added. “Beta male. They need to send him back to Taiwan or wherever he came from.”

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Pat Robertson #fundie #transphobia rightwingwatch.org

After airing a story about gender transition on “The 700 Club” today, televangelist Pat Robertson declared that the transgender movement is “a satanic move to keep people from having children.”

“The devil has found a new way to keep people from bearing young in the image of God,” Robertson said. “To think that these people will then be neutered, they will not be able to be married, to have successful families, they won’t have children to look after them in their old age. I mean, they are throwing away their whole future on this nonsense that comes about in this politically correct environment.”

We have no idea where Robertson is getting the absurd notion that transgender people cannot get married, have children, and build “successful families.”

“We cannot allow this to happen in our country, ladies and gentlemen,” he added. “It is an attack of the enemy against human beings. God says, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and subdue the earth and possess it.’ Be fruitful and multiply. But the devil says, ‘Oh no, you are creating boys and girls, young babies in the image of God and we won’t permit that.’ So we are just a bunch of suckers buying into a lie.”

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Scott Lively #fundie #psycho rightwingwatch.org

On today’s episode of the “Pass The Salt Live” webcast, host Dave Daubenmire interviewed Trump–loving radical right-wing activist Scott Lively, who used the opportunity to declare that abortion providers should be put to death.

“If I had my way, we would be executing abortionists after trial,” Lively said. “They are committing mass murder and if we truly had a just justice system, they would be tried and they would be executed for what they’re doing. That is how serious the problem is.”

Lively, who twice ran for governor in Massachusetts, added that he wanted to “make absolutely clear” that he was not calling for vigilante justice, but rather the creation of a justice system that operates according to the dictates of biblical law whereby the testimony of two witnesses is required in order to put someone to death.

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Dinesh D’Souza #pratt #wingnut twitter.com

Remember nuclear winter? Of course you don’t. That’s because it didn’t happen. Yet it was all the rage on the Left in the 1980s. A generation from now, no one will recall climate change either, and for the same reason. The apocalypse has become a political racket!

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Dave Daubenmire #racist friendlyatheist.patheos.com

Proving yet again that right-wing commentators who wrap themselves in religion have plenty of other problematic beliefs as well, Dave Daubenmire said on his “Pass The Salt Live” webcast yesterday that he went to the zoo with his daughter… and therefore he still opposes interracial marriage.

… You don’t see eagles marrying buzzards, do you? You don’t see it happening.

… It is unbelievable, right? And it doesn’t have any idea… with your dignity as a human being…. Somebody help me out here. Maybe, I don’t know, at the zoo last night, I don’t think I saw one Oriental married to a black guy. I don’t think… that may have been… you don’t see it… you don’t see it. You don’t see it…

… Randy, I was actually even thinking last night when I was looking in the aquarium. All the different fish that are swimming in there together. But you know what, Randy? The guys who take care of the aquariums keep certain fish out of that aquarium, don’t they? Because they know if they put the wrong one in there, he’s gonna eat everybody else! So they segregate even in the aquarium. Isn’t that something?

I can’t believe I need to say this, but the reason eagles and buzzards don’t marry, and the reason “certain fish” are kept away from others, is because they’re different species.

Humans with different color skin are, believe it or not, still humans.

Daubenmire doesn’t understand this because he refuses to learn a thing about science. But that won’t stop him from pontificating about why different races ought to be segregated. Like the good Christian that he is.

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Josh Bernstein #conspiracy #psycho rightwingwatch.org

Radical right–wing commentator Josh Bernstein appeared on Bill Deagle’s “NutriMedical Report” radio program earlier this week, where he said that the report released by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz on the origins of the FBI’s investigation into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign in 2016 should result in Obama-era officials being publicly executed during halftime at the Super Bowl.

The report concluded that the launching of the investigation was justified and devoid of political bias, but it also noted that several significant errors were made during the process. For Bernstein, that was enough to demand blood.

“James Comey, Andrew McCabe, all of them, they’re all guilty,” Bernstein said. “They should be swinging from nooses at halftime at the next Super Bowl. That’s what they should be doing.”

Bernstein went on to declare that anyone who is even thinking of voting Democratic in the 2020 elections should put a bullet in their own head.

“You’ve got Fat Jerry, you’ve got Nancy Legosi, and you’ve got Adam Schiffless, all trying to say that this president committed treason,” he said. “That’s how insane this party is. They are so dangerous to the survival of our country that anyone who even has half a brain cell left in their head, if they vote for anyone but President Trump, you might as well put a gun to your head and put one bullet in it and keep flipping the thing and seeing what happens.”

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Robert Jeffress #fundie #racist rightwingwatch.org

Right-wing evangelical pastor Robert Jeffress, who has a long history of attacking other religions, spoke at the White House’s Hanukkah celebration Wednesday, HuffPost reported. In 2011, Jeffress said that Mormons, Muslims, Jews, and gays are destined for Hell, as Right Wing Watch reported at the time.

During President Donald Trump’s speech, Trump spotted Jeffress in the crowd and chose the moment to praise the evangelical pastor.

“And, by the way, Robert Jeffress, I see you right here. And what a tremendous faith leader you are and a tremendous man you are,” Trump said. “Pastor, thank you for being here so much also. We appreciate it. We have so many people and so many great faith leaders here, and I want to thank you all for being here. It’s fantastic. This is a great, great day. We appreciate it very much, Robert. Thank you very much.”

Trump later invited Jeffress and attorney Alan Dershowitz, who Trump may add to his impeachment defense team and who has been accused of being involved in Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking, up to the stage. Trump added that he liked the pastor because Jeffress praised him on talk shows.

“We’ve never had such evangelical Christian support. Jeff, come on up. Jeff. Come on up here, Jeff,” Trump said, waving him on stage. “But Robert Jeffress–I didn’t know him, but he–I watched him. And I’d watch him on different shows, and I’d say, ‘I like that guy. Man, he talks really great about me. And I like people that talk well about me.’”

Trump said he thought his administration had “made more progress toward faith leaders” and noted that it “got rid of the Johnson Amendment, which was a disaster.” The Johnson Amendment had prohibited churches from participating and intervening in political campaigns and had long been a target of conservative Christian groups.

“I think Donald Trump is the most pro-faith president in history when you look at what he has done for people of all faiths,” Jeffress said. “And, Mr. President, you know, Jewish and Christian believers alike believe what God said to Abraham in Genesis 12–that God would bless those who bless Israel, and He would curse those who curse Israel.”

“And I want to thank you, Mr. President, for being the kind of president who has the courage to stand up and be, when it comes to Israel, on the right side of history,” Jeffress continued. “But most importantly, you’re on the right side of God. And that’s why you are not going to fail, and we’re going to stand behind you 100 percent.”

Jeffress said in 2011, “Judaism, you can’t be saved being a Jew.” He recently mocked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Catholic faith and claimed that Democrats worship the demon god “Moloch, who allowed for child sacrifice.” In August, Robert Jeffress asserted that Sen. Bernie Sanders is “completely illiterate when it comes to what the Old Testament teaches about Israel,” as are all Jews who vote for Democrats.

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Dave Daubenmire #homophobia friendlyatheist.patheos.com

Right-wing commentator Dave Daubenmire said on his “Pass The Salt Live” webcast on Thursday that the idea of Mayor Pete Buttigieg becoming president was “wicked” because he happens to be gay.

What Buttigieg does in the bedroom is apparently disqualifying for the presidency, but Donald Trump is just fine despite the affairs, and cruelty, and corruption, and admitted sexual assaults.

Straightness is all that matters.

That’s not just our side saying that. Daubenmire literally defended Trump’s extra-marital sex life using the argument that his straightness made his sins more acceptable than Buttigieg’s.

… [Daubenmire] said that Buttigieg can never be allowed to become president because “if a man cannot figure out what to do with his sexual organs, he has no business being in the White House.”

“Donald Trump sleeping with a thousand women — I don’t know — is a perfectly normal human response, but immoral,” Daubenmire said. “But Mayor Pete Buttplug — I said that again on purpose — what he is doing is not only immoral, it’s unnatural, it’s a crime against nature. It doesn’t even make sense, yet people are actively considering allowing that man to be president of the United States. It’s beyond wicked.”

No one thinks more about what gay men do in the bedroom than white Christian men who preach against homosexuality.

Remember that Buttigieg is married and monogamous. President Obama was the same — and straight! — but that didn’t stop Daubenmire from condemning him every chance he had either.

The problem with Buttigieg, to these people, isn’t that he’s gay. It’s that he’s doing well enough among Democrats that there’s a chance he might actually win the White House. They’re afraid. So they’re attacking him in a way that’s designed to stoke fear and hatred among the GOP’s gullible, bigoted base.

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Dave Daubenmire #fundie friendlyatheist.patheos.com

We are encompassed with a web of hatred for Christ and all things Christian and we don’t even see it. And the media points out when the black guy gets some discrimination, and the Jewish guy gets discriminated against, and the Muslim guy gets discriminated against, and there is not a lower class citizen in America than the Christian — strong Christian male. Not a lower class citizen in America than the strong-voiced Christian male.

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Perry Stone #fundie rightwingwatch.org

During the weekly “Firehouse Prayer” gathering held at his Omega Center International church in Tennessee last Thursday, right-wing pastor Perry Stone asked his congregation to pray against the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump’s actions towards Ukraine, and warned that if Democrats don’t back off, Christians may unify in prayer to ask God to strike them down.

For good measure, Stone also called out Right Wing Watch by name and predicted that we’ll have to apologize for being idiots when it happens.

Stone said there is “an unjust balance” in Washington because Hillary Clinton was allowed to “smash her BlackBerrys to keep the government from seeing what’s on them” and was not prosecuted for treason for keeping “four classified letters on a server,” while Trump, he contended, has been the victim of an unrelenting conspiracy to remove him from office that he alleged “was actually funded by George Soros.”

“The one thing that we have as Christians, as true believers, is the power of fasting and prayer,” Stone said, citing several biblical passages in which leaders “who attempted to delay and hinder the will of God” where “supernaturally removed by very strange diseases.”

“It is not about messing with a person, it is about messing with a sovereign plan,” he added. “When God has a sovereign plan, he himself will fight against people.”

“What the ungodly, unbiblical, Christ-haters in America do not understand,” Stone warned, “is that the true body of Christ that prays in the Holy Ghost, that has the power of God—and there are many of us, there are millions of us in America—if we so choose and decide to set out heart and our mind to fasting and prayer, we can move the hand of God to do anything that he would desire to do and give him the will—we have to choose, of course—to have his freedom, to say, ‘God, go do your thing right now.'”

“It may come to the body of Christ fasting and praying and asking God to clean house himself,” he continued. “This is going on the internet and I’m sure somebody will pick up what I’ve said. Right Wing Watch, I know you watch me, so go ahead and post what I just said and let’s see what happens. And then when it happens, you can apologize for being an idiot.”

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Brenden Dilley #fundie rightwingwatch.org

On yesterday’s edition of “The Dilley Show,” MAGA “life coach” and amoral right-wing commentator Brenden Dilley griped that supporters of President Donald Trump have been mocked for supposedly being members of a cult that is built on the belief that the president is a brilliant genius who has been chosen by God and can do no wrong.

Despite the fact that Dilley himself regularly promotes these cultish beliefs about Trump, he took exception to a recent segment on CNN featuring an interview with Steven Hassan, who is the author of the new book, “The Cult of Trump: A Leading Cult Expert Explains How the President Uses Mind Control.”

In an effort to push back against this claim, Dilley insisted that members of the media are really part of a cult, and he played a video featuring dozens of local news anchors reading literally the same script about the dangers of fake news to prove it.

“Perhaps you are doing what you guys always do, which is accusing those who stand against you of that which you are guilty of,” Dilley declared in reaction to the clip. “That is what a fucking cult looks like, my friends.”

Unfortunately for Dilley, all of the journalists in the clip he played worked for stations owned by the Sinclair Broadcasting Group, which is a conservative media organization that is staunchly pro-Trump.

In fact, the video that Dilley played was compiled by Deadspin last year as the centerpiece for its article, “How America’s Largest Local TV Owner Turned Its News Anchors Into Soldiers In Trump’s War On The Media.”

If Dilley was trying to prove that MAGA is not a cult, perhaps playing a video featuring dozens of journalists being forced to repeat the same script on orders from their Trump-loving owners was not the best way to do so.

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Jesse Lee Peterson #fundie rightwingwatch.org

On his radio program today, right-wing commentator and pastor Jesse Lee Peterson responded to the news that Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings had died by declaring “that’s what happens when you mess with The Great White Hope,” which is the term he uses to describe President Donald Trump.

“He dead,” Peterson said. “That’s what happens when you mess with The Great White Hope. Don’t mess with God’s children.”

“Don’t mess with The Great White Hope,” he repeated. “You see what happens.”

“If you notice, John McCain, he dead. Charles Krauthammer, he dead. And Elijah Cumming, now he dead,” Peterson declared. “They all didn’t like The Great White Hope, they went against him, they talked about him, now they all dead. That’s amazin’.”

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EW Jackson #fundie #wingnut rightwingwatch.org

On Tuesday, Jackson’s nightmare came true as voters handed Democrats control of the state government, but Jackson insisted on his radio program Wednesday that he is not worried in the slightest about the results because he knows that “we are right and they are wrong and, ultimately, we will win.”

“I know if you’re listening to or watching the news, you’re thinking, ‘Bishop Jackson is going to be sad today because Virginia lost both the House and the Senate to a bunch of leftists,'” Jackson said. “You probably were looking for the sadness in my voice. Well, you know what, folks? I refuse to be sad, I refuse to be discouraged because I’m a child of God and I know that ultimately, we are right and they are wrong and, ultimately, we will win. If it takes Jesus coming back, we will win, so I am not the least bit worried.”

If Jackson is so unconcerned about Democrats taking control of the reins of government in Virginia, then why did he release a video frantically warning Christians that they must “treat Nov. 5 like D-Day” because the election was a matter of “life or death for your church”?

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Rick Wiles #racist #conspiracy #fundie rightwingwatch.org

End Times broadcaster and rabid anti-Semite Rick Wiles called for social media platforms to be nationalized after his TruNews network’s Twitter account, which he used to rant about the “Jew coup” that is supposedly working to take down President Donald Trump through impeachment, was temporarily limited yesterday.

During last night’s broadcast, Wiles and co-host Doc Burkhart received word that the network’s “Jew coup” tweet had been removed for violating the platform’s guidelines against posting hateful content and that the account would be limited for 12 hours. This prompted Wiles to declare that his freedom of speech was being violated and to demand that the government nationalize all social media platforms.

“The censorship continues in America,” Wiles said. “What country are we living in? Where are we? Is this the Soviet Union? Is this communist Cuba? North Korea? Where are we? Your freedom of speech is being curtailed.”

“We need to nationalize the social media companies,” he declared. “Let’s take over the social media companies. Let’s nationalize them. Let’s turn them into utilities. Let everybody have free speech. If we don’t rise up and defend freedom, this country is moving quickly into a tyrannical state of censorship and suppression of ideas and beliefs. I’m not trying to stop anybody from speaking their views, but there are a lot of people trying to shut me down.”

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Rick Wiles #racist #conspiracy rightwingwatch.org

End Times broadcaster Rick Wiles went on yet another anti-Semitic rant on his “TruNews” program last Wednesday, reiterating his assertion that Jeffrey Epstein, the hedge-fund multimillionaire who took his own life while awaiting trial for sexual assault and trafficking of minors, was actually a Mossad agent tasked by Israel with gathering blackmail material on powerful Americans “so the Jews can screw America.”

Wiles is deeply anti-Semitic and dedicates many of his TruNews programs to railing against Israel and the Jews—yet his network still regularly receives press credentials from the Trump administration. Just last week, Wiles’ YouTube account was temporarily suspended after he used his program to declare that the impeachment effort against President Donald Trump is a “Jew coup” designed to ultimately lay the groundwork for Jews to “kill millions of Christians.”

But that isn’t stopping Wiles from continuing to voice his anti-Semitic views.

“Our leaders are low-life scum that screw little girls so the Jews can screw America,” he said. “That’s what’s happening in this country. I just said it. That’s what’s going on in our country and our FBI is corrupt, the Supreme Court is corrupt, the Justice Department is corrupt, the news media is corrupt, the whole country is corrupt because we’ve walked away from Almighty God and we’ve allowed Kabbalah-practicing Jews to defile the nation.”

“Little American children [are] being raped for the benefit of Israel,” Wiles added. “American politicians [are] raping little American girls to be videotaped by Israeli Mossad so that Israel can blackmail American politicians. That’s the state of America today! God ought to destroy this country for what we’ve become.”