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Robertson Baldly Accuses Major Foundations of Secret “Black Genocide” Agenda
5/11/06

Pat RobertsonSpeaking on his “700 Club” program (Thursday, May 11, 2006), Christian Coalition founder Pat Robertson attacked Planned Parenthood as “an organization that is trying to set up black genocide,” citing a higher incidence of abortions among African-Americans. Breathlessly relating an “amazing” narrative of eugenics, “unbridled sex,” and “sterilization,” Robertson extended his accusation to major charitable foundations that donate to Planned Parenthood. Said Robertson, “Planned Parenthood has gotten $100 million, $50 million each from the Ford Foundation and The Rockefeller Foundation. Why do these wealthy, so-called Republican organizations pay for it? Because they were alarmed by the growth of black community and they didn’t want to have to support a bunch of indigent black babies. I mean that is the dirty little secret in there.”

Insisting that he is not relating a “conspiracy theory,” Robertson claimed, “It’s all there! I mean, you talk about a plan, it’s a definite plan. I’m not trying to look at conspiracies, but the record is clear.” Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network claims that “The 700 Club,” which runs on the ABC Family Channel, reaches 95 percent of U.S. television markets.

According to Robertson, the Ford Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation intentionally pursue “black genocide … [T]he people who are funding these programs want that! They don’t want a whole lot of unemployed young black people. They want to cut down the incidence of black birth. And they want to pay in great sums of money to organizations like Planned Parenthood to bring that about.”

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Vernon Robinson, the GOP's Equal Opportunity Hater aka the "Black Jesse Helms," says "Fiesta is over for illegal aliens and homosexuals"
5/2/06
Vernon Robinson
Vernon Robinson is an African American Republican candidate for Congress in North Carolina’s 13th district – one who has almost entirely decided to forgo the traditional right-wing tactics of using coded language and subtle attacks against gays, immigrants, judges, and liberals in order to rally the base.  His campaign is well-financed and he was able to raise a nearly unheard of $3 million in a previous bid.
Robinson was once criticized and dubbed the "black Jesse Helms" for a campaign message “reminiscent of the old South, where race is used to scare the white would-be voter into the arms of the conservative Republican fold, lest the white sheep stray come time to vote.” Critics said the “only thing missing was a picture of the Confederate flag” and noted the irony of the fact that Robinson had “found it necessary to use the same race-mongering tactics to get elected that Jesse Helms and other white, conservative, racist politicians used to keep blacks from being elected to office.”[1]

Robinson quickly embraced the Helms mantra using it as a kind of badge of honor in a speech to the Florida Christian Coalition. He has been supported in his bids by the likes of nationally known Republicans such as former Georgia Rep. Bob Barr and Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo, as well as Focus on the Family founder James Dobson and right-wing commentator Pat Buchanan. 

At a time when the Republican Party is trying desperately to reach out to Hispanics and African Americans, three-time GOP candidate Robinson has opted to ignore the norms of traditional political discourse and even basic decency, instead filling the airwaves with vile attack ads aimed at his Democratic opponent, Brad Miller, while continuing the traditional GOP electoral tactic of scapegoating gay Americans -- this time marrying that hate-filled message to an anti-immigrant, anti-Hispanic one, all in his quest for the so-called values voters that are making up a larger and more vocal part of the GOP’s base.

Here is Robinson’s most recent radio ad – [listen HERE]:

“Every night, 7,000 aliens rush into our country illegally and your ultra-liberal congressman, Brad Miller, refuses to guard the border. Instead of deporting them he votes for amnesty and throws them a party with your tax dollars. (mariachi music begins playing) Brad Miller gives these aliens welfare, driver’s licenses, Social Security, free healthcare, free lawyers, free public educations, even free school lunches. These aliens pay no income tax and send their money back to Mexico, then they take to the street waving the Mexican flag and demanding more. Unbelievably Brad Miller voted to allow these illegals to burn the American flag while waving the Mexican flag.

Brad Miller supports gay marriage, and sponsored a bill to let American homosexuals bring their foreign homosexual lovers to this country on a marriage visa! (sounds of gasps and revulsion)  If Miller had his way, America would be nothing but one big fiesta for illegal aliens and homosexuals, but if you elect Vernon Robinson, that party’s over.”

Listen to Robinson's radio ads:
'Brad Miller's Mariachi Party'
'Illegal Aliens Radio Ad'
Watch Robinson's Television Ad:
'Twilight Zone'

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Pat Robertson calls NEA “Slavemaster” of Education “Plantation” to Promote Presidents Voucher Budget Plan
4/3/06
On the 700 Club from Monday, April 03, 2006, Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcast Network (CBN) aired a news segment supporting the Bush administration’s proposed budget that includes $100 million in funding for vouchers. “America’s Opportunity Scholarships for Kids” would allow federal education dollars to be spent on private schools. The segment presented a “Budget Storybook” to explain the “bureaucratic gobblydegook” to its viewers by profiling an African American grandmother, Betty Harris, whose grandson goes to school in Compton, California, which CBN calls the “worst school district” in the country.

Reverend Robertson called Ms. Harris a “heroine” for her pursuit of school vouchers for her grandson and attacked voucher opponents, particularly the National Education Association. “The NEA says, no way, you’re not going to get free from this plantation, we’ve got the plantation, we’re the slave masters and you’re not going to get free from it” said Robertson.

The words “vehemently against vouchers” were superimposed over a photo of NEA headquarters and text said to be from their website explaining their anti-voucher and pro-public education position: “What is needed [instead of vouchers] is help for the students, teachers and schools that are struggling.” Robertson closed by saying this was “Shocking, absolutely shocking … when we are spending tremendous amounts of money the powers that are in charge of the education establishment won’t let education get fixed.”

Robertson concluded his remarks with a partisan jab at the Democratic Party, reflecting the fact that exploiting the problems of struggling schools and demanding taxpayer funded vouchers for religious and other private schools is a political wedge strategy for the Religious Right and its allies. A strategy which they are willing to use their considerable media resources to promote.

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Project 21’s Mychal Massie declares Economic Gap is Black Americans’ Own Fault

Talk Radio host and member of the right-wing National Center for Public Policy Research-Project 21 Mychal Massie slammed the National Urban League and it’s annual "State of Black America" for reporting, among other things, that the median white family in America has approximately ten times the net worth of the median black family. Massie decried the report’s findings as a "bastardization" and "misrepresentation" – arguing that the lower economic status for the median black family is "no one's fault but black Americans that they are not succeeding in greater numbers." He contends, "Pursuant to blacks being behind and so forth, there is a reason for that. It's called lack of education, children out of wedlock and a lack of social skills, or a lack of marketable employment skills." Massie blamed the Urban League for "extolling the very people and virtues that hold blacks down … What they have done is targeted and ridiculed successful blacks [who] have attained quantifiable education, that have not had children out of wedlock, that do not have criminal records, and so forth." Massie defended conservative African Americans and claimed, "Apart from Oprah Winfrey – the Clarence Thomases [and] the Walter Williamses are ridiculed and despised. Condoleezza Rice is ridiculed and despised in the black community and by these so-called black leaders." Read



Pat Robertson calls liberal professors “racists, murderers, sexual deviants and supporters of Al-Qaeda”
3/21/06
"The Professors"

On the 700 Club on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 former Republican Presidential candidate Rev. Pat Robertson displayed characteristic anger and frustration at what right-wingers proclaim is another manifestation of liberalism in this country while reviewing (and hawking for sale on the CBN website) the new book by extremist David Horowitz titled, “The Professors: The 101 most dangerous academics in America.” Robertson waxed glowingly about the book which he says sheds light on the radical academics at American universities claiming, however, that it is just a “short list” of the “thirty to forty thousand” left wing professors who he calls “termites that have worked into the woodwork of our academic society and it’s APPALLING.”  

Rev. Robertson launched an attack on “radical” liberal professors saying; “They are racists, murderers, sexual deviants and supporters of Al-Qaeda – and they could be teaching your kids!” Later in the program he told his viewers, “These guys are out and out communists, they are radicals, they are, you know, some of them killers, and they are propagandists of the first order…you don’t want your child to be brainwashed by these radicals, you just don’t want it to happen. Not only brainwashed but beat up, they beat these people up, cower them into submission.  AGGGHHH!!!!’

[NOTE: The CBN website claims that “The 700 Club, has been viewed in more than 70 foreign languages, can be seen in more than 200 countries, and are accessible throughout the year by more than 1.5 billion people around the world.” The Virginian Pilot reports that “Pat Robertson’s television ministry continues to ride a wave of ever-mounting contributions, which have almost doubled in less than a decade” and that donors gave $160 million dollars to Robertson’s CBN network in 2005 - an increase of 21% over the previous year.]

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Clegg: Blacks Should “Clean Up Their Acts” to Put an End to Acquired Prejudices
3/16/06
Roger Clegg Roger Clegg, president of the Center for Equal Opportunity, writes in the National Review that the new FX series “Black.White.” is intentionally designed and edited in order to show racism and discrimination because “otherwise there would be, literally, no show.” But Clegg claims that “old-fashioned bigotry is dying” because “young white people today are not sat down by their parents and told, ‘Look, son/daughter, you need to know that black people are dangerous, promiscuous, lazy, and stupid.’ Rather, to the extent that kids today develop prejudices, it is more likely based on their own experiences and observations — which include the unpleasant but undeniable facts that a disproportionate number of blacks commit crimes, have children out of wedlock, and do poorly in school.” Clegg’s antidote to the development of these prejudices is “for those disproportions to end. And for that to happen, the black community has to pressure its own to clean up their acts … Sorry if saying so makes me a sanctimonious jackass.” Read

The Center for Equal Opportunity is a right-wing anti-affirmative action, “pro-assimilation” and anti-bilingual education organization headed by Linda Chavez, a long-time right wing activist, weekly syndicated columnist and political analyst for the FOX News Channel. Chavez was nominated but not confirmed as the Secretary of Labor in 2001 by President Bush.



Pat Robertson: “Islam is not a religion of peace”
Peaceful Protester3/13/06
During his Monday, March 13, 2006 “700 Club” broadcast, the Rev. Pat Robertson responded to a Christian Broadcast Network (CBN) produced news report on violent – and peaceful - demonstrations across Europe by Islamic fundamentalists over cartoons depicting Muhammad. The news report included interviews with moderate, law-abiding Muslims who said that the extremists do not represent the views of the majority of Muslims and a representative from the Muslim Action Committee who said, over a background of a peaceful demonstration protesting the Muhammad cartoons, that they wanted “to show that we can express our protest in a very legitimate, in a very civil, in a very courteous way.”

Yet the CBN broadcast focused on the reactions of violent Islamic extremists to the cartoons and accused European governments of “caving in” to Islamic “rage” blaming “political correctness” for the state of affairs. Ignoring the voices of moderation portrayed in the video, Robertson warned viewers Islamists “are crazed fanatics … motivated by demonic power, it is satanic and it’s time we recognize what we’re dealing with.” Robertson states that “the goal of Islam, ladies and gentleman, whether you like it or not, is world domination … And by the way, Islam is not a religion of peace.”

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Falwell wants followers to be “the most intolerant people in the world”
3/5/06
Jerry Falwell PictureIn his weekly sermon from his church in Lynchburg VA, Rev. Jerry Falwell addressed many topics, including the role of the church, intolerance, and discrimination. In the sermon aired on Sunday, March 5, 2006, Falwell included evolution and same-sex marriage among the “many challenges” facing American culture today. In the same sermon, Falwell said he wants his “people to be the most intolerant people in the world” because he wants all people to acknowledge the superiority of Christianity even if “to teach that one system of truth is superior to another is politically incorrect and it’s intolerant.”

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GOP operative Matalin calls civil rights leaders who spoke at Coretta Scott King’s funeral “race baiters and hustlers”
2/9/06
After watching video clips of the funeral service for Coretta Scott King of Rev. Joseph Lowrey, a renowned civil rights activist who co-founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and former President and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Jimmy Carter, eulogizing Mrs. King, Mary Matalin said their comments were offensive, un-Christian, un-southern, and not about President Bush but were “an insult to the memory of both Coretta Scott King and Dr. King.”

Matalin, the one-time Senior Advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney, appeared on the February 8, 2006 episode of “Hannity and Colmes” to discuss the funeral of King and attempted to lay blame on Democrats by inexplicably claiming that “it’s very illustrative of where the Democratic Party is -- the liberal wing of the Democratic Party is today. It was completely without facts. It was ignorant. It was no hope, all hate. So it's sad.”

Matalin continued, “I think these civil rights leaders are nothing more than racists and … they’re keeping their neighborhoods and their African America brothers enslaved, if you will, by continuing to let them think that … they’re victims, that the whole system is against them.”

When co-host Alan Colmes recalled a similar eulogy given by Dr. King for the young victims of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in 1963 he asked Matalin if Dr. King was being insulting or un-Christian? Matalin responded that Colmes was “comparing a time of great civil rights unrest with a time where there's been great progress made for all Americans, and African- Americans in particular.” She continued by accusing the civil rights leaders of being “race-baiters and hustlers” saying that they are propagating the “notion amongst the African-American community that we are a nation of racists and that they are victims...and they’re enslaved by us. “ Colmes protested saying that is not what they said, to which Matalin responded “That’s exactly what they are saying.”

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Pat Robertson's "Sorry" Excuses
2-3-06
On February 2, 2006, Rev. Pat Robertson appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” to promote his new book “Miracles Can Be Yours Today” and attempted to defend his recent rash of outrageous statements by “explaining” that "unfortunately, my passion runs ahead of me."

In the last year, Robertson has called for the assassination of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, warned the voters of Dover, Pennsylvania that God might forsake their town because they removed school board members who supported the teaching of “intelligent design” in science curricula, and claimed that the massive stroke suffered by Israeli leader Ariel Sharon was the wrath of God for “dividing” God’s land.

Furiously attempting to rehabilitate his image as he promotes his new book through numerous media appearances, Robertson told “Good Morning America” that "I've been doing TV for years and years. And the problem is, I ad lib." Robertson stated that the "context of what I say isn't quite as strong as it sounds, but I am passionate about things, and it is not politically correct."

Yet later that day, Robertson appeared on Fox News’ “Hannity and Colmes” and when asked about his call to assassinate Chavez, refused to back down – in fact, he even repeated the call in the name of expediency:
COLMES: Would you feel better going back to the original comment, that if he were assassinated the world would be a safer place?

ROBERTSON: I think South America would. He has got hit squads. He's a very dangerous man.

COLMES: So you're not taking back the comment. You believe assassination of Hugo Chavez would be in the best interests of the world.

ROBERTSON: Rather than going to war. One day, we're going to have to go to war, I'm afraid, if he continues his policy. You know, but I don't know. I wrote him a letter. I apologized to him.

COLMES: But wait a minute. If you say you apologized to him, what you just said seems to contravene that, because you just now said...

ROBERTSON: I know. I know.

[…]

COLMES: You want him taken out?

ROBERTSON: Not now, but one day, one day, one day.
Robertson also attempted to claim that he “didn't say all the things that the A.P. said I said” regarding his statement that Ariel Sharon was being punished by God for “dividing God's land,” which is nonsensical considering that the media was merely quoting Robertson’s exact words. Eventually, Robertson apologized for his remarks – though only after Israel threatened to cut him out of a multi-million dollar investment deal.

Later in the program, Robertson was asked about a recent article in which former Republican Senator Jack Danforth expressed his dismay that the Religious Right had taken over the Republican Party. Although Robertson said he did not agree it had happened, he did admit it was his “goal when I headed up the Christian Coalition [but] I don't think we succeeded.” Robertson then made a statement about inclusiveness being the way to go now for the GOP.

Robertson is a key figure within the Republican Party’s right-wing establishment – he uses his “700 Club” to push the Bush administration’s agenda and the confirmation of Bush’s judicial nominees, he receives millions of dollars in federal funding for his charitable work, and he furthers the Republican Party’s right-wing political and social agenda through the American Center for Law and Justice.

Robertson is a man who admittedly wanted the Religious Right to completely take over the Republican Party but now claims to have settled for merely purporting to represent the views of millions of “values voters” within the Party. In spite of the fact that he continues to advocate the assassination of at least one world leader, he has yet to be publicly and thoroughly rebuffed by the party whose agenda he supports so fervently.

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Ann Coulter’s Poisonous Rhetoric
1-27-06
Following her comment that “more conservative justices were needed on the Supreme Court to change the current law on abortion,” right-wing shock-pundit Ann Coulter has once again lived up to her reputation as someone willing to say just about anything in order to generate attention, this time joking that 85-year old Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens ought to be poisoned in order to make room on the Court for another right-wing justice who doesn’t believe the right to an abortion is protected by the Constitution.  

According to the Associated Press, Coulter stated “We need somebody to put rat poisoning in Justice Stevens' creme brulee.”  

Coulter immediately claimed that it was “just a joke.” The remark certainly is not out of character for her, as her entire career seems to be based on saying ridiculously offensive things.  But neither is the remark much different than what we’ve heard from some others on the Right seeking total control over the federal judiciary.  

In July 2003, Pat Robertson launched a 21-day "prayer offensive" aimed at the Supreme Court in which he urged his supporters to pray to God to remove liberal justices from  the Court so that they could be replaced by right-wing ideologues.  To this end, Robertson wrote “One justice is 83-years-old, another has cancer and another has a heart condition. Would it not be possible for God to put it in the minds of these three judges that the time has come to retire?"

In April 2005, a speaker at the Christian Council for Constitutional Restoration’s "Confronting the Judicial War on Faith" conference approvingly quoted Joseph Stalin, saying “He had a slogan, and it worked very well for him, whenever he ran into difficulty: 'no man, no problem.’" As Dana Milbank of the Washington Post pointed out “The full Stalin quote, for those who don't recognize it, is ‘Death solves all problems: no man, no problem.’”





Pat Robertson: Sharon Invited God’s Wrath
Update: Robertson apologies. Click here to read the entire story.

1-5-06

On today’s 700 Club, Pat Robertson commenting on the recent stroke by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, said:

Sharon was personally a very likeable person and I am sad “to see him in this condition. But I think we need to look at the Bible and the book of Joel. The prophet Joel makes it very clear that God has enmity against those who “divide my land.” God considers this land to be His. You read the Bible and He says “this is my land” and for any Prime Minister of Israel who decides he is going to carve it up and give it away, God says “no, this is mine.””

Mentioning the assassination of former Prime Minister Yitzak Rabin at the hands of a right-wing extremist, Robertson said he “had a wonderful meeting with Yitzhak Rabin in 1974, he was tragically assassinated, it was a terrible thing that happened but nevertheless he was dead. Now Ariel Sharon who again was a very likeable person, a delightful person to be with, I prayed with him personally, but here he’s at the point of death. He was dividing Gods land and I would say woe unto any Prime Minister of Israel who takes a similar course to appease the EU, the United Nations, or the United States of America. God says “this land belongs to me. You’d better leave it alone.” ( “700 Club.” ABC Family. Thurs Jan 5, 2006)

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Read a Statement from Ralph G. Neas re Pat Robertson’s comments on Prime Minister Sharon



Reverend Jerry Falwell Repeats False Story Being Used in “War on Christmas”

12-20-05
In his sermon on Sunday, Rev. Falwell gave an update on what has been conceived as the “Friend or Foe of Christmas" campaign saying “Youngsters are set to perform a play in which the lyrics to "Silent Night," which celebrates the Christ child's birth, have been changed to "Cold in the Night," which do not.”

The charge, leveled on MSNBC’s Tucker Carlson show by Mathew Staver, president of the Falwell-founded Liberty Counsel and the American Family Association, is “that this school rewrote a sacred song to erase Christ from Christmas.” Falwell claimed their successful “Friend or Foe of Christmas" campaign resulted in Liberty Counsel issuing a demand letter to Ridgeway Elementary School saying that the school actions were “illegal and unconstitutional.”

According to a Washington Post investigative story which looked into this and other claims of evidence of the “war” being waged on Christmas presented by the right wing – the story about this song is flat out false.

Eliciting chuckles from his congregation, Falwell said of the author who supposedly re-wrote the words to Silent Night to make it a non-Christian song, “I’d like to see the guy who did that because I got notions of what he looks like.”

The Post reports: “The first thing we found out, contrary to both news releases, is that nobody at the school rewrote anything. The song is part of a copyrighted play. Really in-depth reporting -- making two phone calls -- revealed the offending playwright and composer to be one Dwight Elrich. No one had talked to him until we called.” Here is what the Post found out about the playwright:
  • Elrich was a music director for a choir at Bel Air Presbyterian, former president Ronald and Nancy Reagan's church in California, for decades.

  • Cold in the Night" is part of a children's play called "The Little Christmas Tree" (note title). The little tree sings the little song. The little tree is looking for a family to take it home, sort of like Charlie Brown's little tree.

  • The play comes with a "Christian" page, which may be performed or not.

  • In Ridgeway, where the play has been performed for years, it is sung with Christian Christmas songs, including "Angels We Have Heard on High."

  • "The Little Christmas Tree" has been performed in more than 500 schools and churches across the country for nearly two decades. Mostly churches.

  • Elrich's other musicals:

    • "What in the World Is Christmas?" (Answer: "Kids from around the world celebrating Jesus's birth."

    • "Christmas in Hawaii,"

    • "365 Days of Christmas Each Year!"

Dwight Erlich told the Post, “I'm just flabbergasted. I'm a choir director in a church! I do Christmas carols in retirement homes! I perform 'Silent Night' 40 or 50 times each year! I thought the play was a really charming, wonderful, positive story about love and acceptance . . . removing it from the Christian tradition was something I never thought anyone could ever come up with. We were telling a story about a little tree, so we used a familiar tune to help the kids get it."

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For more on the fabricated “war” on Christmas, read PFAW’s report: The Right-Wing’s War on Happy Holidays” showing how the threat of a so-called “war” is being used to advance the right-wing goal of convincing Americans that it is religion itself that is actually under attack.

Also, see PFAW’s coverage of the House floor debate over a GOP-sponsored resolution to “protect the symbols of Christmas” in “Twas the Night Before Christmas and All Through the Congressional House. . . Congress Politicizes the Phony “War on Christmas”



Concerned Women for America Spokesman Compares “War on Christmas” to Nazi Europe

12-13-05Bob Knight
Robert Knight, director of Concerned Women for America’s Culture and Family Institute, appeared on the CNN program “Live From” to discuss the so-called “war on Christmas.” Knight, who previously asserted that saying “Happy Holidays” is an “overt attack on Christmas and ultimately the Christian faith,” told CNN that the Christmas situation in America today is similar to when the Nazis took control of Austria.

Said Knight, “You know, when the Nazis moved into Austria in 1936 they immediately removed Christmas from the schools, you can read about it in Maria Trapp’s… Maria Trapp wrote the story of the Trapp singers; it’s in The Sound of Music. And she said that she sent her kids to school every day after the Nazis took over and they came home and said ‘Mama, we can’t say the word Christmas anymore, it’s now winter holiday.’ I think that ought to disturb people that we’re moving towards that kind of attitude in this country.”

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See also: In Their Own Words: The Right Wing's "War on Happy Holidays."



Columnist Claims “Jewish Grinch” Stole Christmas

12-9-05
Burt PrelutskyAuthor and columnist Burt Prelutsky blames “fellow Jews” for the war on Christmas in his article “The Jewish Grinch who stole Christmas.” “When it comes to pushing the multicultural, anti-Christian, agenda, you find Jewish judges, Jewish journalists, and the ACLU, at the forefront.” He goes on to explain that, “anti-Semitism is no longer a problem in society; it’s been replaced by a rampant anti-Christianity. For example, the hatred spewed towards George W. Bush has far less to do with his policies than it does with his religion.” Prelutsky continues, “I am getting the idea that too many Jews won’t be happy until they pull off their own version of the Spanish Inquisition, forcing Christians to either deny their faith and convert to agnosticism or suffer the consequences. I should point out that many of these people abhor Judaism every bit as much as they do Christianity.” Read



Right Wing Claims McCain Says “Torture Worked” On Him

11-30-05
A Newsmax editorial claims that while “Sen. John McCain is leading the charge against so-called ‘torture’ techniques … insisting that practices like sleep deprivation and withholding medical attention are not only brutal - they simply don't work,” his own experience as a prisoner during the Vietnam War proves otherwise. Newsmax claims that McCain was subject to similar techniques and “has publicly admitted at least twice - the torture worked!”

Newsmax highlights two instances where they say “torture worked” on McCain: the first being when he provided “military information” to his captors who were threatening to deny him medical treatment for injuries he had received when his plane was shot down, though McCain himself admits that it “was of no real use to the Vietnamese”; the second when, after four days of being bound and beaten, he agreed to “sign a document confessing to war crimes.”

As Sen. McCain explained in a recent piece in Newsweek: “In my experience, abuse of prisoners often produces bad intelligence because under torture a person will say anything he thinks his captors want to hear—whether it is true or false—if he believes it will relieve his suffering. I was once physically coerced to provide my enemies with the names of the members of my flight squadron, information that had little if any value to my enemies as actionable intelligence. But I did not refuse, or repeat my insistence that I was required under the Geneva Conventions to provide my captors only with my name, rank and serial number. Instead, I gave them the names of the Green Bay Packers' offensive line, knowing that providing them false information was sufficient to suspend the abuse.”



Robertson tells Dover, PA citizens, after the election: “Don’t turn to God if you need help”

Read our Update on the fallout from this Outrage

11-10-05
Photo of Dover, PA
“If there is a disaster in your area, don’t turn to God, you just rejected Him from your city. And don’t wonder why He hasn’t helped you when problems begin..."

— Pat Robertson

On the Nov. 9th broadcast of the 700 Club, Rev. Pat Robertson took the opportunity to strongly rebuke voters in Dover, PA who removed from office school board members who supported teaching faith-based “intelligent design” and instead elected Democrats who opposed bringing up the possibility of a Creator in the school system’s science curriculum.

Rev. Robertson warned the people of Dover that God might forsake the town because of the vote.

Pat Robertson“I’d like to say to the good citizens of Dover. If there is a disaster in your area, don’t turn to God, you just rejected Him from your city. And don’t wonder why He hasn’t helped you when problems begin, if they begin. I’m not saying they will, but if they do, just remember, you just voted God out of your city. And if that’s the case, don’t ask for His help because he might not be there.”

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Mychal Massie blames the “black church and the black community” for the “state of destruction" of the black family.

10-27-05
Media Matters for America
reports that Mychal Massie, an advisory council member for Project 21, the black right-wing organization created by the National Center for Public Policy Research think tank, told talk radio host Janet Parshall, "The black people today who curse America are cursing God because if God had not permitted" the enslavement of Africans, "we would not have what we have today."

Speaking of the "reason that the black family is in the state of destruction," Massie said "it is the fault of the black church and the black community because the preachers have succumbed to hatred; they have succumbed to a disobedience to God."



Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson: "It took a mere three days for blacks to turn the Superdome and the convention center into ghettos, rampant with theft, rape and murder."

10-17-05
Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson"75 percent of New Orleans residents had left the city, it was primarily immoral, welfare-pampered blacks that stayed behind and waited for the government to bail them out." So said the Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson, founder and president of BOND, the Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny.

Peterson writes, "about five years ago . . . I stated that if whites were to just leave the United States and let blacks run the country, they would turn America into a ghetto within 10 years . . . I gave blacks too much credit. It took a mere three days for blacks to turn the Superdome and the convention center into ghettos, rampant with theft, rape and murder."

For more information, see PFAW’s coverage of BOND’s recent panel sponsored by the Heritage Foundation: Right-Wing Black Leaders Praise Bennett, Criticize Katrina Evacuees.



Pat Robertson threatens retaliation against conservative senators who oppose Miers

10-12-05Pat Robertson
On today’s “700 Club” broadcast, the Rev. Pat Robertson responded to criticism from the Right regarding the Miers nomination and also offered a stern warning to those conservative senators who might be thinking of voting against her. Rev. Robertson suggested that people should look at who is supporting Miers before they doubt her conservative credentials. He named James Dobson, the Rev. Jerry Falwell, Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention, Jay Sekulow of the Robertson-founded American Center for Law and Justice, and himself as proof of support for Miers’ nomination from the Right. Robertson concluded by noting: “These so-called movement conservatives don’t have much of a following, the ones that I’m aware of. And you just marvel, these are the senators, some of them who voted to confirm the general counsel of the ACLU to the Supreme Court, and she was voted in almost unanimously. And you say, ‘now they’re going to turn against a Christian who is a conservative picked by a conservative President and they’re going to vote against her for confirmation?’ Not on your sweet life, if they want to stay in office.”

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Bill Bennett's Broken "Moral Compass"

9-29-05Bill Bennett
Former Reagan administration Secretary of Education and ultra-conservative radio host, Bill Bennett, while discussing Social Security with a caller to his show, made the claim that “it's true that if you wanted to reduce crime, you could -- if that were your sole purpose, you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down.”

Bennett then claimed that it “would be an impossible, ridiculous, and morally reprehensible thing to do,” only to repeat the claim that the “crime rate would go down.”

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Rev. Jerry Falwell doesn’t think it's “un-spiritual” to “whip” "un-patriotic" Americans. “In the name of the Lord, of course.”

Jerry FalwellDuring his September 25th sermon to his Thomas Road Baptist Church congregation, the Rev. Jerry Falwell examined the freedoms enjoyed by Americans and turned to the issue of what should happen to so-called “un-patriotic” Americans: “You know when I see somebody burning the flag, I’m a Baptist preacher I’m not a Mennonite, I feel it’s my obligation to whip him. In the name of the Lord of course. I feel it’s my obligation to whip him, and if I can’t do it then I look up some of my athletes to help me.

But, as long as at 72 I can handle most of the jobs I do it myself, and I don’t think it’s un-spiritual. When I, when I, when I hear somebody talking about our military and ridiculing and saying terrible things about our President, I’m thinking you know just a little bit of that and I believe the Lord would forgive me if I popped him.”

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Liberalism... "exposed" as a fraud

Pat BuchananArchconservative Pat Buchanan criticizes the “failure” of the “character and conduct” of the population of New Orleans, who “waited for the government to come save them” and “screamed into the cameras for help.” Writes Buchanan: “Liberalism … was exposed as fraud.” Read



O’Reilly Suggests Katrina Victims Uneducated, Poor Addicts Who Live “Gangsta Life”

Bill O'Reilly giving condescending advice to poor people

“Every American kid should be required to watch videotape of the poor in New Orleans and see how they suffered, because they couldn't get out of town. And then, every teacher should tell the students, 'If you refuse to learn, if you refuse to work hard, if you become addicted, if you live a gangsta-life, you will be poor and powerless just like many of those in New Orleans.'"
Observing the victims of Hurricane Katrina, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly calls for the nation’s school teachers to show video from New Orleans and draw a stark moral lesson for their students: don’t be like them. Stay in school, work hard, avoid drugs and the “gangsta life,” says O’Reilly, or else you will be “poor and powerless” in the face of a hurricane and flood. He says:

“The USA has mandatory education. You have to go to school or pass exams if home-schooled. But nobody can force you to learn while you're in school. If you refuse to do the hard work that education requires, and millions of kids do, you're going to be ill equipped to compete in the marketplace. And all the government programs in the world are not going to change that."

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Santorum targets Katrina victims for further punishment

Right Wing OutrageIn the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) has targeted the victims for further punishment.

He told Pittsburgh’s WTAE:

"I mean, you have people who don't heed those warnings and then put people at risk as a result of not heeding those warnings. So there may be a need to look at tougher penalties, candidly, on those who decide to ride it out and understand that there are consequences to not leaving.”

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