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Indiana pastor Gary Evans charged with molesting girls

Sat, 2017-10-21 01:21

By Barry Duke

The 72-year-old Rush County pastor, from the Baptist Temple in Rushville, faces three counts of child molesting, four counts of sexual battery, and five counts of child solicitation.

According to this report, the charges arise out of a police investigation that began in September when a three-year-old girl reported an encounter with Evans to the police.

The girl told investigators that Evans lured her into his office with the promise of candy, then pulled his pants down and made her touch his genitals. He then told her not to tell anyone what happened.

After the investigation into Evans’ behavior began in late September, another mother brought her five- and seven-year-old daughters to police. Both girls told investigators that Evans had forced his hands down their pants when they were alone with him in his office.

Police say there may be other victims.

Meanwhile, in Canada, Jeffrey Enns, above, a pastor and fire chaplain has been charged with two counts of luring a person under 18 by means of telecommunication.

Enns, from Bolton Ontario, had served for several years as lead pastor at Bolton Alliance Church, and was appointed the Town of Caledon Fire and Emergency Services fire chaplain in 2014.

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Right Wing Bonus Tracks: Women In Hollywood Share Some Of The Blame

Fri, 2017-10-20 11:22

By Kyle Mantyla

  • Susan Lapin, wife of Rabbi Daniel Lapin, is not particularly sympathetic to women who have been sexually harassed and abused in Hollywood: “In the real world, you don’t get to walk around barely dressed while demanding that it is men’s problem if they get aroused. You don’t get to report a colleague to HR for mentioning that he likes your haircut and then call sexism when the men in the office prefer working with other men on projects. You don’t get to treat immature, immoral and boorish behavior as headline news. The actresses grabbing attention now may indeed be victims of something but perhaps many of them are 4th degree victims, complicit in their victimhood. Maybe, they actually do share some of the blame.”
  • Right-wing activist Laurie Cardoza-Moore is considering running for the congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Marsha Blackburn.
  • David Barton says that “if you try to study history and don’t look for what God’s up to in it, you will never understand what history is about and you won’t understand why you were put here on Earth.”
  • Apparently, Dave Daubenmire thinks that a video of him screaming will be a good recruiting tool.
  • Finally, the NRA <a target="_blank" …read more

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Right Wing Round-Up: It’s Inappropriate To Question John Kelly’s Lies

Fri, 2017-10-20 11:22

By Kyle Mantyla

  • Oliver Willis @ Shareblue: Video proves John Kelly lied about Gold Star widow’s congresswoman to cover for Trump.
  • Andrew Prokop @ Vox: Sarah Sanders: It’s “highly inappropriate” to question John Kelly — because he’s a general.
  • David Ferguson @ Raw Story: Tom Price’s lawmaker wife wants people with HIV quarantined and their partners surveilled.
  • Joe DePaolo @ Mediaite: The Media is Justified in Ignoring the Russia Uranium One Story: There’s Nothing There.
  • Allegra Kirkland @ TPM: Planned White Nationalist Conference Loses Its Venue For 3rd Time This Year.

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Poll Shows Increasing Numbers Of Americans Are Rejecting The Religious Right’s Narrow Views On Morality

Fri, 2017-10-20 10:55

Liz Hayes

Wall of Separation

During last week’s Values Voter Summit, I heard speakers like former Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann and researcher/author George Barna lament the shrinking “biblical worldview” of the American electorate.

“We are dropping like a rock in America. America!” Bachmann said. “That’s something that should give us pause.”

Barna, an evangelical Christian who writes a lot about religion in America, said his research indicated only about 10 percent of voters hold a “biblical worldview,” and the percentage of millennials with that viewpoint is even smaller.

Michele Bachmann, Values Voter Summit (VVS), Secular, Pew Research Center

Wayne Allyn Root Says Las Vegas Shooter Was Laundering Money For ‘Some Major Crime Syndicate,’ Possibly ISIS Or Antifa

Fri, 2017-10-20 09:21

By Kyle Mantyla

As we noted last week, right-wing radio host, commentator, conspiracy theorist and Donald Trumpobsessed sycophant Wayne Allyn Root has insisted, from the moment that news broke of a mass shooting in Las Vegas earlier this month, that the massacre was a “clearly coordinated Muslim terror attack.” While Root hasn’t managed to find any evidence to support his claim, that has not stopped him from endlessly promoting any piece of information that he believes supports his theory.

Root’s willingness to spread unsubstantiated information was noted by various media outlets, which did not sit well with him. During an appearance on “The Financial Survival Network” with Kerry Lutz earlier this week, Root lashed out at those who have dared to report on his promotion of baseless claims.

“I ask real questions and good questions,” Root insisted. “I have never had a crazy conspiracy theory in my life. As a matter of fact, every theory I’ve ever had and every question I’ve ever asked has turned out to be correct. So I’m not a crazy conspiracy theorist, I’m the only honest person in the media asking real questions.”

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Jim Bakker: ‘Unsaved People Are Going Insane’ Because Of Trump’s Love Of God

Fri, 2017-10-20 08:21

By Kyle Mantyla

End Times prepper pastor Jim Bakker said on his television program today that “unsaved people are going insane” because they can’t handle the fact that President Trump honors God.

“Unsaved people are going insane,” he said. “They can’t take it. They can’t believe that a person was elected to the presidency that honored God, that wants to keep the cross on top of your church and Jesus in your heart.”

Bakker said that while Trump “wants to stop killing the babies,” his opponents are fighting to keep abortion legal despite the fact that “this is one of the main reasons … judgment finally came to America.”

“Everybody is for abortion that is still alive,” Bakker said, before quietly admitting, “I don’t know what that means.”

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At Values Voter Summit, Right-Wing Orgs are Simultaneously ‘Winning’ and ‘On Shaky Ground’

Fri, 2017-10-20 06:21

By Katie O’connell

At the Values Voter Summit on Saturday, two panels painted strikingly different pictures of the state of social conservative policy priorities.

The first, “Winning on Our Issues: How FRC’s Policy Partners Rack Up Wins,” celebrated the perceived successes of the anti-LGBTQ group’s affiliates across red and blue states.

The panel included speakers from the Family Research Council’s Washington, Massachusetts, Delaware and Florida affiliates who shared their tactics to advance the FRC’s agenda in their states. Panelists touched on a range of “victories,” from preventing the passage of a bill that would have banned harmful “conversion therapy” in Washington to passing a bill that defunded Planned Parenthood in Florida (which was later blocked by a judge).

Joseph Backholm from the Family Policy Institute of Washington detailed his efforts to prevent LGBTQ advocates from passing bills that would ban the dangerous practice of conversion therapy, asserting that they got progressive advocates in the state house to shoot down their own bill. Republicans in the legislature rewrote the bill to separate out the talk therapy and aversion therapy aspects of conversion therapy, and when Republicans in the Senate sent the amended bill that did not include talk conversion therapy back to the House, the Democrats killed …read more

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Bryan Fischer’s Understanding Of The First Amendment Fluctuates To Suit His Needs

Fri, 2017-10-20 05:21

By Kyle Mantyla

As we have noted several times before, American Family Radio’s Bryan Fischer holds an utterly incoherent view of the First Amendment that allows him to declare at one time that it only applies to Congress while, at other times, insisting that it applies to all sorts of other government entities, depending entirely on which view supports the argument he is making at that particular moment.

Fischer put this incoherence on display yet again earlier this week when he penned a column railing against a court decision that a large cross must be removed from the side of a highway in Maryland.

As Fischer sees it, the cross could not possibly violate the First Amendment because only Congress has the power to do that:

The First Amendment was written only to restrain the actions of Congress, as its first words clearly state: “CONGRESS shall make no law…” Only Congress can violate the First Amendment’s establishment clause, and the only way Congress can do that is by passing a LAW that designates one Christian denomination as the official church of the nation and ordering people to give money to it.

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Humanists UK advocates ending homeopathy prescriptions across the NHS

Fri, 2017-10-20 05:21

By Richy Thompson

Homeopathic pills.

NHS England is currently holding a public consultation on new guidance for all Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) recommending ceasing prescriptions for several treatments including all homeopathic and herbal treatments. NHS England is recommending that CCGs should no longer prescribe either of these treatments to new patients and to facilitate their removal from current patients. Humanists UK welcomes has responded to the consultation, welcoming the recommended changes.

According to NHS England ending prescriptions for homeopathy and herbal treatments will save the NHS £92,413 and £100,009 annually respectively. In detailing its rationale for this recommendation NHS England cited a 2010 report by the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, which found that the use of homeopathy is not evidence-based and any benefits to patients are down to the placebo effect. Both treatments were deemed to be of low clinical effectiveness.

Humanists UK Director of Public Affairs and Policy Richy Thompson commented, ‘Homeopathy and herbal medicine can be downright dangerous. Homeopathy works no better than placebo, and in fact with high street homeopaths willing to prescribe it as an alternative to malaria, it is not something the NHS should add legitimacy to. And while some rare herbal …read more

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MassResistance Wants To Gross America Out With Book About Gay Sex

Fri, 2017-10-20 04:21

By Peter Montgomery

MassResistance, a vehemently anti-LGBTQ group, has published a nearly 600-page tome called “The Health Hazards of Homosexuality: What the Medical and Psychological Research Reveals,” which it promoted and sold at last weekend’s Values Voter Summit. In the foreword, MassResistance leader Brian Camenker calls it “a unique resource on an untouchable subject.”

In 2015, Camenker spoke at an anti-gay gathering and said that conservative Christians need to view the fight against the LGBTQ movement “as a war, not a church service.” God, he said, has a “very brutal” set of rules “for people who want to tear down society, who want to push immorality, who want to tear down the moral structure of society”: they “must be destroyed.”

In the new book, Camenker is clear that he views it as a political weapon in his war against homosexuality: “We hope that the information in this book will encourage our society to take a step back, understand what the normalization of homosexuality has brought in its wake, and reconsider the course we’re on.” From the introduction:

The American public is not being told how dangerous homosexuality is to the physical and mental health of its practitioners, as well as to our larger society. …read more

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Report into England’s third largest academy chain raises fresh questions over faith ethos academies

Fri, 2017-10-20 03:21

By Jay Harman

A governor at an Oasis school described the academy chain as ‘faith schools by stealth’

The status of ‘faith ethos’ academies has been brought back into focus this week by a new report into England’s third largest academy chain, Oasis. The report, which details the overtly religious ethos of Oasis schools, challenges the organisation’s claim that its academies are not religious, and suggests that it ought to be more transparent about ‘its standing as a Christian organisation’.

Humanists UK, which has previously expressed concern both about Oasis specifically and repeatedly about ‘faith ethos’ academies more broadly, has reiterated the need for a rolling back of the pervasive and unaccountable religious influence in the education system.

‘Faith ethos’ academies are schools that are not registered with a religious character but nonetheless are run by religious organisations or organisations with an overtly religious ethos. These organisations, of which Oasis is one, are not able to set discriminatory admission arrangements, as schools that have a formal religious designation are. But they can influence the school according to their religion in a variety of other important ways, including by skewing the content of religious education and sex education, or by applying a religious …read more

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World Meeting of Families slammed for welcoming gays

Fri, 2017-10-20 03:21

By Barry Duke

Ireland is to host the Catholic Church’s 2018 World Meeting of Families next August – but has already run into problems because the programme for the event makes clear that homosexual unions can legitimately recognised.

The programme released under the oversight of Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin even contains a cropped version of the Getty image above.

The text immediately above the photo reads:

While the Church upholds the ideal of marriage as a permanent commitment between a man and a woman, other unions exist which provide mutual support to the couple. Pope Francis encourages us never to exclude but to accompany these couples also, with love, care and support.

Pete Baklinski, writing for LifeSite News, says the programme:

Contains explicit promotion of homosexual relationships as a form of family, saying that such relationships provide ‘mutual support’ for active homosexuals.

The World Meeting of Families is described on its official website as a major international event that:

Brings together families from across the world to celebrate, pray and reflect upon the central importance of marriage and the family as the cornerstone of our lives, of society, and of the Church.

The event will focus on Pope Francis’ controversial 2016 Exhortation Amoris Laetitia (Joy of Love), highlighting the …read more

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The American Academy of Pediatrics has an Integrative Medicine Problem

Fri, 2017-10-20 02:21

By Clay Jones The American Academy of Pediatrics is usually a trustworthy source of high quality information for patients, caregivers, and pediatric medical providers. But when it comes to so-called integrative medicine, they have a massive biased blind spot. In this post, I discuss a recently updated clinical report from their Section on Integrative Medicine. …read more

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Attorney General Sessions Offers Few Answers to Questions on New Religious Liberty Guidelines

Thu, 2017-10-19 15:21

By Don Byrd

Written by Don Byrd

In questioning by the Senate Judiciary Committee during an oversight hearing, Attorney General Jeff Sessions was asked about the implications of new Justice Department guidance on federal religious liberty law he issued earlier this month. Perhaps most importantly, he was asked whether federal contractors with religious objections would be permitted to discriminate in providing services.

As the Washington Post reports, Sessions deferred, saying only that he was “not sure that is covered by it, but I will look.”

Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) also asked whether an employee of the Social Security Administration with a religious objection to same-sex marriage would be allowed, under the new guidelines, “to refuse to process spousal or survivor benefits paperwork.” Sessions could not provide an answer, saying “that is something I have never thought would arise,” adding that he would have to follow up with a written answer to the Senator’s query.

You can watch Sessions’ entire testimony at C-Span here.

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Right Wing Bonus Tracks: Has California Earned A Deserved Judgment?

Thu, 2017-10-19 11:21

By Kyle Mantyla

  • Months after promising to send the father of a fallen solider $25,000, President Trump finally sent the check yesterday when his broken promise was made public.
  • David Whitney weighs in on the devastating wildfires that have killed dozens: “Has California earned a deserved judgment?”
  • David Barton says “I know justices of the Supreme Court, and I dined with them, and talked with them, we’ve discussed all sorts of stuff.”
  • Dave Daubenmire claims that we misrepresented his views on interracial marriage. We think Daubenmire’s own words speak for themselves.
  • Finally, speaking of Daubenmire, he is now blaming psychological operations run by the government for the fact that he believes in wild conspiracy theories.

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Right Wing Round-Up: Trump Gives Himself A 10 Out Of 10

Thu, 2017-10-19 11:21

By Kyle Mantyla

  • Elliot Mincberg @ Huff Post: Promoting Accountability and Transparency of Congressional Investigations Into Russian Interference in 2016 Elections.
  • Matt Shuham @ TPM: Trump Gives Himself ‘A 10′ Out Of 10 For Puerto Rico Disaster Response.
  • Warren Throckmorton: David Barton Backed Candidate for MI Governor Stripped of State Senate Committee Assignments.
  • Alex Luben @ Vice News: Hear Trump’s judge pick admit he discriminates against gay people.
  • Andy Towle @ Towleroad: George W. Bush Blasts Unmentioned Trump in Speech Decrying ‘Bigotry, White Supremacy, Casual Cruelty’.
  • Carlos Maza @ Vox: YouTube’s messy fight with its most extreme creators.

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Americans United Stands With Our Allies In Saying: No Muslim Ban Ever

Thu, 2017-10-19 10:53

Rokia Hassanein

Wall of Separation

Yesterday, I joined my Americans United colleagues in standing shoulder to shoulder with our allies and with the Muslim community to send President Donald J. Trump’s administration a clear message: There should be no Muslim ban, ever.

Muslim Ban, No Muslim Ban Ever March, religious freedom, Advocacy, Grassroots

Dr. Everett Piper: You Can’t Be A Feminist And Accept Transgender Women

Thu, 2017-10-19 10:21

By Jared Holt

Dr. Everett Piper, president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University and CEO of Open Doors USA, claimed yesterday that Religious Right activists are now “the true liberals” and the “true feminists” because they fight against cultural acceptance for transgender people.

While substituting for Family Research Council president Tony Perkins on the “Washington Watch” radio show, Piper laid out his case against critics who say the church is too political. He defended FRC’s record on issues including gender identity—which Piper characterized as “one of the most incredibly silly” ideas of our time.

“Why are we being silent in the face of a culture that is degrading and insulting a female by saying that she’s not a biological fact, but she’s nothing but a fantasy and a fabrication of a dysphoric male who wants to raise his hand on a given day and say he’s a woman?” Piper asked.

He continued, “Why is it too political for us to defend the dignity and the identity of a woman? You can’t be a feminist if you deny the feminine. We are the true feminists today. We are the true liberals today.”

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Trump Declares Victory In Non-Existent ‘War On Christmas’

Thu, 2017-10-19 10:07

Rob Boston

Wall of Separation

I’m not sure if you’ve heard the news, but President Donald Trump has declared that the ‘War on Christmas’ is over – and his side won.

Christmas, war on christmas, Donald Trump, Heritage Foundation, Values Voter Summit, Target, Santa Claus, Isaac Newton, Fox News Channel

Liz Crokin Attempts To Link The Murder Of Seth Rich To Rampant Pedophilia ‘Within The Jewish Religion’

Thu, 2017-10-19 09:21

By Kyle Mantyla

Liz Crokin is a right-wing “reporter” and conspiracy theorist who is convinced that members of the government and critics of President Trump are part of a massive pedophile ring that attempted to kill Rep. Steve Scalise and was responsible for the murder of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich.

Recently, Crokin appeared on “The Richie Allen Show,” to discuss the current Hollywood sexual abuse scandals. After nearly an hour of attempting to avoid the host’s persistent efforts to link the scandals to Jews, Crokin eventually stopped resisting the anti-Semitic undercurrent of the discussion and found a way to link the death of Rich to the supposed problem of “rampant” pedophilia within the Jewish community.

“Pedophilia is rampant within the Jewish religion, from what I’ve researched,” Crokin said. “I’ve also discovered that predators prey on children at Jewish camps. Now, it is interesting how pedophilia has been exposed within the Catholic church but there hasn’t been a huge scandal about the pedophilia that goes on within the Jewish community. We do know that the Jews control most of the mainstream media and Hollywood, so you’re probably on to something with that.”

“There is something to this,” she continued. “I …read more

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