Filling in has host for Rush Limbaugh’s radio show on Thursday, the RedState editor wasn’t exactly sympathetic to the fast-food workers who have gone on strike to demand a $15 hourly wage.
“The minimum wage is mostly people who failed at life and high school kids,” Erickson said.
“Seriously, look. I don’t mean to be ugly with you people. What? So my producer from my show is in here and he’s just staring at me, can’t believe I said this. If you’re a 30-something-year-old person and you’re making minimum wage you’ve probably failed at life.”
From the 09.04.2014 edition of Premiere Radio Networks’ The Rush Limbaugh Show:
Erick Erickson (filling in for Rushbo) is a conniving liar and an embarrassment.
h/t: Tom Kludt at TPM
Fox's Erick Erickson Understands Why "So Many" Believe Obama "Is A Closet Muslim Jihadist Sympathizer"
Fox News contributor Erick Erickson responded to President Obama’s press conference addressing the Islamic State by asserting that he understands why “so many” believe Obama “is a closet Muslim jihadist sympathizer.”
On August 28, Obama held a press conference to deliver remarks the Islamic State and recent developments in Ukraine. During his statement, Obama explained that U.S. airstrikes have allowed Kurdish forces to push back the extremists, but added that more needed to be done with allies to root out the “cancer” that is the Islamic State:
As I’ve said, rooting out a cancer like ISIL will not be quick or easy, but I’m confident that we can and we will, working closely with our allies and our partners. For our part, I’ve directed Secretary Hagel and our Joint Chiefs of Staff to prepare a range of options. I’ll be meeting with my National Security Council again this evening as we continue to develop that strategy. And I’ve been consulting with members of Congress, and I’ll continue to do so in the days ahead.
Despite Obama’s strong condemnation of the Islamic State, Erickson said on his radio show that “I don’t believe Barack Obama is a closet Muslim jihadi sympathizer. But I now - today, after this press conference — totally understand why so many of you think he is.” Erickson repeated the incendiary comment on Twitter:
Erickson’s inflammatory remark is the latest in a long line of extreme rhetoric from the Fox contributor. In 2012, Erickson called Obama a “composite Kenyan” on his blog RedState. He also has a history of sexist and homophobic comments: Erickson labeled Texas state lawmaker and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis ”Abortion Barbie” and claimed that gay people need to “overcome” the “struggle” of homosexuality.
From the 08.28.2014 edition of WSB’s The Erick Erickson Show:
"The phrase was intentional to discredit Wendy Davis, but I never thought about ‘Barbie’ being something that demeaned women," he told the Houston Chronicle during his RedState Gathering in Fort Worth, Tex. “I have an 8-year-old daughter who loves Barbie.”
Though he now realizes that some women find this offensive, Erickson says he’ll continue to use the description.
"It’s a perfect way to parody who she is," he said.
He defended the nickname by explaining that the media has “described her Barbie good looks” and arguing that Democrats were fine with labeling Sarah Palin a “Caribou Barbie.”
Erickson said he did regret a couple of comments he has made. He admitted that he should not have called Michelle Obama a “marxist happy wife" or called former Supreme Court Justice David Souter a "child molester."
Fox News contributor Erick Erickson continued his pattern of championing anti-LGBT discrimination, warning that gay rights and Christianity are incompatible and asserting that a society that affirms LGBT equality “is a society bent on suicide.”
In an August 7 Townhall.com column titled “Tolerate or Be Stamped Out,” Erickson lamented the growing marginalization of anti-LGBT attitudes, charging that pro-equality activists are determined to purge Christians from American society:
In fact,enormous energy is being expended by the left in America to make Christianity and Christians unacceptable. A New York Times writer wants to stamp out those views “ruthlessly.” He describes those with orthodox Christian views on marriage as unworthy of civility. Anonymous groups expose the home addresses of mostly Christians and subject them to harassment. This is not happening to orthodox Jews or Muslims, but to Christians.
It raises a serious question Americans must confront — are gay rights and Christianity compatible? The answer appears to be no. As gay rights activists use the tactics of Bull Connor to push for what they declare civil rights, they are targeting churches, religiously affiliated groups and Christian businesses for harassment and lawsuits.
Across the country, the left has decided our sexual preference is something we are born with, but our gender is something we get to decide. Anyone who thinks otherwise is threatened and harassed. Several thousand-year-old pillars of society are being shoved aside in the name of tolerance. Those who speak up for sanity, tradition and faith are treated scornfully.
This will not end well for any of us. Despite surveys designed to show the contrary, children tend to do best with mothers and fathers.A society that willfully undermines perpetuating itself is a society bent on suicide. One thing is for sure — a faith that survived its followers being used as torches to light the streets of Rome will survive a modern age hell bent on ruthlessly stamping it out. [emphasis added]
Erickson’s latest apoplectic screed is par for the course from the Fox News commentator. Last month, he endorsed a Georgia congressional candidate’s view that “the homosexual movement … is destroying America.” Previously, Erickson has written that gay people are on the “road to hell" and warned businesses that serve gay couples that they are "aiding and abetting" sin. Moreover, Erickson is a prominent supporter of Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a right-wing legal group working internationally to help criminalize homosexuality.
h/t: Luke Brinker at MMFA
Conservative pundit Erick Erickson, who once called a Supreme Court justice a “goat fucking child molester” and has been criticized by coworkers for sexist and incendiary remarks, is trying to become a Republican kingmaker. Many Republicans are happily promoting his endorsements, paying his site for advertising, and attending his events.
On August 7-9, Republicans such as Gov. Rick Perry, Gov. Nikki Haley, Sen. Ted Cruz, Rep. Jim Bridenstine, Texas gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott, and RNC chair Reince Priebus will attend Erickson’s 2014 RedState Gathering in Fort Worth, Texas. Previous speakers at the annual event have included Sen. Tim Scott, Gov. Bobby Jindal, and Sen. Marco Rubio.
Erickson is a Fox News contributor and the editor-in-chief of RedState.com, where he, according to his biography, writes “candidly about and challenge the Republican establishment as well as rally conservatives to push their agenda at both the federal and state level.” He believes that “conservatives must unite to clean up the Republican Party. If they don’t, voters will keep rejecting Republican pseudo-socialists in favor of authentic socialists.” His philosophy has led to fights with establishment Republican pundits like Karl Rove and GOP apparatuses like the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
That Erickson would want the Republican Party to tack even further to the right isn’t surprising. This is the same pundit that cites Jesus to deny the threat of climate change, endorses homophobia, and believes Social Security is a “Ponzi scheme” and death panels are real.
But his commentary goes beyond extreme conservative positions and into the realm of remarks that even his own colleagues find “boorish and obnoxious.”
Erickson called then-retiring Supreme Court Justice David Souter a “goat fucking child molester,” Michelle Obama a “Marxist harpy wife,” and wondered of Washington state: ”At what point do the people … march down to their state legislator’s house, pull him outside, and beat him to a bloody pulp?” Comments like that drew a rebuke from then-CNN colleague turned current Fox News colleague Howard Kurtz in 2010.
Fox News host Greta Van Susteren earlier this year called Erickson a “creep” who is “boorish and obnoxious” and “has [a] pattern of being disrespectful to women” after he smeared Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis as “Abortion Barbie.” Van Susteren added that the “jerk” “has never been on TV with me.” Fox News host Megyn Kelly sharply criticized Erickson over his sexist assertion that “when you look at biology” the “male typically is the dominant role.”
Despite that history, numerous Republican politicians have touted Erickson’s endorsements in their election fights. Below are thirteen examples of Republicans running for federal office this year who have proudly accepted Erickson’s help:
- Alabama congressional candidate Chad Mathis touts Erickson’s endorsement on his website.
- Georgia congressional candidate Barry Loudermilk writes of Erickson, “Proud to have his support!” Erickson headlined a fundraiser for Loudermilk.
- Georgia Senate candidate Karen Handel released a radio ad featuring Erickson and saying she was “honored” to be endorsed by him. Erickson also recorded a robocall for Handel.
- Georgia Senate candidate Rep. Jack Kingston ran a radio ad featuring Erickson.
- Georgia House candidate Jody Hice held a fundraiser featuring Erickson.
- Kansas Senate candidate Milton Wolf touts Erickson’s endorsement on his website.
- Kentucky Senate candidate Matt Bevin touted Erickson’s endorsement on his website.
- Nebraska Senate candidate Ben Sasse touts Erickson’s endorsement on his website.
- New Jersey congressional candidate Steve Lonegan touts Erickson’s endorsement on his website, adding: “Ask [sic] Erickson said, Steve can win, but he is going to need your help. Can you pitch in as little as $5 to send a real conservative to Washington, DC?”
- North Carolina Senate candidate Greg Brannon writes on a fundraising page that he’s supported by Erickson.
- Oklahoma Senate candidate T.W. Shannon touted Erickson’s endorsement on his website.
- South Carolina Senate candidate Det Bowers touted Erickson’s endorsement on his website.
- Texas congressional candidate John Ratcliffe promotes Erickson’s endorsement on his website.
Milton Wolf, who unsuccessfully challenged Republican Sen. Pat Roberts, bought advertising on Erickson’s RedState email list to promote a March fundraising “money bomb.” Wolf’s sponsored email included a message from Erickson, who wrote: “Please take a look at the email below from Dr. Wolf, and consider supporting his cause. With your help, we can win in Kansas!”
Other Republicans who have rented Erickson’s email list include Sen. Rand Paul, Rep. Steve Stockman, Ken Cuccinelli and Sheriff Joe Arpaio. RedState.com’s advertising page states: “Across the country, we find grassroots candidates and work hard to get them elected.”
In April, Erickson served as the moderator for a Republican Iowa Senate primary debate hosted by a conservative group. Democrats criticized Erickson’s selection, citing his “intolerant” and “hateful” views.
Ratcliffe and Sasse, who were backed by national groups, won their Republican primaries, and several Erickson-backed candidates in the recent Georgia Republican primary were successful. But while many Republican politicians are happy to have his support, Erickson’s endorsement is no guarantee of success for candidates who often enter races as underdogs. Bowers, Brannon, Handel, Kingston, Lonegan, Mathis, Shannon, and Wolf lost their primaries, and Erickson bailed on the sinking candidacy of Matt Bevin as polls closed.
GATHERING OF LEMMINGS, OR COLLECTIVELY, WHY I LEFT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY: FRC Announces 2014 Values Voters Summit Lineup: A Cavalcade Of Crackpots [TW: Anti-LGBT Bigotry, Homophobia]
Tony Perkins fancies himself to be a GOP presidential candidate kingmaker, so it will be interesting to see if any not entirely crazy Republicans will join the above careening clown car crowded with the cavalcade of crackpots who failed in 2012, some of whom (Paul, Perry, Santorum) are expected to make a 2016 run. Ted Cruz won last year’s Values Voters Summit presidential straw poll with 42% of the vote, the largest margin ever seen in that poll’s history and light years ahead of runners-up Frothy Mix and Ben Carson, who barely landed in the double digits.
Fox News contributor Erick Erickson endorsed a congressional candidate’s assertion that “the homosexual movement” is “destroying America.”
On July 22, Georgia Republican Jody Hice won the Republican primary to succeed Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) in the state’s 10th congressional district. In the wake of Hice’s victory, BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kacynski highlighted 11 examples of Hice’s history of inflammatory commentary on LGBT issues.
The passages Erickson endorsed included Hice’s claim that “the homosexual movement is … destroying America by aggressively seeking to destroy traditional families, religion, and marriages for the purpose of removing all societal moral boundaries”:
The item Erickson thought most conservatives would “maybe” agree with concerned Hice’s suggestion that gay people can change their sexual orientation:
Erickson himself has made clear that he endorses harmful and discredited efforts to change gay people’s identities, having written on June 20 that gay people must “overcome” the “struggle” of homosexuality.
At Fox, Erickson stands out as one of the network’s most rabidly anti-LGBT commentators. He has previously written that gay people are on the “road to hell” and warned businesses that serve gay couples that they are “aiding and abetting” sin.
Oh look, the right-wing media found a way to make the Malaysian airliner crash about Benghazi.
If you’re a conservative who wants to impeach President Obama, time is running out. You need to give Allen West money, and quickly. It’s an “emergency.”
In a series of emails sent to subscribers in recent weeks, Fox News contributor and former Republican congressman Allen West has implored people to donate to his PAC, the Allen West Guardian Fund, in order to hasten Obama’s impeachment. And West isn’t alone — numerous conservative media figures and political groups are looking to cash in on Obama’s supposedly impending impeachment through donations, books, and various impeachment merchandise.
Right-wing media have been pushing for Obama’s impeachment for more than five years over a wide range of issues, but impeachment chatter got a boost earlier this July when Sarah Palin penned an opinion piece for Breitbart.com. She called for Obama’s removal from office, arguing that the president’s “unsecured border crisis is the last straw that makes the battered wife say, ‘no mas.’” She reiterated her call on Fox’s Hannity, telling viewers it was time to “get going” on impeachment.
While numerous members of the conservative noise machine are agitating for impeachment, not everyone is on board. Fox News contributor Erick Erickson, for one, thinks ”impeachment would be crazy” at the moment.
But regardless of whether impeachment is good politics for conservatives, it’s starting to look like good business.
In a July 10 email to subscribers, West pointed to Palin’s comments as evidence the “growing” impeachment movement is “gaining speed!” Asserting that the president is “guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors,” West touted a survey hosted on his PAC’s website asking whether the House of Representatives should draft articles of impeachment over the unrelated release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. He also asked for an “an emergency contribution of $5 or more right away, so we can get this survey into the hands of as many conservatives as possible.”
West, who has been calling for Obama’s impeachment since early June, has previously asked subscribers for money to (somehow) help boost his impeachment survey. A June 19 email pointed to comments from GOP congressman Lou Barletta raising impeachment to proclaim, “Now - more than ever - we need to get the Guardian Fund’s impeachment survey into the hands of every conservative in America. Can you help me?” West once again asked for an “emergency” donation. On June 28, West asked for “an emergency donation of $5 or more right away,” again to help promote his impeachment survey.
West isn’t the only one emailing fundraising appeals about impeachment. On June 20, Takeover Super PAC — the nascent political group backed by WND founder Joseph Farah, leading birther and WND reporter Jerome Corsi, and notorious smear merchant Floyd Brown — rented WND’s email list to send out a message with the subject line, “Impeach Him!” Pointing to the group’s campaign activities in various states, Takeover Executive Director Tom Freiling argues, “When we gain an absolute majority in the House and Senate, we conservatives can finally expose Obama law-breaker [sic].” Arguing that it was “urgent,” Freiling asked for donations of “$25, $50, $100, or more.”
If you were worried your money might not be spent well, fear not. Freiling explains in the email, “You can trust us.”
Farah also sent a fundraising appeal to WND subscribers on July 2 touting Takeover Super PAC as “the first Federal PAC to pursue the impeachment of President Obama.” They will, he believes, “launch the next, and LAST, American revolution.”
In addition to promoting Takeover, WND also has an entire “Impeachment Store” on its website, featuring items like magnetic “Honk for Impeachment” bumper stickers, a $9.95 “Special Report" on "Why Barack Hussein Obama Should Be Impeached To Save America," and a card game called “Scandal,” which is “a contest between players to create the best cases for impeachment by collecting and displaying valuable evidence (Case) cards… This game is fun to play and historically accurate.”
The WND “Impeachment Store” also features Impeachable Offenses: The Case For Removing Barack Obama From Office, a 2013 book co-written by WND reporter Aaron Klein and published by WND. (Last month, National Review writer Andrew McCarthy also released a book flogging impeachment.)
While Erick Erickson may find impeachment “crazy,” that hasn’t stopped RedState — the site where he serves as editor in chief — from renting out its email list to pro-impeachment groups. On July 10, conservative non-profit Secure America Now rented the RedState list to urge readers to sign an impeachment petition, which would “help mobilize our massive grassroots army, and strengthen our demand that Congress file articles of impeachment against the President.”
In addition to renting out the RedState list, Secure America Now has also sent out fundraising appeals to its own email list, asking subscribers to “help us impeach Obama by donating right now.” According to Allen Roth, the Secure America Now president, “every $10 allows us to reach 300 people. That means $20 translates to 600 people, $50 to 1,500 people, and $100 allows us to educate 3,000 people!”
Conservative activist Alan Keyes has repeatedly used his WND column to encourage readers to visit “Pledgetoimpeach.com,” a website featuring a petition calling for the president’s removal from office. Alongside the petition is, of course, a request for money: ”Even if you can only afford $5 or $10 to assist our push for impeachment, that will help a lot.”
Other conservative groups asking for money to help impeach Obama include TheTeaParty.net, which runs the “Tea Party News Network.” An April 16 fundraising appeal announced that if Obama is not removed from office, “The great experiment of America will be over.” It continued by asking people to donate even as they are having trouble making ends meet (emphasis added):
We will not give up the fight, though it will be costly to keep the voice of freedom out there as we keep up the call for the impeachment and removal from office of President Obama. I know that times are tough. Many are feeling the effects of Obama’s destruction on a daily basis with not being able to make ends meet. But, we need you to help us win. Our republic is counting on us. So, whatever you can afford, whether it is $5, 25, $50, or more will help us as we push for the impeachment and removal from office of President Barack Obama. Can we count on you?
h/t: Ben Dimiero at MMFA
Fox News contributor Erick Erickson suggested that people might not be born gay, compared homosexuality to alcoholism and adultery, and warned that gay people who don’t repent won’t be “saved on the last day.”
In a June 20 blog post for RedState.com, Erickson expressed his support for Republican Texas Governor Rick Perry, who was criticized last week after comparing homosexuality to alcoholism. In his post, Erickson claimed that the science around sexual orientation wasn’t settled, warning gay people not to “give in” to their temptations and repent for their homosexuality in order to be “saved”:
So, again, fewer and fewer voices are willing to speak up. Those of us who can, should speak up. So I will say it - I largely agree with Governor Rick Perry and appreciate him speaking up.
While most of my generation is pretty accepting of the idea that a person can be born gay, there is no settled science on the matter. There certainly is no settled science on pick your own gender adventures. But to say so is apostasy in this secular world. It really does not matter though. Whether one is born gay or not does not mean God made a person gay. And whether it is the unrepentant alcoholic, homosexual, adulterer, liar, or any of the others the Duck Commander listed, none are going to be saved on the last day without repenting.
No one said life was easy, but too many are too ready to give in instead of repenting. Too many tire of the struggle and decide the struggle is just another form of normal. And frankly, it is apart from God. That too is why so many want to drive God out of the public square. God gives us Hope to overcome the struggles of this world, including the flesh. Left to our own devices, Romans 1 tell us we get exactly what we are getting. But we are not creatures of this world — none of us. We are passing through to eternity. YOLO is a lie and if it feels good it does not mean we should do it. The zeitgeist of the present age tells us otherwise, but the Holy Spirit calls us to a higher and better and more eternal purpose.
Gertrude Himmelfarb wrote, “What was once stigmatized as deviant behavior is now tolerated and even sanctioned; what was once regarded as abnormal has been normalized … .As deviancy is normalized, so what was once normal becomes deviant. The kind of family that has been regarded for centuries as natural and moral - the ‘bourgeois’ family as it is invidiously called - is now seen as pathological” [emphasis added]
Erickson’s suggestion that gay people can “overcome” the “struggle” of homosexuality is similar to the claims of many proponents of dangerous, ineffective ”ex-gay” therapy.
While debate continues over the precise origin of sexual orientation, the scientific community is largely in agreement that sexual orientation is an immutable part of a person’s identity. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), “most people experience little or no sense of choice about their sexual orientation.” Research has demonstrated that a person’s sexual orientation is “primarily neurological at birth.” According to molecular biologist Dean Hamer, sexual orientation is regarded in the scientific community as a phenotype and is “deeply rooted in biology.”
This isn’t the first time Erickson has warned gay people that they face damnation if they don’t ”repent.”. Last year, Erickson wrote that gay couples trying to get married were on the “road to hell.” He claimed that A&E was “destined for hell fire" after suspending Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson following his homophobic remarks. And in February, Erickson warned that businesses involved in same-sex weddings were “aiding and abetting" sin.
h/t: Carlos Maza at MMFA
The Benghazi Accountability Coalition is nothing more than repackaged far-right mental cases who hate anyone and everyone who doesn’t think like them. But instead of plotting their 30-front war in email and relying on ‘messaging’, they’re going all out to ramp up the hate and fear, led by Frank Gaffney and his sidekick Brigitte Gabriel.
Yes, the Heritage Benghazi Coalition encounter was just as bad as Dana Milbank said it was. All of the apologists out trying to rehabilitate this hateful event while the Erick Ericksons of the world do a dance around whether they were actually affiliated or just provided space are ridiculous. Of course it was hateful, and of course Heritage Foundation was far more than simply a “host.”
So who is this Benghazi Accountability Coalition, anyway?
The Benghazi Accountability Coalition is a recycled version of the Groundswell “messagers,” except this time it appears they have some funding or other support lacking the first time around.
On their website, they list the following people as “leaders.” Those in bold were among those who were plotting a year ago to make Benghazi an impeachable event.
A no-compromise anti-choice group that was recently ousted as National Right to Life Committee’s Georgia affiliate is launching a new, even more extreme national group to compete with NRLC.
In April, we wrote about the drama in Georgia, where an upstart group backed by pundit Erick Erickson succeeded in booting Georgia Right to Life from its spot in the NRLC. Their feud was over not ideology, but strategy. NRLC and the new Erickson group backed a 20-week abortion ban in the House that included exemptions for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest; Georgia Right to Life and other hardline groups said that those exemptions made the bill unacceptable:
While all the major anti-choice groups share the same goal — criminalizing all abortions under nearly all circumstances — they differ in how to go about reaching that goal in a post-Roe v. Wade world. This came to a boil last year, when the House voted on a bill banning all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. At the last minute, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor added rape and incest exemptions to the bill after the legislation’s chief sponsor, Trent Franks, stoked controversy when he said “ the incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low .” The addition of rape and incest exceptions then caused the anti-choice movement to split.
National Right to Life supported the revised bill and included the vote on its congressional scorecard . But Georgia Right to Life, then the state affiliate of NRLC, opposed the revised bill because of its rape and incest exceptions and urged House members to “vote against this shameful legislation.” Two Georgia Republicans, including Rep. Paul Broun, who is now running for Senate, crossed party lines to vote against the bill, siding with Georgia Right to Life.
One of the loudest critics of Georgia Right to Life’s insubordination was Georgia-based conservative pundit Erick Erickson, who called the group the “Westboro Baptist Church of the pro-life movement.” A few weeks ago, a new group with Erickson on its board sprung up with the goal of replacing Georgia Right to Life as the official state affiliate of NRLC. And this weekend, they succeeded, as NRLC cut ties with Georgia Right to Life and took on Erickson’s group, Georgia Life Alliance, in its place.
Today, Georgia Right to Life struck back, announcing that it is forming the National Personhood Alliance, a new network of state-level groups that that support the no-compromise strategy. In a press release announcing the move, Georgia Right to Life President Daniel Becker takes a clear swipe at National Right to Life: “Compromise is not possible. This is not like roads or highways or agricultural subsidies; when we compromise - someone dies.”
"The focus of NPA will differ from most national pro-life groups," Becker said. "The general consensus of many in the movement is that it’s time for a fresh strategy for ending the disregard for innocent human life. We intend to be ‘standard-bearers’ as opposed to ‘king-makers’. This will require the application, politically and legislatively, of a higher standard than is currently embraced by most national pro-life groups today."
Becker said, “There has been an overwhelming call from many within the movement to form a new national pro-life group which will represent us on Capitol Hill.”
The new organization will be officially formed at a convention to be held in Atlanta, GA on October 10th and 11th. Representatives of existing pro-life organizations and leaders from across the country are invited. Attendees who affirm the founding charter will begin the process of electing a national board of directors representing each state.
"The pro-life movement is more than 40 years old," Becker said. "From its inception in the late 1960’s, the focus has primarily been on ending abortion. Our concern must be expanded to encompass the dignity and value of each human being at any developmental stage through natural death.
"To achieve that goal, we must ensure that our strategies are consistent with our policies and objectives. Compromise is not possible. This is not like roads or highways or agricultural subsidies; when we compromise - someone dies."
Keith Mason, Personhood USA President: “Personhood USA looks forward to working with emerging groups like the National Personhood Alliance who share our commitment to never compromise on the lives of pre-born babies.”
The new National Personhood Alliance has the support of Personhood USA and claims to have allied groups in 17 states. It has also racked up endorsements from Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver, talk show host Steve Deace, and a number of anti-choice activists.
h/t: Miranda Blue at RWW
From "Homosexual Impulses" To The "War On Masculinity": The Worst Media Reactions To The UCSB Mass Murder
Some in the media reacted to the killing spree in Isla Vista, California that claimed the lives of six victims with offensive or bizarre commentary.
On May 23, 22-year-old Elliot Rodger killed three people in his house with blunt or sharp objects before driving to a sorority house near the University of California, Santa Barbara. Outside that house he shot three women, killing two. He then shot to death a young man at a nearby convenience store. Rodger reportedly committed suicide with one of his guns, but not before killing six people and wounding 13 others.
Much attention has focused on a video uploaded by Rodger on YouTube where he describes his desire to kill women in a “day of retribution” against those who has refused his sexual advances and a 140-page manifesto that described his hatred towards the world and in particular women.
Media reactions to the killings included: A Fox News guest suggested the shooting was the result of “homosexual tendencies”; a Fox News contributor who blamed a “war on masculinity” for the killing spree; conservative commentators who lashed out at a victim’s father who castigated the National Rifle Association during an emotional press conference; and a CNN reporter described Rodger’s manifesto as “really well written” and compared it to a Dickens novel.
Fox’s Erick Erickson: Blame Violence On “War On Masculinity”
Writing at RedState.com, Fox News contributor Erick Erickson claimed that Rodger “lived the very lifestyle the cultural left thinks men should live” and that his actions were a consequence of a “war on masculinity.” One of the features of this “war,” according to Erickson, is that “[i]nstead of men and women complimenting each other, they’re supposed to be perfectly equal even if they are not.”
Best we can tell, Elliot Rodger lived the very lifestyle the cultural left thinks men should live and that is regularly glorified on the silver screen. For all the talk of a “War on Women,” there has actually been a war on masculinity for a few decades. And more and more twenty-something young men are getting lost and acting out while society tries to find something new to replace the tried and true.
Society used to expect men to open doors, protect their families, and be champions of modesty and virtue. But chivalry is dead. Instead of men and women complimenting each other, they’re supposed to be perfectly equal even if they are not. The hook up culture, instant gratification, and selfishness pervade our culture.
New York Post Published Image Of Bikini-Clad Woman Shooter Obsessed Over In Manifesto
In his manifesto, Rodger cited his hatred of women as his primary motivation for the rampage, and singled out a former schoolmate for giving him an “intense fear of girls.” The New York Post put a spotlight on this former schoolmate, publishing multiple pictures of the woman produced from social media accounts, including one where she is wearing a bikini. The article also mentioned her place of employment. A New York Daily Newsarticle on the same topic didn’t mention the woman’s name and blurred her face in pictures.
Fox Guest Cites “Homosexual Impulses” As Possible Motive
During the May 24 edition of Fox News’ Justice with Judge Jeanine, psychologist Robi Ludwig theorized that Rodger’s hatred of women was the result of “homosexual impulses.” Ludwig asked, “Is this somebody who is trying to fight against his homosexual impulses? Is he angry with women because they were taking men away from him?” She subsequently apologized in a Facebook post, saying she “in NO way meant to indicate being a homosexual or having homosexual impulses is a cause for spree killing.”
Fox’s Katie Pavlich Criticizes Those Who Showed Solidarity In Face Of Killer’s Misogynist Rants
Following widespread discussion of Rodger’s hatred towards women, many took to Twitter to decry misogyny using the hashtag “#yesallwomen.” According to CNN.com, “The hashtag #YesAllWomen was used more than 1 million times since Saturday … Since it started, there are tweets about rape, feminism, harassment and women’s rights with the same hashtag.”
On the May 26 edition of Fox’s Outnumbered, Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich said in reference to the shooting and subsequent hashtag: “This issue is not about women and I think it’s kind of insulting for women to go on Twitter and talk about how them getting hit on in the bar is equal to being shot in the street, because it’s not.”
National Review Online And CNN’s Deborah Feyerick: Don’t Blame Guns For Shooting
A May 26 editorial at National Review Online adopted the typical right-wing media reaction to mass shootings, which is to direct blame away from the firearm towards other factors. NRO’s editors wrote, “Weapons are the instrument and not the cause. It is at this point something of a cliché, but it should perhaps be offered anyway: If someone is determined to kill a substantial number of people, he will almost certainly manage to do so.”
To the contrary, individuals who wish to kill “a substantial number of people” almost always rely on firearms. Of 37 public mass killings between 2006 and 2013, 33 involved firearms, while the Boston Marathon bombings, an incident involving a car, and two cases of arson accounted for the other four incidents.
During live coverage of the shooting CNN reporter Deborah Feyerick repeatedly moved discussion away from the topic of firearm regulation, according to a compilation created by RawStory. In one instance after a guest suggested, “I think it’s time to have a discussion about legislation some of the gun issues,” Feyerick responded, “This is an ongoing conversation and it’s one that is never going to be resolved. It’s got to be about mental health and not firearms.”
Fox’s Mark Fuhrman: Incarcerate People With Mental Health Conditions
Even though the existence of a mental health condition is an extremely poor predictive factor for violence, Fox News contributor Mark Fuhrman reacted to the spree killing by stating on Fox’s Justice with Judge Jeanine, “Look at the overarching lesson we have here. When you have somebody with this kind of mental disease, if you’re going to stop this violence, it’s only through incarceration of the person.” When host Jeanine Pirro asked Fuhrman to clarify if he meant “mental health institutionalization or jail,” he said, “It doesn’t really make any difference.”
Jim Hoft Attacks Shooting Victim’s Father For Criticizing The National Rifle Association
Conservative blogger Jim Hoft attacked Richard Martinez, whose son Christopher was shot to death by Rodger, for criticizing the National Rifle Association during an impassioned press conference. Reading from a statement prepared by his family, Martinez said, “Why did Chris die? Chris died because of craven, irresponsible politicians and the NRA. They talk about gun rights. What about Chris’ right to live? When will this insanity stop?”
Citing the fact that three people were stabbed to death during Rodger’s rampage, Hoft wrote, “Martinez said nothing about the knifing victims.” In fact Martinez said during the press conference, “Our son Christopher Martinez and six others are dead.” At the time of Martinez’s press conference during the afternoon of May 24, the cause of death for all of the victims was unclear. Later that evening the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department revealed that three victims were stabbed to death.
Fox’s Keith Ablow: Victim’s Father Who Blamed NRA Is “The Problem With America”
Appearing on Fox News Radio program Kilmeade & Friends on May 27, Ablow said people who would blame guns for the shootings are “nuts” and “reprehensible creatures” who are “willing to sacrifice the lives of Americans to advance their disempowering agenda.” Referencing Martinez’s press conference where he criticized the NRA, Ablow called Martinez “the problem”:
ABLOW: Even the dad who lost his kid, I cry for him and feel terrible for him, but there he is blaming the NRA. What? Like, he’s the problem. Now of course he has suffered horribly, but there’s the problem with America right there. That makes no sense. Guns have nothing to do with this.
CNN’s Deborah Feyerick Compares Rodger’s Manifesto To Dickens Novel
During live coverage of the mass murder on May 24, CNN reporter Deborah Feyerick twice compared Rodger’s manifesto — which has been called a “toxic blend of misogyny and racism" and a "rambling manifesto" — to Charles Dickens’ novel David Copperfield, citing her background as a “literature major”:
FEYERICK: I hate to say this, but this is actually really well written. 140 pages which clearly shows significant premeditation that he wanted to leave his story, his novel behind and it almost sounds like David Copperfield. How I came into this world, and oh then I was friends with this person and not friends with this person.
FEYERICK: Reading through this, I have to tell you, as a literature major, this sounds like he is writing the story, you know for example, of David Copperfield. I was born, I made friends, I had a life of privilege, then my life was not so privileged. I hate to give him any credit but this is fascinating to read.
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Conservatives get humor like they get science, and therefore should just stick to what they’re even better at: hypocrisy and accidental humor. Conservative pundit and overall dickhead Erick Erickson (real original name) previously thought it would be hilarious to call Texas state Senator and Gubernatorial Candidate Wendy Davis “Abortion Barbie” . You see,–Wendy Davis, although sponsoring a plethora of non-reproductive rights bills, just happens to give a crap about a woman’s individual right to choose. So that must mean she loves murdering fetuses, not allowing them to grow up saddled with enormous student loan debt or starve to death, like conservatives often do.
Benham Family Responds To HGTV Decision: 'Lying' Reports Sunk Show, Homosexuality 'Destroys' Nations
Yesterday, HGTV decided not to move forward with a reality TV show starring David Benham, less than 24 hours after Right Wing Watch exposed him as a far-right activist who has compared gays to Nazis and warned marriage equality will destroy society. Immediately, of course, the Religious Right drummed up the “persecution” narrative.
Anti-gay commentators including Laura Ingraham, David Limbaugh, Erick Erickson, Bryan Fischer, Peter LaBarbera and Janet Mefferd — along with groups including the Family Research Council and Faith Driven Consumer — all criticized HGTV for axing the show.
LaBarbera, who once joined fellow Religious Right activists in demanding that Fox News “cease using [gay rights advocate Wayne] Besen as a guest commentator,” appeared on Mefferd’s radio show today, where the two charged that HGTV’s cancellation of the show with undermined the freedom of speech.
Pat Robertson called the move “outrageous” and a sign that society is no longer “built around the Bible.” “Good grief, isn’t there supposed to be some freedom? Aren’t we supposed to have a First Amendment?”
He even linked it to a case in Saudi Arabia where a blogger was sentenced to 10 years in jail along with 1,000 lashes for allegedly insulting Islam.
David Benham and his brother Jason said in a statement that the controversy over their show was a result of “lying” and misinformation:"The first and last thought on our minds as we begin and end each day is; have we shined Christ’s light today? Our faith is the fundamental calling in our lives, and the centerpiece of who we are. As Christians we are called to love our fellow man. Anyone who suggests that we hate homosexuals or people of other faiths is either misinformed or lying. Over the last decade, we’ve sold thousands of homes with the guiding principle of producing value and breathing life into each family that has crossed our path, and we do not, nor will we ever discriminate against people who do not share our views."
Their father Flip Benham, in an interview with LifeSiteNews, warned that “Christianity [is] systematically being criminalized” by “this juggernaut of the homosexual agenda.”
“Homosexuality is not a good thing,” he added. “It destroys those who practice it and nations that approve of it.”The boys’ father, Flip Benham, told LifeSiteNews.com exclusively that his family had not been notified about the cancellation before the network’s public announcement. “We have some contractual obligations to the people we are helping right now,” he said.
Flip Benham called the homosexual activist lobby “the biggest bully in the country.”
“There’s no one who dares oppose them,” he told LifeSiteNews. “No corporation would dare stand up to this juggernaut of the homosexual agenda.”
He said his family did nothing to hide their views from the network, which is distributed to 98 million U.S. households. “We knew – and so did HGTV – that this was a possibility,” Benham told LifeSiteNews.
He was sorry his sons had to pay for the actions of their father. “I think of my sons, who have to suffer for the fact that their dad speaks up about the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” he said. But he held firm: “Homosexuality is not a good thing. It destroys those who practice it and nations that approve of it.”
“All over the country the battle’s being won, and now this battle has moved from one manifestation right into another,” calling the drive to normalize homosexuality “simply a different colored glove covering the same fist.”
“We are see [sic] Christianity systematically being criminalized,” Benham told LifeSiteNews, referencing this campaign and proposed “hate crimes” legislation. “If you are going to stand on what the Bible says, you are going to spend time in jail.”
h/t: Brian Tashman at RWW