The Human Rights Campaign released a report today to mark the first anniversary of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s signing of his infamous ban on “gay propaganda” and related anti-LGBT legislation. HRC reports “an uptick in violent attacks on LGBT people” since the bills’ passage that has accompanied a spike in “anti-LGBT sentiment” in the public square.
The issue has been divisive on the Right. For instance, Accuracy in Media’s Cliff Kincaid — hardly a fan of gay people — got into a memorable shouting match earlier this year with World Congress of Families representatives, who he accused of cozying up to Putin.
Klingenschmitt has declared that the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy should never have been repealed since gay soldiers cannot serve effectively in combat because they are constantly “taking breaks on the combat field to change diapers all because their treacherous sin causes them to lose control of their bowels”:
It is truly amazing that Colorado Republicans have now nominated a candidate for state office who proudly declares that “the ultimate hate speech is to endorse homosexuality because you give them the impression that it’s okay and that deceives them and ultimately trips them into Hell”:
Last week, it was announced that President Obama would be signing a executive order banning discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees by federal contractors and Gordon Klingenschmitt is predictably outraged, declaring on his “Pray In Jesus Name” program that these sorts of anti-discrimination bans are nothing more than tyrannical anti-Christian persecution.
"I think this is outright tyranny," he said. ”And it’s a demonic spirit of persecution, it’s anti-Christian persecution … We should have a First Amendment right to opt out and yet we’re being denied access to twenty eight million jobs now being given favoritism to people because of the way they have perverted sex and they’re being denied to Christians because they happen to believe the Bible”:
But the Peroutkas’ influence extends far beyond fringe anti-gay, neo-Confederate activism and providing a real-life dinosaur to illustrate made-up science. Through a set of debt-collection businesses, the Peroutkas finance a host of anti-choice groups and promote a troubling Christian-Nation ideology in Maryland and throughout the country. Michael Peroutka, a 2004 Constitution Party candidate for president, is also largely self-financing his campaign for local office in Anne Arundel County.
It’s through the law firm and its debt-buying arm, Pasadena Recievables, that the Peroutka brothers finance the Elizabeth Streb Peroutka Foundation, which is named after their mother.
From its founding in 2003 through 2012, the last year for which tax records are available, the family’s foundation has been almost entirely financed by grants from the Peroutkas’ pair of debt-collection businesses, along with investment income and a few personal donations from Michael and Stephen. Together, the family and its businesses have put $5.2 million into the foundation over nine years.
Its biggest asset, until now, has been the Allosaurus.
From the moment the bones were found, their discoverers vowed to keep them out of the hands of scientists, who estimate that the Allosaurus lived roughly 150 million years ago. “I am sure the evolutionists would love to get their hands on these bones,” Phillips said at the time. “Who can blame them. It is like a gold mine for paleontologists.”
Peroutka cited those fears at the Creation Museum unveiling last month, when he told of how he came to purchase Ebenezer. He was determined to keep the dinosaur out of the hands of “anyone with a ‘millions of years’ mindset,” he said, and to keep it under the guardianship of those who believe the skeleton is just 4,300 years old:
While snatching the dinosaur from the evolutionists has been the Peroutka family foundation’s priciest project, Michael explained in his remarks at the museum that the foundation was “primarily intended to offer financial aid to groups who were dedicated to ending the holocaust of abortion.”
In addition, the Peroutka Foundation has contributed a quarter of a million dollars to the Foundation for Moral Law, the group that Moore ran before returning to the Alabama Supreme Court, which is now run by Moore’s wife. Under Moore’s leadership, the Foundation for Moral Law, hosted a neo-Confederate “secession day” event, and the group employs John Eidsmoe, a Michelle Bachmann mentor who has white supremacist ties. One of Moore’s activities at the group was representing protesters who had disrupted a Hindu opening prayer in the U.S. Senate. “It’s a shame that not one U.S. Senator stood up to defend a tradition that goes back to the very first Continental Congress of acknowledging the one true God of the Holy Scriptures,” he lamented.
In 2011, the Institute on the Constitution presented Moore with an award for “choosing to obey God, and acknowledging Him both in word and in deed, regardless of the consequences” and resisting “a government which thought it was God.”
While anti-choice groups and Moore have been the biggest recipients of the Peroutka Foundation’s generosity — at least until Ebenezer moved into the Creation Museum — the foundation has also offered smaller grants to a smattering of extremist ministries and Confederate history enthusiasts.
Since 2006, the foundation has given an annual $1,000 grant to restoring a Confederate cemetery in Maryland, a project organized by the Sons of Confederate Veterans, a group that has cozied up to the racist extremists in its ranks. In 2004, it donated $2,250 to a Confederate reenactment troop for “education of the public as to the causes of the War between the States.”
The Peroutkas are also frequent donors to state and local campaigns. According to Center for Responsive Politics data, Michael, Stephen and Stephen’s wife Deborah contributed $35,900 to their congressman, Rep. Andy Harris, between 2007 and 2011.
Not the least of the beneficiaries is Michael Peroutka himself, who has lent $30,000 to his own campaign for Anne Arundel County Council, about half of the $62,000 he has raised so far. His political ambitions may continue to run higher — it was rumored that he considered running for state attorney general this year before setting his sights on the county council.
Peroutka’s web of influence shows that he is more than, as one libertarian scholar put it, a solitary “wackypants anti-gay crusader.” Peroutka’s activism and philanthropy illuminate the connections between the Creationist movement, the Christian-Nation philosophy of people like Judge Moore, anti-choice agitators, fringe anti-gay extremists like Daubenmire and Klingenschmitt, and the network of Confederate nostalgists that can never quite hide its racist roots. All are striving for a biblical and constitutional purism that exists only in the minds of those who adhere to it, and a return to an imagined past where dinosaurs stowed away on Noah’s ark, the Constitution mandated an exclusively Christian nation, and the Civil War didn’t turn out quite right.
On today’s “Pray In Jesus Name” program, Gordon Klingenschmitt praised Colorado bakery owner Jack Phillips for his refusal to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, declaring that not telling gays that they are destined for Hell is a form of “hate speech.”
"By endorsing their sin" by making a cake for a gay couple, Klingenschmitt said about Phillips, "he would not be showing compassion to them; he would be showing cruelty. So the ultimate hate speech is to endorse homosexuality because you give them the impression that it’s okay and that deceives them and ultimately trips them into Hell”:
Earlier this year, the Maine Supreme Court ruled that local school officials had violated the rights of a transgender student by not allowing her to use the girls’ restroom and Gordon Klingenschmitt was unsurprisingly opposed to this ruling, declaring on his “Pray In Jesus Name” program yesterday that what this student really needed was a spanking and an exorcism.
Noting that Nicole Maines has an identical twin brother, Klingenschmitt declared that she was possessed by a demonic spirit.
"One of those two boys is possessed by a demon,"he said,"and the parents are encouraging that and really what the parents ought to do is take that boy to an exorcist, take that boy to a minister or at least discipline the boy, maybe give him a spanking. Maybe dress him like a boy even if he complains and whines and says ‘I don’t wanna wear boys clothes.’ Too bad, son. You’re a boy, you gotta man up":
Speaking of who needs a spanking, it’s you, Mr. Klingenschmitt.
On his “Pray In Jesus Name” program, Gordon Klingenschmitt discussed the recent shooting at a Fed Ex facility in Georgia, which he attributed to the fact that the facility was a gun-free zone, which is prohibited by the Bible.
Klingenschmitt declared that the reason that Japan never invaded the United States is because “Californians carried guns” and warned that now the state “might be vulnerable to that” because the citizens are being disarmed.
"There is a demonic spirit of murder and suicide and abuse" behind gun control efforts, Klingenschmitt said, citing the Book of Judges to proclaim that “the Bible talks against disarming the citizens [and] says all the citizens ought to be armed so they can defend themselves against left wing crazies who go in there to try and assault God’s people”:
In an email on Sunday to members of his Pray In Jesus Name Project, Klingenschmitt accused Rep. Mike Coffman of embracing “full perversion” and committing “blasphemy” after the congressman said ENDA is a “workplace equivalent of the Golden Rule — do unto others, as you would have them do unto you.”
Klingenschmitt added that ENDA will “expose” women and girls “to naked men” and demanded that House members “filibuster this bad ENDA bill,” even though the filibuster does not exist in the House.
Klingenschmitt being an idiot as usual, especially by saying that the US House can filibuster bills, when we all know that filibustering is used in the US Senate, NOT the House.
Two weeks ago, the Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from a New Mexico photography studio that had refused to photograph a same-sex commitment ceremony but, for some reason, “Dr. Chaps” Gordon Klingenschmitt was still praying that the Court would agree to hear the case on the Friday broadcast of his “Pray In Jesus Name” program.
During his discussion of the case, Klingenschmitt complained that non-discrimination laws actually result in discrimination against Christians and that somehow resulted in him railing about ENDA yetagain as he warned that the law, if passed, would force women to have to share the bathroom with “cross-dressing men … who may or may not be sitting down when he goes pee”:
Bill Federer, a lesser-known Religious Right “historian” in the vein of David Barton, was the guest on Gordon Klingenschmitt’s “Pray In Jesus Name” program today where he and “Dr. Chaps” discussed their concerns about what will happen to Christians in America if atheists take over the military.
"We ask ourselves," Federer said, "will the people that are pushing [an anti-Christian agenda], once they get in charge of the guns, do we really expect them to be more tolerant than they are now? Or, will they be tempted to use their new powers to force their agenda?"
Federer went on to declare that recent history shows that leaders like Stalin, Pol Pot, and Mao had no hesitation about using their “atheistic military” to kill tens of millions of their own people.
"So we see that terrible things can happen when you get a military that no longer has a belief that every person is sacred because they’re made in the image of God," Federer added, "it just becomes a tool to push an agenda. And so this is a concern a lot of people have."
"Dr. Chaps" Gordon Klingenschmitt recently interviewed Matt Barber during the National Religious Broadcasters Convention, where the two discussed the legal discrimination bill that was vetoed by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer.
As Barber explained, such laws are necessary because gay activists are intent on forcing Christians to participate in sinful activity and adopt a “post-modern, pagan view of human sexuality” or else risk being run out of business or thrown into jail.
"You know, pretty soon,"Barber warned, “Christians are going to have to start wearing a yellow cross. Are we in 1939 Germany here”?
Likening modern-day American Christians to Jews under the Nazi regime seems to be Barber’s favorite comparison at the moment.
Gordon Klingenschmitt is aghast at the recent federal court rulings across the country in favor of marriage equality, telling members of his Pray In Jesus Name Project that “this is way beyond the point where it’s gotten out-of-hand.”
He calls on Congress to impeach and remove from office any judge who sides with pro-gay rights plaintiffs, since any such judge is “a domestic enemy of the Constitution.”
“These lawless judges replace Democracy with dictatorship, abrogate the U.S. Constitution, flaunt the laws of God and nature, assume jurisdiction they don’t have, and overturn the overwhelming vote of good people,” Klingenschmitt writes. “May God have mercy on these tyrants’ souls, when they are judged in eternity.
This is way beyond the point where it’s gotten out-of-hand. The lawlessness on the federal bench requires a house-cleaning. We need a new President to appoint new judges. But until that happens, we MUST pressure Congress to intervene.
Christians do not lose their right to vote simply because they are religious. These lawless judges replace Democracy with dictatorship, abrogate the U.S. Constitution, flaunt the laws of God and nature, assume jurisdiction they don’t have, and overturn the overwhelming vote of good people. May God have mercy on these tyrants’ souls, when they are judged in eternity.
There is NO mention of sexual orientation in the Constitution, and any judge who imagines one is a domestic enemy of the Constitution, and should be impeached and removed from office. We must demand Congress hold the line, and protect the traditional definition of marriage FEDERALLY, like the Oklahoma people did by state.
"Dr. Chaps" Gordon Klingenschmitt has added his voice to the chorus of outrage over the inclusion of a same-sex couple in an episode of the Disney Channel’s "Good Luck Charlie," calling for a boycott of the Disney Corporation because it has fallen under the influence of demonic spirits who want to recruit kids into homosexuality.
A disgraced Navy chaplain promoted the grotesque warnings of anti-LGBT religious leaders Tuesday on his syndicated radio program. Gordon “Dr. Chaps” Klingenschmitt read from a press release issued earlier this month by three retired military chaplains…