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Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is accusing the Obama Administration of adopting a “false narrative” on the attack at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, where four Americans were killed.

Bachmann insisted on “further investigation” in a statement issued by her office Friday, Patch reports. Bachmann issued the statement as a response to General David Petraeus’s testimony before Congress on the raid.

Bachmann also demanded more information on Obama’s knowledge of the attack, comparing the incident in Benghazi to the killing of Osama bin Laden.

"Ultimately, President Obama is responsible for the actions of his national security team and it is incomprehensible that we have yet to hear what the President knew, when he knew it, and the specific orders he gave his team," Bachmann’s statementsaid. “Almost immediately after Osama bin Laden was killed the Obama administration starting releasing specific details… By contrast, two months after the terrorist attacks in Benghazi… we have little knowledge of what the President knew and what his actions were.”

This isn’t the first time Bachmann has criticized Obama over the Benghazi attack. Speaking at the 2012 Values Voter Summit in September, Bachmann said Obama’s “supposedly genius foreign policy” is being “exposed for what it really is” after the attack.

h/t: Huffington Post

Fox News’s Todd Starnes is sick and tired of ‘South Park’ and Hollywood getting a free pass. The Fox News commentator participated in the Values Voter Summit panel on “Religious Hostility in America” over the weekend.

The panel featured the familiar argument that Christians in America are somehow a beleaguered minority that is under constant assault. Starnes claims to have a pile of stories stacked up on his desk about “instances of people who have been facing attack because of their faith in Jesus Christ.”
Speaking of the controversy surrounding the laughably bad “Innocence of Muslims,” Starnes asked why the federal government isn’t investigating “shows like ‘South Park,’ which has denigrated all faiths.” He also demanded to know why President Obama hasn’t denounced Hollywood.
We have the seen the administration come out and say, “we condemn anyone who denigrates religious faith.” And they come out in regards to this anti-Muslim film.
Well, that’s well and good, but my question is, when has the administration condemned the anti-Christian films that are coming out of Hollywood? Where are the federal investigations into shows like ‘South Park,’ which has denigrated all faiths?
Where is the outrage when people of the Christian faith are subjected to this humiliation that is coming out of Hollywood?
Religious Right activists have been the most vocal supporters of the filmmakers, if you can call them that, and have rightfully pointed out that the First Amendment protects their activities. Starnes, however, seems to have a double-standard when it comes to speech that he deems offensive to his religious views.

The annual Values Voter Summit in Washington is always pulsating with worry that God and Christianity are being pulled from the national fabric at a frightful pace. That concern was more elevated than ever this year at the social conservative confab hosted by the Family Research Council, thanks to an ordeal that took place during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte earlier this month.

Christian leaders have been warning for years that modern elections boil down to a fight between those who would have God as part of the United States and those who would not. But the DNC episode — in which Democrats added the word “God” and support for Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, to a chorus of boos from some of the audience — was all the evidence social conservatives needed to prove they’ve been right all along.

Though most Americans who watched the Democratic convention didn’t catch the brief and chaotic fight over the amendments, which came early on the second night of festivities, Values Voter Summit attendees were intimately acquainted with the episode. And just about all the speakers on stage at the conference were clear on its ramifications.

“Let us not mistake: The fight for religious freedom starts here at home, because we are one nation under God,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Friday. “This is despite what that other party has put in their platform.”

Cantor wasn’t the only speaker to make an issue out of the Democratic platform fight. It was mentioned in countless other addresses, and was on the lips of attendees throughout the conference. Mainstream Republicans have attempted to leverage the Democratic platform changes — which were reportedly pushed by President Obama — to attack the president’s campaign, to limited effect. Mitt Romney was widely criticized after he seemed to suggest Obama would remove the phrase “In God We Trust” from U.S. currency.

For “values voters,” the three votes required in Charlotte to get the platform amended are just the kind of thing its base needs to get fired up before the election. Democrats, social conservatives say, are now unabashed in their support for the removal of God from the national conversation.

H/T: Evan McMorris-Santoro at TPM

Santorum at VVS:

"This president has to take a share of the responsibility for what the Midde East looks like today because he helped structure it," Santorum said. He accused Obama of "turning his back on Israel" and other allies in the region.

"If you are a friend of the United States you’re on you’re own," Santorum said, describing Obama’s foreign policy. "If you’re an enemy of the United States, let’s talk."

h/t: TPM LiveWire

Speaking at the Values Voter Summit, Star Parker blasted Sandra Fluke and hailed her own Christian conversion for saving her from her own “sexual rampage.”

h/t: Kyle Mantyla at RWW

Conservative pundit Gary Bauer, the former president of the Family Research Council, which puts on the Values Voter Summit each year, told the crowd at the 2012 conference Friday that it needs to turn out in great numbers to defeat President Obama’s army of welfare recipients and fraudulent votes.

After his speech, Bauer told TPM “voter fraud is rampant in urban areas” and he expected that to help Obama.

Bauer also told TPM that “there are a lot of people who will vote this November because they depend on government largesse,” meaning checks from Washington. He expects those voters to go Obama as well.

“They will vote for their own perceived interests, which is they don’t want anybody cutting back the size of the checks,” Bauer said.

On stage at VVS, he made a similar case, but said hard-working Americans will turnout in stronger numbers.

“There’s a lot of people out now around America who depend on checks from their fellow taxpayers being in the mailbox every day,” Bauer said. “They will turn out in massive numbers, but so will the entrepreneurs, the small businessmen and women, the military families, the soldiers in harms way, the millions of Americans that want to hope again.”

That last set of voters, Bauer said, will turn things for Romney.

As for voter fraud, Bauer claimed Republicans will have to contend with lots of fake votes from the big cities. But he said those Obama votes won’t be enough either.

h/t: Evan McMorris-Santoro at TPM

WASHINGTON — A Republican member of Congress equated Planned Parenthood to “slavery forces” and called it a “racist organization” that was “created with the sole purpose of killing children that look like mine.”

Rep. Tim Huelskamp, a congressman from Kansas who made the comments at the 2012 Values Voter Summit this morning, is staunchly anti-abortion rights and said he has adopted four children “each of them either black, Hispanic, native American.”

“Besides slavery, abortion is the other darkest stain on our nation’s character,” Huelskamp told the crowd. “And this president is looking for every way possible to make abortion more available and more frequent, and he wants you to pay for it — even if you disagree with it. Welcome to another provision of Obamacare. “

He continued, taking a shot at Planned Parenthood: “And not shockingly, we see this administration opposing any reductions in taxpayer funding to the one private corporation, the largest abortion business in the entire country — Planned Parenthood.  Would not allow any single reductions, more than $300 million tax dollars to this entity.”

h/t:’s First Read

(via Daily Kos: War On Women report: Far-Right prudes, aka Modesty Matters, attacks women’s clothing choices)

Delusional fundie conservative whacko group Modesty Matters— whom is at the Values Voter Summit this year— is behind a flyer to denigrate women’s clothing choices, particularly at church.

Stephanie Mencimer at Mother Jones:

"Does God really care what I wear?" That’s the headline on a flyer on an exhibit table at this year’s Values Voter Summit, the annual evangelical political confab sponsored by the Family Research Council. The exhibit hall is an especially good reminder that the evangelical community may be among the last bastions of American prudery.

Modesty Matters, the group behind the flyer, is a new addition to the event this year. It was founded by a modestly dressed retired pharmacist from Roanoke, Virginia named J.H. Woolwine. He gave me a leaflet showcasing some models of modest dress for young people. They look like Mitt Romney’s high school yearbook photos: Buttoned up college students from 1965 wearing knee-length dresses and neckties.

Of course, the information Woolwine is handing out might put off a few potential supporters, especially the women he’s seeking to persuade. On the flyer asking whether God “cares what I wear,” the writer explains that women need to dress more modestly in church because “men are particularly visual. Immodesty in church can trigger lustful thoughts.” It’s an interesting sentiment among a crowd obsessed with the possibility that Islamic militants could impose Sharia law on America. Woolwine is also distributing a “Resolution for Women,” which asks women to make a number of pledges, including “I will champion God’s model for womanhood in the face of a post-feminist culture.”

This is 2012, NOT the 1920’s, you far-right fuddy-duddies!

WASHINGTON — GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan accused the Obama administration Friday of treating Israel with “indifference bordering on contempt,” the latest in a series of jabs on the president’s foreign policy after attacks on U.S. embassies abroad this week.

"Look across that region today, and what do we see?" he said at the Values Voters Summit, an annual gathering of 2,000 social conservatives, at the Omni Shoreham hotel in Washington. "The slaughter of brave dissidents in Syria. Mobs storming American embassies and consulates. Iran four years closer to gaining a nuclear weapon. Israel, our best ally in the region, treated with indifference bordering on contempt by the Obama administration. Amid all these threats and dangers, what we do not see is steady, consistent American leadership."

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and Ryan have responded to attacks on the U.S. embassies in Egypt and Libya, where an ambassador and three other staffers were killed, with a critique on what they say is President Barack Obama’s weakness. Ryan said earlier this week that “adversaries … tempted to test us need to know that America is strong militarily.”

But some polling indicates that a majority — if slight — thinks Obama is dealing with foreign policy just fine. Democrats have also polled evenly with Republicans on who is best to prevent terrorism, according to a poll released by Gallup on Thursday.

Ryan then turned to the economy, which he and Romney have tried to make the major focus of their campaign. “Values voters are also economic voters,” he said. “The Obama economic agenda failed, not because it was stopped, but because it was passed.”

Ryan was interrupted by three hecklers, who shouted “corporations are not people,” then were shouted down by the crowd’s “USA” chants. Two of the hecklers were quickly taken out of the room by security.

"Everyone knows that President Obama inherited a bad economy. And four months from now, when Mitt Romney is sworn in as president, he will inherit a bad economy," Ryan said. "But here’s the difference. When a Romney-Ryan administration takes office, we will also take responsibility."

Ryan also attacked Obama for his recent defense of government, saying the president “looks to government as the great benefactor in every life.”

"Our opponents even have a new motto. They say, quote, ‘Government is the only thing that we all belong to’," Ryan said. "I don’t know about you, but I’ve never thought of government as something I belong to. As a matter of fact, on the seven occasions I’ve been sworn in as a member of Congress, I have never taken an oath to the government."

His speech had few mentions of social conservatism, largely focusing on the economy, limiting government and foreign policy. He did, however, criticize the president for requiring employers to provide contraception as part of insurance, which many Catholic organizations and social conservatives oppose.

"Never mind your own conscience, they were basically told, from now on you’re going to do things the government’s way," he said. "… As Governor Romney has said, this mandate is not a threat and insult to one religious group — it is a threat and insult to every religious group. He and I are honored to stand with you — people of faith and concerned citizens — in defense of religious liberty."

Ryan said Obama “has chosen to pander to the most extreme elements of his party” by supporting abortion rights and opposing against pro-life Democrats. He called for a law against abortion.

h/t: Huffington Post

Rep. Michele Bachmann’s (R-MN) speech at the Values Voter Summit Friday couldn’t have come at a better time for the firebrand Republican. Standing before a room of supporters and in the midst of a Middle East crisis, Bachmann led a master class in conservative fears about President Obama and Islam.

The thrust of Bachmann’s speech: Obama and his administration are appeasing — possibly even aiding — Muslims who want to dictate what Americans can say about Islam, and prioritizing Muslims’ feelings over the safety of the country.

Bachmann has been on the fringes of her party since she left the presidential race earlier this year, drawing rebukes from Republican leaders over her accusation that a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has ties to radical Muslim groups.

Bachmann never backed down, and with the nation’s focus on the embassy attacks in Egypt and Libya, she let her flag fly.

“It is my belief and my opinion that Barack Obama has been the most dangerous president we have ever had on American foreign policy,” Bachmann said.

Most of the fears Bachmann expressed are squarely within the Republican mainstream — the belief that Obama is appeasing Muslims and apologizing for American foreign policy. That’s a view that’s driving Mitt Romney’s attacks on the Libya and Egypt response this week.

“The fact is this administration is virtually outlawed understanding who the enemy is and at every turn the enemy the president is persistent on apologizing for who we are as Americans,” she said.

But the news of the week gave her fuel to amp up the old attacks.

“In light of the attack this week on our embassy in Cairo, we need to tell the Muslim Brotherhood-controlled government in Egypt, if you continue to inflame sentiment against the United States, we will immediately put an end to the United States taxpayer gravy train that we are sending your way,” Bachmann said. She called on Obama to cancel campaign fundraisers and an appearance on David Letterman next week and “instead, agree to meet with the prime minister of Israel.”

The social conservatives gathered at the Values Voter Summit hung on her every word, and rose to their feet on more than one occasion. It’s an old song for the most part, but Bachmann’s playing it at just the right time.

She’s an absolute moron.

h/t: Evan McMorris-Santoro at TPM

A Barack Obama win in November will lead to a meltdown within the Republican Party, said Bryan Fischer, an influential official at the American Family Association. And he isn’t too optimistic about Mitt Romney’s chances.

“If Barack Obama wins this election the Republican Party as we know it is finished, it is dead, it is toast — you can stick a fork in it,” he told TPM Friday at the Values Voter Summit in Washington. “And conservatives, grassroots conservatives, are either going to start a third party or they are going to launch a hostile takeover of the Republican Party.”

Fischer said he believed Romney would be leading national polls by double digits at this point if he had followed Paul Ryan’s lead and offered more detailed conservative positions on the budget and social issues.

“The biggest mistake is they put a bag over Paul Ryan’s head,” he said. Fischer said he was “deeply disturbed” that Ryan didn’t mention the campaign’s opposition to gay marriage in his speech to the summit on Friday.

“I got to believe that there was some kind of directive from the top of the campaign: We don’t want you to deal with this issue,” he said.

Fischer has never exactly been on good terms with Romney. The Republican nominee denounced Fischer at last year’s Values Voter Summit for derogatory comments he made against Mormons.

“I think if Mitt Romney loses this election that the ‘pro-family’ leaders in the United States should get together with Rick Perry on Nov. 7 and start planning for 2016,” he said.

h/t: Benjy Sarlin at TPM

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) jokingly compared the teachers strike in Chicago to the unrest in the Middle East during a speech at the Values Voters summit Friday morning. 

“On my way over, I was reading another story about a distant place where thugs had put 400,000 children out in the streets. And then I realized that was a story about the Chicago teachers strike. But we’ve got to think of good things.”

h/t: Think Progress