NOM, the National Organization For Marriage, has just endorsed a Republican presidential candidate who literally has stood with a pastor who calls for the biblical killing of gay people.
Over the years, as it faced an ever-increasing uphill battle to “protect marriage and the faith communities that sustain it,” the National Organization For Marriage (NOM) has become increasingly hostile to LGBT people and as it embraces the more radical elements of the religious right.
That became evident several years ago when NOM hosted an anti-same-sex marriage rally in New York City, where a pastor they invited told supporters gays are “worthy of death,” in Spanish. NOM refused to officially issue a statement denouncing it.
Today, NOM announced they are endorsing for President a Republican who also stood on the same stage as a pastor who says gay people are “worthy of death” and refused to denounce it.
Last month, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) spoke at theÂ National Religious Liberties Conference, created and hosted by Pastor Kevin Swanson. Swanson “hasÂ frequently claimed that the government should put gay people to death,”Â as Right Wing Watch has documented.
Pastor Swanson, true to form, on the very same stage that Cruz â€“Â along with Mike Huckabee and Bobby Jindal â€“Â spoke, called for the death of gay people.
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, in a blistering report calling it “a Republican presidential candidates event,”Â noted a “significant portion” of what was talked about at the conference “was the exact contours, the exact language of what they believe is a biblical commandment that gay people in the United States should be rounded up and executed.”
“It really was a ‘kill the gays’ call to arms,” Maddow decried. “This was a conference about the necessity of the death penalty as a punishment for homosexuality.”
Clearly, participating in a “conference about the necessity of the death penalty as a punishment for homosexuality” is not a disqualifying act for an endorsement from NOM.
“Sen. Ted Cruz is a proven champion for marriage and religious freedom and someone we can absolutely count on to fight to restore marriage to our nation’s laws and defend the religious liberty of the tens of millions of Americans who believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman,” NOM president Brian Brown said in a statement today.Â
“Sen. Cruz has not only signed NOM’s presidential marriage pledge committing to take specific actions as president, but he has personally authored the pending federal marriage amendment to restore the right of states to define marriage as one man/one woman. Moreover, he has spoken out consistently and forcefully on the campaign trail as an advocate of true marriage. We are pleased to endorse him and will do everything in our power to support his election.”
Today, in a separate, fundraising statement, NOM requested supporters send money because “we are doing God’s work.”
Last month, Sen. Cruz, just days before the ColoradoÂ Planned Parenthood shooting, touted the endorsement of an anti-abortion activist who argues that the murder of doctors who perform abortions should be justifiable homicide. And yesterday, rather than denounce Donald Trump‘s call for a ban on Muslims entering the U.S., Sen Cruz announced, “I commend Donald Trump.”
Image: Screenshot via UStream/NOM
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Pence Suggests Unnamed Trump SCOTUS Nominee Should Skip Committee and Just Be Confirmed Before ‘Election Issues’ Arise
Vice President Mike Pence is in full campaign mode now, making the rounds on news channels and holding re-election rallies. On Tuesday the Indiana Republican told Fox News Business’ Lou Dobbs that perhaps President Donald Trump’s yet-to-be-named Supreme Court nominee should just skip the usual Judiciary Committee hearings and get confirmed by the U.S. Senate immediately.
Pence said the nominee should get a committee hearing, but only “if needs be.”
He might have been thinking that since Chairman Lindsey Graham has already said there are enough votes to confirm, even though no one knows who the nominee is, why take up valuable time when the outcome has, for the first time in U.S. history, been preordained without even a facade of interest in vetting.
Insisting that Trump has “a duty” under “the Constitution to appoint a new justice to the Supreme Court,” Vice President Pence said, “we respect the role of the Senate to advise and consent but President Trump truly believes that the Senate should move thoroughly thoughtfully and quickly and and move to consideration a hearing, if needs be and ultimately to a floor vote because we you know we have, we have major issues in the country today.”
What are the major Supreme Court issues?
“You know, Lou with all of the talk about universal unsolicited mail and validating where we see states around the country that are now, extending the deadline,” Pence said, referring to President Trump’s lie that voting by mail will make the election “rigged.”
“There is a possibility that election issues may come before the Supreme Court in the days following the election and all the more reason why we should have nine justices on the Supreme Court to, to be able to resolve any issues that may arise then or on any other matters.”
In other words, Trump wants a justice on the nation’s top court prepared to hand him the election.
Mike Pence urges the Senate to confirm SCOTUS nominee quickly, with “a hearing if needs be,” because there may be litigation following the election pic.twitter.com/FHjqfxu8iC
— Jason Campbell (@JasonSCampbell) September 22, 2020
‘Soldiers for Christ’: Trump Cabinet Bible Study Teacher Calls Elections a ‘Spiritual Battle’ That ‘Believers Will Win’
Ralph Drollinger, a Bible study teacher who uses his extraordinary access to top government officials in the United States and abroad to push right-wing policies as biblically mandated, distributed a Bible study Monday telling readers that “it is imperative that committed Christians be praying for an outcome that glorifies our Lord, and that believers will win office.”
“Don’t misinterpret the elections: they are first and foremost a spiritual battle requiring mature, spiritual weaponry,” Drollinger wrote in a Bible study distributed Monday. He also repeated his assertion that the only prayers that God hears and acts on are those of Christians.
In previous writings, Drollinger has demonstrated little respect for Christians who interpret the Bible differently than he does. He has called the “social Gospel” that motivates millions of liberal American Christians “a perversion of scripture” and “not Christianity whatsoever!” He has called Catholicism “one of the primary false religions of the world.” He urges public officials not to take part in “syncretistic” events like the National Prayer Breakfast, arguing that by participating in events that combine different forms of belief, attendees invite God’s wrath rather than his blessing.
Drollinger holds Bible study sessions for members of the House and Senate as well as Trump’s Cabinet while his written Bible studies are distributed widely and used by Capitol Ministries leaders active in state and local governments and foreign governments. Drollinger writes in this week’s Bible study that only people who are “mature in Christ” can be “ideal candidates for public office.”
Drollinger, whose Capitol Ministries is committed to evangelizing public officials and “discipling” them to his biblical worldview, writes that elections are “a critical time” for a public official who is “a soldier for Christ.” Drollinger writes that “when the believer wields the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God, and Satan reacts through his minions, there will exist critical times or seasons for necessary petitioning—that is, if you are a soldier for Christ.”
In “Oaks in Office,” his handbook for public officials, Drollinger wrote that “the critical and preeminent duty of the Church in an institutionally separated society” is “to evangelize and disciple—to Christianize—the leaders of the State and its citizenry.” Nevertheless, Drollinger insists that he is not a Christian nationalist because he does not believe in changing the structure of government to give the church an official role. He says he supports institutional but not influential separation of church and state.
Among Drollinger’s many fans within the Trump administration is Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who has used his position to open doors for Drollinger to bring his proselytizing and right-wing-policy-promoting ministry into the inner circles of government in foreign capitals.
This article was originally published at Right Wing Watch and is republished here by permission.
Image: Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead via Flickr
McEnany: ‘The Fact That We Have Come Nowhere Near’ 2 Million Coronavirus Deaths Is ‘a Testament’ to Trump
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany defended President Donald Trump’s misleading and false claim that the coronavirus “affects virtually nobody,” and insisted that it is “a testament” to Trump that 2 million Americans have not died from COVID-19.
The U.S. just crossed the tragic marker of 200,000 deaths from the coronavirus pandemic.
“As you’ve heard several doctors in the Task Force note from this podium, we were looking at the prospect of 2 million people potentially perishing from the coronavirus in this country,” McEnany told reporters Tuesday, suggesting wrongly that doing absolutely nothing would have been a legitimate course of action Trump could have taken.
She called the more than 200,000 deaths, “a testament to the hard work done by the Task Force and this President.”
.@acosta: What do you say to Americans who blame this administration for 200,000 Covid deaths?
McENANY: The fact that we have come nowhere near 2 million deaths is a testament to this president taking immediate action pic.twitter.com/Y5rHBLanG6
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 22, 2020
On Monday at a rally in Ohio Trump told supporters the coronavirus “affects elderly people. Elderly people with heart problems and other problems. If they have other problems, that’s what it really affects. That’s it.”
“You know, in some states, thousands of people, nobody young” dies, Trump added. “Below the age of 18, like, nobody. They have a strong immune system, who knows. You look — take your hat off to the young, because they have a hell of an immune system. But it affects virtually nobody. It’s an amazing thing.”
McEnany told CNN’s Jim Acosta Tuesday afternoon that President Trump was “giving critical information” at Monday night’s rally when he said the virus “affects elderly people” and “that’s it.”
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