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New GOP Governor Hires Head of Religious Right Group Whose Members Are a Who’s Who of Anti-Gay Extremism

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Oklahoma voters just elected Republican mortgage banker Kevin Stitt, a newcomer to politics, to become their new governor. And Stitt has just hired the head of his transition team, a man who will help shape policy, direction, and choose the players to implement his vision for the future of the “Sooner State.” That man is no political neophyte.

Most Americans probably have never heard of Marc Nuttle (photo), but you may have been affected by some of his work. Before becoming the Chairman of a far right wing, dominionist, anti-gay, Christian organization, Nuttle (according to his bio) advised five presidents and the served as an advisor to anti-gay climate change denialist and far right wing extremist Senator Jim Inhofe.

Nuttle has also served as the national presidential campaign manager for right wing Christian extremist and racist Pat Robertson.

If you think you’re starting to get the picture of who Marc Nuttle is, you’re right, but there’s much, much more.

Nuttle just resigned after seven years as chairman of the board of The Oak Initiative. The Christian group’s goal is to create a nationwide and international “spiritual awakening” and “champion the core values that are based on biblical or kingdom principles and wisdom.”

And to do that, as Friendly Atheist’s Hemant Mehta reports, Nuttle has surrounded the organization with what reads like a who’s who of far right wing anti-gay Christian extremists.

Mehta details some of the board members and their accomplishments, including “retired Lt. General Jerry Boykin who once said Jesus would return to kill his enemies with an AR-15. Another board member is Cindy Jacobs, whose claimed to help a woman grow three inches instantaneously and also said she once literally turned metal into bone. And there’s Lance Wallnau, who thinks the critics of Donald Trump are controlled by Satan. And Janet Porter, who thinks gay people are setting the world on fire. It’s just a collection of the most mindless, reactionary, brainwashed Christians you can imagine.”

These are the people he has either installed or accepted to help him lead his religious organization.

Each of them have been written about by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Imagine who he will choose in deeply red, deeply anti-LGBT Oklahoma, to advance the incoming governor’s agenda, an agenda he will shape and help enact.

Oklahoma Watch reports on The Oak Initiative’s work.

“Some of its controversial actions include a 2015 bulletin posted on its website from its president, MorningStar Ministries founder Rick Joyner, saying the 2015 Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage was a ‘dress rehearsal’ for the biblical end of times and compared it to the ‘mark of the beast.’ The bulletin additionally called the ‘gay agenda’ the biggest ‘enemy of Christianity in America.'”

There’s more.

“The group also faced backlash in 2015 from gay-rights groups after the Michigan chapter of the Oak Initiative set up billboards that showed a gay man with a rainbow painted on his face surrounded by the words ‘Not Born this Way’ and ‘Homosexuality is a behavior. Not a civil right.'”

Here’s how they advance their message on social media:

Oklahomans should be concerned – and aware of what’s about to happen.

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Jan. 6 Rally Attending Lawmaker Wants ‘One Nation Under God’ Decals Put on School Buses to Root Out ‘Communists’

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More than a week before incoming Glenn Youngkin is sworn in as governor of Virginia, a Republican lawmaker who attended the Jan. 6 rally that preceded the Capitol riot has introduced a bill to put God on school buses.

Delegate Marie March has introduced House Bill 113, which “permits local school boards, notwithstanding any regulation to the contrary, to display on the sides and rear of public school buses decals containing the motto ‘In God We Trust’ or the phrase ‘One Nation Under God,’ provided that no such decal obstructs the name of the school division or the number of the school bus.”

March made waves in southwest Virginia after traveling to Jan. 6 for Trump’s rally seeking to overturn the 2020 election.

“At least two local restaurant owners are facing backlash for attending President Trump’s rally in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday,” WSLS-TV reported one year ago today. “A Christiansburg business owner is also taking heat. Marie March owns Fatback Soul Shack and Due South. She also attended the rally.”

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March addressed her attendance in a statement issued to The Daily Beast, claiming she left before Trump’s speech ended.

“I apologize for nothing, I regret nothing,” March said.

March has said her school bus bill will expose communists.

“If there are communists in the House of Delegates, let’s figure out who they are,” March said.

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Watch: MAGA Congressional Candidate Calls for All Laws ‘Contrary to God’s Word’ to Be Overturned

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Mark Burns, a MAGA pastor who is running for Congress in South Carolina, is an unabashed Christian nationalist who openly declares that “any policy that is contrary to the word of God” needs to be made illegal.

Burns appeared on the Real America’s Voice program “The Water Cooler” Monday, where he proclaimed that “the gospel of Jesus Christ should be [at] the center of American politics.” When asked by host David Brody what he meant by that, Burns declared that “any law that is against the word of God” must be overturned.

“Laws that are contrary to God’s word that are actively legal or laws today need to be overturned,” Burns said. “Any law that is against the word of God, that is clearly against what God has said in his word—in a nation that is a Christian nation, a nation that has the majority of citizens who actively believe that Jesus is the Messiah, that he is coming back again with omnipotent power in his hands—if it’s against the word of God and it’s actively a law today, then it should be overturned. We should have a moral compass, and right now in America, we’re losing that moral compass. The liberal left is slowly [chipping] away.”

Burns was a proponent of the movement to keep former President Donald Trump in power. He has made numerous calls for war, including on the eve of the Capitol insurrection when he riled up Trump loyalists at a Stop the Steal rally by telling them, “We’re ready to do war!”

 

This article was originally published by Right Wing Watch and is published here by permission.

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Watch: Far Right Anti-Vaxx Pastor Just Can’t Understand Why There Are No ‘Big Democrats’ Who Have Died From COVID

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Far right wing pastor Kent Christmas, famous for his anti-LGBTQ remarks, is now seemingly embracing a conspiracy theory, telling parishioners no “big Democrats” have died from COVID and asking them, “Doesn’t that make you wonder?”

Christmas is a pro-Trump anti-vaxxer who back in August claimed Christians should not get vaccinated because “the law of God supersedes the law of men.”

Now he’s saying no “big Democrats” or billionaires have died of the coronavirus, and he’s correct – but for reasons that appear to escape him.

“I can’t think of one big Democrat that’s died from the Coronavirus,” he says in video posted by Friendly Atheist’s Hemant Mehta. “I can’t think of one billionaire that’s died of Coronavirus. Bill Gates is fine. George Soros is fine,” he adds, as an parishioner can be heard saying, “You’re right.”

“Biden’s fine. He’s 80 years old and half dead anyway,” the pastor added, to laughter and applause. “Rupert Murdoch’s fine. The CEOs of Vanguard and Berkshire Hathaway and State City and Mark Zuckerberg – they’re just fine.”

“Doesn’t that make you wonder?” he asks, as audience members agree.

Christmas has claimed gay people die by suicide at a high rate because they feel guilty about being gay, and blamed a “demonic spirit that comes after our seed” for the increase in people who identify as LGBTQ.

Here he is not comprehending the power of COVID vaccines:

 

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