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Probably the clearest, most direct expression of reactionary right wing anti-intellectualism we’ve seen yet: Rick Santorum Says ‘Smart People Will Never Be on Our Side’.
“We will never have the media on our side, ever, in this country,” Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, told the audience at the Omni Shoreham hotel. “We will never have the elite, smart people on our side.” …
“When it comes to conservatism libertarian types can say, oh, well you know, we don’t want to talk about social issues,” Santorum said. “Without the church and the family, there is no conservative movement, there is no basic values of America.”
To Rick Santorum and his caveman buddies at the Values Voter Summit, this is a good thing.
Religious Right Craziness on Steroids: Hillary Clinton Is Plotting to Shut Down Churches and Synagogues
At today’s Values Voter Summit, the annual gathering of the lunatic religious right (featuring this year a speech by GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan), phony “ex-terrorist” Kamal Saleem says Hillary Clinton is conspiring to shut down America’s churches and synagogues.
The meeting of religious fanatics and social conservative lunatics known as the Values Voter Summit gets under way today in its usual caveman fashion, as Republican congressman Tim Huelskamp calls Planned Parenthood “racist baby killers”, compares women’s reproductive rights to slavery, and repeats the usual right wing lies about Obamacare funding abortions.
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.
“Like the pro-slavery forces who invaded Kansas, the pro-abortion forces in Washington and elsewhere want us to believe that abortion is not murder — that being born is worse than death, that the unborn baby is property, not a person. We’ve heard that before — 150 years ago,” Huelskamp said, in an apparent reference to the Civil War and slavery.
Right Wing Watch takes a look at this weekend’s Values Voter Summit, the annual meeting of some of the right wing’s craziest elements — Birthers, bigots, homophobes, conspiracy theorists, Dominionists, and a host of miscellaneous fundamentalist fanatics: Who’s Who at the Values Voter Summit 2012.
Tony Perkins is president of the Family Research Council, the main organizer of this weekend’s summit. Perkins leads the group’s efforts against gay rights, abortion rights and church/state separation.
The FRC has one of the most anti-gay platforms of any major political organization, including expressions of support for the criminalization of homosexuality in the U.S. and abroad in countries law Malawi and Uganda. Senior fellow Peter Sprigg said he would “much prefer to export homosexuals from the United States than to import them into the United States because we believe homosexuality is destructive to society.”
Perkins himself frequently reflects the extreme views of his organization. He:
- said Islam is “evil”;
- attacked the media for dismissing conspiracies about Obama’s birth certificate;
- demanded Christians who voted for Obama “repent” since he has a “disdain for Christianity”;
- linked homosexuality to pedophilia and compared it to alcoholism;
- warned, “I don’t know if the country can survive ” another Obama term and that the president’s reelection would ” destroy this country.”
- called gay rights activists “intolerant,” “hateful,” “vile,” “spiteful” and “pawns” of Satan and said that homosexuality is “man shaking his fist in the face of God”;
- denounced hate crimes laws for promoting “chaos” and leading to the “indoctrination of our children in schools and the loss of religious freedom and the freedom of speech”;
- wrote that the anti-bullying “It Gets Better Project” is “immoral,” “disgusting,” and promotes “perversion”;
- denied that there was a correlation between anti-gay bullying and depression and suicide, saying instead that gay and lesbian teens know they are “abnormal” and “have a higher propensity to depression or suicide because of that internal conflict”;
- wrote that senators would have “the blood of innocent soldiers on their hands” if they vote to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and allowed gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military;
- insisted the government may introduce the “promotion of same-sex relations ” as a means of “population control”;
Following the deplorable and tragic shooting at the Family Research Council’s headquarters, Perkins has tried to blame the incident on everyone from the Southern Poverty Law Center to the Obama administration. The unconscionable shooting, however, should not be used as a way to conceal his organization’s virulent language targeting gays and lesbians.
That’s just the Tony Perkins section. Read the whole horrifying thing.
And by the way, one of the featured speakers this year: Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan.
Here’s a thread to watch the Values Voter Summit freak show, just as Glenn Beck breaks down in tears…
Unreal: At Values Voter Summit, Bryan Fischer Says Rights Are Endangered if President Believes in Evolution
Today at the Values Voter Summit attended by all the major GOP presidential candidates, fanatic hate-monger Bryan Fischer uncorked a truly deranged rant about evolution, calling the separation of church and state “mythical,” and arguing that “not a single one of our unalienable rights will be safe in the hands of a president who believes that we evolved from slime and that we are the descendents of apes and baboons.”
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Here’s the live video feed of the Values Voter Hatefest in Washington DC, featuring a who’s who of religious fanatics rubbing shoulders with Republican politicians, right wing pundits, and wingnut bloggers. Now up: a panel of bloggers, discussing why the liberal media is evil.
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If there’s one right wing event that sums up the reasons why I ran screaming away from these lunatics more than any other, it’s the Values Voter Summit, put on every year by a devil’s brew of extreme religious fanatics preaching virulent hatred against everyone who isn’t them.
At the Values Voter Summit, you’ll find every sick and twisted right wing meme in existence; open racism, white supremacists, theocrats (real ones, who want to literally replace the Constitution with the Bible), creationists, historical revisionists, End Times believers, hard core misogynists, deranged homophobia and bigotry of all kinds. And those are just the speakers.
This year, as in every year, it’s attended by all the major Republican politicians, sucking up to these freaks for the almighty vote — because the haters have a dedicated base of deluded drones. Their votes can make a difference for Republicans, and the hate groups are always trying to force their primitive beliefs on the rest of America. It’s a match made in hell.
So we have the spectacle of Mitt Romney bowing and scraping in front of an audience that considers Mormons to be one rung above Muslims on the Fundamentalist Ladder of Hatred. It’s pathetic, and it reveals something very disturbing about the people who represent the “conservative movement:” they’re not “conservative” at all, really. The best word to describe the modern right wing and its Dark Ages religious leaders is “reactionary.” These people are deeply afraid of the modern world, and would gladly exchange it for the Spanish Inquisition if they could.
Right Wing Watch has a lot of posts on the Values Voter Summit, which is taking place this weekend in Washington DC. Here’s one of the videos they posted today, featuring religious right leader Robert Jeffress telling his acolytes that the United States is doomed. These are the people to whom the Republican Party is pandering: