It is Time Again for the Value[less] Voters to Rail Against Reality


Value_Voters_2014The so-called Values Voter Summit is coming our way again this weekend, and if you think we will see any mellowing of the Religious Right platform, think again. With a cast chock-full of the likes of Tony Perkins, Jerry Boykin, Mat Staver, Gary Bauer, James Dobson, the almost-had-an-HGTV-show Benham Brothers, E.W. Jackson, Star Parker, Todd Starnes, and Sandy Rios, we can expect more of what we’ve been seeing recently.

After all, it was just yesterday that the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer took to the radio to proclaim that all immigrants should be converted to Christianity. Fischer was thinking mostly about Islam, as usual with voices coming from the Right Wing Clown Car, but his dream – a nightmare for everyone else – would be to “have one god, we would have one law, we would have one culture, and we would have one language.”

Sadly, Fischer isn’t as bad as it gets. And you might remember last year’s shindig, when the Religious Right’s sinister lunacy was put on public display by the likes of Jerry Boykin, E.W. Jackson, Rick Santorum, and, of course, Michele Bachmann, among others. If you bring back the same religious extremists year after year, you can’t expect much in the way of change. You certainly can’t expect improvement. Let’s face it: next year, ISIL will still be ISIL, and the Religious Right will still be the Religious Right.


People for the American Way provides a rundown of this weekend’s cast of horrors, and it’s not a pretty sight. No, because bad as that group listed above might be, would-be martyr Sen. Ted Cruz, pretend moderate Sen. Rand Paul, and Vladimir Putin’s brother of another mother, Gov. Bobby “Rooting for Obama to fail isn’t treason” Jindal will, as PFAW puts it, “take part in what has become an annual ritual for potential GOP presidential contenders” and try to suck up to that group to secure their endorsement and through them, the votes of bigots and haters across the land.

As People For the American Way President Michael Keegan says:

When they appear at the Values Voter Summit, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Bobby Jindal and their fellow GOP officials will send an unmistakable message of support to the most extreme elements of today’s Religious Right. But the rest of us are listening, too. Any public official who attends the Values Voter Summit should be prepared to tell voters whether he supports the agenda of hate promoted by its sponsors and speakers.

Speaking of endorsements, take a look at the veritable murderer’s row of sponsors:


PFAW provides brief bios of the notables and I will share a few of those with you here, beginning with the man who is the most over-the-top hater among a bunch of over-the-top haters:

Tony Perkins

Tony Perkins is president of the Family Research Council, the chief sponsor of the Values Voter Summit. Now a widely recognized spokesman for social conservative causes, Perkins served two terms as a Republican legislator in the Louisiana House of Representatives before launching a failed bid for the U.S. Senate in 2002. Perkins has:

  • Contended that the anti-bullying “It Gets Better” project is “immoral,” “disgusting,” and promotes “perversion.”
  • Defined efforts by the Obama administration to advance LGBT rights abroad as a push for “radical sexualism” and “global homosexuality.”
  • Praised a Uganda bill that would have condemned gays and lesbians to death as an effort to “uphold moral conduct that protects others and in particular the most vulnerable.”
  • Warned that LGBT rights advocates will launch a holocaust against Christians, placing those that oppose same-sex marriage into “boxcars.”
  • Suggested that Christian clergy who support LGBT rights should not have the same religious liberties as anti-gay conservatives because “true religious freedom” only applies to those he believes hold “orthodox religious viewpoints.”
  • Warned that lawmakers who voted to repeal the military ban on openly gay service members would have “the blood of innocent soldiers on their hands.”

Jerry Boykin

Retired Army Lt. Gen. William “Jerry” Boykin earned a public rebuke from President George W. Bush when, as a high-ranking official in the Bush Defense Department, he framed the “War on Terror” as a holy war against Islam. He has since built a career as a Religious Right speaker, specializing in anti-Muslim rhetoric and anti-Obama conspiracy theories. In 2012, he was named executive vice president of the Family Research Council.

Boykin rejects religious freedom for American Muslims, claiming that Islam “is not just a religion, it is a totalitarian way of life.” In an interview with the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer, he called for “no mosques in America.”

Boykin is a leading member of the dominionist group The Oak Initiative, and once told the group that President Obama used health care reform legislation as a cover to establish a private army of Brownshirts loyal just to him. Boykin has also:

  • Suggested that the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell led to the “absolute destruction of our military.”
  • Described CIA head John Brennan as “very sympathetic to the jihadist cause.”
  • Denounced the repeal of laws banning women from military combat service.
  • Blamed the Sandy Hook school massacre on the presence of secularism in society.

Todd Starnes

Todd Starnes, a Fox News commentator and the author of several books including this year’s “God Less America,” specializes in generating stories of dubious accuracy purporting to illustrate the persecution of conservative Christians in America. Recently, he has:

  • Speculated that public school officials oppose abstinence-only programs to protect their “condom profits.”
  • Asserted that Obama refuses to take action against ISIS to “accommodate the Islamic faith at the expense of all other faiths.”
  • Blamed Obama for “orchestrating” the protests in Ferguson, Mo., in an effort to exacerbate racial tensions.
  • Baselessly accused the University of Wisconsin of intentionally inflating grades to boost the academic performance of minority students.
  • Worried that LGBT rights advocates will inevitably demand the deportation of Christians.

Sandy Rios

Sandy Rios, a former president of Concerned Women for America, now hosts a daily radio show on American Family Radio, the network run by the American Family Association. At last year’s summit, she promoted ex-gay therapy and said Matthew Shepard’s murder was a “complete fraud.” Like other AFR hosts, she frequently promotes right-wing conspiracy theories, including claims that President Obama was not born in the United States. Rios has also:

  • Insisted that one of Obama’s first priorities as president was to resettle thousands of Palestinian refugees in the U.S. and provide them with food stamps.
  • Advanced the myth that the health care reform law “says that Muslims will be exempt from the government mandate to purchase health insurance.”
  • Compared the relationships of same-sex couples to those of kidnapper Ariel Castro and his captives.
  • Warned that the “homosexual takeover” of the military would jeopardize the effectiveness of the armed forces.
  • Frequently links the gay community to child abuse.

Expect the worst, and then multiply that by a factor of three. Or five. Or ten. After all, we are coming off a Monday on which Larry Klayman, the guy who once marched on the White House in order to overthrow our government, again (PoliticusUSA covered his first call here) called for the military overthrow of President Obama on the grounds that he is “not a legitimate president.”

I mean, Barack H. Obama was only elected twice by the majority of American voters. How could he possibly be legitimate, right?

So stay tuned, take notes, and remember this coming weekend when you go to the polls to vote, assuming you can get through the cordon of armed, violently right-wing, white supremacist militia patrolling the streets.

17 Replies to “It is Time Again for the Value[less] Voters to Rail Against Reality”

  1. I propose that the writers for this site start referring to ISIS/ISIL/IS and the GOP as the Daesh Douches, because no one should take those bastards and their stupidity serious since they obviously don’t care about people and are full of horse manure.

  2. I’d hate to see what these people would do if they actually got enough power to enact their agenda. This would certainly not be the America the founders envisioned, in fact, it would be the exact same thing that they were against.

    I believe that it is not an exaggeration to say that if we don’t use our vote to prevent these people from gaining power, it will be the end of American democracy as we know it. These non-patriots need to be stopped now.

  3. I agree, Terry.
    We are on the cusp of a coup.
    A GOP win this November may well bring it on.

    We need only be mindful of Florida (Year 2000), Citizens United, Hobby Lobby, and the vast power of the Roman Catholic Church and The Mormons to believe this.

    I am worried.
    I think we should all be.

    Thanks for your comment.

  4. Anyone who doesn’t see these right-wing extremists as a clear-and-present danger to the American way of life is not paying attention, or is one of them.

  5. Here we have our christian fundies. Willing to lie under all circumstances to ensure their power is safe in conservative hands. Willing to use the brain dead conservative to fight his own country in the name of a sky god. Willing to force you to live under laws of a gawd that even the fundys know doesnt exist, but use to keep you afraid and obediant

  6. Well one thing for sure the poor rethugs and red states better wake up because they will not be invited to the billionaire’s club & will not reap any benefit,they are the rethug’s extra baggage that endanger America…please vote everyone and encourage your friends and family because this is a matter of life & death….VOTE BLUE!!!

  7. We must GOTV or we will look behind us and say,what happened? Vote so we can look forward to America staying America or we are doomed. Vote Blue!!

  8. Rooting for the pres to fail is rooting for the US to fail, especially now that he is going against these terrorists with no help or input from the rethugs, don’t they know it is their job to debate these things and approve – but I forgot they are fundraising
    to get re-elected to represent those who paid for them, GE, Koch, Wall Street etc.
    We do not have a government for the people
    any more.

  9. One well targeted salvo of photon torpedo’s on full yield would raise the IQ of the nation and rid us of the most malicious beings ever to grace the earth with the impression of their feet. But we must wait until Ben Carson shows up as well.

  10. Sometimes when you read something about these teahadist you shake your head and say to yourself, YOU GOT TO BE SHITTING ME

    Gov. Sam Brownback declares October Zombie Preparedness Month
    Topeka — Kansans are being encouraged to prepare for an invasion of the living dead, with Gov. Sam Brownback scheduled to sign a proclamation later this week declaring October Zombie Preparedness Month.
    The state Division of Emergency Management says if residents are prepared for a zombie attack, they’re prepared for anything. Deputy director Angee Morgan says the idea is to make people aware of the need to be ready for emergency situations like natural disasters, catastrophic storms, fires — even a swarm of zombies.

    Brownback is slated to sign the proclamation at 11 a.m. Friday in his ceremonial office in the Statehouse.

  11. Now it’s a fact, all of the people listed above and most of the Republicans (Boehner, McConnell, Cruz, Jindal, Scott, Walker, Perry, Abbott, Purdue) are pathological bold face liars. I can’t understand why anyone would vote for anyone who can’t recognize the truth.

    To decide who should govern, all one has to do is answer the question: What has Obama done to help America is this economical downturn and what have the Republicans done? In the past 7 years, Republicans have done zero except line their pockets and their Koch corporate masters pockets. I see no reason why they would change their course.

    What has these so called ‘religious’ leaders done? They aren’t following the bible and if anyone could be labeled the anti-Christ, all the people listed above fit that description.

    EVERYONE VOTE DEMOCRATIC IN NOVEMBER – our lives depend on it as Republicans see us as bait for foreign wars. Republicans have no strategy except sending poor people to their early deaths.

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