With 2012 being an important election year, the far right was awash in over-the-top diatribes aimed at President Barack Obama. The level of irrational rhetoric directed at the president seemed to rise as the year dragged on and the election drew closer. In fact, the election results seemed to send some on the right into even more bizarre fits of rage and despair. Check out today’s installment of our review of what the far right had to say in 2012. You can read more quotes from 2012 and previous years here.
“Maybe God will have to bring our nation down to our knees — to where you just have a complete economic collapse. And maybe at that point, maybe people will again begin to call upon the name of almighty God.”
— Franklin Graham, the son of evangelist Billy Graham, arguing that President Obama’s re-election placed the country on a path to destruction
“It means during the last seven years, there will be no freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom of commerce. America as we know it will be gone by the last seven years of the great Tribulation. America is going to… Read More
It becomes difficult to believe you’re not using faith for political purposes when, like First Baptist Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress did, first you say this:
“I have conservative friends who are saying, well, he believes in Jesus, we believe in Jesus, let’s just hold hands and sing kumbaya. It doesn’t work that way. If a person is supporting Romney, that’s fine. But don’t confuse him with being a Christian.”
And then at the opportune time — yesterday and with the GOP nomination fight all but settled, to be exact — you turn around and say this:
“Given the choice between a Christian like Barack Obama , who embraces non-Biblical principles like abortion, and a Mormon like Mitt Romney, who embraces Biblical principles, there is every reason to support Mitt Romney in this election.”
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Say what you will about Texas state Rep. Leo Berman, R-Tyler, you have to give the man credit for becoming a master at moving the goal posts.
Unless you were nowhere near a TV or computer on Wednesday, you missed the big dose of widely verified reality the White House dropped on the world when it released President Obama’s long-form birth certificate proving what most rational people already knew: President Obama was, in fact, born in the United States.
Maybe not surprisingly, that still doesn’t satisfy Rep. Berman, who filed a bill (HB 295) this year requiring that presidential and vice presidential candidates present an original birth certificate to qualify for the Texas ballot. But after President Obama presented his birth certificate to the nation yesterday, Birther Berman flipped the switch and got those goal posts a-movin’ out of the stadium and all the way out into the parking lot.
The Texas Tribune wrote the following about Berman:
He said he’s now seen two birth certificates: the Hawaiian one released by Obama this morning, and one he said indicates Obama was born in Mombasa, Kenya. And he claims the hospital Obama lists on his birth certificate… Read More
The religious right is angry again (so what else is new?) with President Obama. This time religious-right pressure groups are attacking the president (and closet Muslim, right?) for not issuing a proclamation in honor of Easter. Here's a Twitter post on Monday from David Barton, head of Texas-based WallBuilders: @whitehouse fails to release #Easter Proclamation and no statement from @BarackObama Barton's Tweet links to a disingenuous (one wonders if there is any other kind with that outfit) Fox News piece noting the "failure" of the president to issue such a proclamation. Then in an "Action Alert" email on Tuesday, the American Family Association (which the Southern Poverty Law Center has identified as a hate group) told its supporters: The president has been devoted to issuing statements marking all major Muslim holidays, which are of no historical significance to the United States whatsoever. He has released statements in honor of Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr, Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha, holidays which most Americans cannot pronounce and certainly do not celebrate. More glaringly, President Obama made no mention of Good Friday or Easter in his weekly address to the nation on Saturday. AFA shrieked that the president's failure to issue an Easter proclamation "was an intentional act of disrespect" toward Christian Americans. Actually, what's really, deeply disrespectful is how religious-right groups treat their conservative Christian supporters like they're stupid and gullible. In fact, a blogger searched through presidential proclamations going back to 1980 and found no Easter proclamations from other presidents. Search for yourself here. Moreover, President Obama spoke at an Easter Prayer Breakfast at the White House last week about the importance of the day to himself and other Christians. Here's just part of what he said: Read More