In his new book set to be released this February, Fox News contributor and prominent conservative media figure Erick Erickson will explain how the "leftist-homosexual mafia" is waging a "war on Christians."
On February 22, Erickson will release his new book You Will Be Made To Care: The War on Faith, Family And Your Freedom To Believe, co-authored with Christian blogger Bill Blankschaen. The book explores how "religious liberty is under attack in America." According to its website, the book will teach readers (emphasis added):
- How lawyers are raking in millions through politically correct lawsuits against religious groups that don't affirm homosexuality as "normal"
- How there is nowhere to hide: no matter how small your bed and breakfast, or your wedding chapel, or your flower shop--the leftist-homosexual mafia will shut you down if you don't share their beliefs
- How Christian clergy will be forced to perform gay weddings or see their churches forced into bankruptcy
The book will likely be a rundown of the right's greatest horror stories in the bogus "war" on Christians led by the "leftist-homosexual mafia." These stories tend to be misrepresented cases of business owners who violate non-discrimination laws by refusing to serve LGBT people, or long debunked myths about marriage equality's impact on "religious liberty."
These examples of "Christian persecution" are essential to the right-wing campaign for "religious freedom" laws that seek to create broad legal protections for businesses that discriminate against LGBT people. They also give conservatives cause to oppose basic non-discrimination protections for LGBT people under the guise of protecting "religious liberty."
In the past, Erickson has referred to the LGBT community as terrorists, suggested that businesses serving gay couples are "aiding and abetting sin," and predicted that the arrest of Kim Davis could lead to "another civil war."
Conservative pundits are bickering over Donald Trump's campaign, especially after National Review's "Against Trump" issue and the backlash it engendered. On one side are pundits who want to stop Trump's candidacy in its tracks. On the other are conservatives who are lauding Trump's candidacy, even if they have not officially endorsed him. Media Matters breaks down exactly who is on which side (click for the full-sized image):
Fox News slammed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump after he announced he would not participate in the January 28 Republican presidential primary debate co-sponsored by Fox News because of his on-going feud with moderator Megyn Kelly.
The influential conservatives who penned essays for National Review urging voters not to cast their ballots for Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump have their own histories of extremism. They have called President Obama a "racist" with a "deep-seeded hatred for white people" and compared him to a "skinny, ghetto crackhead"; termed Supreme Court Justice David Souter a "goat fucking child molester"; reportedly "helped push" Sarah Palin onto the 2008 GOP presidential ticket; and offered inflammatory Islamophobic comments.
The conservative National Review Online (NRO) released a comprehensive feature of conservatives attacking current GOP front runner Donald Trump, highlighting the divisive 2016 Republican primary season. National Review editors and right-wing personalities such as Glenn Beck, Bill Kristol, and Erick Erickson criticized Trump as a "philosophically unmoored political opportunist" and "the very epitome of vulgarity."
The New York Times highlighted an effort by National Review's editor to persuade other "conservative thinkers" to speak out against Republican presidential front runner Donald Trump.
A January 21 New York Times article revealed that National Review editor Rich Lowry was persuading "conservative thinkers" such as "Erick Erickson, William Kristol and Yuval Levin" to "lend their names to the manifesto against Mr. Trump." The Times article continued, explaining how Lowry has urged conservatives to "write essays buttressing the argument that Mr. Trump has no commitment to restraining the role of government and possesses authoritarian impulses antithetical to conservative principles." Further, the article highlighted that Republicans "can live with Mr. Cruz" despite "believing that his nomination would leave the party divided, but manageably so" unlike Trump who "poses the most serious peril to the conservative movement since the 1950s-era John Birch Society":
The Republicans who dominate the right-leaning magazines, journals and political groups can live with Mr. Cruz, believing that his nomination would leave the party divided, but manageably so, extending a longstanding intramural debate over pragmatism versus purity that has been waged since the days of Barry Goldwater and Nelson Rockefeller. They say Mr. Trump, on the other hand, poses the most serious peril to the conservative movement since the 1950s-era John Birch Society.
Rich Lowry, editor of National Review -- embracing the role of his predecessor, William F. Buckley, who in the 1950s confronted the Birch Society members -- has reached out to conservative thinkers to lend their names to the manifesto against Mr. Trump. He has drawn some of the country's leading conservatives, including Erick Erickson, William Kristol and Yuval Levin, to write essays buttressing the argument that Mr. Trump has no commitment to restraining the role of government and possesses authoritarian impulses antithetical to conservative principles.
Lowry's effort to stop Trump comes as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has been gaining heavy support from right-wing talk radio, which acts as his best line of defense during Trump-hailed attacks. In turn, Cruz parrots smears and talking points originating from far-right media figures, while showering them with praise.
During a segment on Fox Business' Making Money with Charles Payne, a chyron (or on-air graphic) was displayed stating "Dear Santa: Bring Guns."
On the December 22 edition of his show, Charles Payne discussed increasing gun sales in the holiday season due to fears of terrorism and of Obama taking action to limit gun access. Payne invited Erick Erickson, a Fox contributor who claimed Obama will take executive action to limit access to guns. During the segment, an on-air graphic appeared that said "Dear Santa: Bring Guns":
CHARLES PAYNE (HOST): Well, have you been naughty or have you been nice? Because this is the time of year when we're asking for Santa for a lot of things. Unfortunately, protection is at the top of the list this year. That's right, guns are topping so many Christmas lists, and as a result the sales are going through the roof now.
PAYNE: You know Eric, it's not just the terrorism thing. A few years ago, I would say the second year of Barack Obama's presidency, when he started making these sort of hints, that there were certain parts of the Constitution, particularly the second amendment, he didn't like, we saw FBI data go through the roof, with people saying "Hey, background checks, I want one of these things." And it hasn't stopped yet. And a lot of people are afraid, in this last year the Obama administration, some sort of executive order will come down that will stop the sale of guns, bullets or something like that.
ERICK ERICKSON: Oh, absolutely. In fact, I'm buying about a thousand rounds of ammo a week now. Every time the President rattles his sabers on gun control, I go buy out and buy another gun and ammo. In fact, see it on my desk here I have a thousand rounds of ammunition that came in the mail the other day. I think Americans need to see the writing on the wall, that this administration is deeply against their second amendment right, even though it's been found to be an individual right by the Supreme Court, the administration could care less. They want to take away your guns, your ammunition, they want to raise tax on bullets, to make it difficult for to you buy them. Or, as we've seen with the Department of Homeland Security, they want to use government dollars to buy up as many rounds as possible to drive the price through the roof, to make it difficult for you to buy guns.
PAYNE: You know Jocko, here's the thing -- A lot of people argue, and this term is being tossed out there a lot, "common sense things", you know, not taking away your gun rights, but maybe certain things. The no fly list by the way has been something that's been floated around. I think the fear is that once you open even a crack to that particular barn door, this administration will take it and run with it, and try to seize all guns.
JOCKO WILLINK: Yeah, I think that's definitely an idea that people have, that the government's going to try and come take their guns, and I think that's why they try to keep that crack in the door shut.
PAYNE: I mean Erick, let's face it though, what should we expect in the last year of the Obama administration, in terms of his coming for your guns? It's gonna happen, we know it's going to happen. You're the political expert, how do you think it happens? Executive order or something else?
ERICKSON: I think he does it through an executive order.
Before and after the deadly November 27 attack on a Colorado Planned Parenthood that killed three and injured nine more, right-wing media misleadingly argued that the risk of violence against abortion providers and clinics is now "rare." However, in September the FBI released a report to law enforcement concluding there has been an uptick in anti-choice violence against abortion providers and clinics following the release of deceptively edited videos from the Center for Medical Progress, and that the threat was significant and ongoing.
Conservative radio host and Fox News contributor Erick Erickson lauded 2016 Republican candidate Donald Trump's plan to ban all Muslims coming into the United States as skillful politics.
After Trump proposed to block all Muslims -- including American citizens -- from entering the U.S. in response to the San Bernardino shooting, Erickson hailed Trump's proposal as "brilliant politics" that caused Trump's GOP opponents "align themselves with Barack Obama."
In a December 7 post on his website, Erickson encouraged readers to "ignore the merits and constitutionality" of Trump's ban and instead focus on how Republicans critics have done "done themselves no favors within the primary process" (emphasis added):
The day after the mom jeans wearing squat to pee President came out to assure us that tolerance, gun control, and climate change would save us from ISIS, Donald Trump demanded we bar any muslims from entering this country and bar any American citizen who is muslim from re-entering the United States.
Set aside the merits of what amounts to at least, in part, an unconstitutional position.
This is actually brilliant politics for the here and now. Immediately, every other Republican candidate except Ted Cruz rushed out to attack Donald Trump. He's unhinged, hateful, etc. And the responses all amounted to "we must let muslims enter our country," which sounds a whole lot like "we must allow all Mexicans in our country," which everyone knows is blatantly untrue on both counts.
We do not have to do it, but the other candidates, unable to nuance their spittle, went all in with "no religious tests" and "yes we must do this because it is who we are."
So, to put it another way, the day after the President failed to reassure a scared public following the second worst terrorist attack since 9/11 on domestic soil, Donald Trump not only got himself to the right of all the other candidates, but also got every single one of them save for Ted Cruz to align themselves with Barack Obama.
From the December 7 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:
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Conservative commentator Erick Erickson asserted that President Obama is at fault for an increase in mass shootings writing "the violent rhetoric of America's own president suggests" that "we are in a more violent age" and "now we are dealing with the consequences."
In a post on ErickOnTheRadio.com, Erick Erickson claimed that Obama's policies and "violent rhetoric" are at fault for an increase in mass shootings such as encouraging people to "root out 'climate deniers'" and asking people to "understand why Islamic radicals want to kill us":
In fact, the pace does seem to have quickened in Barack Obama's America. The man who tells his fellow Americans that incendiary rhetoric can cause violence once told his supporters to take guns to knife fights. He told supporters to get in the faces of their neighbors. He told Hispanic voters to punish Republicans who, Obama said, were their enemies.
Barack Obama's White House set up a website in which citizens could report other citizens for daring to speak critically of Obamacare. Just last week, President Obama's Organizing for Action group put up a website encouraging Americans to root out "climate deniers" and "call them out."
If it seems like we are in a more violent age, we just might be. The violent rhetoric of America's own president suggests it. He lectures Christians on the crusades and thinks we need to understand why Islamic radicals want to kill us. When a lunatic kills three people outside a Planned Parenthood facility, the President and his political allies blame pro-life Christians. When an Islamic radical kills soldiers at Fort Hood, the President considers it workplace violence.
The political left in this country has decided, in the name of constantly advancing their agenda, to politicize everything. You are either with them or against them. The left gives a pass to our actual enemies, and treats their neighbor as the enemy because their neighbor can cast a vote, but ISIS cannot.
It used to not be so. But then Barack Obama stood up and literally told people to start taking guns to knife fights. Now we are dealing with the consequences.
Following a December 2 mass shooting in San Bernardino, CA, the Los Angeles office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) was attacked by right-wing media figures for holding a press conference condemning the shootings.
After news reports of a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, right-wing media figures reacted by attacking Muslims, chastising calls for gun safety, and dismissing the prevalence of gun violence in the United States.
Conservative commentator and Fox News contributor Erick Erickson wrote that he is surprised "more Planned Parenthood facilities and abortionists are not being targeted," while pushing the smear against Planned Parenthood that was reportedly mentioned by the alleged shooter of a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado.
Leading up to the fatal November 27 shooting at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood, numerous conservative media figures had used deceptively-edited videos from the Center For Medical Progress (CMP) to compare Planned Parenthood to Nazis, including Erickson's RedState blog, which compared the organization to the Auschwitz concentration camp. Following the shooting, right-wing media figures have continued attacking the organization.
In a December 1 blog post, Erickson wrote, "It really is surprising more Planned Parenthood facilities and abortionists are not being targeted," claiming the organization has "been killing children and harvesting the children's organs," a false smear similar to comments reportedly made by the alleged shooter. Erickson also misleadingly wrote the Colorado attack was "a rare event," despite the fact that there have been over 70 successful attacks on abortion clinics since 1997 and the frequency of attacks has increased since the release of the CMP videos. Erickson added that "the left" should "damn well better be glad Christians follow a faith that tells them to honor and pray for their leaders, follow the law, love everyone, and let the state and not the individual act as the sword bearer for God":
There is one surprising thing about the Colorado Springs shooting at the Planned Parenthood clinic. It is that it is a rare event. According to NARAL, there have been eight people killed and seventeen injured in attacks on American abortion providers in twenty-five years. And they have been getting rarer: this is only the second such killing - after the 2009 murder of George Tiller - in this century. In Chicago alone over Thanksgiving weekend, there were eight people killed and twenty wounded.
It really is surprising more Planned Parenthood facilities and abortionists are not being targeted. It speaks to the pro-life movement being faith based and turning to their better angels.
Cecile Richards is about the closest we have come in the United States to Joseph Mengele. Under her leadership at Planned Parenthood, doctors have been killing children and harvesting the children's organs. In some cases, the children are born alive. In some case, whole children are born and then carved up.
This has all been caught on tape repeatedly. The media and left would prefer you ignore it. They'd prefer you believe the tapes were altered, edited, or fabricated. But we should not be ashamed of speaking the truth. It is the truth that Planned Parenthood sells baby parts and its employees were caught on tape talking about the value, the sale, and the altering of abortion procedures to preserve organs for sale.
Planned Parenthood butchers millions of children. Three people died at the Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado. Every single one of those millions plus three lives is a tragedy and outrage.
The left is desperate to compare the American pro-life movement to terrorists. They damn well better be glad Christians follow a faith that tells them to honor and pray for their leaders, follow the law, love everyone, and let the state and not the individual act as the sword bearer for God.
Given the public light shed on the atrocities committed by Planned Parenthood and both the government and media's turning a blind eye to it, dismissing it, laughing it off, or lying about it, it really should be surprising that Americans convicted of the need to stop the murder of children have not taken the law into their own hands.
The pro-life movement is most typically represented by men like Garret Swasey, who though pro-life and Christian, worked as a police officer to save lives in Colorado Springs, CO. We should all be thankful for that. We should all be thankful the pro-life movement respects the rule of law even when the lawmakers and media do not respect them.
Colorado Springs was a terrible tragedy. The shooter was a lunatic, not a pro-life activist. The left can engage in all the moral equivalence it wants comparing Christians to ISIS, but they know it is not true and should ponder what it would look like if it was true. The majority of this country considers itself pro-life and there are at least 90 million self-identified Bible believing pro-life evangelicals in the United States.
Since the release of deceptively-edited videos smearing Planned Parenthood, right-wing media have frequently compared abortion providers to the Nazis, referencing Auschwitz and the notorious experiments performed by Josef Mengele.