Category Archives: Faith & Freedom

New Book Exposes Left-Stream Media’s Folly over HB1062

Less than two years ago, extremists on the far Left fringe and their media lemmings in Arizona and around the nation successfully waged a campaign of fear, deceit and distortion against a state religious freedom bill, HB 1062. They stampeded Gov. Jan Brewer into fearfully vetoing this harmless, but helpful, bill. Virtually every television station in Arizona bought the lies of homosexual activists … hook, line and sinker, and engaged in yellow journalism. Even a Phoenix sportscaster, Mike Jurecki, foolishly shot off his mouth about what the bill would not do, further spreading the Big Lie, the Big Narrative of the Left. We saw again how gullible, how ignorant and misinformed and how horribly misguided the left-stream media really is. And just how easily the left-stream media could be led by extreme leftists, without pretending to be fair or factual.

Outside of The Arizona Conservative, there were few in this state who really stood up to speak the truth to this manufactured “crisis.”

Now Ryan Anderson of The Heritage Foundation has addressed what happened here — in his book “Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom.” He writes the following in Chapter 5: Religious Freedom: A Basic Human Right. We think this is well worth your read:

In February 2014, the State of Arizona considered a minor legislative clarification to its state RFRA, attracting incendiary media coverage. The New York Times editorialized that the Arizona legislation had passed “noxious measures to give businesses and individuals the broad right to deny services to same-sex couples in the name of protecting religious liberty.”

The Times got it wrong. The Arizona bill, an amendment to the stat’s 1999 RFRA protections, never even mentioned same-sex couples. In provided that the RFRA protections would extend to any “state action” and would apply to “any individual, association, partnership, corporation, church, religious assembly or institution or other business organization. In other words, the bill would have protected all citizens and the associations they form from undue burdens by the government on their religious liberty and from private lawsuits that would have the same effect.

Kirsten Powers jumped into the fray with a USA Today column misleadingly titled “Arizona Latest to Attack Gay Rights.” She warned that the law “would result in nothing less than chaos,” even though the federal government has operated under the same rules for twenty years and Arizona had had similar protections since 1999. A bipartisan group of law professors set the record straight in a letter to Governor Jan Brewer:

The bill has been egregiously misrepresented by many of its critics …

We should not punish people for practicing their religion unless we have a very good reason. Arizona has had a RFRA for nearly fifteen years now; the federal government has had one since 1993; and RFRA’s standard was the constitutional standard for the entire country from 1963 to 1990 …

[The proposed law] would amend the Arizona RFRA to address two ambiguities that have been the subject of litigation under other RFRA’s. It would provide that people are covered when state or local government requires them to violate their religion in the conduct of their businesses, and it would provide that people are covered when sued by a private citizen invoking state or local law to demand that they violate their religion.

The rhetoric about giving bigots a license not to serve gays and lesbians was simply nonsensical. Indeed, religious liberty claims in connection with same-sex marriage have never been about turning away certain persons or groups, but about not endorsing certain actions or ceremonies.

But the lies worked, and Governor Brewer, a Republican, vetoed the bill. Among those applying pressure were Arizona’s two Republican senators, John McCain and Jeff Flake, as well as Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney [and State Senator Bob Worsley], showing that both political parties are susceptible to abandoning principle once the media dial up the heat. Or big business. National Football League officials expressed concern about holding the Super Bowl in Arizona, as scheduled, should the religious liberty bill be enacted.

The scholar’s letter flew right over the head of the frightened governor, who vetoed the bill and got the rabid radicals off her back.


2012 DNC Convention voice vote preference to leave “God” out of platform Matthew 10:32-33 — Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.
You have a legal right to kill your unborn child. You have an obligation to fund Planned Parenthood with your tax dollars. You have an obligation to fund abortion with your tax dollars, and will be punished if you refuse. Jeremiah 1:4-5 — The word of the Lord came to me, saying, Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

Genesis 1:26-27 — Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground. So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

Genesis 9: 5-6 — And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal. And from each human being, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of another human being. Whoever sheds human blood, by humans shall their blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made mankind.

Proverbs 6: 16-19 — There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.
Deuteronomy 5:17 — You shall not murder.

Deuteronomy 30:19 — This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live

You have a legal right to marry a person of the same gender. Government should pay for sex changes. Children should experiment sexually. Genesis 5:2 — He created them male and female and blessed them. And he named them “Mankind”[a] when they were created.

Matthew 19:5 — For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.

Your rights come from government. Galatians 5:1 — It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
Animals and the earth are of greater value than human beings. Genesis 1:26 — Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
Man, animals, birds and plants evolved from a lower order, by accident. Genesis 1:21 — So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind.

Genesis 1:25 — God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

Human beings make their own morality. Romans 1:22 — Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools

Jeremiah 10:14 — Everyone is senseless and without knowledge; every goldsmith is shamed by his idols. The images he makes are a fraud; they have no breath in them.

You are not encouraged to work. 2 Thessalonians 3:10 — For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”

But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve … But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

Joshua 24:15

Sedona Succumbs to Cultural Marxists

IMG_0125The Sedona City Council just passed an LGBT special rights ordinance, 7-0. And the mayor demonstrated she needs to take a lesson in running a meeting and protecting the right of all speakers to be heard.

During the meeting, intolerant and hostile LGBT proponents made obscene and vulgar gestures and insults at opponents. They took over the meeting from the mayor and shouted down opponents.

Between an August 12th hearing and this week’s council meeting, LGBT radicals demonstrated zero need for a special rights ordinance. They demonstrated nada examples of discrimination or unwelcoming behavior in Sedona. The only argument was that someone recalled racial discrimination in Arizona from 52 years ago.

In this day and age of political correctness, if any discrimination had ever been exhibited in Sedona, it would have made international news and drawn hordes of left-stream media. But that is not what we see in Sedona, Glendale, Scottsdale, Mesa or any cities which have recently entertained ideas about passing LGBT special rights ordinances. It’s a false issue solely based on political correctness and the homosexual agenda.

And so we award culture scores of F to Mayor Sandy Moriarty, Vice Mayor Mark DiNunzio, and council members Scott Jablow, Angela LeFevre, John Martinez, Jon Thompson and Jessica Williamson. All of them possess very fervent imaginations … and a healthy fear of the LGBT movement. In fact, they are more afraid of the LGBT cultural Marxists than you. They are more concerned about LGBT pressure than religious freedom.

RFRAs have NEVER Harmed a Homosexual Person

By Casey Mattox
The Federalist

It has been 22 years since President Clinton signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law. For two decades it has applied to every law in the District of Columbia and the federal government. In the intervening decades, 20 other states have followed suit with their own state RFRAs. These RFRAs hold government to a high burden of proof when it burdens religious exercise. Under RFRA, there are no guaranteed outcomes, but the government cannot take burdens on religious exercise lightly.

In two decades of RFRAs, the world has not ended. In fact, not a single person who identifies as homosexual has been harmed by these RFRAs. None. This may come as a surprise to you if you have watched any of the media coverage or been on social media for the last several days. The unhinged claims from the Left have been entirely detached from the reality that these laws have actually existed for decades and have never resulted in any of the things they worry will happen. This is not new. Dire warnings that are unsurprisingly not confirmed by future events have been a common theme in arguments from the Left in recent years.

Prophesying Doom that Never Materializes

The Equal Access Act is the reason your child can have a Fellowship of Christian Athletes group at school. Most Americans would think that permitting students to voluntarily get together before school to pray is a good thing. But when Congress considered the act in 1984, some Democrats, including then-Rep. Barbara Boxer, opposed it because allowing Christian students to gather to pray “could usher in KKK and Nazi” student groups. More than 30 years later, it is clear Boxer was on the wrong side of history. Her worry that letting kids study the Bible would lead to “Mein Kampf” has not been realized.

Boxer’s worry that letting kids study the Bible would lead to ‘Mein Kampf’ has not been realized.

When the Supreme Court considered the constitutionality of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act in 2006, abortionists argued that approximately 2,200 partial-birth abortions per year were necessary for health reasons. This was important because the law lacked any health exception (except to save the mother’s life). When the Supreme Court issued its opinion eight years ago in April 2007, it held that the law was generally constitutional.

However, the Court invited any abortionist or woman filing a new challenge to show why a partial-birth abortion was necessary in one of those 2,200-per-year instances. Planned Parenthood warned of consequences for women’s health from the decision, just as Justice Ginsburg wrote in a dissent: “One may anticipate that such a preenforcement challenge will be mounted swiftly, to ward off serious, sometimes irremediable harm, to women whose health would be endangered by the intact D&E prohibition.”

Eight years later, no such complaint has been filed. I’m not aware of a single example of any woman who was harmed by not being able to have a partial-birth abortion procedure in that time.

There are three possible reasons: (1) by incredible fortune, the threats to women’s health making partial-birth abortion necessary ceased on April 18, 2007; (2) Women are harmed daily, but Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry lack the resources to file the invited lawsuits; (3) the claim that partial-birth abortion was necessary to protect women’s health was a lie.

Finally, when Texas passed HB2, the pro-life law that brought stardom to Wendy Davis, a primary focus of abortion supporters who opposed the bill was its prohibition on abortions after 20 weeks gestation, when the unborn child is capable of feeling pain. This provision was the centerpiece of the controversy, and Davis opposed it at length. But while virtually every part of the Texas law has been challenged in the intervening two years, the prohibition on abortions after 20 weeks has never been challenged. It has been Texas law since October 2013.

Time to Stop Listening

And Texas isn’t alone. Laws like it have been enacted in 13 states. But despite their cries of harm to women’s health, abortionists have only challenged these laws in the Ninth Circuit and in a now-pending Georgia state court case. At least 10 of these laws, including Texas’s, are in effect without legal challenge. As MSNBC reported, there is

a strategic reason to avoid challenging that [20-week] ban…. [A] Texas challenge would go to the conservative Fifth Circuit. Not only would that court potentially uphold the law…, the combination of decisions would create a split in the circuits that would make the Supreme Court likelier to hear it.

This is their choice. But at some point when your warnings of imminent harm are stifled by your own prudential choices, and none of the bad consequences you warn about ever happen, perhaps your claims just aren’t true. That’s critically important to keep in mind with the needless hysteria happening now over completely mischaracterized state religious freedom laws.

But history need not repeat itself. In the children’s story, when Peter repeatedly cries, “Wolf!” the townspeople finally stop listening. It’s time to stop giving credence to the Left’s cries.

The True Facts About Religious Freedom Laws

By Sarah Torre, Heritage Foundation

The mainstream media has launched an all-out blitz over a new law that protects the fundamental freedom of Indiana citizens from unnecessary and unreasonable government coercion.

The media’s gross mischaracterizations of the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act ignore the truth: Religious Freedom Restoration Acts prevent government discrimination against religious free exercise and simply provide a way to balance religious liberty with compelling government interests.

Religious liberty isn’t an absolute right. Religious liberty doesn’t always trump. Religious liberty is balanced with concerns for a compelling state interest that’s being pursued in the least-restrictive means possible.

The First Amendment Partnership, an organization whose mission is “to promote and protect religious freedom for people of all faiths,” created the below infographic separating myth from fact on Religious Freedom Restoration Acts:

As Ryan T. Anderson and I explained Thursday, the Indiana law is good policy. Like the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Indiana’s new law prohibits substantial government burdens on religious exercise unless the government can show a compelling interest in burdening religious liberty and does so through the least restrictive means.

These protections for religious freedom provide a commonsense way to balance the fundamental right to religious liberty with compelling government interests.

By passing its Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Indiana joins the 19 other states that have implemented such laws. Eleven additional states have religious liberty protections that state courts have interpreted to provide a similar level of protection. These commonsense laws place the onus on the government to justify its actions in burdening the free exercise of religion.

Rush: Such Great News Out of Indiana

RUSH: Such great news out of Indiana. Memories Pizza shut down by a mob of probably 10 to 15, maybe at the outside 20 people, who have found a way to make themselves look like they are thousands. Not just thousands of people, but angry, outraged, and they happen to represent the majority of Americans, don’t you know. That’s BS squared.

Ten to 15 people toying around with algorithms available on Twitter that they actually created with the assistance of people that know Twitter well, and they’re able to create tweets, Facebook posts, e-mails to make it look like thousands of Americans are outraged at this harmless, barely even noticeable little pizza shop in a town of 2,000.

And, again, the story, ladies and gentlemen, is not that an infobabe from an obscure ABC affiliate in South Bend has to leave South Bend 20 miles away, go knocking on doors shopping for bigotry, and finally they open the door and a young woman who is a devout Christian is there. She thinks there’s a media person at the door who wants to really know what she thinks.

She’s like everybody else with their first encounter with the media. Why, there’s the media. There’s a camera, a microphone, some guy holding it up, and there’s the really pretty reporterette, and they must really want to know what I think. They must really be concerned with what I think. This young woman had no idea that what walked into her pizzeria was effectively the media mafia. She had no idea that the only reason they walked in that door was to find a way to destroy their business.

Nope. Instead, well, here comes this nice media woman, and she’s asking me questions, and I know they want to know the truth, and so I’m gonna answer their questions honestly. She told them that she had never been asked to serve a gay wedding or cater one, but that if she were to be asked she wouldn’t do it because she opposes gay marriage.

And so the honest, upstanding little reporterette from the obscure ABC affiliate, Channel 57, how obscure can you get, Channel 57. If it weren’t for cable nobody’d be able to pick up that signal, 57 UHF, you’d have to be in an airplane 10,000 feet above it to get the signal straight up. Channel 57?

Anyway, she’s in the store, and she’s got this naive but just brazenly honest young Christian pizzeria owner telling her the truth and the apparently harmless infobabe from the obscure Channel 57 ABC affiliate in South Bend salivates. A-ha! I’ve been knocking on doors for two days looking for a stupid idiot, and I finally found one. She thought she was looking squarely at devil bigot in the case of this young woman, Crystal O’Connor.

So she got Crystal O’Connor on tape, and then she walks out and gleefully applauds, can’t believe her good luck, all of her hard work knocking on doors looking for a bigot. And after 20 miles and who knows how many hours, she found one, and she’s thinking, this is my ticket out of the obscure Channel 57 in South Bend. If I can destroy this woman, maybe I’ll get noticed by the big network honchos in New York. She proceeded to report this little pizza shop, Memories Pizza, a home of open bigots, racists, homophobes, wouldn’t serve a gay wedding even though they’d never been asked.

They had never denied. They had never been asked to do so. It had never happened. A totally made-up circumstance becomes the news of the day, but the real story is that in five minutes thousands of people want to burn the place down? Thousands, most of them not even in Indiana, want to burn the place down, want to burn Crystal O’Connor at the stake, want to make sure that pizza shop never, ever reopens. In five to 10 minutes thousands of insane lunatics, which are actually no more than 10 to 15 insane lunatics, that’s the real story.

So, some people decide to help out and set up a donation fund at the When this program started yesterday they had raised $140,000 and I think their original goal was a hundred grand, then it became 200 grand. The last time I checked was about, let’s see here, yep, about a half hour ago, 35 minutes ago, $546,842 pledged to the Memories Pizza shop and the O’Connor family.

They have now said they’re going to reopen and they’re going to remodel and they’re gonna be bigger and better than ever, and the deadline for donations I think goes all the way ’til the end of business today. You can still help ’em out if you want to. I think it’d be great. I really do.


RUSH: As I was saying, I think it would just be fabulous if this GoFundMe donation number hit three-quarters of a million dollars. Right now, it’s even more than I thought. It’s $556,125. A total of about 19,000 people have donated in one day. Let me tell you: It’s 19,000 people versus 10 or 15 that have caused all this trouble, and I am not exaggerating, folks. The 10 or 15 are the original number. They might have added to that by now because the left has plenty of hangers-on that will join the circus.

But the original set of tweets and outrage and anger, I guarantee you came from 10 to 15 people. And that’s the one that counts. We’re talking about people viscerally upset by the news by a pizzeria that had never, ever catered a gay wedding would not. I’m telling you, you do not live in a country where the majority of people who hear that news are gonna lose their cookies, become outrageously indignant, and try to put that company out of busy. We have not become that country yet.

They want you to think we have, but we have not. It takes a concerted effort rooted in lies and fraud and deceit sponsored by 10 people paid for by George Soros and Media Matters to gin something like this up and to make you get dispirited and depressed, and think that you are vastly overwhelmed and outnumbered. You are not. We’re talking about a minority that’s not even 5% of the population here. Eighty percent of this country claims to be Christian, which is its own interesting little factoid given what’s happening here. But that’s for another discussion.

It’s I didn’t even give the Web address yesterday, and still you people went from $140,000 to over half million dollars. It’s And they’re at $556,000. Just ram it down these people’s throats. Get them up to $750,000!


RUSH: But the GoFundMe campaign here for the Memories Pizza shop. Folks, this is all the evidence that you need that you have not lost your country.  We’re up to almost 19,000 people who have given to people you don’t even know. They’ve given over $600,000, ’cause they see what’s happening to them.  They were not bothering anybody.  They’re in a town of 2,000 people.

They’re a little pizza store, not bothering anybody, not threatening anybody, not doing anything but just living and breathing and trying to serve their community.  The next thing you know, they are the focus of evil in a bigoted, homophobic country?  Not so fast!  The people of this country are rising up.  By the way, this is not the first time for this.

There was an African-American arts and crafts store owner who had her store totally destroyed in one of the riots in another fake news story, “hands up, don’t shoot,” in Ferguson, Missouri.  A GoFundMe account was set up, and that woman raised donations from people — white people — all over America, far more than she needed to rebuild and reopen her store.  So it’s still your same old righteous, God-fearing, God-loving country.  And that is what so angers this small malcontent minority on the left.

They have found a trick way to make themselves appear to be much larger than they really are, and don’t doubt me on this.  We’ve investigated it because they’ve come after us — and they continue to come after us and our sponsors — for years now.  We’ve researched them. We know their names.  We know who the 10 people are in our case.  We know where they live.  We know the algorithm they’re using.

We know exactly how they make this happen.  So don’t doubt me on this.  If they can do it in one area, they can do it in any other area. I think all this stuff that happens, all these Twitter explosions, are fake.  You have got to trust that.  You have not lost your country.  We have not lost our country.  Now it’s true we’re in a defensive posture. We sit around and mind our business, and when we’re attacked and assaulted we do on occasion stand up and defend ourselves.

We are very absent political leadership in Washington.  That’s also true, and I’m not saying that this is not a problem.  It is.  I’m just telling you that if you’re running around thinking, “Oh, my gosh, we’ve lost the country,” we haven’t.  Don’t think that.  Breitbart has a story today — NewsBusters has carried it as well — that the pizza store was asking for it.  Breitbart: “Memories Pizza is an explicitly Christian business, which is probably what drew reporters in the first place. The store is festooned with religious sayings including this:

“‘Every day before we open the store, we gather and pray together. If there is something you would like us to pray for, just write it down and drop it in the box and we will pray for you.'” Well, those hateful bastards! How dare they! Do you realize that’s a direct assault? That’s a direct assault from a majority bunch of Christians on people who aren’t!  That’s hateful (in the cockeyed, perverted world of the left).  Not only is that hateful, it’s threatening.

Offering to pray for the godless?

Who do they think they are!

So this obscure reporterette from the obscure Channel 57 in South Bend, Indiana, probably didn’t have to hear anything from Crystal O’Connor. They just had to go and see that sign and say, “A-ha! I’ve got a Christian bigot here.  Why this hateful Christian bigot wants to pray for me?  Ha-ha.  What a bunch of idiots.” And then she thought that, “Well, I’m in this pizzeria and they want to pray for me?  I am surrounded by hate!” That is the perverted way they look at it.

Daily Caller: “Salon: Pizzeria Closed After Death Threats ‘Getting Exactly What It Deserved.'” says this pizzeria getting death threats deserves it — and now there are threats to burn it down!  There are tweets from people asking to be joined in a mission to go to Indiana, find this place, and burn it to the ground.  Salon is applauding this, saying the pizzeria is “getting exactly what it deserved.”  The tweet, by the way, is now deleted.

“Salon’s Twitter account gloated over the closure of ‘anti-LGBT’ pizza shop: “‘That anti-LGBT pizza shop in Indiana is getting exactly what it deserves.'” I think, frankly, I agree with them now: Over a half million dollars in donations. Memories Pizza is getting exactly what they deserve, an uprising and outpouring of support and love from a majority of the American people who are outraged at these never-ending, incessant attacks on decent, good people who threaten nobody.  Some leftist dingbats have even threatened to steal the GoFundMe money.

There are people on Twitter who are hatching plans to figure out how to rob them of this money.  I’m not kidding it.  NewsBusters has a roundup: “A tweeted wish to organize a group to burn the store down… A separate threat to the GoFundMe organizer who has a [sic] orchestrated a campaign which has raised over [$500,000] … and, to top it off, another threat, by someone who now laughably claims he was hacked, to steal from the O’Connors the money that has been raised.”

People who have publicly encouraged donations to this GoFundMe account are also now being personally threatened.  We are to believe that this is justified? The Drive-By Media tells us that this family, the O’Connor family, is “getting exactly what it deserves”? Threats to burn down the pizza store, threats to rob them of the GoFundMe money? They deserve it? This is exactly what they deserve?

There’s a political party, folks, that inspires and encourages this hate.  There’s a political party that rewards it.  There’s a political party that encourages it and claims that it will be rewarded, and that’s the Democrat Party.  These are not Republicans doing this; these are not conservatives doing this.  The people doing this are not the backbone of America.
The people engaged in this sick, perverted behavior, are not in any way, shape, manner, or form the people upon whose backs this country was built.  Admittedly so.  They’re trying to tear it down.  They’re outraged.  I just think it’s fantastic.  I love all of you who have donated.  This is such a great statement.  Over half a million dollars. I’m sure it’s higher than that now.  It was $556,000 about a half hour ago go.


RUSH: A couple of sound bites from Crystal O’Connor. This is last night with Cavuto on the Fox Business Network. Cavuto said, “You plan to open any time soon? You think it’s not worth it, too much grief, too many threats, too much nastiness? What are you gonna do?”

O’CONNOR: No. We have decided that we will reopen again.


O’CONNOR: When? We’re not sure. I mean, I’m still shaken over this, and I’ll be the one that’s serving the customers and answering phones, and I’m not ready to face that yet, but it will be soon.

RUSH: Wow, she really sounds like a hateful person, doesn’t she? Oh, man. I don’t know if I’d walk in that store. This woman sounds like geesh, send me off to the ovens or something, man, oh, man, do you believe how hateful this woman sounds, how mean-spirited? You could just hear the bigotry dripping from her voice there, couldn’t you? I’m being facetious. Snerdley thinks, “You better be careful here. People are gonna believe you.” No, no, no, no, no. I’m being facetious here.

This is one of the most harmless human beings on this planet. That’s the point. In terms of representing a threat to anybody, Crystal O’Connor, Memories Pizzeria offering to pray for anybody in trouble? Hateful bastards. How dare they. Cavuto then said, “Well, were you surprised that you got a lot of outrage? You also got a lot of support. You’re getting donations from sympathetic people who thought you were getting maligned. What’d you think of all of that?”

O’CONNOR: We are very thankful. And we’re not doing it — it was never about the money. It was for our belief. And it’s a blessing. And God has blessed us for standing up for what we believe and not denying Him.

RUSH: Of course it was never about the money. They had no idea this was gonna happen. This innocent looking infobabe walks in, and I’m sure Crystal O’Connor thought, “I have a chance to tell the truth, the media, they want to know the truth; the media is here to find out what I really think.” That’s the biggest learning experience. That story was already written and finalized before that reporterette walked in the door.

All she needed to do was to get that young woman to admit she believed in God, and that was it, go back to the studio and broadcast that they found a bigot in Walkerton, Indiana. And this is why this law is outrageous, because it’s gonna allow this bigot to deny pizzas to gay people at their weddings. When you look at this for what it really is, it’s just simply outrageous.

Okay, to the phones. We’re gonna start in Spring, Texas, with Jimmy. Great to have you, sir. You’re up first. It’s a big responsibility, being the first call of Open Line Friday. You kind of set the tone for everything that follows.

CALLER: Yes, sir, Rush, it is. And given that this weekend is opening day in baseball, I take my responsibility even more seriously.

RUSH: There you go. I appreciate somebody who gets it.

CALLER: Rush, listen. The logic of the left is that people who believe in gay marriage are now a majority, which would then in place make us the minorities. And so, look, Rush, you know, I didn’t decide to become conservative. I was born this way. And, you know, what I do behind closed doors in the voting booth —

RUSH: Wait a second. Are you telling me you didn’t choose conservatism?

CALLER: I did not choose conservatism, Rush. I was born this way. And so now that I’m the minority, where are my protections?

RUSH: So you mean you love conservatism, and it’s nobody’s business who you love?

CALLER: That’s exactly right. I love conservatism, Rush.

RUSH: Wow. So now you’re finding yourself in the minority but you’ve got no rights?

CALLER: Exactly. And I need someone to stand up and speak for me.

RUSH: Yeah. Yeah, I see that. I see your conundrum. I see your dilemma, your problem. You started the day as a member of the evil majority, then you learned because you were born conservative that you’re in the minority, and now nobody’s protecting your rights as a minority, and you don’t know what to do. You need a spokesman. What a horrible position to be in.

You know, if I were you, I would protest the founding of the country and pledge to overthrow it ’cause it’s unfair to people who’ve been born conservative. And I’d start attacking the religions of the left: global warming, militant environmentalism as a whole, that’s what I would do. You gotta get back at ’em. They’re discriminating against you. They’re trying to make you think they’ve become the majority. I get his point. The truth of the matter is, he’s not in the minority. Anyway, that’s a great old-fashioned way of making the point here, illustrating absurdity by being absurd. Thank you, Jimmy.

Mary in La Crescent, Minnesota. Next up you are. Great to have you on the EIB Network. Hello.

CALLER: Hello. Great to hear from you. I just really appreciate what you’re doing with the Memories Pizza and we’re here making pecan pies and my husband will come home and have a lovely meal this evening. And our anniversary is in August, and my daughter and I thought it would be the best place to go for anniversaries and honeymoons just to go to the Memories Pizza shop and celebrate with people who appreciate our union.

RUSH: Now, that’s an interesting take, a destination for your anniversary or your honeymoon.

CALLER: That’s right.

RUSH: Memories Pizza, Walkerton, Indiana.

CALLER: That’s correct. It’s wonderful the outpouring of people helping them. It’s just like voting, is to send money to ’em, but to keep that going and to actually have people coming and visiting.

RUSH: Well, it’s a great affirmation. We’re up now over 20,000 people have donated. God bless them, 20,000 people. And that number is ratcheting up even as we speak. (interruption) Okay, 622? Up to $622,000 now. We opened the program at 556. So people, all kinds of people are rallying here, and it’s a great illustration of — I hate to be redundant, but I guess to make the point. I run into a lot of people who think culturally we’ve lost the country and that there’s no hope in getting it back.

I find a lot of people who think that we are so deep in it now that the only way it’s ever gonna get fixed is for the descent into utter and pure depravity to continue to the point that it envelopes everybody and at some point there’s an uprising and a refusal to live that way and the reversal begins and a return to, quote, unquote, righteousness. I don’t mean it in a religious sense. I just mean it in a return to morality. Because people are of the opinion that there is no opinion maker, there’s no politician, there’s no issue that can come along that can arrest this plunge into depravity. That it’s gonna have to pretty much envelop everything to the point that people refuse to live this way anymore and be its own reform or its own corrective measure.

The only thing I say to those people, I understand. The media will make anybody think that. The pop culture media, the news media, every day, if you expose yourself to it, there’s no way you’re gonna think anything other than you’re losing everything you believe in. Everything you believe is being swamped and thumped and whatever else, and there’s no hope of fixing it.

So you’re gonna retreat and you’ll try to live your life as best and well as you can within your own little confines and universe and hoping and praying that something comes along that you have no power to do yourself or control over that reverses it. And I’m here to tell you you’ve not lost it yet.


Ladies and gentlemen, in the midst of all of this debauchery and depravity that seems to be captivating, capturing, overtaking, overwhelming our culture, and there’s no question it’s on the march — by the way, I need to make one thing explicitly clear only because I don’t want to be misunderstood here. I do not believe that, for example, every gay person or couple in this country is a militant leftist that is derangedly unhappy and miserable and is participating in all of this.

I think these are leftists first. They are leftists, they are far left-wing loons engaging in all of this. And I think one of the sad things is that all of homosexuality is being implicated and impugned by these people’s actions. And I know for a fact, I know plenty of gay people that are just as repulsed by all of this as you and I are.

So I don’t want anybody confused here as to what they’re hearing on this program. As is always the case, as has always been the case it, the culprits in our eyes are leftists. I don’t care what else they are, it is leftists, it is deranged left-wing radicals who are behind all of this. Some of them may be gay, some of them may be African-American, some of them may be Hispanic, Latino, I don’t care, it doesn’t matter. It is their ideology that’s driving them. It is their unhappiness and their misery that is driving them, and it is by no means inclusive of everybody that’s in a supposed group that is offended, outraged, or what have you. These are just malcontents, and they come from all walks of life. I just wanted to make that clear.

And, by the way, it works in reverse. Over the course of this program I’ve come across websites, as you know, that I like and I have touted some. I’ve touted some websites, tech blogs, you name it. I’ve touted ’em because people have asked me, “What site are you talking about? I’d like to go look at it. You claim it’s good.” So I give the web address and so forth, and I praise them and compliment them.

I can’t tell you the number of times that the people that run those websites, when they have been liberal, have been public about not wanting my support, about not appreciating my recommending their work or their website, and asking people who have come to their website after having heard about it from me to never come back.

Now, how is that any different than all of these people claiming that they are victims of bigotry, that they are victims of hate, and what other phobias there are out there. See, the point is that here you have, just to use the Memories Pizza as an example. If they don’t serve and if they don’t behave exactly the way the militant left thinks they should behave, they become a target for destruction and they are told that they are not allowed to be judgmental and they are not allowed to discriminate. They must serve everybody, anybody, any day, right?

Okay. Fine and dandy. Well, you would think, then, that leftist proprietors of websites that I have happened to recommend would not then be able to discriminate against people who have come to visit their website because I have recommended it. Yes, I could give you names, but I’m not going to because I don’t want to tout them. Why give them any more publicity? Why let them puff themselves up even more? That’s not the point.

The point is, there are many websites that I didn’t even know, didn’t care, it didn’t matter whether they were liberals or not. The thing I got from their website has nothing to do with politics. I thought it was interesting and people would say, “What are some of these sites?” I’d list them and people would go and when they turned out to be run by the left or people or a person who was liberal, they’d get righteously indignant and they publicly stated they didn’t appreciate any traffic brought to their site by me. They openly told people that were visiting their site: “If you’ve been sent here by Rush Limbaugh, we’d prefer you not come back.”

Well, how come they can do that? Why do they get to discriminate, or try to discriminate, with nobody thinking they’re mean, nobody thinking they’re bigoted, nobody thinking they’re discriminating? No, no, no. It’s a valid point. Yeah, I would love to give you a couple names, but believe me, that would just give them more publicity. That’s not the desired result of this.


This is Sissy in Wilmington, North Carolina. Great to have you on the program. Hi.

CALLER: Thank you, Rush. Hi. How are you today?

RUSH: Very good. Thank you.

CALLER: I just wanted to know if we have any hope for our country. I was reading the Limbaugh Letter, your article about surrounded by ignorance, and every single right we have is being eroded. These young people don’t have a clue, and I’ve been listening to you since 1988, and you always give me confidence that things can get better. But now, can it? Should we just move to an island now or shoot ourselves now?

RUSH: No. I know exactly what you’re going through, because, honestly, I ask myself this more often than you would know, because I’m curious too. You know, I would love to be able to know for sure where the people in this country are. I see all this stuff about the ignorance of the Millennials and naivete of the low-information crowd and all of this. And I even report on and write about in the Limbaugh Letter the slow dissolution of our rights, slowly but surely, some of them dramatic, some of them barely visible, and I conclude like everybody else, it does look bleak.

But then I look around and I see signs, where it is that people live that make this country work. They’re not falling for it. You look at the 2010 midterm and the 2014 midterm election returns, look at the turnout, look at the election returns. The people of this country, when there’s not a presidential turnout with all of the fake union and minority turnout of a presidential year, people of this country are speaking. They’re letting it be known. They’re just absent leadership, Sissy.

Republican leaders don’t know what to do in the middle of all this. And that’s why somebody, I think, who comes along who can articulate the opposite of what’s happening, do it in a charismatic and persuasive way, I think the people, even the so-called ignorant Millennials, I think people would erupt in rabid, massive support for that candidate. So, yeah, I think it’s not gone by a long shot. But it doesn’t look like that in the daily dose of media, I know.


So we were at $550,000 that had to be donated when the program started and I just casually said it’d be great to get this up to a quarter of a million dollars by the end of the program, and we’re up 148 grand now since the program started. And it’s interesting, you look at this and we’re up now to 23,600 people, and most of the donations are five bucks, 10 bucks, $25.

It’s just fabulous, it’s heartwarming, all these people rallying to the cause. And I want to stress to you again what this is about, and it’s made clear by the fact that Steven Crowder, comedienne, Fox News contributor, goes on into a Muslim bakery in Dearbornistan, says, “I’m gay, I’m getting married. I want to have a wedding and I want you guys to make a cake.”

“No, not here. You go down street to –” and the Muslim bakery gave him some other places to go. And so he called the media, “Hey, I just walked into a Muslim bakery there in Dearbornistan and they will not bake a cake for my gay wedding,” and the media went (yawning), “What’s that?”

“I just walked into a Muslim bakery and they will not bake a cake for my gay wedding.”

“Oh, it’s too bad, feel really bad for you.” Proving this isn’t about what everybody wants you to think it’s about. This is not about expanding gay rights. It’s not about discrimination against gays, because there isn’t any. There wasn’t any in Indiana. That’s the whole point. The discrimination, if there was any, was against Christians. Hence, they wrote that bill.

But it’s not about discrimination. It’s not about gay rights, civil rights. This is about usurping power. It’s a power grab. This is about using force and intimidation and threats to usurp the power of a majority and the people trying to wrest that power, take that power, are militant leftists, and they’re not just gays. Militant leftists come in all stripes. It’s not all gay people that are fit to be tied over this. That’s another thing to point out.

So, anyway, the people of America have rallied to this pizza store in Walkerton, Indiana, town of 2,000, that was shut down because some infobabe from a TV station in South Bend, Channel 57, was out bigot shopping, knocking on doors, “Hey, are you a bigot? I need a bigot for a TV series I’m doing.”

“Sorry, I’m not a bigot.”

“Okay, thanks.” Keep walking down the street, and finally the reporter said, “I’m not gonna ask ’em if they’re a bigot. I’m gonna ask ’em if they’d serve a gay wedding, and the first person says no, bammo, I got my story.” They walked in, they found Crystal O’Connor at Memories Pizza. She thought the infobabe was seeking the truth, and answered her questions honestly, and we’ve found our bigot. Five minutes later, tens of thousands of supposedly outraged, angry Americans are threatening the pizzeria, and they had to shut it down because of the fear of threats.

So the GoFundMe effort is a response on the part of average, ordinary, everyday Americans to defend this assault and attempt to usurp power. I just love seeing this. I think it’s just great because it is dwarfing the effort made to harm this pizzeria. (interruption) Really, it hit over 700? Let refresh it and see what the number is out there. You’re right, $700,181 buckos. So it’s important, folks, because again, this is the last thing I’m gonna say about it and move on. The original response from the supposed militants on the left outraged at this pizzeria, it’s 10 to 15 people.

Do not doubt me. Ten to 15 people that start tweeting and they found an algorithm thta makes their tweets look like it’s coming from tens of thousands of people. The media fall for that and they think the entire country is reacting in outrage to this discriminatory little pizza shop. And it’s all fake. “Hands up, don’t shoot” was fake. This is fake. It’s all fake news and it’s all fake reaction. And fake has become reality for the Drive-By Media.

Now, if you divide the number of contributors, which is about 23,624 into 700,000, we’ve got a rough average amount of just under 30 bucks. The average donation to the Memories Pizza GoFundMe fund is just under 30 bucks. Fantastic. So thanks again to all of you who have helped to make this outpouring possible.


RUSH:  We almost did it, we almost got the $750,000. We got to 742 by show close, which is a mere 30 seconds from now.  We’ll surpass it within mere moments anyway, so thanks to everybody participating in the gofundme/ effort, and have a great Easter, have a great weekend, ladies and gentlemen.

Forget the Media Lies; Here’s what Really Happened in Indiana

Family Research Council: The Ind. of the Road for Religious Freedom

Indiana is more than the “crossroads of America” — it’s the crossroads of the entire religious liberty debate. The Left made sure of that, fabricating all kinds of baseless outrage over the state’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). What started out as a harmless affirmation of the First Amendment turned into a blow-up of national proportions — with “truth optional” journalism leading the way.

Unfortunately for Governor Mike Pence (R-Ind.), the hysteria started well before last Thursday, when he officially inked the bill into law. Instead, the Left’s propaganda machine has been out in full force all month, working to deceive people into believing that this measure will somehow give Christians the ability to “discriminate.”

Nothing, Governor Pence said Sunday, could be further from the truth. “There’s been shameless rhetoric about my state and about this law and about its intention all over the Internet. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act has been on the books for more than 20 years. It does not apply to disputes between individuals unless government action is involved. And in point of fact, in more than two decades, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act has never been used to undermine anti-discrimination laws in this country.”

Like most states, Indiana doesn’t think the federal or state governments should force Americans to violate their faith. Is that controversial? The media seems to think so. They believe — as the President does — that surrendering your beliefs is just the price of doing business.

“Is tolerance a two-way street or not?” Governor Pence fired back on ABC’s “This Week.” “There’s a lot of talk about tolerance in this country today having to do with people on the Left,” Pence said. “But here Indiana steps forward to protect the constitutional rights and privileges of freedom of religion for people of faith and families of faith in our state, and this avalanche of intolerance that has been poured on our state is just outrageous.”

Meanwhile, companies from Angie’s List to the NCAA are either intent on strong-arming Christians or too lazy to get the facts, because both are threatening to pull out of Indiana if it won’t allow the bullying of believers to continue. But here’s the irony: if these companies refuse to do business with people who protect religious liberty, then they’ll have to stop doing business with the federal government — because thanks to President Bill Clinton, it has the same law! In fact, the legislation was such a political no-brainer in 1993 that it had only three dissenters in all of Congress. Now, after 22 years, we’re supposed to believe that it’s suddenly turned into a weapon for prejudice?

As President Clinton himself said, “(O)ne of the reasons (the Founders) worked so hard to get the First Amendment into the Bill of Rights at the head of the class is that they well understood what could happen to this country, how both religion and Government could be perverted if there were not some space created and some protection provided. They knew that religion helps to give our people the character without which a democracy cannot survive. They knew that there needed to be a space of freedom between Government and people of faith that otherwise Government might usurp.”

And usurp it, government has. We’ve watched with horror as Christian bakers lose their shops over same-sex “weddings,” Catholic nuns are forced to sue for the right not to cover birth control, and Mormon policemen are fired for not doing enough to celebrate gay pride. Times have changed, shrugged White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest. In not so many words, he argued that the government’s interest in religious liberty was “so 20 years ago.” When reporters brought up the Democrats’ support for RFRAs (including state senator Barack Obama’s!), Earnest fired back, “If you have to go back two decades to try to justify something that you’re doing today, it may raise some questions about the wisdom of what you’re doing.”

It is true that under President Obama, religious liberty is a thing of the past. But thank goodness states like Indiana aren’t content to keep it that way. We stand with them — and any state — determined to treat Christians and other people of faith with the same tolerance the Left demands for itself.



Gov. Ducey: Resist Tucson’s Demand for Special Homosexual Rights

Message for newly elected Governor Doug Ducey: be wise and resist the pressure from Tucson city leaders to envelop the State of Arizona with the radical homosexual agenda.

Tucson’s city council is demanding Gov. Ducey do just that, based on a vote by the city leaders this week:

The City Council voted unanimously to call on Governor Ducey and our state leaders to support marriage equality, equal LGBT rights, and advocate for a highly diverse statewide workforce and community. The City’s Small, Minority and Women-Owned Business Commission originated the recommendation and sent it to Mayor and Council for action yesterday.


Gov. Ducey, if you are not aware … this is a power move by a radical, fringe element of society that wants to make all of America subservient to a freedom-destroying agenda. It will elevate a tiny, tiny majority — less than two percent of Arizona’s population — to a status of privilege that will subjugate the masses to a severe loss of constitutional freedom.


The call for equal rights is a red herring that will substantially harm free speech and the free exercise of religion for all Arizonans.


The demand for a highly diverse statewide workforce and community is subterfuge for an extreme left-wing movement to silence the voice of Bible-believing Christians. As you know, Gov. Ducey, Arizona is a highly diverse state now. Any special privilege given to this tiny, vocal left-wing minority will result in policy that will be dangerously above and beyond the Constitution. Anyone who opposes this agenda on moral grounds will be severely demonized. We are already seeing the results of this agenda, as hard-working, honest and law-abiding citizens are under attack for attempting to exercise their rights of conscience. Litigious groups across America are proving that religious freedom and the homosexual agenda are not compatible.


Marriage equality has existed throughout Arizona’s history as a state since 1912. More than 1.2 million Arizona voters went to the polls to enact marriage as the union of one man and one woman. This is the bulwark of society the world over.


But then last fall one rogue federal judge in Phoenix disenfranchised those voters to throwing their votes in the trash can and, legislating improperly from the bench, unilaterally declared same-sex “marriage” legal. Our attorney general is now opposing that alarming and outrageous act of judicial over-reach. We pray that higher courts will sensibly overturn this unwise action by the federal judge and restore the social order in Arizona. We ask that you support the efforts of Attorney General Mark Brnovich and others working to strengthen the marriage culture in Arizona and to protect it from further judicial incursions.


The people who are demanding you exercise your power to destroy Arizona’s marriage culture and hand them special privileges opposed your election. They are aligned with the Democratic Party. In fact, they and other radical left-wing elements have seized control of the Democratic Party. Their vision and their agenda for Arizona and the nation will cause long-term damage if they succeed.


Resist. Protect faith and families, religious freedom, free speech. Do not allow this trojan horse to damage Arizona’s cultural landscape. Stand against this attack on common sense.


Homosexuals are not subject to job loss or discrimination in hiring in Arizona. They have always had the freedom to marry someone of the opposite sex. Just because they don’t like that choice is insufficient reason to change the law. The majority of Americans oppose their efforts to legalize same-sex “marriage.”


There is nothing lacking in diversity in Arizona today and no reason exists to elevate rules, regulations or law that damage the balance of freedom in the Grand Canyon State.


We trust you will do the right thing, Mr. Governor. Thank you.

Supreme Court Justices Skeptical about Gilbert’s Sign Code

A small church in a Phoenix suburb appeared likely Monday to win its Supreme Court dispute over a local ordinance that puts limits on roadside signs that direct people to Sunday services.

Liberal and conservative justices alike expressed misgivings with the Gilbert, Arizona, sign ordinance because it places more restrictions on the churches’ temporary signs than those erected by political candidates, real estate agents and others.

The Good News Community Church and Pastor Clyde Reed sued over limits that Gilbert places on so-called directional signs, like the ones the church places around town to point people to its services in local schools and retirement communities.

The directional signs can be no larger than 6 square feet. They must be placed in public areas no more than 12 hours before an event and removed within an hour of its end. Signs for political candidates, by contrast, can be up to 32 square feet and can remain in place for several months. Other ideological signs, including a message from a church welcoming people to its services without the pointing the way, can be as large as 20 square feet.

Justice Samuel Alito sarcastically described how the church could erect a larger, temporary sign telling passers-by about an upcoming service. “We can’t tell you where it is because the town won’t let us,” Alito said, to laughter. “But if you drive by here tomorrow morning at a certain time, you’ll see an arrow.”

Philip Savrin, the town’s lawyer, essentially agreed with Alito that the ordinance would allow what the justice described.

Justice Stephen Breyer indicated he didn’t like the arrangement any better than Alito did. “Well, my goodness. I mean…it does sound as if the town is being a little unreasonable, doesn’t it?” Breyer asked Savrin.

Less clear from the argument is whether the justices would use the case to make an important First Amendment ruling on the regulation of speech, or decide more narrowly in a way that affects the particular ordinance and not much else.

Lower federal courts upheld the town’s sign ordinance because the distinction it draws between different kinds of temporary signs is not based on what a sign says.

Justice Anthony Kennedy indicated he might prefer a narrower outcome when he suggested that a broad ruling would lead local governments to ban all signs or lead to a proliferation of messages ranging from “Save your soul” to “Happy Birthday, Uncle Fred.”

The church is joined by religious groups and the Obama administration in urging the Supreme Court to strike down the ordinance.

The church, which serves roughly 30 adults and up to 10 children, argues that the regulation’s significant difference in the size of the signs and how long they can be displayed is essentially regulation based on content, which the Supreme Court only rarely allows in First Amendment cases.

“The town’s code discriminates on its face by treating certain signs differently based solely on what they say,” said David Cortman, the church’s lawyer.

The National League of Cities and other associations of local officials are backing the town and warning that a ruling in favor of the church would make it “nearly impossible” for cities and towns to craft sign regulations that deal with a community’s appearance and safety.

A decision is expected by June in Reed v. Town of Gilbert.

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Tell Mitt Romney NOT to run again

Please tell Mitt Romney not to run for president again.

He campaigned mainly just in key battleground states, and he lost several of those contests.

He is not serious about the social problems gripping America.

A more well-rounded conservative candidate who has America’s best interests in mind — those in all 50 states and the interests of the most vulnerable Americans — is what we need in a winning candidate for the White House in 2016.

Dr. Ben Carson and Sen. Ted Cruz are the candidates who best meet these requirements.

Tell Mitt NO.