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Focus On The Family Freaks Out Over Religious Freedom, Says Gay Marriage May Lead to New Civil War: VIDEO

FOTF President Tom Minnery and Vice President of Strategy Paul Weber

Anti-gay activist group Focus on the Family (FotF) is getting its knickers in a twist over the backlash against Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).

Speaking on FotF mouthpiece CitizenLink, President Tom Minnery (above left) attempted to explain what can be learned from recent events in Indiana.

Minnery explained that the government u-turn to make the law “less efficacious because of the impact from the business community” was “driven by the secular left.”

He helpfully tells us that the #RFRA is not actually discriminatory but allows Christians to “show up in court” to defend their actions - in other words to discriminate and then argue why they should be allowed to. He also voices concern that the law may be unfair to grandmothers.

He continues that Christians in other states considering RFRA laws are on a “battlefield” and should “help potential opponents to understand what the law does, what it doesn’t do...before the newscasts start misinterpreting the law as it did in Indiana.” 

He concludes that Christians who oppose marriage equality are in for a difficult time when the Supreme Court makes its decision in June but warns LGBT activists that they face the wrath of faith-based discrimination when they find out “how much our Christian faith really means to us when its tested.”

Host Stuart Shepard finishes up by asking FotF followers to pray for state lawmakers.

And in a audio clip from Right Wing Watch, FotF founder James Dobson warns that a Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality could lead to a full-blown civil war.

Both clips, AFTER THE JUMP

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Is Apple CEO Tim Cook A 'Hypocrite' for Calling Out 'Religious Freedom' Bills But Not Anti-gay Countries? - VIDEO

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Many on the right certainly think so.  

Incensed by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence bowing under corporate pressure from Cook and other business leaders by signing a "fix" to his state's discriminatory "religious freedom" law, a number of right-wingers pounced on what they saw as an example of left-wing hypocrisy. 

In a CitizenLink video, Focus on the Family's Stuart Shepard called out Cook for recently boasting about Apple's "fantastic new home in China" but this week slamming "religious freedom" bills as "dangerous" in a WaPo op-ed

Said Shepard:

"Mr. Cook, if China is 'fantastic' could you at least bring Indiana up to 'okay'?"

FiorinaFormer Hewlett-Packard CEO and likely GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, told The Wall Street Journal that there was "nothing objectionable" with Indiana's original "religious freedom" law and that Cook and other CEOs had engaged in "a level of hypocrisy here that really is unfortunate."

“When Tim Cook is upset about all the places that he does business because of the way they treat gays and women, he needs to withdraw from 90% of the markets that he’s in, including China and Saudi Arabia,” Fiorina said Thursday. “But I don’t hear him being upset about that.”

Bernard McGuirk, an executive producer of Don Imus' radio show and frequent O'Reilly Factor guest, took things a step further by branding Cook a "bigot hypocrite" on Fox Business Network this week: 

“You have this hypocrite, this bigot hypocrite, Tim Cook, who is running his mouth about the whole thing. He sells products to Iran. He sells products to Saudi Arabia where they execute people if they’re gay...he won’t allow these religious people to exercise their freedom...he doesn't allow this Orthodox Jewish guy to refuse service that's the whole point of the law is to allow him to exempt himself from certain situations."

Calmer heads, such as The Washington Post's opinion writer Jonathan Capehart, dispute the validity of these criticisms and claim Cook is merely navigating the waters of today's corporate landscape. 

Watch Capehart's op-ed video "Stop Accusing Apple CEO Tim Cook for Gay-Rights 'Hypocrisy'"AFTER THE JUMP...

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Focus on the Family Says Tim Cook, Charles Barkley Want to Sue Christians Out of Business: VIDEO

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Focus on the Family's Stuart Shepard reacts in typical fashion to the outcry over Indiana's "religious freedom" law this week, with Shepard claiming that Apple CEO Tim Cook, former NBA star Charles Barkley, and the NCAA itself are really just trying to sue Christians out of business.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...(warning: bulls--t ahead)

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Focus on the Family is Freaking Out About the Supreme Court's Upcoming Gay Marriage Decision: VIDEO

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In a 7 minute CitizenLink report on "what is about to happen to marriage," Focus on the Family judicial analyst Bruce Hausknecht discusses the writing on the wall regarding the Supreme Court's increasingly likely pro-equality ruling later this year with host Stuart Shepard.

The two also buzz about Ruth Bader Ginsburg's recent claim that America is more or less ready for nationwide marriage equality (with Hausknecht calling the comment an "ethical breach" on RBG's part) and Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore's continued fight against equality in the Deep South (FotF has already thrown its support behind the George Wallace-in-training).

Shepard ends the report by asking viewers to pray for each Supreme Court justice individually so that they'll "have wisdom as they decide on the definition of marriage for the United States of America."

Watch the report, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Focus On The Family Throws Its Support Behind Judge Roy Moore's Unlawful Crusade Against Gay Marriage: VIDEO

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Birds of a feather...

Since announcing his pledge to fight the "tyrannical" judicial ruling on gay marriage in Alabama, Chief Justice Roy Moore was quick to receive support from everyone's favorite anti-gay hate group, the National Organization for Marriage. Citizen Link, a public policy partner of Focus on the Family, has thrown its hat into the ring as well and posted a charming video to YouTube highlighting the organization's very elementary understanding of constitutional law and using it to justify states' rights over the United States Constitution. 

It's twee and misinformed and you can watch it AFTER THE JUMP...

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Focus on the Family is Giddy About the Sixth Circuit's Anti-equality Marriage Ruling: VIDEO

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In a new video for Focus on the Family's CitizenLink, host Stuart Shepard interviews FotF legal analyst Bruce Hausknecht about last week's "great news" - the Sixth Circuit's ruling upholding discriminatory gay marriage bans in Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee.

The two were particularly fond of Judge Sutton's majority opinion on the ruling. Hausknecht called it "a really good read" - echoing (ironically enough) Judge Martha Daughtrey's stinging dissent that called the ruling "an engrossing TED Talk."

But as our legal editor Ari Ezra Waldman cautioned:

Don't let Judge Sutton's rhetoric fool you. Behind the gloss of reasonable-sounding respect for the dignity of gay persons lies the same odious discrimination we have been hearing from the rump of the radical right still apoplectic that two men or two women can marry.

Watch Focus on the Family gush, AFTER THE JUMP...

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