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The Right Enemies: A Look Back at Right-Wing Attacks on Eric Holder

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Attorney General Eric Holder, who this week announced his plans to resign, has been a leader in addressing systems of racial discrimination and protecting the fundamental rights of every American to be treated equally under the law and participate in our democracy.

Perhaps it’s not surprising, then, that the Right loves to hate him.

Tim HuelskampIn February of this year, the American Family Association demanded Holder’s impeachment after he had the audacity to treat married same-sex couples like married opposite-sex couples with regard to a host of legal rights and recognitions. Shortly after, both Faith and Freedom Coalition head Ralph Reed and Republican Rep. Tim Huelskamp [pictured right] echoed the call for Holder’s impeachment because of his support for marriage equality. Televangelist Pat Robertson also joined the impeachment parade, alleging that under Holder, “sodomy” was being “elevated above the rights of religious believers.”

Holder’s commitment to redressing racial injustice was no more warmly received by the Right than his work in support of LGBT equality. After Holder spoke out against voter ID laws, which disproportionately harm people of color, Texas Gov. Rick Perry accused him of “purposefully” “incit[ing] racial tension.” Gun Owners of America director Larry Pratt argued that Holder’s open discussion of racial discrimination in the criminal justice system means that he is the real “racist,” asserting last year that Holder wants to “intimidate the rest of the country so that we don’t think about defending ourselves” against “attacks by black mobs on white individuals.” Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association went so far as to say that Holder would never “prosecute someone if the victim is white.” And after Holder visited Ferguson, Missouri last month, David Horowitz outrageously commented that the attorney general was leading a black “lynch mob.”

And those are just a handful of the attacks the Right has leveled against Holder for his work protecting equality under the law.

The fact that the far Right has reacted with so much vitriol to the attorney general’s leadership is a sign not only of how uninterested they are in the civil rights that the Justice Department is meant to protect, but also of how effective Holder’s work has been. The next attorney general should share Holder’s deep commitment to protecting the rights of all Americans – and, by extension, make all the “right” enemies among those hoping to turn back the clock on civil liberties.

This post originally appeared on People For the American Way's blog.

This post originally appeared on the PFAW blog.

Pat Robertson Wonders if Molestation or 'Girl-on-Girl Movies' Turned Viewer's Daughter Gay: VIDEO


Right Wing Watch reports that on today's 700 Club, a viewer asked televangelist Pat Robertson how she should handle her daughter's recent revelation that she is in a same-sex relationship. 

Responded Robertson:

She needs somebody to help her get her identity straight. She may not be right in this. She may have thought she has a crush on some other girl along the way and she's actually homosexual and she's not. I don't know. The whole question of sexual identity has gotten so blurred in the press, it's hard to know. Why is she that way? Was she molested when she was younger?

When co-host Terry Meeuwsen then mentioned that people nowadays are "telling kids to explore" their sexuality - Robertson brought up what must surely be his favorite film genre: 'girl-on-girl' 

Said Robertson:

The 'girl-on-girls' movies more and more and more. They’re getting straight actresses to play lesbians and straight men to play homosexuals and if you say anything against homosexuality you are just hooted out of court.

By this point in Robertson's career, it should be abundantly apparent that he's the last person you would want giving any sort of advice - gay or otherwise


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Rachel Maddow Looks at the Fall of Anti-gay, 'Family Man' Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell: VIDEO


Following former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell's conviction Thursday in the corruptions trial surrounding his use of political office for personal gain, Rachel Maddow took a look back at McDonnell's journey from Pat Robertson-approved 'family values' politician to throw-your-wife-under-the-bus courtroom defendant.


McDonnell and his wife could face two decades in prison on the 14-count corruption indictment when they are sentenced on Jan 6. 

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Pat Robertson: Possibly Gay Teen Would Be Straight If He Had 'Male Companions' - VIDEO


One of Pat Robertson’s 700 Club viewers recently wrote in asking for the right-wing-nut’s advice because her 13-year-old step-son “who lives with his mother most of the time” has “crushes on boys.” Robertson made sure to respond with the tried-and-true myth favored by ring-wing crazies that this boy, like all homosexuals, has attraction “toward other men because he’s raised by a woman.” Right Wing Watch reports: 

“I would get him male companions, I’d get him some man to help him, some mentor, someone who cares about young men,” Robertson advised. “He is being raised by a single woman and that is skewing his orientation.”

Watch the video, AFTER THE JUMP…

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Pat Robertson: Gays Want 'Open Sex with Anybody'

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Wingnut leader of the Christian Broadcasting Network Pat Robertson yesterday claimed that the gay community is preparing to drive Christians out of business and turn the U.S. into a “perverse” place that is ripe for “destruction,” reports Right Wing Watch.

Responding to a report on Colorado baker Jack Phillips’ ongoing fight to be allowed to discriminate against same-sex couples, Robertson said:

“What our civil rights commissions and others are saying is, ‘We want to endanger our society and set it up for the judgment of God and if you Christians don’t like it then get out.”

Comparing demands for LGBTI equality with the biblical story Sodom and Gomorrah, he continued:

“What the gays are saying is, ‘we’re going to drive you out of town, either you conform to us or you must leave.’ That’s the message that’s being put out, it’s the same message that there was in Sodom and Gomorrah: You’re either going to have sex with angels or have open sex with anybody or else you leave, or you go out of business. That’s America, you don’t want that, do you?”


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Pat Robertson 'Disgusted' By Courts Attacking Christians: VIDEO

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On Monday the Seventh Circuit Court ruled that Milwaukee, Wisconsin's Elmbrook School District could not hold its graduation ceremonies at an evangelical Christian church. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy justified the ruling by stating that while adults are free to leave the room in social settings when they encounter disagreeable speech, students at a graduation are a captive audience and that holding a public school graduation at a church violates the Constitution. The school district appealed and the Supreme Court ultimately declined to hear the appeal.

Cue Pat Robertson and his entitled, crazy indignation that somehow links it all to homosexuality because of course he does. Said Robertson:

The American people wouldn’t have voted in homosexuality, but the courts did; the American people wouldn’t have voted in same-sex marriage, but the courts did; the American people wouldn’t have given up on the Ten Commandments and prayer in schools, but the courts insisted on it. A few unelected judges, just a few, have distorted the history of our nation to give us something that we never intended to have, and something has got to be done about it.

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