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Todd Starnes Throws a Tantrum Over CBS Labeling Tony Perkins an Anti-gay Hater: VIDEO

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Fox News correspondent Todd Starnes wasn't at all pleased with Face the Nation's Bob Schieffer after the CBS moderator, while introducing FRC president Tony Perkins onto the show last Sunday, noted:

Perkins"Mr. Perkins, I'm going to say this to you up front. You and your group have been so strong in coming out against gay marriage that the Southern Poverty Law Center has branded the Family Research Council an anit-gay hate group. We have been inundated by people who say we should not even let you appear because in their view you quote "don't speak for Christians.'"

In his daily "American Dispatch" segment a few days ago, Starnes fired back saying:

Now it would be easy to dismiss Mr. Schieffer's ignorance as nothing more than sloppy journalism. But we're not talking about a local cable access show. We're talking about Face the Nation. Tony Perkins is my friend. He is a good and decent and honorable man and he deserves better. 

By notifying viewers of Perkins and the FRC's hate group status, Schieffer was just doing his job and pointing out a simple truth. And we all know that type of journalistic credibility isn't tolerated over at Fox News.

Watch Starnes blow up over nothing, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Family Research Council Plans Another Anti-Gay Hatefest In Houston Next Week

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For the second time in four months, the Family Research Council will host an anti-gay hatefest at a Houston megachurch next week. 

Back in November, FRC staged an "I Stand Sunday" rally in response to the city of Houston's decision to subpoena the sermons of pastors as part of its defense of an Equal Rights Ordinance. 

SummitNext week's two-day event, the "National Stand Summit," reportedly is designed exclusively for pastors and will be held at the same venue, Grace Community Church. Speakers at the National Stand Summit will include GOP presidential candidates Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee, reality TV star Josh Duggar, Fox News commentator Todd Starnes, FRC President Tony Perkins, FRC radio host Craig James and fired Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran, among others.  

The event is being promoted by the US Pastor Council, which led opposition to Equal Rights Ordinances in Houston and Plano. In both cases, the cities rejected the Pastor Council's petitions seeking to overturn the ordinances. In Houston, the Pastor Council filed suit, and that case is pending. 

 


Anti-gay Forces Unite to Oppose Houston Mayor Annise Parker and the 'Radical Agenda' of LGBT Equality: VIDEO

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The right-wing freak out over subpoenas sent to Houston area pastors for "all speeches, presentations, or sermons related to HERO, the Petition, Mayor Annise Parker, homosexuality, or gender identity prepared by, delivered by, revised by, or approved by you or in your possession" is set to continue via live telecast next Sunday as anti-gay leaders and organizations from across the country join together to "stand with these pastors and stand against the radical agenda sweeping our nation."

Those participating in "I Stand Sunday" include would-be HGTV stars David and Jason Benham, Mike Huckabee, hate leader Tony Perkins, Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson, Rick Scarborough, Fox News' Todd Starnes, Christian litigation group Alliance Defending Freedom, National Organization for Marriage, and others. 

Watch a promo for the anti-gay extravaganza, AFTER THE JUMP...

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The Virulently Anti-gay, GOP-packed Values Voter Summit Has Begun: WATCH

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Family Research Council's annual Values Voter Summit kicks off in Washington D.C. today and, as always, features a who's who of anti-gay activists, politicians, and media personalities devoting their time and effort towards denying LGBT individuals equal rights.

Confirmed speakers for the 3-day extravaganza include Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Gary Bauer, Glenn Beck, Jason & David Benahm, Gen. William Boykin, Rep. Jim Bridenstien (R-OK), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (R-TX), TLC's Jim Bob & Michelle Duggar, Erick Erickson, Rep. John Fleming (R-LA), Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), Mike Huckabee, Bishop E.W. Jackson, Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA), Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), Sarah Palin, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Tony Perkins, Sandy Rios, Rick Santorum, Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Todd Starnes, Mat Staver, Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN), Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA), and many more. 

SummitThe hate summit is being live-streamed online. You can catch the video feed, AFTER THE JUMP...

And if you missed our exclusive report by People for the American Way's Drew Courtney about the Republican Party's cozy relationship with the hate group-backed summit, check that out HERE. The report details  how the GOP, despite signaling it would "rebrand" after the 2012 election, continues to align itself with extremist fringe groups that "actively seek to put LGBT people back in the closet, quash access to legal abortion, and restrict the free exercise rights of non-Christian religious minorities."

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Some Things Never Change: The Values Voter Summit and the Dubious 'Rebranding' of the GOP

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BY DREW COURTNEY

Following the failure of the GOP to recapture the White House in the last presidential election, rebranding was a word that got knocked around a lot within party circles and in the media. In order to shore up the hemorrhaging support of women, ethnic and racial minorities, and young voters, it was agreed that the GOP platform would have to embrace less alienating positions on a variety of policy issues.

Now on the eve of midterm elections almost two years later, it’s become clear that Republican officials aren’t sticking to the plan. This weekend, conservative lawmakers including Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Rand Paul, and Gov. Bobby Jindal are slated to participate in what has become a rite of passage for presidential hopefuls of the GOP: courting the support of the Religious Right at the Family Research Council’s (FRC) annual Values Voter Summit.

VvsLurching in the opposite direction from the rest of the country, Republican officials are aligning themselves with extremist fringe groups that actively seek to put LGBT people back in the closet, quash access to legal abortion, and restrict the free exercise rights of non-Christian religious minorities. The FRC — as well as other primary sponsors of the event including the American Family Association, Liberty Counsel and American Values — has been instrumental in encouraging the GOP’s continued rightward march and carries a great deal of influence over evangelical Tea Party voters who form the core of the far right, a group that presidential contenders in the party increasingly feel the need to cater to.

A look at a few of the speakers scheduled to share the stage with leading Republican figures shows how grievously out of step the party is with the values of the American people AFTER THE JUMP...

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Fox News Correspondent Todd Starnes Thinks Gay Marriage Will Lead to Man-Dog Marriage: VIDEO

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Appearing on the Daystar talk show "Joni" last month, Fox News commentator Todd Starnes felt the need to get some personal woes off his chest and lament the redefinition of marriage at the hands of the gays. 

In one segment, Starnes agreed with another guest in saying that same-sex marriage allows for countless other forms of commitments to be made, including a man wanting to marry his dog--all this from a conversation about the Denver bakery that refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding.

And in another segment, Starnes said that he believes "the government is going to have to start coming after pastors in the pulpit," lamenting the probability that stricter hate crime laws (like the ones censoring anti-gay speech on Christian talk radio in Canada) will make their way to the United States. "I think that we're going to see some pastors who, quite frankly, may have to go to jail to protect their religious beliefs." If that weren't enough, he also throws out the old religious freedom argument, saying: "If I wanted to be persecuted for my faith I would go move to China. I like to live in America where we don't get beat up on the way to church." A classy line coming from someone boo-hooing about hate crime laws.

Check out the videos (provided by Right Wing Watch), AFTER THE JUMP...

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