Anti-Gambling Group: Gingrich thwarted efforts to regulate gambling

Given the twin $5 million gifts given by gambling mogul and Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam, I wondered if reports of Gingrich favoring the industry would emerge. According to an anti-gambling group based in Washington DC, Gingrich did in fact work to remove power from a government commission on gambling. In this 1996 Washington Post article, Gingrich is quoted as favoring the removal of subpoena power from a commission being considered at the time. House Speaker Newt … [Read more...]

Gingrich Gets Five Million From Gambling Mogul’s Wife

I wrote yesterday about the main financial backer of Newt Gingrich - casino owner Sheldon Adelson. According to a New York Times report, Adelson's wife, Miriam Adelson matched her husband's pre-South Carolina primary $5 million gift to Gingrich with her own gift of the same amount.  The gift will go to Winning Our Future, a political action committee dedicated to making Gingrich the GOP nominee. Sheldon Adelson runs an empire of gambling casinos in Las Vegas, Macau and Singapore. His company … [Read more...]

Gingrich backed by casino mogul – Is gambling a family value?

I wonder how many of Newt Gingrich's family values voters are aware that Gingrich is beholden to Sheldon Adelson, billionaire casino owner. According to these reports, Adelson recently gave Gingrich's SuperPac $5 million. In the Philadelphia Inquirer article, Gingrich is called a "close friend" of Adelson. A conversation between Adelson and his right hand man, Michael Levin indicates how the gambling mogul cast Romney as a ruthless money man. Apparently it takes lots of money to criticize … [Read more...]

South Carolina: Final Results

Final results... Gingrich won evangelicals even though Santorum got a collective push from evangelical "leaders." SC evangelicals didn't get the memo. Gingrich scares me. He has a reputation for intelligence and yet he thinks David Barton is a great historian. … [Read more...]

Did evangelical support for Santorum sink him in South Carolina?

On January 14, Rick Santorum announced that he had become the consensus social conservative candidate by virtue of a vote at a meeting of 150 social conservatives in Texas. On that date, he was polling at 14.7% in South Carolina, according to Real Clear Politics. Today, one day before the South Carolina primary, Santorum has declined to 11.2% while Newt Gingrich, the other contender for the social conservative vote, has surged into the lead, now at 32.4%. Gingrich is surging despite losing … [Read more...]

NARTH member: Mixed orientation marriages hurt children

Recently, a lively discussion has been taking place on the thread of this post: Seton Hall professor: NARTH member “misreported and misrepresented” my research (go to the comments section for the discussion). Central to the discussion has been disputes about whether or not a study by Theodora Sirota on women who grew up in mixed orientation marriages could offer any insight about gay parenting in general. Sirota found that women with gay fathers and a straight mother had more problems with … [Read more...]

Bryan Fischer responds to Rick and Kay Warren over AIDS-HIV link

In a column hosted on the American Family Association website, Bryan Fischer defended his denial of the HIV-AIDS link. On Monday, Rick and Kay Warren released a statement to me which condemned Fischer's recent campaign to support the work of Peter Duesberg. Duesberg is a professor of biology at UC - Berkeley who claims that HIV is a harmless virus and does not cause AIDS. In his rebuttal, Fischer restates arguments from his previous columns and at times, inadvertently argues against himself. … [Read more...]

You can’t make this stuff up: South Carolina endorsements for Rick Santorum

If I wanted to write a parody of an anti-gay, Mormon-baiting news release, I couldn't do a better job than this real one from three South Carolina fundamentalists claiming to be evangelicals and to speak for evangelicals. Some money lines: Days before Saturday's GOP Presidential primary here, there are signs that South Carolina evangelical Protestant leaders are starting to follow the lead of peers in Iowa and Houston who have rejected Mitt Romney, a Mormon, in favor of Rick Santorum, a … [Read more...]

Another Ron Paul endorser cites the death penalty for homosexuality

Today on Ron Paul's website, an article by pastor Voddie Baucham is touted on the front page. The article titled, "Baptist Pastor Explains 'Why Ron Paul?,'" provides reasons why Rev. Baucham believes Ron Paul should be elected. Clearly, the Paul campaign believes this is an important endorsement (as they did the endorsement of Phil Kayser). Baucham is often cited on theonomy websites (e.g., American Vision and Theonomy Resources). Baucham is a proponent of removing all children from the … [Read more...]

Rick and Kay Warren condemn the denial of link between HIV and AIDS as promoted by the AFA’s Bryan Fischer

Early in January, Bryan Fischer, issues analyst with the American Family Association, threw his support behind the belief that HIV does not cause AIDS. On his daily talk show, Fischer hosted University of California, Berkeley professor, Peter Duesberg, who is the principle proponent of the theory that HIV is a harmless virus and that AIDS is the result of lifestyle choices, such as drug use and promiscuity, which weaken the immune system. Duesberg says that gay men are at special risk since they … [Read more...]