June 30, 2017

Call to arms: The NRA, America’s premier terrorist organization, makes an appeal to white supremacists while advocating for violence against left wing protesters.

In a disturbing new recruiting video, National Rifle Association (NRA) spokesperson and conservative darling Dana Loesch issues a thinly veiled call for armed violence against left wing protesters.

Making an obvious appeal to white supremacists, Trump supporters, and other Christofascists, Loesch portrays “anyone who disagrees with them (or with President Trump) as potentially violent enemies of the state from which they must be prepared to defend themselves. Not fellow citizens with whom they disagree. Enemies.”

In the video, a breathless Loesch declares:

They use their media to assassinate real news. They use their schools to teach children that their president is another Hitler. They use their movie stars and singers and comedy shows and award shows to repeat their narrative over and over again. And then they use their ex-president to endorse “the resistance.”

All to make them march. Make them protest. Make them scream racism and sexism and xenophobia and homophobia. To smash windows, burn cars, shut down interstates and airports, bully and terrorize the law-abiding — until the only option left is for the police to do their jobs and stop the madness.

And when that happens, they’ll use it as an excuse for their outrage. The only way we stop this, the only way we save our country and our freedom, is to fight this violence of lies with the clenched fist of truth.

I’m the National Rifle Association of America. And I’m freedom’s safest place.

The video, which was published on the NRA’s Facebook page on June 12, has been viewed over 5 million times, and has been widely condemned by conservatives and liberals alike as vile and sinister propaganda.

The following are some of the reactions to the new NRA recruitment video:

As a nation we live with and tolerate a culture of gun violence. All the while any proposal to enact sensible reform to curb gun violence is squashed by the the NRA and the multitudes of ammosexuals in love with their guns.

Indeed, the NRA and the gun lobby intimidates and bullies politicians, while spreading deception and misinformation to the general public. They are the equivalent of the 20th century tobacco lobby, merchants of death, terrorists claiming their product is safe while countless Americans die.

Bottom line: A new recruiting video from the NRA is dangerous and sinister propaganda that appeals to white supremacists, Trump supporters, and other Christofascists; and suggests that violence is necessary to stop left wing protesters.

And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.

– Barack Obama

NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch (Image via screen grab)
NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch (Image via screen grab)
April 30, 2014

Conservative Christians are turning on Sarah Palin, accusing her of blasphemy after the Tea Party darling said “Waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists” while speaking at the National Rifle Association’s annual convention earlier this week.

The former vice presidential nominee and half-term governor of Alaska told a packed house of cheering, gun loving, conservative Americans that “If I was in charge, they would know, waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists.”

While the NRA crowd loved Palin’s obnoxious rhetoric, not all Christian conservatives were happy about Palin “portraying Christianity as a religion of hatred and violence.”

Raw Story reports that by Tuesday, the group Faithful America had already reached its goal of 15,000 signatures on a petition condemning Palin for the remarks.

The petition reads:

For Christians, torture is not a joke or a political punchline, but a ghastly reminder of the suffering of Jesus upon the cross. By equating it with Holy Baptism — the act by which we are united with Christ in his death and resurrection — Sarah Palin is blasphemously twisting our faith into a weapon of hatred and violence. No media outlet should cover her remarks without reporting on how sincere Christians of all theological and political persuasions are appalled.

Indeed, many prominent Christian conservatives were not happy with Palin’s remarks. For example:

From Rod Dreher of the American Conservative:

OK, stop. Not only is this woman, putatively a Christian, praising torture, but she is comparing it to a holy sacrament of the Christian faith. It’s disgusting — but even more disgusting, those NRA members, many of whom are no doubt Christians, cheered wildly for her.

From Andrew Sullivan:

She (Palin) invokes torture in the context of a Christian sacrament. Not since the Nazis’ Deutsche Christen have we seen something so disgusting and blasphemous in the morphing of Christianity into its polar opposite.

Most secular Americans recognized long ago that Palin is a political monster, a prominent clown in the right wing hate machine. It is interesting to note that now some conservative Christians are coming to a similar conclusion.

As for blasphemy – blasphemy is a victimless crime, a silly charge made by those deluded by religious superstitions. Palin’s crime here is not blasphemy, Palin’s crime here is a callous and cavalier endorsement of torture.

Sarah Palin equates torture with baptism
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