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Fox News Complains Because DNC Rejected Gift Baskets From Group Affiliated With Operation Rescue

Robin Marty

The outlet claims that "Charlotte 714" is just a "group of churches" without mention of the people behind it, Operation Rescue, a domestic anti-choice terrorist group.

Conservatives have been repeatedly hammering the “Democrats hate God” talking point ever since the beginning of the Democratic National Convention. Leading the charge has been Fox News, with innumerable false claims and information. However, the outlet goes beyond misleading and into downright deception as they “report” that the Democratic National Committee refused gift baskets from local churches because:

[Charlotte714 spokesman David Benham] said 56 churches wanted to “Adopt-a-Delegation.” They put together gift baskets featuring Carolina Pralines and a letter welcoming them to the city and offering assistance in transportation, childcare or spiritual matters.

“We were just trying to display Southern hospitality,” he said. “We wanted them to know we were happy to serve them.”

However, DNC officials conveyed to city leaders that the Christians would not be allowed to present their gift baskets.

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“I got a call from the mayor’s office speaking on behalf of the convention and they asked us not to participate,” he said. “They told us our views on women’s rights are contrary to the platform.”

Benham said he was shocked because all the churches involved are mainline denominations ranging from Baptists and Methodists to Assembly of God.

“I was blown away and could not believe it,” he told Fox News.

So instead of gift baskets, Benham asked if they could send welcome letters to the delegates. Again, he said the DNC refused – because the churches hold pro-life values.

“They responded back and said no because our views on women,” he said. “They would not allow it.”

So who is Charlotte714 and its founders? David Benham is the son of Flip Benham, formerly of Operation Rescue and currently the man behind Operation Save America and the effort to create “abortion-free” states. 

Flip Benham created “wanted” posters of providers and was convicted of stalking a Charlotte doctor who provided abortions. There is little wonder why his name would have been left out of the press materials for his sons’ religious endeavor, especially as part of their “gift basket” request included asking for physical access to delegates and supporters. 

Sponsor Churches will coordinate volunteers during the convention to be available to pray with delegates, help in case of a medical emergency, or even provide transportation if they have discovered they need anything during their stay in Charlotte. Specific prayer topics will be sent out daily during the 40-day-fast through Twitter, Facebook and our SMS text messages to those signing up for these services.  Churches are free to use these suggestions and/or develop their own prayer points for their adopted delegation.  If your church would like to Adopt-a-Delegation please consider the size of the delegation and the hotel closest to your church.

Did the DNC “reject” gift baskets because they came from “Christians” and their views “differed from the Democratic Platform?” Only in Fox-News-world is politely declining “assistance” from a domestic terrorist group a sign of “hating God.”

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Author of Heartbeat Ban Legislation Says Vote for Romney, or Else …

Robin Marty

Janet Porter is moving beyond abortion bans and throwing her political prowess into electoral politics.

Janet Porter, author of the Ohio bill that would ban abortions from the point at which an embryonic heartbeat could be detected, is difficult to sway from her convictions. She was told that the heartbeat ban would never be voted on because it was constitutionally unsound. But rather than retreating or re-writing the bill, she began campaigning directly against the lawmakers opposing her, even when they included the leader of the state Senate.

Porter is not accustomed to compromise. When she announced via Youtube that she is ready to finally endorse the Mitt Romney-and-Paul Ryan presidential ticket, it was a fairly bold move. Casting aside doubts that Romney isn’t Christian enough, or far enough to the right when it comes to reproductive rights, Porter chose to embrace him as better than the alternative. “Spare me the emails,” she admonished her audience.

I know the arguments, I know what the Mormons believe.  But I also know what the Mormons don’t believe. They’re not teaching our church members that to get to heaven they need to blow people up. They haven’t declared jihad and they aren’t pushing for shariah law.

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Sure you can possibly have freedom in a second Obama administration, but seeing as they are already arresting people for unpopular Youtube videos, I wouldn’t count on it.

Sitting in front of a blazing fire, Porter recounted her five reasons for supporting the Republican ticket, ranging from “Life” and “Marriage” to Israel and freedom itself.

Porter uses the same talking points as those the Susan B. Anthony List and other anti-choice political groups use to claim that the President supports infanticide and “partial-birth abortion.” She tells viewers that Obama will allow death panels to make your medical decisions, “no doubt about it.” However, a major section of her endorsement focuses on the administration’s reaction to the violence that erupted back in September over the anti-Islam Youtube video that ignited protests and caused many on the religious right to attack the administration.

If Barack Obama is given the “flexibility” of a second term, you can expect the internet to be regulated, the dollar to be worthless, the constitution to be shredded, and for the civilian military to show up on your door for speech violations…Either we unite behind Romney and Ryan now, or we tell our children what it was like to be free.

Porter’s five reasons for Romney support are two more than she and other religious- right activists are offering in their “Decree for America,” a new initiative launched by Porter and other extremist social conservatives. But overall, they are much the same: a God-granted quest to protect life from the moment of conception to natural death, a need to ensure that marriage is only between a man and a woman, and the desire to defend Israel and protect the world from “shariah law.”

In fact, other than declaring herself a “Biblical Zionist” as they do on their official page, Porter’s endorsement is almost identical to the views she and other Decree for America supporters express. Among other members of the Decree for America? David Benham, founder of the Charlotte714 project to “assist” and preach to delegates at the DNC. He is the son of Operation Save America’s Flip Benham.