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Pastor Charles L. Worley of Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, North Carolina, went on an anti-President Obama rant earlier this month during a sermon. Then he got off topic:

I figured a way to get rid of all the lesbians and queers. Build a great, big, large fence -- 150- or 100-mile-long -- put all the lesbians in there... Do the same thing with the queers and the homosexuals and have that fence electrified so they can't get out... And you know what, in a few years, they'll die.

He ended his sermon with this thought:

God have mercy. It makes me pukin' sick to think about -- I don't even whether or not to say this in the pulpit — can you imagine kissing some man?

Notice the "Amens" from the congregation throughout.

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A Republican Super PAC backed by Cubs co-owner and TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts was secretly collaborating with a top political branding group to smear President Obama and destroy his chance at re-election come September -- but their 48-page playbook, called "Next," was leaked to the New York Times, which published the attack plan today.

The $10 million strategy character assassination will highlight Obama's association with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who they say preached a "black liberation theology." According to the Times:

The group suggested hiring as a spokesman an "extremely literate conservative African-American" who can argue that Mr. Obama misled the nation by presenting himself as what the proposal calls a "metrosexual, black Abe Lincoln."

Obama's camp has responded accordingly:

The blueprint for a hate-filled, divisive campaign of character assassination speaks for itself. It also reflects how far the party has drifted in four short years since John McCain rejected these very tactics. Once again, Gov. Romney has fallen short of the standard that John McCain set, reacting tepidly in a moment that required moral leadership in standing up to the very extreme wing of his own party.

Romney, predictably, denounced the effort:

I repudiate the effort by that PAC to promote an ad strategy of the nature they've described. I would like to see this campaign focus on the economy, on getting people back to work, on seeing rising incomes and growing prosperity -- particularly for those in the middle class of America. And I think what we've seen so far from the Obama campaign is a campaign of character assassination. I hope that isn't the course of this campaign. So in regards to that PAC, I repudiate what they're thinking about.

Fun fact: The group hopes to snag Jon Voight for the voiceover.

UPDATE: Ricketts has released a statement disavowing the entire proposal:

Joe Ricketts is a registered independent, a fiscal conservative and an outspoken critic of the Obama administration, but he is neither the author nor the funder of the so-called Ricketts Plan to defeat Mr. Obama that the New York Times wrote about this morning. Not only was this plan merely a proposal -- one of several submitted to the Ending Spending Action Fund by third-party vendors -- but it reflects an approach to politics that Mr. Ricketts rejects and it was never a plan to be accepted but only a suggestion for a direction to take.

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Rep. Joe Pitts, R-Pa., is doing some major damage control after he urged "negotiations between a vegetable and a dead man" in a recent letter to a constituent:

With the global war against terrorism, it is now incumbent on Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Yasir Arafat to clamp down on Palestinian extremists that have perpetuated violence and to restart a peace process that has collapsed.

The constituent happened to be the father of Ian Rhodewalt, a journalist working for Mondoweiss, a news site that covers the Middle East and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. As Arafat died in 2004 and Sharon has been in a coma since 2006, Rhodewalt asks: "I wonder to whom Pitts thought he was giving those standing ovations when (current Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu spoke to Congress?"

[timesofisrael]

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The city of Lincoln, NE, is debating a proposal that would protect the LGBT community from discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations, and one local resident just couldn't miss the opportunity to rant. Jane Skrovota wins Worst in Show for her hate-filled testimony vitriol in public hearings this week.

The lowlights have been helpfully transcribed (but be sure to watch the video; the horrified guy behind crazy lady is a riot):

  • "P- E- N- I- S goes into the anus to rupture intestines. The more a man does this the more he'll be a fatality or a homicide…"
  • "A huge percent of gay men in school grounds molest boys, partly because they don't have AIDS yet…"
  • "Hillary Clinton's roommate four years in college was a gay woman. To avoid going gay like Clinton did, college students need single rooms and single gender dorms… A college woman is seduced with illegal Rohypnol to go gay."
  • "Candida fungus grows hugely on a corpse. AIDS is a candida fungus disease…"
  • "Gays can transform to be celibate to live to be 80 years old."
  • "Jesus was kissed by Judas, a homo, who tried to sabotage Jesus' kind ideas. Do you choose Jesus, a celibate, or Judas, a homo? You have to choose!"

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In his Equal Time column today, the New York Post's Phil Mushnick goes straight racist on the Nets' new logo as the team transitions from New Jersey to Brooklyn (with a little influence from Jay-Z, who owns 1.5 percent of the team):

As long as the Nets are allowing Jay-Z to call their marketing shots -- what a shock that he chose black and white as the new team colors to stress, as the Nets explained, their new "urban" home -- why not have him apply the full Jay-Z treatment? Why the Brooklyn Nets when they can be the New York N------s? The cheerleaders could be the Brooklyn B----hes or Hoes. Team logo? A 9 mm with hollow-tip shell casings strewn beneath. Wanna be Jay-Z hip? Then go all the way!

As Jack Kogod (@Unsilent) posted on Twitter: "Looking forward to not reading Phil Mushnick's independent blog."

[dailyintel]

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Under fire this week from gay rights activists for a Sunday sermon in which he encouraged parents in his congregation to assault their kids if they showed signs of being gay, North Carolina pastor Sean Harris now claims he only was trying to be funny:

The second you see your son dropping that limp wrist, you walk over there and crack that wrist. Man up. Give him a good punch.

Harris, who was preaching about gay marriage ahead of the state's upcoming vote on Amendment One, defended his support of the legislation. "What I do stand by is that the word of God makes it clear that effeminate behavior is ungodly," Harris said. "I'm not going to compromise on that."

[theweek]

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Dan Rather joined George Stephanopoulos today on Good Morning America, where he doubled down on the 60 Minutes story in which he asserted that George W. Bush had deserted the Texas Air National Guard, and which got him fired from the network.

"We reported a true story. I am not at CBS now because I and my team reported a true story. It was a tough story, a story a lot of people didn't want to believe and it was subjected to a terrific propaganda barrage to discredit it."

Stephanopoulos asked Rather whether it was possible to know the entire truth without all of the documents.

"No, what story does anyone know the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?. But we reported the truth and that is that President Bush -- later President Bush -- when he was in National Guard service, he was at least AWOL and we had a top general in the Army saying on the record he was a deserter. Now everybody makes mistakes. I made some, President Bush obviously made some. But because we reported that story, they put heavy pressure on the corporate entity and the corporate entity voted."

The disgraced journalist and former CBS Evening News anchor's new book, Rather Outspoken: My Life in the News, goes on sale Tuesday.

[mediaite]