The death toll from Hurricane Ike is remarkably low so far, considering that legions of people stayed behind as the storm obliterated row after row of homes along the Texas coast.
During today's radio broadcast, Glenn shared a disturbing story: the Satanic Temple is filing lawsuits in GOP-led states with abortion bans fighting to preserve their "Satanic abortion ritual" as a religious right. And what's more—the mainstream media is heralding them as a force against the "religious right."
The British publication The Guardian wrote a non-editorial piece on the Satanic Temple's fight against the conservative religious establishment. The article, written by Adam Gabbatt, featured an interview with Satanic Temple co-founder and spokesperson Lucien Greaves. Gabbatt praised the Satanic Temple's fight for "fundamental issues," such as removing "prayer in classrooms, religious holiday displays and the distribution of Bibles in schools," and now, abortion.
Satanic Temple founder Lucien Greaves attends the Sundance Film Festival.Tibrina Hobson / Stringer | Getty Images
Gabbatt unabashedly depicted Greaves as an emblem of rationalism, freedom of speech, and freedom of choice. He highlighted the Satanic Temple's doctrine that Satan is a "symbol of rebellion and opposition to authoritarianism. According to the Satanic Temple’s website, “To embrace the name Satan is to embrace rational inquiry removed from supernaturalism and archaic tradition-based superstitions.” Greaves himself tweeted that this very interview with The Guardian discussed his "fight for democracy in an era of encroaching theocracy." Have you heard a more perfect synopsis of the anti-religious left?
I spoke with The Guardian about the fight for democracy in an era of encroaching theocracy... https://t.co/3XMYIyCX0T
— Lucien Greaves (@LucienGreaves) January 4, 2023
The Guardian''s left-leaning slant is anything but subtle. However, Gabbatt's bias in particular against Christian conservatives just oozes off of the article. He describes Greaves as a "fitting frontman for a group that is regularly demonized by its Christian opponents"—pun intended?—and says "he could be in one of the heavy metal bands that terrified neurotic parents in the 1980s and 90s." According to Gabbatt, Greaves is an innocuous punk-rocker who is standing up to the "draconian" "religious right." This couldn't be further from the truth.
Reader discretion is advised. The following describes the details of the Satanic abortion ritual.
Let's get back to the original point at hand—what is the Satanic abortion ritual that Greaves is fighting for? It is disturbingly reminiscent of the platitudes we hear from the anti-religious left.
The Satanic Temple has seven fundamental tenants, and Greaves argues that the Satanic abortion ritual is an essential expression of the third and fifth tenants of the Temple and should therefore be protected by the First Amendment. As Greaves says:
States are passing laws premised on this idea that foetal tissue has personhood, or is a unique and distinct human life. We don’t agree with that position. We believe it’s a religious position, and we don’t believe states have any right to put any impositions on us.
The Satanic Temple's pamphlet on the "abortion ritual" describes the procedure as the following:
The Satanic Abortion Ritual is a destruction ritual that serves as a protective rite. Its purpose is to cast off notions of guilt, shame, and mental discomfort that a patient may be experiencing due to choosing to have a legal and medicallysafe abortion.
The Temple further affirms abortion as "consistent with the ideals of liberty and freedom. Be proud of pursuing what you want for your life despite opposition."
The Satanic abortion ritual
To begin the ritual, the woman looks at herself in a mirror right before the abortion procedure, reminding herself of her "personhood and [her] responsibility to [her]rself." She then recites the third tenant of the Satanic Temple, which states: "One’s body is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone."
When she is ready for the abortion procedure, the woman recites the fifth tenant, which says, "Beliefs should conform to one's best scientific understanding of the world. One should take care never to distort scientific facts to fit one's beliefs."
Once the abortion is complete, the woman recites the "personal affirmation," which is, "By my body, my blood. By my will, it is done." The Temple says the abortion ritual helps one "feel doubts dissipating and your confidence growing as you have just undertaken a decision that affirms your autonomy and free will."
This is evil...
There is more to be said about the issues with Greave's religious liberty argument over the Satanic abortion ritual, but the root of the matter is simple: this is the battle between good and evil, and it is important we call it as such. Glenn continues to point out how the destructive denigration of the human person has its roots in the fact that we've disregarded the true God and replaced Him with ourselves. Notice how the Satanic language uses language like "my blood," "my choice," "my body," "my will." These things derive their significance from God alone because personhood comes from the inherent dignity that He bestowed upon us. However, when we do away with God, these things become idols unto themselves, and the sanctity of personhood is sacrificed on the altar of the individual will.
We're only four days into the new year, and the Republican Party is not off to a good start. House Republicans have now held six votes for the speakership position with no clear winner selected. But with party leadership — like House speaker frontrunner Kevin McCarthy — refusing to stray from the status quo, this inter-party turmoil may be what’s ultimately needed for America.
This week, during his "GlennTV" Wednesday Night Special, Glenn Beck is joined by Daniel Horowitz, Blaze Media senior editor, and Harmeet Dhillon, who is currently challenging Ronna McDaniel for leadership of the RNC. The three explore what’s next for the GOP, what conservative Congress members’ end goal should be regarding the House speaker vote, and how Republicans can begin to regain trust with the American voter. Because without regaining that trust, Dhillon explains, "We’re done as a party. And that’s terrible for America."
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Texas Representative Chip Roy didn't mince words when he explained to Glenn why the GOP is fighting against House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy:
What we're fighting for are the tools and the leadership necessary to stop the swamp from rolling over the average American who are sick and tired of seeing this town undermine their freedom, spend money we don't have, and continue to violate every promise they've ever made in the campaign—I'm going to cut spending, going to balance the budget, we're going to secure the border...bull.
It may sound a little different than the mainstream media's message—like from Alabama Rep Mike Rogers, who accused the anti-McCarthy GOP of seeking "petty personal privileges." Similarly, Texas Rep Dan Crenshaw called the fight against McCarthy a "childish attempt at gaining more and more attention."
What the MSM and McCarthy Republicans don't want you to know is that the anti-McCarthy coalition is fighting for specific, attainable goals that will actually reform the government and ensure the American people are better represented in Congress. Here are the 3 main reasons, articulated by Rep. Roy, why a growing number of Republicans have chosen to stand against McCarthy and the swamp establishment.
1. We MUST elect House leadership who will challenge the swamp
Rep. Roy told Glenn that "Americans are tired of D.C. elites undermining their freedom, spending money we don’t have, and continuing to violate every promise they made in the campaign." Does that sound like Kevin McCarthy?
McCarthy's track record speaks for itself: he is a swamp elite who benefits from the status quo and won't enable other Republicans to deliver on their campaign promises of leading desperately needed reform in D.C.
During his tenure as the House Minority Leader under the first half of the Biden administration, McCarthy voted with Democrats to pass the multi-trillion-dollar omnibus bills, even though Republicans were in the minority and had nothing to lose by voting against the omnibus bills. Since McCarthy has been in House leadership, the federal deficit almost tripled from $11 trillion to $32 trillion.
It's important to note the House Speaker is in charge of committee appointments and delegating positions to GOP leadership. Whether or not McCarthy appoints swamp Republicans to key leadership positions will largely determine how Congress functions for the next term. Anti-McCarthy Republicans have little faith that McCarthy will appoint Republicans who will actually drain the swamp. This is deeply troubling, especially regarding the anti-McCarthy Republicans' other two goals.
2. We MUST amend the House Rules Committee
Did you know there's a small committee that determines which bills reach the House floor? This is the House Rules Committee, and they are one of the main reasons why Dems and the D.C. establishment have been able to push through multi-trillion-dollar legislation, like last month's $1.7 trillion omnibus bill. If the Rules Committee is filled with career swamp politicians, regardless of whether or not they are Republican or Democrat, we can expect the status quo—unfulfilled campaign promises, reckless omnibus bills, open borders, and unaccountability over government corruption.
As Rep. Roy says, "We have to have people on the rules committee who reflect the conservatives who elected Republicans to change the town.” The anti-McCarthy Republicans have little faith that McCarthy will appoint Reps to the Rules Committee who will prevent omnibus bills and trillion-dollar legislation from reaching the floor.
3. We MUST change the rules for bringing legislation to the floor
In addition to changing the Representatives on the House Rules Committee, the GOP challenging McCarthy want to change the rules for bringing legislation to the floor. Currently, the Rules Committee can push multi-thousand-page legislation to the floor and require an immediate "yes or no" vote without giving the representatives the opportunity to actuallyread the entirety of the bill let alone debate the bill itself and potential amendments. This, in addition to swamp Republicans who side with Democrat legislation (like McCarthy), is the reason why Congress has been able to push multi-trillion-dollar spending bills without giving dissenting Representatives the opportunity to read and debate the thousands of pages of legislation.
The anti-McCarthy GOP wants to change that. They want to revise the rules to require debate over legislation and amendments and discourage thousand-page bills that make it effectively impossible for dissenters to challenge. This would better ensure Congress is passing meaningful legislation that better reflects the will of the American people.
However, McCarthy has shown he is unwilling to budge on this potential concession. Why? Because he has benefited from the omnibus bills, hiding his pet projects alongside the other pet projects of other swamp politicians into the omnibus bills. These rules would make it very difficult for swamp politicians to push their agenda through omnibus bills—a concession McCarthy won't so easily give.
If Republicans don't deliver on their promises, why elect them in the first place?
Glenn asked Rep. Choy the question at the heart of the McCarthy debate: "If you guys don't have the freedom to investigate and teeth and the backbone to actually do things in the interest of all Americans, why did we vote for any Republicans?
This is what the anti-McCarthy Republicans are fighting for—the freedom and ability to do things in the interest of all Americans. If McCarthy is elected as House Speaker, it is very likely things will remain the status quo—and the American people demand better.