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Jay Sekulow, Romney adviser, Fox contributor, chief counsel for right-wing Christian American Center for Law & Justice
This ultra-right-wing legal adviser to Mitt Romney
 has an agenda for Africa that is no different than his agenda for America.
Jay Sekulow is a legal adviser and friend to Mitt Romney, a conservative who apparently had no qualms about the candidate's ideological credentials. He advised him in the 2008 run, too. Sekulow's own credentials put him in the extremist camp when it comes to gay rights. He is chief counsel for the American Center for Law & Justice, the Christian rightist claptrap organization established by evangelical television personality Pat Robertson in 1990. As Andy Kroll documents, ACLJ and its affiliates are on a tear in Africa to outlaw gay sexuality where that isn't already the case and to ensure that marriage equality does not come to pass on the continent.
According to documents provided to Mother Jones by Political Research Associates, the ACLJ's African Center for Law and Justice backed another Christian group, the Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe, in pushing to criminalize homosexuality. Constitutional language proposed by EFZ and ACLJ's main Africa office stipulated that "Zimbabwe is a predominantly Christian nation founded on Biblical principles"; that it is "murder to terminate a pregnancy"; and that gay marriage is illegal and gay "sexual relations" will "remain a criminal activity."
When Kenya rewrote its Constitution, it included language allowing abortion to save the life of the woman. Sekulow called the language tantamount to abortion on demand.

ACLJ's African agenda isn't any different than its agenda in the United States. While the rhetoric here at home may be a bit softer, the goals are same. Like Romney's advisers on economics, energy, foreign policy, this legal adviser and pal of his is an extremist, far outside the mainstream of American thought, on the fringes even within the Right.

Just as there is no telling exactly how Etch-a-Sketch man would govern were he to overcome the odds and actually get elected to the presidency, there is no way to tell what he might do were he to plunk himself down behind the big desk in the Oval Office and start checking off that list of items he has set for himself to deal with on "Day One." But the array of aggressive extremists with which he has populated his advisory teams provides plenty of evidence that the resurrected model of moderate Mitt we're now seeing is nowhere near the real Mitt, whoever that actually is.  

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  •  That is a huge reason why Mitt cannot and should (26+ / 0-)

    not be President. He will do whatever his right wing extremist advisors tell him to do. He will do whatever the Teabagging House wants him to do. He owes favors to the Teabaggers, right wing extremist Evangelicals and others for their support.

    He would spend his presidency being extremely conservative because he owes these folks and he will take his orders from the corporations, the religious extremists and others to whom he owes for this election.

    Follow PA Keystone Liberals on Twitter: @KeystoneLibs

    by wishingwell on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 07:06:28 PM PDT

    •  he will do as they tell him (6+ / 0-)

      because he lacks a moral compass. He craves the title of president, he does not understand the job, and he is unskilled in governance. He is the male version of sarah pailin, "what is it that a v.p. do, everyday?" Like Huntman said, "he is a well lubricated weather vane".
      He lacks a soul, and therefore lacks a conscience. This is the most dangerous candidate for our time. We need someone with the character of Barack Obama.

      The teflon candidate, bishop willard mitch romney.

      by longtimelurker on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 08:25:55 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  So is Romney all hung up (11+ / 0-)

    in The Family Too ? . . . Paging Jeff Sharlet . . .
    The Koch's, The Family/ Fellowship, The Mormons . . . It's all so messy.

  •  MB, in my very brief time in South Africa, (8+ / 0-)

    I thought the local beliefs were superior to Christianity, insofar as promoting respect for people, animals, and the earth.

  •  Another conservative, self-loathing closet case. (13+ / 0-)

    There's no shortage of these assholes, that's for sure.

  •  Disgusting (8+ / 0-)

    "Rick Perry talks a lot and he's not very bright. And that's a combination I like in Republicans." --- James Carville

    by LaurenMonica on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 07:08:45 PM PDT

  •  brings to mind (6+ / 0-)

    other US manufacturers and distributors of poisons who moved their filth overseas when it fell out of favor here.

    Please proceed, Governor.

    by vivadissent on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 07:09:12 PM PDT

  •  Zimbabwe was founded by rich white people... (11+ / 0-)

    ...who slaughtered thousands of natives when they would not do what they were told, then extracted the nation's resources to make themselves rich.  Their legacy was apartheid, violence and dysfunction.  

    Some great biblical principles, there.  

     

  •  Balant post-colonialism (4+ / 0-)
    Zimbabwe is a predominantly Christian nation founded on Biblical principles
    ....that were meant to keep Blacks in their place and Whites in power.

    "It strikes me as gruesome and comical that in our culture we have an expectation that a man can always solve his problems" - Kurt Vonnegut

    by jazzence on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 07:11:56 PM PDT

  •  Romney and Sekulow are made for each other (10+ / 0-)

    Like Romney, Sekulow's business ethics are, to put it mildly, nonexistent.

    It's an open secret that he uses the ACLJ as his personal piggy bank--he's bought at least three homes with ACLJ money.

    Romney-Ryan: America's Rollback Team

    by Christian Dem in NC on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 07:13:03 PM PDT

  •  Sekulow was born and raised Jewish (8+ / 0-)

    But was converted by the Jews for Jesus in college and became one himself.  They tried on me too when I was in college.  Their line is you can still be Jewish and believe in Jesus.  Acually, you are either Christian, Jewish, or atheist/agnostic/secular.  The Jews for Jesus are actually controlled and funded by various conservative evangical churches and organizations, notably Assembly of God, which was Sarah Palin's weird church in Wasilla where the kids were speaking in tongues in a video.

    "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

    by Navy Vet Terp on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 07:14:10 PM PDT

  •  Somehow I was on this jerk's phone list (9+ / 0-)

    for a while. They would call and ask for money to fight for prayer in schools or against gay rights. A couple of times I kept them on the phone for a while and had a little fun pretending to confuse ACLJ and ACLU. At the end of the call I would tell them that I couldn't donate on the phone but I would definitely check out their website at ACLU.org.

  •  Blades - you are & forever will be one of my (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    George3, Eric Nelson, mimi, nicki37

    favorite journalists of all time.

    Thanks for sharing your work and your brilliance.

  •  Also (9+ / 0-)

    The chair of Romney's Judicial Advisory Panel is Robert Bork.

    More here.

    Bork hopes to wipe out not only the constitutional right to privacy, especially the right to contraception and to abortion, but decades of Equal Protection decisions handed down by what he calls a feminized Supreme Court deploying "sterile feminist logic" to guarantee equal treatment and inclusion of women. Bork is no casual chauvinist but rather a sworn enemy of feminism, a political force that he considers "totalitarian" and in which, he has concluded, "the extremists are the movement."
    Here.

    Proud Member of the Big Bird Wing of the Democratic Party.

    by noweasels on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 07:20:55 PM PDT

  •  These quote say it all for me (4+ / 0-)
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    "I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. . . . corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed."
    President Abraham Lincoln, Nov. 21, 1864

    History repeats itself, and that's one of the things that's wrong with history.
    Clarence Darrow

  •  romney can become president (3+ / 0-)
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    if he buys an African nation .  
    They he and his little friend jay can play gods .

    "Drop the name-calling." Meteor Blades 2/4/11

    by indycam on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 07:23:40 PM PDT

    •  They have a bigger agenda.. (1+ / 0-)
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      George3

      These people are expanding their hate speak around the globe. As Murdoch and his evil empire acquires more media houses, they will have the global platform they need.

      While we squabble over their antics here at home, these people are keeping the masses distracted.  They have longer term plans. A GOP acquaintance of mine who is an expat - bragged that they (GOP) are working to influence some of the laws in these countries....doing what Obama foreign policy fails to do.
      Don't bet against them.

      He made a comment that we "the liberals" don't have a clue about the chess game they are playing. When we find out it will be too late. Not sure what he means, but I am assuming they are working their global plan B if Romney loses on Tuesday.

      This is our moment...this is our time! President Barack Obama

      by ankae on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 07:44:10 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Can we send him to the Moon? (1+ / 0-)
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      I wouldn't wish him on the lovely people of Africa.

    •  don't! not africa. go to europe. (0+ / 0-)

      The teflon candidate, bishop willard mitch romney.

      by longtimelurker on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 08:30:10 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Sekulow is one of the slimiest (6+ / 0-)

    If he's advising Mittens on legal issues, the advice is ultimitely coming from Pat Robertson.  If Sekulow ever became AG (which I trust Harry Reid and the Dem Senate would never allow to happen), it would be a GIANT step towards a fundamentalist theocracy.  Another reason why Rmoney must be stopped Tuesday.

    See the children of the earth who wake to find the table bare, See the gentry in the country riding out to take the air. ~~Gordon Lightfoot, "Don Quixote"

    by Panama Pete on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 07:23:52 PM PDT

  •  tax the churches (4+ / 0-)

    they want to be heard, time to buck up. they didn't build crap but they sure use a lot of the infrastructure at no cost to themselves.

    What Fresh Hell is This? -- Dorothy Parker

    by chazz509 on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 07:28:20 PM PDT

  •  not surprising that Rmoney hangs with this guy (5+ / 0-)

    Sekulow is a first class scam artist

    http://www.patheos.com/...

  •  aeven the NRO (0+ / 0-)

    recognizes how odious this guy is

    http://www.nationalreview.com/...

  •  Pretty creepy smirk, and snake eyes (1+ / 0-)
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    The look of a predator, sociopath variety. This is a man who destroys people for sport and then has a nice meal. Someone probably hurt his wittle feewings in the 6th grade and it's been paypack ever since.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 08:01:19 PM PDT

  •  PRA on exporting homophobia (3+ / 0-)
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    Political Research Associates did a great report on the effort to export homophobia to Uganda, and the role of conservative US Christian organizations.  Here's a link: http://www.publiceye.org/...

  •  kenyans better understand that this (1+ / 0-)
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    american export will eventually lead to murder in kenya. These creepy deceitful bastards are currently involved in the most racist campaign against an american president, one of kenyan and american descent. I have seen some of these evangelicals operate in a few countries. I know of two cases where the head missionary ran off with a local underage teenager abandoning their wives and families in the process. These evil bastards have been fanning out and corrupting foreign societies for generations. Africa of all places, should be off limits to these disciples of satan. Everything they touch eventually starts to decay. I wish some group from South Africa, the U.N. and or the U.K. would get involved and advise the government of Kenya that international law does not see "murder"  as a course of action in the case of homosexuality.  Sexual expression cannot be criminalized when consenting adults are involved, PERIOD. When people start killing each other in Kenya we will have one more example of american religious fundamentalists destroying human life behind the lie of "gods call to kill homosexuals" These blood thirsty sons-of-bitches have been responsible for the murder of american citizens, yet they are free to come and go as they please. I hope one day in one of those countries people take matters into their own hands and rid themselves of the scourge of this export of bigotry.

    The teflon candidate, bishop willard mitch romney.

    by longtimelurker on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 08:16:43 PM PDT

  •  Act of God ? (1+ / 0-)
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    So is that what Romney has come up with?  I think that he has not thought through this excuse, like he has not thought through much of anything.

    Really what he is saying is that GOD intervened to make sure he did not win.

  •  Whoa! (1+ / 0-)
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    I hope this is not too controversial to say, but LOOK at that guy.  Is he not SERIOUSLY creepy?

  •  I Remember Sekulow from the 700 Club (2+ / 0-)
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    My roommate and I used to watch Pat Robertson's "The 700 Club" because the show's twisted, racist subtext was frighteningly hilarious;  and I remember Sekulow would appear on it from time to time.  My God, he was such an asshole on that show...it's nice to know he hasn't changed a bit.

  •  A bit OT, Why are Jay Sekulow, Romney .. (5+ / 0-)

    ..or Pat Robertson interested in the continent of Africa in the first place.
    What's really in it for them, it's certainly not for humanitarian reasons imo
    Mercenary Missionaries: Religious Right’s Move In Zimbabwe Resurrects Sorry History - Aug 2, 2010 by Rob Boston in Wall of Separation

    What do Robertson and the Sekulows want in Zimbabwe?

    The agenda may sound familiar. As Posner puts it, “[T]he African Centre for Law and Justice is injecting itself into the political process of drafting a new constitution that will supposedly pave the way for new elections. The African Centre for Law and Justice is aiming to do in Zimbabwe precisely what the religious right seeks to accomplish in the United States: declare the country a ‘Christian nation’ guided by biblical principles, outlaw abortion, and ostracize and criminalize LGBT people.”
     - emphasis added
    Or Colonizing old world style:
    Robertson was cozying up to Mobutu Sese Seko, the dictator of Zaire (now the Congo). Robertson was so eager to get a stake in the country’s lucrative diamond trade that he unsuccessfully lobbied the U.S. government to lift its ban on the brutal and corrupt Mobutu.

    More scandalously, Robertson used airplanes from his Operation Blessing charity to ferry diamond-mining equipment in and out of the country – all while claiming he was doing humanitarian work there. - emphasis added

    And when that didn't pan out..
    .. in 2001 he began wooing Liberian strongman Charles Taylor in a gold-mining deal – despite Taylor’s known brutality and his role in the violent civil war that had racked the nation.
    [snip]
    And let’s not forget what other Religious Right activists have done in Uganda. Legislators there, worked into a state of frenzy by anti-gay far-right speakers from U.S. Religious Right groups, have actually proposed legislation mandating the death penalty for gay men and lesbians.
    Sounds exactly like something Romney couldn't pass up - money and Christian creds
    •  ... now, all I want to know is if and how (2+ / 0-)
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      Senator Inhofe and his activities on behalf of "The Fellowship". This Senator fits into the intentions of Romney's advisor and Romney's own church' and political point of views nicely.

      The secretive organization "The Fellowship" obviously has found a fertile soil in African countries and spread its missions all over.

      From wikipedia just for an intro about the Fellowships secrecy:

      Secrecy (of the Fellowship)

      In a report on the Fellowship, the LA Times found:

      [Fellowship members] share a vow of silence about Fellowship activities. Coe and others cite biblical admonitions against public displays of good works, insisting they would not be able to tackle their diplomatically sensitive missions if they drew public attention. Members, including congressmen, invoke this secrecy rule when refusing to discuss just about every aspect of the Fellowship and their involvement in it."[6]

      The Fellowship has long been a secretive organization.[34][35] The Reverend Rob Schenck, who leads a Bible study on the Hill inspired by C Street, wrote that “all ministries in Washington need to protect the confidence of those we minister to, and I'm sure that’s a primary motive for C Street's low profile.”[36] But he added, “I think The Fellowship has been just a tad bit too clandestine.”[36]

      Prominent political figures have insisted that confidentiality and privacy are essential to the Fellowship's operation. In 1985, President Ronald Reagan said about the Fellowship, "I wish I could say more about it, but it's working precisely because it is private."[37]

      At the 1990 National Prayer Breakfast, President George H.W. Bush praised Doug Coe for what he described as “quiet diplomacy, I wouldn’t say secret diplomacy.”[13]

      In 2009, Chris Halverson, son of Fellowship co-founder Richard C. Halverson, said that a culture of pastoral confidentiality is essential to the ministry: "If you talked about it, you would destroy that fellowship."[1]

      In 1975, a member of the Fellowship's inner circle wrote to the group's chief South African operative, that their political initiatives

      ...have always been misunderstood by 'outsiders.' As a result of very bitter experiences, therefore, we have learned never to commit to paper any discussions or negotiations that are taking place. There is no such thing as a 'confidential' memorandum, and leakage always seems to occur. Thus, I would urge you not to put on paper anything relating to any of the work that you are doing...[unless] you know the recipient well enough to put at the top of the page 'PLEASE DESTROY AFTER READING.'[38][39]

      In 1974, after several Watergate conspirators had joined the Fellowship, a Los Angeles Times columnist discouraged further inquiries into Washington's "underground prayer movement", i.e. the Fellowship: “They genuinely avoid publicity...they shun it.”[40][41]

      In 2002, Doug Coe denied that the Fellowship Foundation owns the National Prayer Breakfast. Jennifer Thornett, a Fellowship employee, said that "there is no such thing as the Fellowship".[6]

      Former Republican Senator Willliam Armstrong said the group has “made a fetish of being invisible”.[42]

      In the 1960s, the Fellowship began distributing to involved members of Congress notes that stated that “the group, as such, never takes any formal action, but individuals who participate in the group through their initiative have made possible the activities mentioned.”[43]

      On January 5, 2010, Fellowship member Bob Hunter gave an interview on national television in which he stated:

      But I do agree with you, that The Fellowship is too secret. We don't have a Web site. We don't have – we have a lot of good ministers, 200 ministers doing good works that nobody knows about. I think that's wrong, and there's a debate going on among a lot of people about whether and how we should change that.[44]

      The Fellowship maintains no public website and conducts no public fundraising activities.

      Inhofe's activities, the Fellowship, Romney's church and political view points all fit together nicely.  And I would think that all the "missionary" work and their "anti-gay" and "sexual control of women's reproductive rights" are just a front for the corporate "old-style" exploitative colonialism of the land and its resources.

      I am not sure, but my impressions were that many Africans fear homosexual behaviour among themselves. Whereas I have learned from native American writers here at dailykos that the "in between" sexes were respected and included in their traditional cultures, I am not sure if that was or is the case in traditional African cultures.

      Their traditional family structures and power balance between men and women in marriage included the fact that women want needed to have children to be included in the family clan, which make them dependent on men, which gives the men rights women don't have. I am not sure of the African traditional cultures being inclusive towards homosexual activities.

      I suspect and believe that Christian missionaries might have made use of this possible trait. I clearly haven't researched that and all I am saying is based on anectdotal observations and gut's feelings. I would love to find fact-based research on that.

  •  BTW, it's for diaries like this one, I come back (1+ / 0-)
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    to dailykos and try to catch all of Meteor Blades diaries.

    This one is a gem. Factbased, investigative reporting at its best. Thanks, MB. You made my day.

  •  And, besides that... (0+ / 0-)

    He looks like a damned creep.

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