Stephen Baldwin has a Threesome, plays Barney Rubble, gets a Hannah Montana Tattoo and calls the first black president “Homey”!

And Now He Has  A Radio Show!  According to Sarah Posner…

Actor Stephen Baldwin Takes Christian Indoctrination to the Xtreme

Original investigative report: How a media-savvy, tough-talking duo are putting their knowledge of youth culture in the service of the paranoid Christian Right.

Actor Stephen Baldwin has a message for the millennial generation: Jesus is cool, Jesus is rad, Jesus will kick your butt, Jesus will help you kick the butts of secular liberals. Yet while Baldwin seeks to be the hip new face of evangelicalism, promoting the Jesus of skateboarders and cool kids, beneath his radical chic is the ideology of the old men behind the Cold War-era John Birch Society and Christian Crusade.

Together with Christian activist and radio host Kevin McCullough, Baldwin launched a youth-targeted for-profit Christian media company, Xtreme Media, LLC, and the radio program Xtreme Radio with Stephen Baldwin and Kevin McCullough. The aim of Xtreme Media, according to Baldwin, is to create “a content reality we want to utilize to fire up the conservative movement to stand up and push back louder and more ferociously.”

Addressing a 2008 religious-right conference, the annual Values Voter Summit sponsored by FRC Action, Baldwin — the baby of the Baldwin brothers acting family first put on the Hollywood map by brother Alec — explained that he uses “extreme sports” to recruit young evangelicals “because I believe the way to ensure a better America in the future is make more Christians.” At religious right conferences across the nation, Baldwin struts before young and not-so-young audiences, deploying his uber-masculine Christianity as a rebuke to the Hollywood liberals he claims are ruining America.

“We are the hands of the Lord Jesus in this realm,” he told the Values Voters. “And I don’t know about you — I’m not tryin’ to be dramatic — I’m puttin’ some boxing gloves on mine.”

Packaging Paranoia for a New Generation

While Baldwin is the better-known face of Xtreme Media, Kevin McCullough is the brains behind the enterprise, as Baldwin readily admits. Clad in jeans, a backwards baseball cap and sunglasses, McCullough strutted through the XPAC lounge at last month’s Conservative Political Action Conference, where a few dozen young people mingled in conversational groupings of sofas and arm chairs. Others played video games — Guitar Hero, XBox and Wii were all available — or took advantage of the “blazing fast” wi-fi. The CPAC crowd included a sizable contingent of younger activists, thanks to the heavily subsidized $25 admission fee for college students (compared to $175 for everybody else).

McCullough, who Baldwin says inspired him to become a Christian, is a celebrity in his own right within his own sphere. A prolific writer and sought-after speaker on the Christian right and Tea Party circuits, his radio show, now co-hosted with Baldwin, is syndicated by Fox News Radio, the American Family Association and Christian media giant Salem Communications, which also owns Townhall.com, where McCullough blogs. (Just before CPAC, Salem acquired HotAir.com from Michelle Malkin.) McCullough is also a Fox News contributor, and was a keynote speaker at the 9/12 Tea Party march on Washington. He is the author of two books, MuscleHead Revolution: Overturning Liberalism with Commonsense Thinking and The Kind of Man Every Man Should Be: Taking a Stand for True Masculinity.

In the XPAC lounge — a made-over meeting room in Washington, D.C.’s Marriott Wardman-Park hotel, where CPAC took place — McCullough told me that he and Baldwin hatched the idea for XPAC “on the back of a napkin” at last year’s CPAC. “[In] about five minutes,” he said, “we drew up the whole concept.” The concept being a place for CPAC attendees under 30 to get “plugged in and have some fun.” And, apparently, to get some “worldview” education in the process.

McCullough’s outreach to millennials at CPAC demonstrates how Christian right education organizations, particularly XPAC cosponsor Summit Ministries, have created generations of warriors against the “worldviews” of communism, socialism and secular humanism that compete, they say, against a “biblical Christian worldview.” Summit offers conferences to high school and college students “to counteract the alarming trend” of Christian youth “adopting the false humanistic philosophies of our day,” as described in its promotional DVD distributed in the XPAC lounge. McCullough, who speaks at Summit’s youth-focused conferences, personally solicited Summit’s sponsorship of the XPAC lounge, according to John Stonestreet, Summit’s executive director.

The “worldview” education plied by Summit does more than produce Christian right activists; as the conservative movement becomes more radicalized, this training also dovetails with the rhetoric of the Tea Party movement and its allied agitators. Rev. David Noebel, who founded the Manitou Springs, Colorado-based Summit Ministries in 1962, has a long history as an anti-communist propagandist, launching his career with Rev. Billy James Hargis’ Christian Crusade, conceived by Hargis as a “Christian weapon against Communism and its godless allies,” and which had close ties with the John Birch Society. Noebel was a member of the society until at least 1987, according to Jean Hardisty, founder of Political Research Associates, a think tank that monitors right-wing movements.

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ted hayes
2010-03-16 14:15:42
 
  • Two points…

    Firstly, as an atheist friend of mine pointed out, ”indoctrination” is a word that, basically, means ”teaching”. Sure, it can be taken too far… communism, the hippie movement, Charles Manson, national socialism, imperialism, Darwinism… but it doesn’t necessarily have to be synonymous with ”brain-washing”.

    Secondly, what about these techniques that these men are using hasn’t been used by anyone before? The same old messages get re-hashed into new and easier-to-understand language. The same old religions get re-hashed into newer, more contemporary practices. The thing about the Way of Christ is that it’s totally open to societal changes. While no political change is forced, societal changes are welcomed… in the proper context. A follower of Christ can be a skate-boarding teen, just as much as a fifty-year-old suit-wearing bible-thumper; a WWII veteran, or Viet-Nam war veteran; a homeless person in a third-world environment; a multi-billionaire; or anyone in-between. As long as a person follows the core teachings of Christ, it doesn’t matter what else they do with their lives. It’s the same way with every demographic: Darwinists can be scientists, journalists, politicians, or lunatics in an asylum. They can even be war-criminals and fascist dictators. What’s wrong with helping the next generation understand such a maligned belief-system? It’s not like they’re being forced or intimidated into accepting it… and it’s not like they’ll be treated any worse if they don’t accept it right away… or ever.

    Personally, I think the violent ”indoctrination” of the Ghetto-rap culture, or the sexually deviant ”indoctrination” of various forms of Japanese art and entertainment (especially the loli and rape-based ”art”,) are more dangerous than telling a child to love their fellow human being, and watch out for the good of each-other… and learn from the experiences of one’s elders. Report This Comment

    undefined
    2010-03-16 14:50:54
     
  • Good point, except for one flaw: a Jew can be a Christian, if he/she so chooses. Ever heard of Jews for Jesus, or Messianic Jews? Report This Comment

    undefined
    2010-03-16 14:51:50
     
  • And to think Baldwin was in the 1994 movie ”Threesome”, which depicted a raunchy menage a trois with another guy and a girl. Happily humping-away while his gay friend was feeling him up.

    The dude must have had a Jesus Revelation or something. Report This Comment

    undefined
    2010-03-16 15:00:56
     
  • Once an actor, ALWAYS an actor. Guess he is looking for more fans! What a joke! Report This Comment

    greenriverkate
    2010-03-16 15:28:38
     
  • The only reason Stephen gravitated to the Christer fundie movement is his guilt at living a dissolute life. The only reason he’s on radio is that he couldn’t make a living in film acting. Report This Comment

    jmmartin
    2010-03-16 15:32:09
     
  • Yes, what happened?? Alec I like, and he’s really smart and funny- but Stephen is of the ’crazed for christ’ type— you know the kind… the ones that have all the answers, and try to get you to their side–THAT is the part of Christianity I loathe!! The pendulum is swinging in an offensive and rude direction….like starting wars, everywhere..bush already took us in that direction…….! Report This Comment

    rockymissouri
    2010-03-16 15:34:11
     
  • Looney tunes bloom in scary times.

    BANKING ON HEAVEN . COM Report This Comment

    yoyofishing
    2010-03-16 15:42:04
     
  • Same old crap, just repackaged! Carnies-all of them! And as far as liberals go- our founding fathers were, for time, raving, wonderful liberals-and bless them all! All of these phonies like Dobson, Hargis, Hagee,Haggard–there are so so many- they are like plagues of locusts and demons sent by Satan, not god…from what I know of Jesus, he was all about the love, baby, and cared for the poor-widows and orphans- and would NOT know these assholes who claim to be so fucking special,family oriented– my ass! Report This Comment

    rockymissouri
    2010-03-16 15:53:05
     

    you are so right! i can appreciate very much your statement that ”they are like plagues of locusts and demons sent by Satan, not god”!!! Baldwin and McCollough are in it for the MONEY! Nothing more! Only fools will believe what either has to say! Report This Comment

    johnbradleycopeland
    2010-03-16 15:58:50
     
  • This claim is total BS. You are an anti-semitic liar. I would like to know from what nwo-Nazi source you get your disinformation. The truth is found on Davey D’s Hip Hop Corner website in an article by Casey Gane McCalla. He writes, ”Ron Paul accepted a donation from the founder of white supremacist site, Stormfront, Don Black and even took a picture with him and his son Derek.” The article documents a number of Ron Paul statements that thoroughly connect him to extreme right wing, conspiracy mongering white supremacist ideology. No wonder he’s so popular with so many Alternet readers!! Report This Comment

    yellow
    2010-03-16 16:10:25
     
  • Sigh.

    First, ’XPAC’ at CPAC was, well, kind of a bust. Despite the reduced ticket price and allure of vid games et al, the venue proved quite the echo chamber. I read this, at the time, across multiple reporting venues; yet today all links have disappeared. Go figure.

    Here’s an interesting one that remains from a C-Mo:

    http://www.frumforum.com/sorbas-sodomy-obsession

    Second, and last, Baldwin and especially McCollough are speaking to a generation that simply does not hear, nor respond to, their exclusive messaging: racist, homophobic, xenophobic massaging, no matter how they digitally dress it up.

    I have two kids in college. Despite my own left-center activist bent, they’re largely into their own stuff and politely ignore my diatribes. But they DO vote. And neither my own kids nor their collegiate contemporaries of all ideological color spend any energy nor patience on phobic, exclusive philosophies. Religious or otherwise.

    Baldwin and McCullough are, ultimately, reaching only the most psycho-emotionally vulnerable of contemporary generations. I’m concerned, yes, but only for the individuals. Collectively, they are a teeny tiny voting minority. Report This Comment

    ktward
    2010-03-16 17:12:27
     
  • Jesus was a Jew, not a Christian…or so it is said.

    Look, although these bastards claim they are Christians, they are far from what ”The Prince of Peace” would advise.

    First, a statement: I am *NOT* a Christian, I am Agonostic. I cannot have ”faith” to believe in anything, much less the fairytales of Christianity. Iff (if and only if) Jesus did exist, he would be disgusted in what those who clain to follow him practice and preach. Today’s ”Christians practice greed and indifference for anyone but themselves, i.e. selfishness. Wow!!! What a fucking virtue.

    Screw these assholes like Stephen Baldwin. They spew lies to those they wish to follow them. They are not ”rightious}, nor are they followers of Christ. They are followers of mammon, short and simple.

    The bottom line? Anyone who has shitloads of money, and pisses on anyone who isn’t able to live as they do (anyone who *WORKS* for a living) is a lieing piece of dogshit.

    Rich Christians aren’t Christians by default. Their own religion prohibits wealth! Report This Comment

    aussidawg
    2010-03-16 17:16:45
     
  • So, Sarah, you don’t believe in Jesus? You don’t think it is better for kids to come to God than to crime? I will pray for you. I hope others will do the same as you are obviously in dire need of prayer. Report This Comment

    wordmaster
    2010-03-16 17:31:33
     
  • Gee, I wonder if Mr. ”Holier than Thou” Baldwin has stopped trolling for sex in gay bars in Fort Lauderdale? When I lived there in the late 90’s/early 00’s he spent some time hooking up with other men.

    I guess religion is more profitable now than his failed career as an actor. Report This Comment

    daveballance
    2010-03-16 18:53:41
     
  • There are two questions about every evangelist.

    One is whether these guys are preaching hysterical paranoia at everything that goes bump in the night. Sometimes things are true, sometimes other things are pure made-up baloney, and sometimes people can exaggerate.

    Worse, a number of these leaders apparently will backstab their best friends in order to get ahead. It’s such a racket designed to remove cash from (preferably) rich people. Do you want a backstabbing leader?

    The other question has to do with the efficacy of what they’re preaching. If the word of God is ”Be fruitful and multiply”, and if you’re a hormone-loaded teen and all your friends are hooking up, but your minister says just shove it back down and you shove it back down day after day after day until you’re ready to snap, that faith isn’t working for you. If you’re gay, that faith really betrays you.

    And if the faith says that Jesus was whipped, mocked and had iron spikes driven through the delicate bones of his hand, and then you’re taught to join the army and torture or blow up random loving human beings like a Roman occupier would, and maybe come home with a brain injury or Gulf War Syndrome, that faith isn’t exactly working for you either.

    These leaders are scared of average colleges because the kids are being taught to question things, and that’s not good for the evangelicals. Winger Christians don’t see discrimination at college, except other students wonder why these individuals can’t question things like most people do. Report This Comment

    paulk
    2010-03-16 19:03:53
     
  • American Primitivism (”racist, homophobic, xenophobic massaging” described in ktward’s words below) has always been with us and will always be with us. Hate sells. The tradition of Christianity can be used to identify enemies, as is clear from the concept of the anti-Christ, and then try to hide behind a call of love to God and love to ma–observed only in the breach.

    Glad to see that the specific event reported on here did not do well. I have no doubt it will continue, because some Americans are paranoid and lots of Americans are scared.

    In fact, the more we are able to make legal progress toward a society of justice, the louder will be the screams of those who hate. Never has there been a time without it. It is a price we pay for freedom. Report This Comment

    styrex
    2010-03-16 19:08:55
     
  • A vast majority of these Christian fundies were formally involved in one form a debauchery or another. At some time in their pathetic lives, they have an epiphany, suffer from great guilt… then over-compensate with extremism. That is one of the many hypocrisies about them.

    Eventually, their is little distinction between any extremist, regardless of faith. Some blew up ’non-believers’, others incite hatred towards ’non-believers’. There is little distinction in regards to the ultimate end-result.

    Steve Baldwin and his ilk would be a joke if it were not for the fact that they are ’indoctrinating’ others with their disturbing beliefs.

    It is 2010, can we evolve past these primitive and completely unnecessary beliefs? Report This Comment

    sconnelly
    2010-03-16 19:13:33
     
  • Rupert Murdoch’s Glenn Beck conservative movement hyperbole, sophism and propaganda against ”social justice”, progressives, liberals, socialists, socialism, unions and community has another actor and radio host addition of the Right-Wing EXTREME Rupert Murdoch FOX News Xtreme to continue in the creation of ”a content reality” — christianized propaganda utilized ”to fire up the conservative movement to stand up and push back louder and more ferociously” against social justice, progressivies, liberals, socialists, socialism, and community to get Conservative Republicans back in the White House and try to kick the progressives and liberals out of Congress in Hitleresque fashion.

    With regard the Right-Wing’s Conservative Movement being against ”social justice”, progressivies, liberals, socialists, socialism, unions and community for the populace; Glenn Beck, Stephen Baldwin and Kevin McCullough are in ”good company?” — Hitleresque, that is — as Adolph Hitler was against social justice, liberals and unions, Benito Mussolini was against social justice, liberals and unions, Hideki Tojo was against social justice, liberals and unions, the Divine Right of Kings was against social justice, liberals and unions, and Privatized Capitalism was founded against the tenets of social justice, liberals and unions —- So, it is clear that Glenn Beck, Stephen Baldwin and Kevin McCullough are in ”good company?” in their stance against social justice, liberals and unions, Right!!! Watch the FREE documentary of ”Capitalism: A Love Story” by Michael Moore, compliments of Michael Moore, for the true low down on private capitalism.

    As with the Conservative Hitleresque Rupert Murdoch’s FOX News Media Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and Bill O’Reilly hyperbole, sophism and propaganda, Stephen Baldwin and Kevin McCullough’s Xtreme Radio, Townhall.com and Hotair.com are the movement’s latest addition along with the rest of the John Birch Society bunch: The Tea Party’s Rev. David Noebel, Summit Ministries’ John Stonestreet, American Family Association, Salem Communications, and Rev. Billy James Hargis’ Christian Crusade, Sarah Palin, Michelle Malkin and others, it has been stated clearly that their business is to create generations of warriors against the ”worldviews” of communism, socialism”, and actor Stephen Baldwin and radio host Kevin McCullough’s Xtreme conservative radio program and Jesus the Christ’s teachings which compete against this new conservative ”biblical Christian worldview.”

    McCullough is a man right after Rupert Murdoch’s own Hitleresque heart, since he is a Fox News contributor, and was a keynote speaker at the 9/12 Tea Party march on Washington; but the most important thing to Rupert Murdoch is that McCullough titled his book with what he really thinks about the Conservative Movement’s Revolution, which states clearly that it is a ”MuscleHead Revolution: Overturning Liberalism with Commonsense Thinking”, as muscleheads are easily manipulated, and the EXTREMIST Conservative Movement is doing just that, as only muscleheads of the populace would allow themselves to be propagandized against common sense that is in their own best interest of themselves and against the best interest of all the members of the populace of the United States, and the nation as a whole, while the Conservative Movement rips off the country, and McCullough even has a ”propaganda special” telling the muscle-heads ”The Kind of Man Every Man Should Be: Taking a Stand for True Masculinity”, which of course leads the populace to follow the conservative traitors as they rip off to the majority populace and then act like they had no idea what was going on, which is only believed by muscle-heads. Report This Comment

    nobyjingo
    2010-03-16 20:43:34
     
  • Glenn Beck, Stephen Baldwin and Kevin McCullough are in ”good company?” — Adolph Hitler’s http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adolf_Hitler%27s_religious_view, that is — as Adolph Hitler http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adolf_Hitler%27s_rise_to_power was against social justice, liberals and unions, Benito Mussolini http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benito_Mussolini was against social justice, liberals and unions, Hideki Tojo http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hideki_T%C5%8Dj%C5%8D was against social justice, liberals and unions, the Divine Right of Kings
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