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Bryan Fischer and the American Family Association: A portrait of hatred

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Initial post: Nov 14, 2012 7:44:57 PM PST

Written by Samuel Warde | July 1, 2012

It's no great surprise that the Tea Party includes Christians possessing extreme right-wing political beliefs. Within the Tea Party, there are "soldiers for God" who are going out and attempting to overthrow government as representatives of God. One such individual is Bryan Jonathan Fischer, the Director of Issues for the American Family Association, regular contributor to their blog, Rightly Concerned, and host on their radio talk program Focal Point.

As a leader and spokesman for the American Family Association (AFA), Fischer is anti-choice, against environmental protections, against gays and gay adoption, strongly opposes national health care, liberals, Obama...... the list goes on and on. Fischer is an avid supporter of the AIDS denial movement, teaching that AIDS is caused by recreational drug use. Fischer has been included in the Top Ten Anti-Mormon Statements in 2011 by MormonVoices, a group associated with Foundation for Apologetic Information & Research. The AFA was cited back in 2005 by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) for using hate speech and in 2010 they upgraded that designation, listing the AFA as a hate group, citing in part Fischer's controversial comments about ethnic and racial minorities as well as his anti-gay comments as examples in support of that new, more serious hate group designation.

Liberal concern with Fischer and the AFA is two-fold. First there is the AFA's widespread media blitz throughout all forms of media such as their television series, internet series, their daily report, blog, numerous journal publications as well as over 200 radio broadcast stations. Of even greater concern is their obvious influence on conservative politicians.

For instance, The New Yorker magazine reported in their June 18th issue that Fischer's attack on Mitt Romney's national security spokesman, Richard Grenell, for being gay let to a public outcry by leading conservatives ultimately leading to Grenell's resignation in what Fischer described as a "huge win" for conservatives and showing Fischer's strong influence on Mitt Romney. Other leading Republican candidates have sought Fischer's support to include Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Tim Pawlenty and Rick Santorum - all of whom have appeared as guests on Fischer's shows.

Last week Fischer proclaimed that Satan was behind everything from the environment to gay rights to Planned Parenthood and this week took it a step further insisting that "Liberals have been Duped by Satan" and have become completely irrational as a result.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2012 7:48:00 PM PST
The more people like him talk, the more they make their delusion evident.

So... please, keep talking!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2012 8:01:27 PM PST
Astrocat says:
Hoo, boy, who's irrational? Sounds to me like it must be Bryan Jonathan Fischer.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2012 8:10:51 PM PST
So true. Better to keep these whackdoodles in the daylight where you can keep your eye on them.

Posted on Nov 14, 2012 8:12:35 PM PST
Yep....this guy seems to be one twisted, psychotic individual.

I would not be surprised if he was --as so many anti-gay crusaders before him have been-- found out to be gay himself.

Not that being gay is 'twisted'.............but being twisted in the sense that he rails incessantly against gays but might actually turn out to himself BE gay.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2012 8:21:32 PM PST
It is curious how some individuals are completely obsessed with homosexuality. Can't be bothered with Wall Street destroying the country's economy, natural disasters caused by climate change, the real possibility of a conflagration in the Middle East, etc. Noooo, let yourself be consumed by people's private lives...............

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 9:17:36 AM PST
Lufer says:
Raise the issue and many if not most of us will quite likely aver a conviction that islamic terrorists represent the biggest threat to American prosperity and our way of life. Regardless of whether or not that is true, however, I foresee an impending change in this particular narrative.

Our putative enemies are a lot more like some of us than we have truly managed to appreciate. This is not a part of our collective consciousness now, but times are changing. America is becoming more and more pluralistic with each passing year and less "WASPy." This change in demographic is, in and of itself, an inexorable catalyst for change within individual Americans themselves. My fear is that this will bring out the worst in some us. I hope I'm wrong, of course, but it is my belief that organizations like this AFA will become crucibles for hate, terrorism and future enemies of America.

Some of us harbor very dangerous delusions, indeed, but they are totally incongruent with a peace loving and pluralistic society. It is, nevertheless, patently clear, America is changing and she is moving in a very well delineated direction. Some will not like the upshot (politically and otherwise) of this. What will happen when the deluded among us are forced into a corner?
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