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Bryan Fischer To Romney: Don't Hire Gays

Bryan-FischerAndy reported on Friday that Mitt Romney has hired openly gay communications strategist Richard Grennel to be his campaign spokesman. You'd think Republicans would welcome the news. Grennel's hiring shows that Republicans are generous enough to uncomplainingly rub elbows with sinners, and the promulgation of that message could (who knows?) attract a few gay and gay-friendly votes.

That logic either never occured to or doesn't suffice for the American Family Association's Bryan Fischer, who yesterday tweeted this message:

Romney picks out & loud gay as a spokesman. If personnel is policy, his message to the pro-family community: drop dead.

Horrible as Fischer is, this is still rather shocking. Fischer has never before said that moral employers oughtn't hire gays, nor is it currently a plank of the American Family Association's platform that LGBT folk should be denied the dignity of work. And maybe that's not what Fischer believes, either -- maybe he believes only that politicians oughtn't work in close quarters with gays, lest we corrupt their ethics. Either way, I hope he elaborates.

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  1. oh no- he meant it. I kno these pple- having been raised by them, played with their kids, was taught by them- the dignity of work isn't the only thing they would see denied to gay pple. They wish there was a way they could deny the dignity of LIFE to us, too.

    Posted by: scott | Apr 22, 2012 10:37:20 AM

  2. "If personnel is policy, his message to the pro-family community: drop dead."

    (worth repeating)

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Apr 22, 2012 10:41:24 AM

  3. The sad irony is that Fischer and Grennel get their hatred from the same source and use it for similar purposes. The only difference is that Fischer turns his against others while Grennel turns his against himself.

    Posted by: Trev | Apr 22, 2012 11:13:57 AM

  4. It is not just about pro-family and protect marriage, it has never been. A gay genocide, maybe.

    If Bryant does not agree with Romney hiring gays, he should tell his minions not to vote for Romney this coming Nov.

    Posted by: Malaysian Ho | Apr 22, 2012 11:35:11 AM

  5. As a long since former Republican, the best thing that party could ever do is just exactly that: tell these people to drop dead.

    Posted by: Craig | Apr 22, 2012 11:43:04 AM

  6. Me to Obama: "Don't hire Christianists."

    Posted by: Brad | Apr 22, 2012 11:49:27 AM

  7. I went to Chick Fil A last night, and ordered food at the drive thru, and then drove thru without picking up the food. It was fun. I encourage everyone to do this.

    Make sure you specialize your order too! Order something that comes without mayo, with mayo. Order something that comes with cheese without cheese. Order an iced tea with a shot of 7 up.

    Posted by: David Hearn | Apr 22, 2012 11:59:00 AM

  8. My buddy's mom got paid $19197 past month.
    she is making an income on the computer and bought a $333400 home. All she did was get lucky and try the advice shown on this website.... is(dot)gd/6kJUeB

    Posted by: joanna | Apr 22, 2012 12:02:56 PM

  9. As I write this, I can only imagine that Fischer's own personal Lucifer is busy excavating a whole new circle of hell just for smug, immoral pseudo-thologians who persecute the innocent for their own personal gain and aggrandizement. Proust!

    Posted by: Tim Tondreault | Apr 22, 2012 12:04:15 PM

  10. If "Pro-Family" community is anything like Bryan Fisher then let's hope that IS his message...

    Posted by: Jakrabt | Apr 22, 2012 12:18:34 PM

  11. Oughtn't? Twice? That's annoying.

    Posted by: txstevotxstevo | Apr 22, 2012 12:25:19 PM

  12. Romney is never in a position to hire anyone for too long of a period. A) He dismantles all the companies they purchase and ship the jobs overseas. B) He won't be the president anyway.

    Posted by: jakeinlove | Apr 22, 2012 12:40:15 PM

  13. Bryan Fischer, the AFA, and the rest of the evangelical homophobes absolutely want to allow any employer or private property owner (aka apartment buildings and realtors) to be able to discriminate against LGBT people. Let's stop the pretense and get down to business where the evangie-cons are concerned. They hate us. They want to isolate us. They want to destroy us. Fight back!

    Posted by: jamal49 | Apr 22, 2012 12:56:44 PM

  14. @TXSTEVOTXSTEVO: What does an anonymous stranger -- with no discernible credentials or demonstrated skills -- hope to accomplish by publicly chiding Thorp for his grammatically correct eccentricities?

    Posted by: Mort | Apr 22, 2012 1:01:21 PM

  15. "You'd think Republicans would welcome the news."

    Do we live in the same USA? In the one where I live, hiring gays would not be welcome news to Republicans.

    Posted by: Marco | Apr 22, 2012 1:03:32 PM

  16. Fischer misses the point - Romney hiring an insecure self-loathing reluctant-homosexual with no testicles actually does the Conservative Right's job, perfectly. It shows that slavery can still work in 2012 - all you have to do is find a put-on minority, make sure they feel worthless, then offer them a tiny shred of tolerance. PRESTO! They think they've found freedom and respect. They haven't, of course, but they think they have.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Apr 22, 2012 1:12:52 PM

  17. That photo sports the ONL Y halo this evil soul will ever wear. Good luck with the god complex Bygone.

    Posted by: russ | Apr 22, 2012 1:39:57 PM

  18. I don't need to hear him elaborate. I'd prefer never to hear a word about him again. Same for Mitt.

    Posted by: Paul R | Apr 22, 2012 1:54:35 PM

  19. @David Hearn: Ordering something without any intention of paying for it sounds like fraud to me. Why not instead actually spend your money at companies that DO have a social conscience?

    Posted by: GregV | Apr 22, 2012 2:07:34 PM

  20. Mr. Grenelle is openly gay, and went to the same Pentecostal school in Springfield MO- Evangel College - that I did. It's a very Republican town. That's part of Ric's background that he has never left.

    Posted by: Daniel | Apr 22, 2012 2:18:59 PM

  21. I wouldn't try to defend Fischer on this site, but there IS something he said here that should make gays happy, even though this wasn't his intention. By complaining that the new hiree is "out and loud" he's shown two things. One, even the Christian Right dares not object to the hiring of one who is openly gay (and this is a big switch from even the 1990's) and two, that gay Republicans can be proud (presumably) just not "loud." We can't exactly be sure what is meant by "loud",although I don't think Fischer was referring to the decibel level of Mr. Grennell's voice. The idea then is that it's OK to hire an openly gay person as long as he doesn't make too much of an issue about gay rights questions.

    My point is that this represents change. History does seem to be on the side of the gay rights cause and Mr. Fischer knows this. This is why I always advise you not to sound militant and to pick your political battles carefully. Fischer knows that the loser in this conflict will be whoever acts the most aggressive, so he's already trying to soften the stance of the AFA. His message is of course that Mr. Grennell is not one of those (perfectly fine?) out and proud gays, he's one of those scary out, proud, and LOUD gays. And yes, this sounds as funny to me as it does to you! But it's all he has left. His only real argument against the gay rights agenda, including gay marriage, is the one that I have about how this might encourage homosexual experimentation and have an adverse affect on straight relationships over time. And as with most social conservatives he's too scared of the "silent majority" to make that case. His loss (and mine) is your gain.

    Posted by: Mary | Apr 22, 2012 2:22:17 PM

  22. I'm with TXTSTEVO, please stop using "oughtn't".

    Posted by: D.R.H. | Apr 22, 2012 2:34:07 PM

  23. I'm sure he meant it. The AFA has worked its members hard to keep the pressure on their conservative politicians to keep ENDA from happening. The AFA would rather see gays dead than leading productive lives in the US or anywhere else in the world. The AFA is more concerned about a zygote having full human rights than any gay person. The AFA has been designated a hate group, and they live up to that designation ... proudly.

    Posted by: Chuck | Apr 22, 2012 3:33:43 PM

  24. Love the photo shot straight up the nostrils! Makes it so easy to see that there aren't any brains up inside his head.

    Posted by: kit | Apr 22, 2012 3:50:33 PM

  25. Brandon Thorpe, this story concerns Fischer's opposition to the hiring of gay and lesbian people, not "LGBT folk". There is no such thing as "LGBT" and the word "folk" is archaic. If you want to be taken seriously, stop using the brain-dead language of trans activists.

    Posted by: Denise | Apr 22, 2012 3:51:50 PM

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