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Rachel Maddow Dissects the AFA's Desperate Attempt to Distance Itself From Bryan Fischer: VIDEO

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Last night, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow continued to shine a spotlight on the American Family Association's efforts to distance itself from radio host Bryan Fischer in the lead up to a Republican National Convention trip to Israel backed by the AFA. Maddow, who broke the story of Fischer's firing Wednesday, pointed out some choice quotes by Fischer and questioned why the RNC would continue with the trip in light of the fact that Fischer was being kept on as AFA radio host.

The RNC, for its part, issued the following statement to MSNBC last night after days of refusing to comment:

"We don't agree with Bryan Fischer's comments and are glad AFA has severed ties with him."

Maddow, of course, wasn't buying it and devoted the latter portion of her segment to doing what she does best - taking a magnifying glass to the GOP's longstanding policy of cozying up next to extremist organizations and figures. 

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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American Family Association Desperately Trying to Distance Itself from Spokeshater Bryan Fischer to No Avail

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The Southern Poverty Law Center-designated hate group American Family Association, which last night fired Bryan Fischer as its spokeshater and director of issues analysis, has sent a letter to the SPLC further distancing itself from the rabid bigot.

Wednesday night, Rachel Maddow broke the story reporting that Fischer's firing was due to Israeli press reporting that Reince Preibus and the RNC are taking a trip to Israel which is being funded by the AFA. Fischer appeared on his radio program today as usual - telling listeners that his radio show would continue uninterrupted. 

From the AFA letter to the SPLC dated January 28:

Occasionally the risks inherent in providing many Christian voices a free speech zone in its media requires AFA to disclaim statements made on one of its media outlets. AFA has concluded that it must renounce some statements made by American Family Radio talk-show host Bryan Fischer. In its 37-year history, AFA has never held these views and wishes to clarify that it still rejects such sentiments:

AFA rejects the idea expressed by Bryan Fischer that "Free exercise of religion" only applies to Christians. Consequently, AFA rejects Bryan's assertions that Muslims should not be granted permits to build mosques in the United States;

AFA rejects the ideas expressed by Bryan Fischer that the violent expulsion of Native Americans was divinely ordained and that, "Superstition, savagery and sexual immorality" morally disqualified Native Americans from "sovereign control of American soil."

AFA rejects the ideas expressed by Bryan Fischer that "we" need to clamp down on immigration because Hispanics are socialist by nature and vote Democratic because it allows them to "benefit from the plunder of the wealth of the United States."

AFA rejects Bryan Fischer's characterization of minorities as "people who rut like rabbits."

AFA rejects the statement by Bryan Fischer that, "Homosexuality gave us Adolph Hitler, and homosexuals in the military gave us the Brown Shirts, the Nazi war machine and six million dead Jews."

AFA rejects the policy advocated by Bryan Fischer that homosexual conduct should be illegal

AFA rejects the notion advocated by Bryan Fischer that, "We need an underground railroad to protect innocent children from same-sex households."

AFA rejects Bryan Fischer's statement that, "If Hillary Clinton becomes president In 2016, she will not only be our first female president, she could be our first lesbian president."

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In light of this notice, do not continue to charge AFA with the statements by Bryan Fischer that we have repudiated. When identifying "hate groups" in the context of training military or law enforcement personnel, do not put AFA in a false light by quoting Mr. Fischer's statements that we have repudiated.

SPLC President Richard Cohen sent a reply letter to AFA saying he wasn't buying any of it:

“Without ending Mr. Fischer’s talk show, without apologizing for the bigoted statements that he, Mr. Wildmon, and others associated with the AFA have made, and without making it crystal clear that the AFA will not tolerate any such statements in the future, the AFA’s 11th-hour disavowal of Mr. Fischer appears to serve only one purpose:  to give the AFA a degree of plausible deniability while it continues to spew hateful rhetoric. It’s a shell game and a transparent one at that.”

Right Wing Watch has also called bullshit on AFA's distancing efforts:

...the AFA has literally accomplished nothing with this stunt and has completely failed to distance itself from Fischer's utterly despicable views. The primary venues though which Fischer has managed to spread his bigotry for the last six years have always been owned, operated, and funded by the American Family Association and that relationship appears to remain intact. 

Stripping Fischer of his title as AFA spokesman in no way alleviates the AFA of its responsibility for Fischer's toxic views given that the only reason Fischer even has a platform from which to spread those views is because AFA is providing it to him and paying him to spread them!

From the very start of Fischer's time at AFA, the organization has pathetically attempted to have it both ways: providing the very microphone from which Fischer speaks while simultaneously claiming that it bears no responsibility for the message that he sends.

The AFA latest effort to rid itself of Fischer's rancid reputation is little more than a rhetorical accounting trick aimed at creating the false impression that the organization has wiped Fischer's bigotry off of its books.

Read the AFA letter and the SPLC response letter in their full glory, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Bryan Fischer Will Keep His Radio Show Despite Being Fired As AFA Spokeshater: VIDEO

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On today's Focal Point radio program, Bryan Fischer devoted a portion of his opening segment to addressing last night's reports that he'd been fired from his position as spokesman and director of issues analysis for the American Family Association. 

Said Fischer:

HeadlineI think I've been on-air somewhere between 2,700 and 3,000 hours. Now if you talk for a solid 3,000 hours, there's probably going to be some things you're going to say somewhere along the way that maybe you thought 'Well that was pretty strong, when I said that. Maybe if I was to do that over again I might use a little bit different language.' That happens to all of us. Anyway the low-information media taking some of the things that I have said and made the false assumption that I was representing the official views of the American Family Association, which I was not. We've got that disclaimer at the end of every broadcast, at the bottom of every blog post we submit - that the one who is speaking or writing here does not necessarily reflect the views of the American Family Association, but the low-information media seem to have trouble making that distinction so we're going to help them clear up that confusion. So I've taken off my hat as spokesman for AFA and will continue to be your loyal, humble, and cheerful host of Focal Point

Rachel Maddow broke the story last night, reporting that Fischer's firing was due to Israeli press reporting that Reince Preibus and the RNC are taking a trip to Israel which is being funded by the AFA.

Right Wing Watch, meanwhile, had this to say on Fischer's firing:

...the AFA has literally accomplished nothing with this stunt and has completely failed to distance itself from Fischer's utterly despicable views. The primary venues though which Fischer has managed to spread his bigotry for the last six years have always been owned, operated, and funded by the American Family Association and that relationship appears to remain intact. 

Stripping Fischer of his title as AFA spokesman in no way alleviates the AFA of its responsibility for Fischer's toxic views given that the only reason Fischer even has a platform from which to spread those views is because AFA is providing it to him and paying him to spread them!

From the very start of Fischer's time at AFA, the organization has pathetically attempted to have it both ways: providing the very microphone from which Fischer speaks while simultaneously claiming that it bears no responsibility for the message that he sends.

The AFA latest effort to rid itself of Fischer's rancid reputation is little more than a rhetorical accounting trick aimed at creating the false impression that the organization has wiped Fischer's bigotry off of its books.

Watch Fischer's announcement today, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Bobby Jindal Kicks Off Potential 2016 Presidential Run With Anti-gay Hate Group Prayer Rally: VIDEO

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On Saturday, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal headlined an all-day prayer rally at Louisiana State University in an effort to drum up evangelical support for a potential 2016 bid for the White House. 

The Response, as the prayer rally was called, was hosted by the rabidly anti-gay American Family Association and featured various self-proclaimed prophets, doomsday sayers, and other assorted religious nuts as Right Wing Watch points out

The LSU community, which had repeatedly denounced the event in the lead up to this Saturday, showed up to protest the event, the AP reports:

"You've heard today is not about political speeches. Today is about humbling ourselves before the Lord. Today we repent for our sins," he said. [...]

RallyOutside the prayer event, critics held a protest, saying the American Family Association, which the Southern Poverty Law Center has classified as a hate group, promotes discrimination against people who are gay or of non-Christian faiths.

Protesters accused Jindal of using the rally for political gain.

"I just knew this wasn't what LSU stands for. These aren't LSU values, Louisiana values or American values," said Peter Jenkins, a 26-year-old graduate student and protest organizer.

Jindal hasn't commented directly on the views of the American Family Association, which has linked same-sex marriage and abortion to disasters such as tornadoes and Hurricane Katrina.

On Friday, Rachel Maddow devoted a segment of her show to highlighting one of the crazier backers of The Response - Cindy Jacobs. You'll recall Jacobs as the woman who claims to have a direct line to God and that God has given her special powers - such as the ability to predict natural disasters and raise people from the dead. 

Watch Rachel's killer segment, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Anti-gay Hate Group American Family Association Launches 'One Million Dads'

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If you're unfamiliar with One Million Moms, it's a conservative watchdog group ostensibly formed for the purpose of protecting impressionable children from inappropriate themes, messages, and imagery in mass media. In practice, it's a collection of wingnut anti-gay scolds who make Helen Lovejoy look positively bacchanalian by comparison, which is not so surprising given that they're a project of the increasingly-misnamed American Family Association. We cover them from time to time on Towleroad, but Joe Jervis at Joe.My.God. practically has binders full of these women's antics.

It's no surprise, then, that Joe discovered that the AFA is filling out their pearl-clutching family with the foundation of One Million Dads. It seems like OMD would be a companion organization for OMM, but the mission page suggests a more..."patriarchal" intent:

The mission of One Million Dads, is the mission of Ezekiel 37.  The men of the church have long been asleep.  We have relinquished our God given position of leadership.  Not to subjugate our families, but to lead them with the loving hand of Christ.  Our hope is to wake up the fearsome wonder that is the mighty man of God and restore him to his role as leader, teacher, counselor, and then thereby change the world we live in for the better.  

That reads an awful lot like, "We've been letting the womenfolk run things long enough; it's time for the men to step up and take charge." For the moment the site seems to contain mostly personal accounts of introspection and how to live a conservative Christian life, but we can be sure that we'll be hearing more from them as time goes on. For now, enjoy their post that compares legal elective abortions to the Holocaust.

As it currently stands, One Million Moms has a little over 70,000 likes on Facebook. One Million Dads has less than 500.


Bryan Fischer: 'Muslim' Barack Obama Cannot Be Christian And Pro-Gay - VIDEO

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Wingnut Bryan Fischer, the head of rabidly anti-gay listed hate group the American Family Association, has bad news for Barack Obama because the president can’t be Christian and support LGBT rights, reports Right Wing Watch.

Fischer is no stranger to such ridiculous attacks, having recently claimed that equality for gay people “represents the greatest single threat” to liberty the United States has ever faced.

Speaking on hate-fest radio show “Focal Point” last Friday, Fischer claimed that Obama is not a Christian because "nobody can support and promote and celebrate homosexual behavior who is a sincerely devoted follower of Christ."

Taking advantage of his direct line to god, Fischer added "I do not know what goes on inside Barack Obama's heart, but I do know that he is not a sincerely devoted follower of Jesus Christ. So, in my mind, that means he's not a Christian."

Just on the off-chance his listeners had forgotten, batshit Fischer reminded his brainwashed readers that Obama “walks like a Muslim...talks like a Muslim...sounds like a Muslim...acts like a Muslim.”

Watch Fischer’s latest in an increasingly desperate recent series of outbursts, AFTER THE JUMP...

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