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American Family Association's Sandy Rios Says Amtrak Engineer's Homosexuality Was 'A Factor' In Crash: AUDIO


If you've been keeping up with the news on Tuesday's deadly Amtrak crash, you may have noticed some outlets identifying the engineer driving the train, 32-year-old Queens resident Brandon Bostian, as a gay rights activist who previously lived in San Francisco.  

Bostian, who was reportedly active in the fight against Proposition 8 back in 2008, gave an interview with The Midtown Gazette in 2012 saying in part:

"It’s kind of insulting to have to beg people for my right to marry...I feel like we shouldn't even have to have this fight."

Bostian's advocacy/orientation seems a side note in this developing story at best, but insane right-wing outlet and anti-LGBT haters like AFA governmental affairs director Sandy Rios have already begun drumming this up as something much bigger.

Right Wing Watch reports:

Rios“Now I am not saying, I am not inferring to those of you that are gay rights activists and like to monitor this show, I’m not inferring that this accident happened because he was gay, but I do think it’s an interesting part of the story and you can bet it would be edited out,” Rios said. She then suggested that the engineer could have possibly been “going through some confusion that has to do with the very core of who they are,” and mentioned the story of an airline pilot who “put his entire plane at risk because he had an emotional, angry outburst to something that happened,” which she says was related to hormone therapy he was receiving.

Rios added: “I don’t know, but I think it is something to be discussed and I think it’s a factor and I doubt you will hear it anywhere else.”

Listen to Rios's bulls--t in full, AFTER THE JUMP...

In related news, Bostian, who sustained injuries to his head and legs in the crash, says he has no recollection of the crash itself and "no explanation" for what happened.

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Tony Perkins Thinks Bryan Fischer Could Make a Better Effort At Hating Gays: LISTEN

Bryan Fischer

A follower of hate group mouthpiece Bryan Fischer (above) has serious concerns that his wingnut leader is just not quite homophobic enough.

Satan-obsessed Fischer, of anti-gay activist group the American Family Association, had advised that if his fellow homophobes must attend a same-sex wedding they should make the lucky couple aware that they do not approve beforehand.

However, one listener was so incensed with Fischer’s clearly moderate opinion that he telephoned yet another wingnut - Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins - to complain, reports Right Wing Watch.

The caller told Perkins that he was in shock because a true Christian would only attend a same-sex wedding in order to tell the participants that they are going to hell.

“The only reason that any Christian would ever attend a homosexual wedding is when the preacher says, ‘Is there any objection to the wedding,’ you stand up and say, ‘Yes, according to the Bible, sodomy, you will burn in hell for this.’ That is the only reason why any Christian would ever attend a sodomite wedding.”

Although doubtful that a gay couple would “invite people to raise any objections,: Perkins was impressed with the caller’s insightful comments, adding that silence in the church about divorce has led “to this wholesale redefinition of marriage as a result.”


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Sandy Rios: Hillary Clinton Offers Clue to Her Lesbianism in Campaign Video, Excludes White Straight Christians

HIllary Clinton

Sandy Rios, the governmental affairs director of hate group American Family Association, has suggested that Hillary Clinton is a lesbian, reports Right Wing Watch.

Andy Rios_SMRios (right) said that “rumors swirl” regarding Clinton’s sexuality and argued that the appearance of a lesbian couple in the Presidential candidate’s campaign launch video offered a clue in that direction.

“When it comes to lesbian couples being featured on her video, please keep in mind that Hillary Clinton was one of the first public officials to push this whole notion of embracing homosexuality.

"I would never forget my own personal shock in the late ‘90s when there was a women’s conference in Beijing and Hillary Clinton was in charge and they brought in women from all over the world at this UN conference, and the emphasis for the American delegation under Hillary’s tutelage was on lesbianism. There was a tent on lesbian lovemaking, there was an insistence that there were not just two genders at the time, they said there were five genders.”

Rios also complained that the campaign video “features everybody except, you know, Anglo-American husband-and-wife with family in church.”

Listen to Sandy’s misogynistic rumor-mongering, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Anti-gay Activist Who Helped Draft Indiana #RFRA Says Christians Are Victims Of Spiritual Warfare: LISTEN


Micah Clark, executive director of the Indiana branch of listed hate group the American Family Association, has said that Christians involved in “spiritual warfare” are the real victims in the state's "right to discriminate" law, reports Right Wing Watch.

6a00d8341c730253ef01a511e2eda4970c-200wiClark, who helped craft the law and stood behind Governor Mike Pence at the signing ceremony (above), was speaking yesterday on “Sandy Rios in the Morning” with guest host Fred Jackson.

Falsely claiming that Indiana’s discriminatory law is the exact same law as Religious Freedom Restoration Act statutes enacted on the federal level and in other states, Clark said:

“The first thing you have to do is pray, because this is a spiritual war. There is no doubt about that, by the Twitter comments I get, by the email comments and threats from the opposition, some pornographic things that are out there and obscene things being said.

"This is a campaign of fear and lies and so this is a spiritual war that people must pray about.

"I said a few years ago, ‘if we won’t stand for marriage, what will we stand for,’ but if we won’t stand for our own religious freedom, what will we stand for as a church?”

Because there's nothing else a church can stand for presumably.


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Michigan Civil Rights Commission Endorses Model Local LGBT Non-Discrimination Ordinance

Screen Shot 2015-03-25 at 1.29.36 PMThe Michigan Civil Rights Commission endorsed a model local non-discrimination ordinance that covers sexual orientation and gender identity at a meeting held at the Holocaust Memorial Center on Monday reports the Daily Reporter. The ordinance states that no one should be denied "civil rights or be discriminated against," on the basis of gender expression, identity and sexual orientation. The model also bars bias based on education, age, disability, race, sex, religion, weight, national origin, marriage or family status. Commission Chairman Arthur Horwitz stated that the ordinance is designed to provide a more cohesive anti-discrimination view for over 30 Michigan municipalities.

Said Horwitz:

"The concept of developing a model non-discrimination ordinance grew from the fact that more than 30 Michigan municipalities have non-discrimination ordinances that vary significantly in their structure, wording and scope... developed model language that municipalities could access if, in their own discretion, they decided they wanted a starting point for their own discussions and deliberations."

In a January appearance before the commission, Republican Gov. Rick Snyder expressed hope that the GOP-controlled Michigan legislature would continue discussing a bill to add protections for gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual people to the state civil rights law. However, House Speaker Kevin Cotter, a Midland Republican and American Family Association of Michigan leader, believes the measure is unnecessary saying that gay and gender identity laws are a "solution in search of a nonexistent problem," and that they "have a history of themselves being discriminatory" in forcing people to choose between their morals or religious beliefs.

AFA Warns SCOTUS in Full Page 'Washington Post' Ad: Remember That God Invented Marriage

AFA ad

Anti-gay group American Family Association (AFA) yesterday took out a full-page ad in the Washington Post to remind the Supreme Court that God is solely responsible for the creation, management and administration of marriage, reports right wing Christian news website OneNewsNow.

The AFA admonishes the highest court of the law in the United States to "remember whose idea [marriage] was in the first place.”

6a00d8341c730253ef013488e2f88d970c-800wiAFA president Tim Wildmon (right) - who has something of an obsession with military men taking showers - said:

"First of all, the U.S. Constitution does not address marriage; so it's left to the states to decide definitions for marriage – and the states have spoken.

“[Marriage has] forever been one man/one woman and it forever will be one man/one woman – according to nature, according to God, according to the Bible, and according to most religious traditions.”

The ad itself is pure right-wing scaremongering at its best, suggesting that marriage equality will be harmful to children and could bring on Armageddon:

“Will you bend what God designed merely to suit the desires of man, knowing that you do so at the expense of children, perhaps even civilization itself?

“[Supporters of same-sex marriage] would say by such a decision that mothers and fathers together are no longer relevant in the lives of children, and that religious expression about the sanctity and purpose of marriage would now become illicit.”

Read the full ad, AFTER THE JUMP...

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