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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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Anti-Gay Activist Calls On GOP Governors To Deploy National Guards To Stop Same-Sex Marriage

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Sensing an inevitable, ultimate defeat in the federal courts, a leading anti-gay activist is calling on Republican governors to do everything in their power to prevent same-sex marriage — including deployment of their National Guards to county clerks' offices to stop licenses from being issued. 

Rght-wing news site WND reports that Randy Thomasson, president of the Campaign for Children and Families and SaveCalifornia.com, believes Republican governors in states with marriage amendments are being too soft in defending the bans. Thomasson says the standard approach of appealing pro-equality rulings to higher federal courts and issuing press releases in support of man-woman marriage simply isn't good enough. 

In a lettter to the leaders of "pro-family" groups across the country last week, Thomasson implored them to demand that GOP governors go further:  

Each governor also has an administration that serves his/her pleasure that is in charge of the state’s marriage forms (licenses and applications) that county clerks use. And each governor is authorized to call out his/her state's militia or National Guard to enforce written laws and maintain public order against foreign and domestic enemies. ... 

In view of the current crisis on marriage, a constitutional governor can and should do the following:

• Announce he took an oath to obey the constitution, not to obey a judge’s unconstitutional opinion.

• Announce that no homosexual “marriage” licenses will be issues, and no county clerk is permitted to issue marriage licenses to anyone other than a qualified man and woman.

• Utilize the support of the state attorney general (if that constitutional officer is willing to stand alongside) or use the state’s National Guard to enforce the law at county clerk’s offices.

Thomasson has posted contact info for the 31 governors in states where voters approved marriage amendments, and the WND story singles out several of them — including Oklahoma's Mary Fallon, Wisconsin's Scott Walker and Florida's Rick Scott — for capitulating too easily:    

“It’s worse than criminal, because criminals usually hurt one person at a time, but the governors, if they betray the people by their cowardice in the face of a constitutional crisis, then they hurt many people by being AWOL,” he said. “The casualties will be the children. These Republican governors, by their own actions, are telling impressionable boys and girls ‘you can aspire to have a same-sex marriage for yourselves.’

“We have self-professing pro-family, conservative governors who are actually responsible for permitting homosexual marriages in their own states,” Thomasson continued. 

Last November, the American Family Association's Bryan Fischer wrote a column in which he made similar demands. Thomasson also has the backing of Peter LaBarbera of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality, who told WND he believes a governor who heeds their advice would become a hero:   

Labarbera“Standing up to these courts would, I think, be good politics on the right. I would love to see it happen,” LaBarbera told WND. “It’s a difference between being a politician and being a statesman. I think if someone stood up to the homosexual lobby and the courts, they would achieve hero status. We keep waiting for someone and it, unfortunately, never happens." 

As ridiculous as these anti-gay bigots sound, they have their share of supporters among Republican lawmakers, particularly in Southern states where marriage equality hasn't arrived. As we reported last week, a Texas Republican has filed a bill that would declare the state sovereign on the issue of same-sex marriage. It will be interesting to see whether that bill or a similar one in another state passes, and whether a governor decides to become the new George Wallace


Bobby Jindal Defends AFA Prayer Rally At LSU As Anti-Gay Hate Group Plans Similar Events In Other States: VIDEO

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Last week we reported that LSU students are organizing protests and other events in response to "The Response," a prayer rally to be hosted by the American Family Association — an anti-LGBT hate group — on the university's campus January 24. 

Since then, the LSU Faculty Senate has issued a strongly worded condemnation of "The Response," which will be headlined by Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal (above) as he prepares to kick off his 2016 presidential campaign. The Faculty Senate said although it doesn't appear the university can legally deny the rental of space to the AFA, the rally is "inconsistent with the goals and aspirations of a great university":

The Faculty Senate has made use of its extensive media resources to focus public attention on this matter. ... In all of these interview opportunities, Faculty Senate representatives have stressed that the “Response” event both damages the University and conflicts with its values, whether by associating intolerance with University venues or interfering with the goal of disseminating the best in science. ... 

The story of “The Response” is far from over, but I do want to assure the LSU and the statewide higher education community that the LSU Faculty Senate is working vigorously to assist the administration not only in repairing the damage resulting from this event but also in using it as an educational, formative opportunity.

Despite widespread opposition from students and faculty at LSU, Jindal continues to defend holding "The Response" on campus. The other day, he insisted the rally is "not a political event, it's a religious event":

"Christians have the right to rent, to pay for a hall at a public university so they can come together and pray," Jindal told reporters at an economic development announcement in New Orleans.

Asked if he agreed with the American Family Association's agenda, Jindal sidestepped that question and said, "The left likes to try to divide and attack Christians."

Jindal said the protesters themselves should consider joining the prayer rally. He said they "might benefit from prayer."

Meanwhile, in addressing criticism of the event, AFA spokesman Bryan Fischer continues to suggest that gays are to blame for natural disasters. The website for "The Response" initially included a prayer guide blaming gays, abortion and pornography for Hurricane Katrina, but it was quickly removed. However, Fischer told The Times-Picayune:  

Fischer"We do know that natural disasters can be a form of God's judgement on an unrepentant nation. It's fitting that a part of the country that is obviously at risk for natural disasters would lead the nation in modeling repentance."

The AFA's David Lane told The Times-Picayune that "The Response" is the first in a series of similar events the group is planning next year, and he hinted that other possible headliners include perennial GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum. 

Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry headlined an AFA prayer rally in Houston in 2011 to kick off his presidential campaign, so we assume Perry and GOP Texas Sen. Ted Cruz will be fighting over the Lone Star State's AFA hatefest next year. 

Ultimately, though, these events may only backfire by galvanizing progressive opposition in places where they're held, such as in Baton Rouge. A reader poll on The Times-Picayune website shows that 66 percent of respondents believe "The Response" should be held at a private building or church. 

Watch Jindal's invitation to "The Response," AFTER THE JUMP ...

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