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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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AFA Spokeshater Bryan Fischer Fired: VIDEO

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Rachel Maddow is reporting tonight that Bryan Fischer, virulently anti-gay Director of Issues Analysis for the American Family Association, has been fired from his position.

MaddowMaddow reports that the 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 (see headline below).

Meanwhile, Bryan Fischer spouts on his radio show nearly every week (as Towleroad readers know very well) that "Jews have no right to practice the faith of Judaism in the United States" and that gays are behind the Holocaust and Naziism.

He said this week that the gay agenda is driven by the "unvarnished energy of Satan."

Watch Maddow's report, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Bryan Fischer Says The Gay Agenda Is Driven By The 'Unvarnished Energy Of Satan': WATCH

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Wingnut Bryan Fischer is having another go at the “directly demonic” “homosexual agenda”, reports Right Wing Watch.

Fischer, leader of anti-gay listed hate group the American Family Association, was responding to a caller on his radio broadcast yesterday who had taken umbrage with protesters at Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s Saturday prayer rally.

Jindal's all-day prayer rally at Louisiana State University aimed to drum up evangelical support for a potential 2016 bid for the White House. 

Always first to shout loudest when challenged, the god-fearing caller claimed that the devil himself sent protesters to Jindal’s rally because he is really, really unhappy.

Fischer of course agreed wholeheartedly:

"I don't think you will ever find a more directly demonic energy than when you deal with the homosexual agenda.

“They're vicious. They are mean. You literally are staring into virtually the unvarnished energy of Satan himself when you come up against the forces that are pushing the homosexual agenda forward”.

Vicious. Mean. Unvarnished energy. Pot. Kettle. Black.

Listen to Fischer’s nasty outburst, AFTER THE JUMP...

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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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Bryan Fischer Says Charlie Hebdo Attack Was Divine Punishment For Blasphemy: VIDEO

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It would seem that AFA's Bryan Fisher is throwing his lot in with Bill Donohue in making hateful remarks about the victims of the Charlie Hebdo massacre and blaming them for their own murders.

In a video posted online, Fischer says:

This magazine, Charlie Hebdo, made a career out of taking the name of god - the god of the Bible, the father of the lord Jesus - they made a career, they made their bones out of taking his name in vain. [...] Now, you know, you look at the Old Testament, at what happened to Judah, and god used a pagan nation. I mean, he used idolators, he used the savage armies of Babylon to discipline his own people. He brought them in as the rod of his wrath to discipline the nation Judah. They even got carted off to Babylon as a part of this punishment.

Bryan Fischer's view of religion and deities is truly demented, and utterly as vile as any Islamic extremist. One wonders if Hugh Hewitt would give the American Family Association talking head as thorough a lambasting and ridiculing as he did the Catholic League.

In the meantime, if you think you can stomach it you can watch the video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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