American Family Association

AFA Ponders How to 'Reach Out with Biblical Compassion' to Gay Youth

The American Family Association without fail hurls some of the most derogatory and incendiary rhetoric at the gay community,. For example, the group’s spokesman Bryan Fischer claims that gays are like drug addicts, domestic terrorists and Nazis and are responsible for the Holocaust, and the organization’s general manager blamed gays for Hurricane Isaac and linked the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell to an increase in suicides in the military.

But now the anti-gay group hopes to teach people how to “reach out with biblical compassion” to gay youth, which they routinely call “Big Gay.”

The AFA’s Rightly Concerned blog reposted an article from Kerby Anderson Probe Ministries about the “gay agenda in schools,” fitting with the AFA’s new campaign to stop “Mix it Up at Lunch Day” out of the fear young people will eat the gay “poisoned candy.”

The blog post warns that homosexuality in and of itself leads to health and psychiatric problems and suggests anti-bullying efforts are simply attempts to “increase homosexual behavior among students.” Ironically, Anderson cites a study which concludes “educational efforts, prevention programs, and health services must be designed to address the unique needs of GLB youth” to argue that schools should not assist their gay, lesbian and bisexual students in anyway…unless it is with ex-gay therapy.

“We should reach out to those caught in the sin of homosexuality and offer them hope and point them to Jesus Christ so that they will find freedom from the sexual sin that binds their lives,” Anderson writes, claiming that “many in the homosexual lifestyle are there because of some emotional brokenness in their families” and are “trying to meet their emotional needs in ungodly ways.”

The strategy has obviously been successful because no one would want to be against making the schools a safer environment. It almost doesn't matter whether the allegations are true. Once you raise the concern of safety, most administrators, teachers, and parents quickly fall in line.

There is an irony in all of this. Many of the behaviors that are taught and affirmed in these school programs and clubs are unsafe in term of public health. For example, Pediatrics (Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics) reported on a Harvard study that found more than thirty risks positively associated with self-reported gay-lesbian-bisexual (GLB) orientation.{2} So it is indeed ironic that the idea of "safety" is often used as means to introduce teaching and discussion of behaviors that have been proven to be quite "unsafe."



Permitting and promoting homosexual activity through on-campus programs and clubs will certainly increase homosexual behavior among students. Administrators, teachers, and parents should reconsider the impact these programs, and the subsequent behavior, will have on the student body.

When we talk about the issue of homosexuality, it is important to keep two biblical principles in tension. On the one hand we must stay true to our biblical convictions, and on the other hand we should reach out with biblical compassion. Essentially this is the balance between truth and love.

On the one hand, it is crucial for us to understand how the homosexual agenda threatens to normalize and even promote homosexuality within the schools. Moreover, gay activists are pushing an agenda in the courts, the legislature, the schools, and the court of public opinion that will ultimately threaten biblical authority and many of our personal and religious freedoms. Christians, therefore, must stand for truth.

I have provided a brief overview of the groups and programs that are promoting the gay agenda in the public schools. I encourage you to find out what is happening in your community. We have also documented the potential legal liability associated with many of the behaviors that are encouraged by these programs. Often administrators and teachers are unaware of the potential dangers associated with homosexual education in the schools. Take time to share this information with them.

On the other hand, it is also important for us to reach out to those caught in the midst of homosexuality and offer God's grace and redemption. We cannot let the hardened rhetoric of gay activists keep us from having Christ's heart toward homosexuals. As individuals and as the church, we should reach out to those caught in the sin of homosexuality and offer them hope and point them to Jesus Christ so that they will find freedom from the sexual sin that binds their lives.

It is important to remember that many in the homosexual lifestyle are there because of some emotional brokenness in their families. They may be trying to meet their emotional needs in ungodly ways. Youth in the public schools may be experimenting sexually and find themselves caught up in the homosexual lifestyle.

Bryan Fischer Explains Why America Exists

On his radio program yesterday, Bryan Fischer worried that if President Obama is re-elected, "I think there's a real grave question about whether there will even be a country left to save by 2016" and that is bad for everyone on Earth because the entire reason that America exists is because God established this nation in order to "show what a nation that follows the Scriptures and the God of the Scriptures can be ... to provide a model to the rest of the world of what a culture looks like when it is stepped in the spirit of the Lord" and spread the Gospel around the world:  

Camenker: Gay Rights will 'Fall' like Nazism, Slavery and Segregation

Brian Camenker of MassResistance spoke to Sandy Rios of the American Family Association yesterday to promote his anti-gay group’s “What same-sex ‘marriage’ has done to Massachusetts” booklet. Rios insisted that marriage equality advocates have “had to do tricks, they’ve had to threaten, they’ve had to cajole” in order to legalize same-sex marriage, and Camenker said that “the whole gay marriage thing and the whole homosexual issue is artificially held up through threats and propaganda.” In fact, Camenker said that the gay rights movement will inevitably “fall” like a “house of cards” just like Nazism, slavery, segregation and Communism.

Rios: This is an area on which really still most people in Western civilization when asked do not embrace homosexual marriage. State after state has rejected it, and even in liberal New York and even in liberal California they’ve had to force it through in other ways, they’ve had to do tricks, they’ve had to threaten, they’ve had to cajole, it’s just an amazing thing. Brian I don’t know if it was you who wrote this, maybe it’s you who wrote this, that this whole wave of homosexual rights in every way—whether its marriage or workplace or whatever—you feel I believe you wrote that this is a phase, this is not something that is here to stay, this is like a fad, like a moment in history that cannot last. Are you the one that wrote that?

Camenker: I’ve written that a few times, yes, and I believe it very, very strongly. There have been times in our history when very strange things have happened and then disappeared and people thought that it would never happen. We think of the rise of Nazism in Germany and Europe, people thought that would never disappear and never change; people thought slavery would never change; I lived in the South as a young guy and nobody thought that segregation would ever end; we all remember that nobody thought that the Soviet Union and all of that would ever fall. I believe that the whole gay marriage thing and the whole homosexual issue is artificially held up through threats and propaganda and everything else. As soon as that doesn’t continue the whole things is a house of cards and will fall. People do not naturally support this. Everybody is looking with doom and gloom and everything but I believe that it is all going to fall at a certain point.

Bryan Fischer on CNN Likens Anti-Bullying Program to Poisoned Halloween Candy, Defends Gay-Nazi Claims

American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer appeared on CNN today and told host Carol Costello that the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Mix It Up at Lunch Day” program, which the AFA is protesting, is “toxic” to the “moral health” of students, much like “poisoned Halloween candy” injected with cyanide.

After Fischer did his normal routine of arguing that Hitler was gay and that the Stormtroopers were largely comprised of gay members while making wild claims about the supposed dangers of homosexuality, Costello abruptly ended the interview, adding, “thanks for sharing your views, I guess.”

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Right Wing Leftovers - 10/15/12

  • It must be exhausting for the American Family Association to be constantly fighting the "gay agenda" where it doesn't exist.
  • Matt Barber says this election is the most important in US history and "America’s future really does hang in the balance."
  • James Dobson says pretty much the same thing, warning that "given the state of the world and the decline of our country, how can a single Christian stay at home on Election Day? The stakes are simply too high.”
  • Mike Huckabee says Christians need to be involved in politics because "if politics is dirty in this country, it's dirty because not enough good, clean people get involved."
  • Paul Ryan and the Romney campaign “ramrodded their way” into a soup kitchen so that Ryan could get his picture taken washing already clean dishes.
  • Finally, you can now get an American-made pair of jeans, thanks to Glenn Beck, for a mere $130.

Fischer: 'Political Leadership Ought to be Reserved for the Hands of Males'

During the Republican primary, Bryan Fischer made a bit of news when he suggested that women should not be serving in positions of authority within the church or society at large, saying that God would only allow a woman (in this case, Rep. Michele Bachmann) to lead the nation in a desperate situation.

Fischer returned to the discussion of the proper role of women in society on his radio program today where he made it quite clear that he believes that "biblical lines of authority" ought to be enforced at home, in the church, and in society and that anybody who has a problem with that can take it up with Jesus. 

Fischer went on to reiterate that "masculine leadership in society over the nation" is "God's basic plan for today" and "political leadership ought to be ... reserved for the hands of males" and the fact that he is probably going to be attacked for saying so is just evidence that we can't have a reasonable discussion about this issue:

Fischer: ‘We Cannot Give One Millimeter to the Forces of Homosexual Activism’

Bryan Fischer has already made it clear this week that there cannot be any dialogue or compromise with those who do not share his views because, in his view, liberals "cannot be reasoned with ... they can only be defeated."

Fischer repeated this point again today while discussing the recent decision by Gallaudet University to place its chief diversity officer on paid administrative leave for signing petition aimed at overturning Maryland's marriage equality law, saying it proved that the Constitution and the "homosexual agenda" cannot co-exist and so Christians "cannot give an inch, we cannot give one centimeter, we cannot give one millimeter to the forces of homosexual activism.  We cannot accommodate, we can't compromise, we can't find middle ground, they cannot be reasoned with, they cannot be compromised with, they cannot be dialogued with, they can only be defeated":

Bryan Fischer is Looking at the Bright Side of Slavery

Recently Arkansas state Rep. Jon Hubbard has been receiving a lot of attention for his self-published book in which he states that "the institution of slavery that the black race has long believed to be an abomination upon its people may actually have been a blessing in disguise [because] the blacks who could endure those conditions and circumstances would someday be rewarded with citizenship in the greatest nation ever established upon the face of the Earth."

Most people, when they read something like this, just shake their heads in amazement ... but not Bryan Fischer, who asserts that though Hubbard may have phrased it poorly, he has a point because "if we have blacks today, now that we've gotten past slavery, blacks are living in America and no matter how they got here - and nobody is trying to say they way they got here was a good thing, nobody is saying that, nobody is defending that - but now they're in a land of opportunity. So maybe God, in his grace, took something that men meant for evil - slavery - and He turned it into something good for blacks who know live in a land of opportunity and unlimited possibility rather than being trapped on a continent which is still mired in poverty and disease":

Right Wing Leftovers - 10/9/12

  • The Committee Against Physician Assisted Suicide, which is fighting a Massachusetts ballot measure that would allow terminally ill patients to self-administer life-ending drugs, has returned a $250,000 donation from the American Family Association because of the AFA's anti-gay bigotry.
  • Rick Santorum is campaigning against marriage equality in Washington state.
  • Hundreds of pastors recently gathered to pray over Todd Akin at a Restoration event in Missouri.
  • Randall Terry is out with a new website and video labeling Samuel L. Jackson an "Uncle Tom."
  • Finally, Bryan Fischer says the Religious Right doesn't have to worry about Mitt Romney using the White House to spread Mormonism because Romney knows that he cannot risk alienating Christian conservatives.

Fischer: Liberals Can't be Reasoned With, They Can Only be Defeated

On Friday's radio program, Bryan Fischer expressed how positively thrilled he was with Mitt Romney's debate performance, proclaiming that "I thought for a minute he was doing a guest host gig on 'Focal Point.'" But Fischer did not love everything about Romney's performance, as he is vehemently opposed to any talk about "reaching across the aisle" or promises to work in a bipartisan manner because "liberals cannot be reasoned with, they cannot be dialogued with, they cannot be compromised with - they're not interested in compromise whatsoever - they cannot be collaborated with, they can only be defeated":

Farah: Gay Rights Groups are 'Like the Anti-American Poofy Sect of the Taliban'

After their shortstop wore eye black featuring a Spanish phrase that translates to “you are a faggot,” the Toronto Blue Jays decided to suspend Yunel Escobar for three games, in keeping with the team and league policy against defamatory statements. The MLB had also penalized John Rocker in 2000 for making racist and anti-gay slurs in an off-field interview and suspended a Braves pitching coach this year who made anti-gay remarks and sexual gestures at fans, as it is within the league’s authority to reprimand certain actions of its players and coaches. Not according to the Religious Right, however, as anti-gay activists are now coming to Escobar’s defense.

WorldNetDaily editor Joseph Farah said that the MLB’s actions represented a victory for the “gay gestapo” and “homosexual fascists – who are like the anti-American poofy sect of the Taliban,” and maintained that Escobar should be excused since, Farah claims, “you are a faggot” is used “far more often by homosexuals than by heterosexuals.” Scott Lively of Defend the Family International also loved the article, but doesn’t seem to know what a baseball looks like.

Are Mom and apple pie next?

Those may be the next targets of the homosexual fascists – who are like the anti-American poofy sect of the Taliban.

It’s not enough to institute speech codes in colleges and universities. It’s not enough to chill free speech in the media. It’s not enough to shamelessly parade their sexuality in front of America’s children on the streets, in schools and on television.

Now the crude, vulgar, name-calling, arrogant pink-shirt gestapo is going after baseball and other American sports.

Here’s the latest example: Yunel Escobar is a native of Cuba who plays shortstop for the Toronto Blue Jays. He probably thought once he left Fidel Castro’s island paradise that he would be able to speak his mind, joke around and not fear the thought police. Was he ever wrong.

A couple weeks ago, Escobar, like so many other sports stars, put a little message on the eye black they use to cut down on the sun’s glare. It said, “tu ere maricon.” In English, that roughly translates to “you are a faggot” – a term used, ironically, far more often by homosexuals than by heterosexuals.



Escobar will be required “to participate in an outreach initiative to help educate society about insensitivity and tolerance of others,” according to an ESPN report. Tolerance? Who’s being intolerant here? The gay gestapo – that’s who.



Yes, I think Mom and apple pie, 6,000-year-old moral standards and freedom of speech are all endangered species nowadays.

The American Family Association’s Buster Wilson railed against the gay rights group Truth Wins Out, which asked in a blog post if Escobar “deserve[s] a similar punishment for his use of an anti-gay slur” as the Braves pitching coach, a question which set Wilson off into another unhinged rant. Wilson called the “Big Gay” group “heterophboic, christiphobi [sic], and conservaphobic” and claimed “Big Gay wants to take over our lives and see us harmed, censored, and punished in some way when we speak the truth of the Big Gay agenda against those of us who believe in traditional values!”

Read this and see if this hate filled, heterophobic, christiphobic, and conservaphobic group doesn’t want to stifle your free speech in this country!



But, I would fight for this ball player’s right to speak his mind in this country. It is a guaranteed right, constitutionally, in this country. So is Big Gay’s right to call us names. But the name callers in this country, though they have the right to do so, will never be considered a serious part of the discussion because they are name callers. This ball player has every right to speak in this way without the fear of losing job or income simply because TWO and Big Gay are offended.

But I would never advocate that anyone lose income simply for something they said. And NO, that’s never been what ANY of AFA’s boycotts have ever been about. So don’t come back with that attack, guys. It won’t swim.

They have argued that we are only spouting hate rhetoric when we say that Big Gay wants to take over our lives and see us harmed, censored, and punished in some way when we speak the truth of the Big Gay agenda against those of us who believe in traditional values!

Tim Wildmon Will Never Stop Fighting 'Big Gay'

The American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer and Buster Wilson have recently embraced the term “Big Gay” to describe gay rights advocates as part of an attempt by the group to negatively depict the gay community, much like how “Big Tobacco” is used in anti-smoking campaigns. Yesterday while speaking to Sandy Rios, AFA president Tim Wildmon said that his organization will never stop fighting “Big Gay” and exposing the “destructive lifestyle and behavior” of gays and lesbians. Rios warned that the “homosexual movement” is “moving in lightning speed,” denouncing a new California law limiting ex-gay therapy and criticizing the Justice Department, the FBI and the CIA for hiring openly gay employees.

Wildmon: What we reject is the idea that you can take homosexuality which in the Bible is defined as a sin and you look in Romans 1, it’s unnatural, it’s immoral, it’s unhealthy, and laud it and call it wonderful and say this is the same as heterosexuality. It is not. Now you can sin outside of marriage heterosexually as well, this is true, but we don’t call it wonderful and gay and have pride parades about it. We know this is a destructive lifestyle and behavior and these people need Jesus to save them from it, so that’s what we talk about here on this network. Yes we talk about the politics of what we call now Big Gay, the homosexual agenda, and we need to confront it, and when you do you are going to be called hateful, that comes with the territory now. But we also need to talk about as individuals what these people need, they need what we all need and we need the Lord.

Rios: This whole business of what’s going on in the homosexual movement we’ve got to cover here on the show and I’ve got to get to that because California just yesterday became the first state to ban gay reparative therapy for kids. I mean, there’s so many stories coming out it’s just moving in lightning speed. At the Justice Department, so many homosexual men and women are being hired to serve at Justice and now that is extending to the FBI and CIA. I can go on and on about what’s happening in our country.

For the Religious Right, Boycotts are Both a Celebrated Tool and an 'Immoral' Instrument of 'Economic Warfare'

Back in July we asked how Religious Right groups were able to keep a straight face while railing against the very concept of boycotts as part of their defense of Chick-fil-A, seeing that anti-gay organizations such as the American Family Association and the National Organization for Marriage champion many boycotts of their own. In fact, the AFA and its affiliates are leading numerous boycotts of clothing, auto, home improvement, publishing, entertainment and food companies.

But AFA host Sandy Rios today spoke to James Simpson, a conservative writer who wrote a report for the right-wing Capital Research Center criticizing the Southern Poverty Law Center, and said that the Chick-fil-A controversy shows that the left uses boycotts and pressure campaigns to wage “economic warfare against their political enemies.” After deriding “economic boycotts,” Simpson said that conservatives “are not inclined to do that because we are not that immoral.” Seeing that the AFA is heavily publicizing their two campaigns against JC Penney and Home Depot and its subgroup OneMillionMoms seems to be boycotting or pressuring a different company every week, maybe Simpson is attacking the wrong organization if he is so zealously opposed to boycotts.

Rios: This is the other striking thing Jim, because Chick-fil-A has been in the news so much lately and I haven’t had a chance to even explain to my audience the conclusion of all that but let me just say that they did come out and their policy is that they will not give to any organizations that are working on marriage amendments or marriage initiatives but they will support marriage. OK my point is organizations, foundations are scared to death to give to the FRC’s, the American Family Association’s, the CWA’s, but they’re not scared to give to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the list on here is amazing to me.

Simpson: It is economic warfare against their political enemies, that’s the only way to describe it, it is literally economic warfare against their political enemies; it is nothing more than that, nothing less than that. The left is almost universally unscrupulous, they are amoral—that’s part of their philosophy—so they feel free to attack anybody and anything that they don’t like and they have legions of lawyers willing to go into court and sue and sue and sue again. They’re organized base is willing to uniformly engage in economic boycotts of companies so it’s a highly organized, almost a military type of organization, very monolithic that gets behind the leaders on any issue and they attack people, and they attack people and terrify people. We don’t have anything like that we are not inclined to do that because we are not that immoral, we just don’t do those kinds of things unless we are attacked first.

Simpsons also told Rios that the SPLC merely exaggerates bigotry and extremism in the US in order to marginalize critics of illegal immigration and marriage equality, which he said would lead to the “cultural destruction.” According to Simpson, “truthfully speaking, the Southern Poverty Law Center is the epitome of hate.”

Simpson: The Southern Poverty Law Center focuses on “hate groups” and people and haters and they try to—

Rios: According to their definition.

Simpson: Yeah, and they try to create a narrative which makes you and I haters because we have concerns and we have facts and information that they don’t like publicized. They don’t like the fact that we are very concerned, legitimately, about illegal immigration, about open borders, we are very concerned about the hugely deleterious impact of gay marriage and that type of cultural destruction to our society. We have very legitimate concerns but their tactic is to call us haters and that’s what they are all about but truthfully speaking, the Southern Poverty Law Center is the epitome of hate; they are the epitome of hate.

Fischer: Thanks to DADT Repeal, We Can 'Expect to See More Instances of Pedophilia' in the Military

On yesterday's edition of "Focal Point," Bryan Fischer cited the arrest of a protocol officer at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida for allegedly trying to entice a 17-year-old boy into sexual activity to declare that, thanks to to the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, we can "expect to see more instances of pedophilia now in the United States military."

Since, Fischer falsely claimed, gays have a "proclivity for the abuse of children," now that they are "allowed to openly serve and can't be disciplined in any way for what they do," we can now expect more reports of pedophilia in the military "because they've got a protected place to serve there": 

Fischer on Whether Obama is a Forerunner to the Antichrist: 'It's Too Early To Say'

Bryan Fischer has been under the weather for the last several day and the tone of his show has mellowed tremendously as he simply has not been feeling up to delivering the bombastic diatribes we have come to expect from him.

After missing yesterday's show, Fischer returned today feeling a bit better and, accordingly, his show is beginning to return to normal ... as demonstrated by the fact that he responded to a caller wondering whether President Obama was a forerunner to the Antichrist by declaring that Satan is always at work grooming counterfeit religions and false leaders, so "it's too early to say":

Religious Right Extremists to Ride on the Todd Akin Bus Tour

Missouri Republican senatorial candidate Todd Akin is organizing a “Common Sense Bus Tour” following Newt Gingrich’s visit to boost the congressman’s embattled campaign. While Akin seems to have lost the support of major GOP figures after he said that it is extremely unlikely for a woman to become pregnant as a result of “legitimate rape,” he has consistently held the support of Religious Right activists who adore his ultraconservative views. Eagle Forum, which is based in St. Louis, sent out this invitation:

Phyllis Schlafly invites you to join her at first stop of the Missouri Common Sense Bus on Tuesday, September 25 from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Renaissance St. Louis Grand Hotel Ballroom, 800 Washington Avenue St. Louis, Missouri.

You will find encouragement at each stop of the Missouri Common Sense Bus tour across Missouri. Each stop will feature some of Missouri's most well-known conservative leaders who are standing with Todd Akin for U.S. Senate.

With only a few weeks until the election, invite your friends and family to come out to hear why Todd Akin is the right choice to represent common sense in the U.S. Senate. Participants will vary by stop, but include the following:

• Phyllis Schlafly, Eagle Forum
• Dick Bott, Founder of Bott Radio Network
• Rich Bott, President of Bott Radio Network
• Don Hinkle, Editor of "The Pathway" and Director of Public Policy Missouri Baptist Convention
• Bev Ehlen, Missouri President, Concerned Women for America
• Pastor David Smith
• Buddy Smith, Executive Director, American Family Association

While it comes as no surprise that such far-right activists are rallying to Akin’s defense, here is why they may not help Akin improve his image among voters.

  • Phyllis Schlafly of Eagle Forum has repeatedly asserted that women cannot be raped by their husband and that marital rape is simply a myth, contrived by feminists, to get women to leave their marriages.
  • Bev Ehlen, the head of Concerned Women for America-Missouri, believes that gays should deal with discrimination just as “ugly” people do and even insists that “homosexuals molest children at ten times the rate of heterosexuals” and constitute the vast majority of child molesters.
  • Buddy Smith of the American Family Association has said that people “who are caught in this trap of homosexuality are in the clasp of Satan.”

Seeing that Akin has said that liberals hate God and warned gay rights will lead to the destruction of civilization, it is an unsurprising group of campaigners.

Anti-Choice Activists to Engage in Civil Disobedience Over Contraception Mandate This Weekend

It looks like this weekend will kick off the Religious Right's latest protest against the Obama administration's contraception mandate with something called ActsFive29 in which activists plan to descend on the White House and risk arrest in announcing that they will never comply with the mandate. 

The event takes its name from the Bible passage which declares "we must obey God rather than men" and is being sponsored by a handful of radical anti-choice groups including Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust, the Christian Defense Coalition, Pro-life Action League, Operation Rescue, Priests for Life, and the American Family Association.

For 72 hours, they plan to carry out a "vigil of prayer, public witness and arrests at the White House" because "we must obey God rather than man or soon jail may be the only option":

We are a nation ruled by those we choose by our votes. So we are sending those in elected office a warning: you hold office because we chose you — and we will not comply! We will not pay the $1 monthly abortion surcharge, we will not pay for abortion-inducing drugs and other unconscionable practices demanded of us through the HHS mandate, and we will not surrender our freedoms as delineated in the Declaration and our Constitution.

And we will go to jail before we do.

Today our arrests will be voluntary, a living witness to the church and to the government — tomorrow arrest may be the only option if we are unwilling to pay to have someone’s child murdered.

Please join with us as we send a powerful message to those within the church and to our elected officials through peaceful civil disobedience! Just as MLK was arrested for the rights of his fellow men, so we will stand. This will be 72 hours of continuous prayer and arrests in front of the White House! This moment is fraught with an unprecedented “urgency of the hour”; thus, we are issuing a national call for Christians, and all our fellow Americans of whatever creed, to come to the White House and be part of this prayerful, peaceful, and prophetic witness for life and justice: ActsFive29.

Join us September 29 through October 2, 2012 as we humbly and boldly lay down our lives and our freedom so that future generations will have that freedom, and the liberty to practice their faith.

Bryan Fischer, Romney's Most Vocal Critic, Tells Everyone to Stop Criticizing Romney

Bryan Fischer and Mitt Romney have had a rather contentious relationship going back all the way to last year's Values Voter Summit, when Romney called out Fischer from the stage for his relentless bigotry.  Ever since, Fischer has been a vocal critic of Romney personally and a thorn in the side of his campaign, complicated efforts to unify the Religious Right behind Romney heading into the election.

In fact, just last month Fischer dedicated a segment on his radio program to asking listeners to call in and share their opinions about whether he was being too hard on Romney and asking if they thought that his constant criticism of Romney and his campaign was, in the end, helping President Obama.

It was, Fischer said, a relatively simple question:

"Do you want me to keep telling you the sort of honest and sometimes ugly truth about Romney or do you, I don't know how else to put this, do you want me to kind of shade the truth because if I tell the truth about Mitt Romney, it may discourage voters in the pro-family movement?"

Most of the callers told Fischer to keep after Romney and do whatever he could to hold his feet to the fire on the issues that they care about, which is exactly what Fischer argued was necessary in a column he wrote just two weeks ago:

Some conservatives complain when conservative voices such as mine register complaints about Gov. Romney’s agenda. They don’t want his feet held to the fire until after he defeats President Obama. That will be the time, they say, after he’s been elected, to put the pressure on.

But surely this is misguided. If we don’t hold his feet to the fire now, how will it be possible to do it then? If he gets elected while ignoring legitimate conservative concerns, because conservatives haven’t even voiced them, what possible reason do conservatives have to think he’ll pay attention to conservative concerns while in office?

The truth is that conservatives who complain loudly and longly now, in the hopes that the governor can be persuaded to at least sound like a conservative, are doing him the biggest favor of all.

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Bottom line: the conservatives who complain vocally about his lurch to the center-left are the best friends he has in the world, and represent his last, best hope of sitting one day in Barack Obama’s empty chair.

But in the last two weeks, Romney has struggled trough serious missteps and revelations that have left his campaign reeling ... and now Fischer has suddenly changed his tune and declared that the time for criticizing Romney has passed and so conservatives need to simply fall into line and hope for the best: 

This approach of constructive criticism was appropriate through the primary season, through the conventions, and through the Values Voter Summit two weekends ago. However, with the election less than 50 days away, the time to nudge the governor further to the right is probably past. He has likely been nudged as far as he can be nudged. He is what he is, and with the heat and intensity of a campaign in the stretch run, there simply is not enough time for him to do any further retooling. There isn’t time for a “turnaround” even if it would be a good idea.

The constructive criticism served a good purpose. In response, the governor seems to have embraced the need to deliver a more well-rounded conservative message, offer more in the way of specifics, talk more openly about values issues, and unleash Paul Ryan. Those adjustments, if he will follow through on them, are about all conservatives can expect at this stage of the game.

At some point, the criticism, as well-intended as it might be, becomes counter-productive. From my perspective, we have now reached that point. Ann Romney is probably right to call for a cease-fire from the friendlies.

It’s now time for the conservative community to accept Gov. Romney as he is, realize he is as conservative as he is likely to get, and focus our energies on drawing the significant contrasts between the president and the governor on critical issues such as abortion, marriage, Israel and the economy.

In competitive golf, we have an expression: play it as it lies. If your ball lands in a divot, you play it from the divot. If it lands at the base of a tree, you play it from the base of the tree. You don’t get to kick the ball out in the fairway to get the lie you want.

We’re now at that place with Gov. Romney. Conservatives are clearly playing from an awkward lie with the governor. But winning shots have been hit from bad lies in the past, and they can be hit from bad lies again. It’s time now for conservatives to get the ball as close to the pin as possible on November 6. 

As we have said before, for all of the Religious Right's talk of putting principles over politics, when push comes to shove, they always fall in line.

Fischer Warns the 'Homosexual Lobby' will soon allow Celebrations of Incest, Pedophilia and Bestiality

Following up on his tweet from yesterday, American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer attacked the city of Berkeley for recognizing September 23rd as “Bisexual and Bi Visibility Day.” Fischer asked his Focal Point audience, “Will there be an incest day, will there be a pedophilia pride day, will there be a bestiality pride day, what’s coming?” Fischer said that because the “homosexual lobby” is treating “sexually aberrant behavior as normal” there is “simply no place to stop.” Last year, Fischer wondered why LGBT pride events have not honored Adolf Hitler or John Wayne Gacy.

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William Murray Blames Gay Diplomats for Turmoil in the Middle East

William Murray of the Religious Freedom Coalition not only told the American Family Association’s Sandy Rios that Islam is not a religion, but also that the U.S. fails to understand Muslims because our diplomats are homosexual elitists. Murray, who in 2009 maintained that gays cause train crashes, alleged that since Libya Ambassador Christopher Stevens “was probably a homosexual” and that “many of the diplomats” the State Department sends to the Middle East “are homosexuals,” they are unable to understand the violent nature of Islam since they only “deal with people on an elite level that aren’t really truly Muslims.” He argued that Muslims who don’t engage in violence are actually “apostates” and faithful Muslims are violent, lamenting that “we send nutcases over there who are dealing with apostate Muslims and then they report back” that Islam is a peaceful religion. Later, Murray said that unless the U.S. changes our views on Islam “there is no way we can survive...without tremendous losses.”

Murray: The problem is the core of Islam. This is what it teaches and to say that this is a small number of people—no, the small number of people are the ones that are peaceful in Islam and they’re apostates, they aren’t true believers. But those are the ones that our elites are used to doing business with, those are the ones that the businessmen in the West, they’re dealing with the apostates; our politicians, our ambassadors are dealing with the apostates. Look at Christopher Stevens, the ambassador that was killed, he was probably a homosexual. Many of the diplomats, the State Department diplomats that I meet with in the Middle East when I go are homosexuals. When I went to the Jordanian embassy a few years ago the ambassador took the group of us that were there on a fact-finding mission and he wanted a picture of us with him in front of a rainbow colored flag, not the US flag. We send people there and they deal with people on an elite level that aren’t really truly Muslims, we send nutcases over there who are dealing with apostate Muslims and then they report back that this is Islam. This is not Islam. What Islam teaches is what is being dealt in the streets.



Rios: One last question Bill, the question that you do address in this article, can we survive four more years of this treatment toward Islam, our attitude toward Islam, the way we’re managing the world on this issue, can we survive it?

Murray: No. There is no way we can survive four more years of this kind of weakness, not without tremendous losses. At some point, showing this kind of weakness, dominoes are going to fall in the Middle East and the oil supply is going to be history. The only good thing about that is we actually have more oil than the rest of the world, maybe we’ll finally be forced to extract our own oil.

His remarks were not that different from those of AFA spokesman Bryan Fischer, who similarly argued without any evidence that Stevens was gay and “so it is no wonder that he was sexually molested.”

In an article for World Net Daily, Murray said “violence is simply rooted in the teachings of Islam” and that Obama is bringing in Muslim immigrants to reshape the “Bible Belt.” The Democratic Party, he suggested, has garnered Arab-American supporters because it is willing to help them “reshape [America] into a Muslim state under Shariah law.”

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have the liberal mindsets that bring nations to war. The attitude of appeasement and surrender always ends in conflict. Instead of fighting radical Islam, the Obama administration has stepped up immigration for Muslims to the United States, using Bible Belt cities like Nashville and Atlanta as hubs.

The liberals believe that bringing Muslims to America will cause them to be moderate and change their Islamic beliefs. Muslims are not going to change the words within the Quran to satisfy the liberal mindset of the American establishment or the editors of the New York Times. Immigration to America will not change devout Muslims who are commanded by their religion not to integrate. At the Democratic National Convention it was the “Arab-American” section that booed the loudest when “God” was introduced back into that party’s platform. Most real Arab-Americans are Christians who have fled Muslim persecution and were not represented at the Democratic convention.

The 100 Muslim delegates to the convention wore “Arab-American” T-shirts, but the reality is they do not want to be part of this nation; they want to reshape it into a Muslim state under Shariah law. Most Muslims in this nation see Obama as their hope to achieve that end.

Can America survive another four years of Barack Hussein Obama’s appeasement of radical Islam? Because of the increased proliferation of nuclear arms to insane Islamic regimes such as those in Pakistan and Iran, the answer is no.
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