Bryan Fischer

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 9/30/16

  • Bryan Fischer calls upon Congress to impeach James Comey for not recommending the indictment of Hillary Clinton: "It is time for Congress to use this constitutional remedy to remove from the body politic the cancer that FBI Director James Comey has become."
  • Glenn Beck is really bothered by the fact that those receiving government assistance don't feel a deep sense of shame about it.
  • John Lowery says that Defense Secretary Ashton Carter's "new transgendered policy is so irrational as to constitute treason. It’s up to Congress, which is supposed to provide the rules and regulations for the Armed Forces, to stop this ridiculous policy."
  • Um, huh? "How Evangelicals Should Be Like Hitler's Army on Election Day."
  • Concerned Women for American's Penny Nance is decidedly unconcerned about Donald Trump's attacks on Alicia Machado because "women who participate [in beauty pageants] voluntarily don a bikini and walk in front of judges to be, well, judged."

Bryan Fischer Clearly Doesn't Understand His Own Incoherent View Of The First Amendment

As we have noted several times before, American Family Radio's Bryan Fischer has an understanding of the First Amendment that makes absolutely no sense, as he regularly insists that it only applies to Congress ... except for all the times when he insists that it applies to all sorts of government entities.

Fischer's incoherence has been on full display regarding the case of Joe Kennedy, a high school football coach from Washington state who was fired after he refused to stop praying with players and students after games. Despite the fact that Fischer has repeatedly declared that "it is constitutionally and historically impossible for a school to violate the First Amendment ... [b]ecause a school is not Congress," he simultaneously insists that the school district has violated Kennedy's First Amendment rights by not allowing him to pray after games.

"Good for you, coach Joe Kennedy," Fischer declared. "He's taking the district to court for violating his First Amendment rights, which is exactly what they've done ... What does the First Amendment say? It says that Congress—and Bremerton [School District,] they interpret that to mean any governmental authority, that would include schools because they're government schools—is not allowed to prohibit the free exercise of religion. What did Bremerton School District do when they told Joe Kennedy, 'You can't pray at midfield after a game'? They prohibited his free exercise of religion! They told him, 'Your constitutional right—even though this is government property and the government is specifically prohibited from infringing on your free exercise rights—we are going to destroy the First Amendment here, doesn't apply in Bremerton, doesn't apply on a football field, you have lost that right. You have not only lost that right, you have lost your job.'"

Today, Fischer posted a column blasting a report recently released by the United States Commission on Civil Rights that further undermines his argument in the Kennedy case, as he explicitly states that a school district can never be guilty of violating the First Amendment:

The very first word in the First Amendment is “Congress.” The First Amendment was intended as a restraint on Congress and Congress alone. It is simply impossible for any other entity - be it a state, a county, a city, a school district, a school teacher, or a student - to violate the First Amendment for the simple reason that it wasn’t written to restrain them.

Only Congress can violate the Founders’ Constitution, and it can do so in only two ways. First, it can violate the Establishment Clause by picking one Christian denomination and making it the official church of the United States. As long as Congress doesn’t do that, it can do anything it wants with regard to religious expression. It can pay a chaplain to pray Christian prayers and proclaim as many national days of prayer as it would like.

States under the Founders’ Constitution are free to regulate religious expression in any way they would like without any interference from the federal government. States can even have an established religion if they want to, and at the time of the Founding, 10 of them did.

Secondly, only Congress can violate the Free Exercise clause because it applies specifically and exclusively to Congress. Congress - and by extension the entire federal government, including the judiciary - is flatly prohibited from interfering with the free exercise of the Christian religion in any way, shape or form. Any such effort on the part of any branch of the federal government, whether it’s the legislative branch, the executive branch, or the judicial branch, is flatly and permanently forbidden by the Founders’ Constitution.

The federal government has zero authority to tell schools what they may and may not do with regard to Bible reading in classrooms, prayer at assemblies and graduation ceremonies, or the posting of the Ten Commandments on school room walls. Those matters are for state and local authorities to decide. Period. 

Just last month, Fischer accused the Bremerton School District of violating the First Amendment, but today, he stated that it is "impossible" for a school district to ever violate the First Amendment.

Unless Fischer is arguing that he believes that local public schools are also "Congress," then his argument makes no sense, especially since he asserts in his latest piece that states are "free to regulate religious expression in any way they would like."

Under Fischer's own argument, any state would be free to prohibit Kennedy or anyone else from exercising their religion for any reason, or, for that matter, to restrict the freedom of speech, freedom of the press or the right to peaceably assemble, which are also protected by the First Amendment. 

Fischer's outrage over the Kennedy case proves that he clearly does't believe, or possibly doesn't even understand, his own stated position. 

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 9/21/16

  • Bryan Fischer really is obsessed with homosexuality: "The sad truth is that homosexuality throughout history is almost boring in its monotonous deviance from God’s design for human sexuality. There is nothing new or exciting or edgy to see here, despite the effort to convince us that embracing homosexuality is something all the cool kids do."
  • The Family Research Council and Concerned Women for America have launched a 20-state "Values Bus Tour" to mobilize conservative Christians to vote, while The Family Leader's Bob Vander Plaats is launching a 40-day election prayer effort.
  • Linda Harvey is outraged by a new report from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights: "This fascist report defends those who cling to these unnatural, chosen practices as 'vulnerable' and in need of protection, and therefore, religious principle should not deny them the right to march into any forum, group, business, school, or church and make whatever demands they wish. Vulnerable? That would describe today’s faithful Christian Americans – not proud sodomites."
  • Shane Idleman says that trying to repeal marriage equality is not hateful because "times change but God's standards do not change. Although Christians love those in the LGBT community, no matter how many laws are passed in favor of sexual orientation, it will not change God's mind." 

5 Failed Predictions Made By Don't Ask Don't Tell Defenders

Five years ago today, the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy officially came to an end. And, five years later, conservatives’ dire predictions about the consequences of the policy’s repeal have yet to come true.

This falls into a familiar pattern. Many of the same activists and commentators have made similarly apocalyptic—and unfounded—warnings about the effects of hate crimes laws and marriage equality.

Here are just five of the bogus claims made by those who opposed the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell:

1) Diapers

Just two years ago, Gordon Klingenschmitt, a former Navy chaplain who is now a Colorado Republican state lawmaker, approvingly read a quote from Chaplain John R. Kauffman, who said that gay service members will be “taking breaks on the combat field to change diapers all because their treacherous sin causes them to lose control of their bowels.”

2) Bestiality

Conservative columnist Laurie Roth said that thanks to the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, military service members would be free to have intimate moments with goats and boars.

3) ‘Virtual Genocide’

In 2011, American Family Radio host Bryan Fischer predicted that after the policy’s repeal took effect “the homosexual lobby” would be “committing one hate crime after another against service members” who objected to homosexuality.

“We are going to see principle-driven officers, one after another, become the victims of systematic hate crimes,” he said. “This is going to be a pogrom. This is going to be virtual genocide, military genocide, career genocide for people of faith in the military perpetrated by the homosexual lobby.”

4) Reinstatement of the Draft

Before the congressional vote to repeal the policy, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins criticized President Obama’s “drive to repeal the ban on open homosexuality in the military” by warning that it “could have this unintended consequence: It could bring back the draft.”

He said that supporters of the repeal wanted to “appease a small base of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi” and “sacrifice the lives of young Marines who are putting their life on the line for this nation.”

“I don’t know how they can live with that, knowing that the blood of those young Marines will be on their hands,” he added.

Perkins’ fellow Religious Right activist Elaine Donnelly of the Center for Military Readiness similarly warned that the end of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell “could put remaining troops in greater danger” and “break the All-Volunteer Force.”

“The draft will return with a vengeance and out of necessity,” Fischer wrote. “What young man wants to voluntarily join an outfit that will force him to shower naked with males who have a sexual interest in him and just might molest him while he sleeps in his bunk?”

5) ‘Sitting Around Getting Massages All Day’

In 2014, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, said that gay service members, just like in Ancient Greece, won’t perform well in battle because they will be “sitting around getting massages all day” from their same-sex lovers rather than preparing for battle, making them “vulnerable to terrorism.”

Putin's American Fans Cheer His Persecution Of Gays, Ignore His Persecution Of Christians

Pastors thrown in jail. Religious texts criminalized. Evangelism outlawed.

These are all events that Religious Right activists— inaccurately —predicted would happen during President Obama’s time in office. But sadly, these are acts that are all too common around the world.

Most recently, Russian President Vladimir Putin has stepped up his attacks on Christians who belong to denominations other than the Russian Orthodox Church, particularly Protestants, Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Last month, Putin signed a law curtailing evangelism under the guise of combating “extremism,” a decision that is part of a broader trend of Putin’s government clamping down on dissidents, journalists, human rights activists and the LGBT community.

Even before this new law came into effect, religious minorities in Russia and Russian-controlled parts of Ukraine faced not only legal persecution but also violent attacks, including abductions and killings, from government-backed militias. Since the law was signed, state-sponsored attacks on religious minorities have only increased.

But none of this has stopped Putin’s American fans from singing his praises, even while they claim that President Obama has made the U.S. dangerous for Christians.

Donald Trump and Mike Pence have enthusiastically praised Putin as a brilliant and mighty trailblazer while at the same time accusing President Obama of hounding Christians at home. In fact, Trump has claimed that the U.S. government is specifically targeting him with a tax audit because he’s “ a strong Christian .”

U.S.-based Religious Right leaders, many of whom are now supporting Trump, have similarly spent years praising the Russian president for supposedly championing Christianity and for leading an infamous crackdown on LGBT Russians.

Conservative religious leaders like Franklin Graham, Brian Brown and Bryan Fischer have praised Putin for his attacks on LGBT rights. American LGBT rights opponents have descended on Russia in recent years to cheer on the government’s growing repression of sexual minorities, including laws curbing gay adoption and curtailing free speech that supports LGBT rights. Religious Right leaders have called Putin a “lion of Christianity,” “the moral leader of the world” and the protector of “traditional Christianity.”

Televangelist Rick Joyner recently said that “there is much more freedom of religion in Russia than there is in America,” where “we no longer have freedom of speech,” and radio host Rick Wiles called Putin an instrument of God sent to punish “the United Gay States of America.”

In reality, Putin’s government has done the very thing that right-wing activists falsely accuse President Obama of doing: arresting Christians, threatening churches and permitting Sharia law in majority-Muslim areas.

But it is Obama they falsely charge with being an enemy of religious liberty, and Putin they shower with praise in spite of his well-documented attacks on freedom.

The admiration for Putin from this segment of the Religious Right reveals an ugly reality behind their claims of religious oppression at the hands of the LGBT rights movement. For these activists, it seems, the persecution of LGBT people is actually more important than preserving true religious freedom, even when the welfare and freedoms of other Christians are at stake.

(This post also appears on the Huffington Post).

Bryan Fischer Again Falsely Claims The U.S. Banned Travel During The 2014 Ebola Crisis

On his radio program yesterday, Bryan Fischer reacted to the arrest of Ahmad Khan Rahami, who is a suspect in a string of bombings that took place in New York and New Jersey last weekend, by reiterating his call to ban all Muslim from immigrating to the United States, which he justified by once again falsely claiming that the U.S. had imposed a travel ban during the height of 2014's Ebola outbreak.

"I have been suggesting for a number of years that we need to suspend Islamic immigration," Fischer said, "because I honestly do not see an alternative. I've said before that Islam is like the Ebola virus of culture; it causes a culture to bleed out from the inside. When we had that Ebola crisis, we had to suspend immigration from any country where there was an Ebola outbreak because we could not know who was a carrier and who wasn't until it was too late, so you just had to be careful with everybody."

Fischer's analogy is total nonsense, especially when you recall that during the outbreak, he accused Obama of intentionally refusing to impose a travel ban because he wanted the disease to come to America as punishment. As we pointed out before, the United States never imposed any sort of travel ban during the Ebola crisis because doing so would have been counterproductive. Instead, the government put in place protocols requiring that anyone traveling to the U.S. from Ebola-affected nations enter through one of five specific airports where enhanced screening would take place:

The Department of Homeland Security has announced that all passengers arriving from Ebola-affected countries in West Africa must go by way of a handful of U.S. airports as part of measures to control the spread of Ebola.

"Today, I am announcing that all passengers arriving in the United States whose travel originates in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea will be required to fly into one of the five airports that have the enhanced screening and additional resources in place," Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said in a statement.

Starting on Wednesday, those passengers will then be subject to "secondary screening and added protocols, including having their temperature taken, before they can be admitted into the United States," the statement said.

The airports are: New York's JFK; Newark, N.J.; Washington, D.C.'s Dulles; Atlanta; and Chicago O'Hare.

Of course, we don't expect Fischer to actually stop using his favorite analogy just because it happens to be totally false.

Bryan Fischer: Strip Muslims Of Citizenship And Deport Them If A Family Member Engages In Terrorism

On his radio program today, Bryan Fischer reacted to the arrest of Ahmad Khan Rahami, who is a suspect in a string of bombings that took place in New York and New Jersey over the weekend, by calling for families of Muslims who engage in terrorism within the United States to be stripped of their citizenship and deported.

Rahami is a U.S. citizen who was born in Afghanistan, which prompted Fischer to declare that Rahami should be charged with treason and, if he is found guilty, his entire family should be deported.

"Anybody who is an American citizen who has an Islamic background and has become a citizen like this guy did, what he did really does represent an act of treason," Fischer said. "Citizenship can be revoked for what these individuals do, so revoke their citizenship. Let everybody know we're going to revoke the citizenship for your entire family. We believe in keeping families together, so we will send you all back to your homeland together so you can all be together. But you need to understand, that's what's going to happen if any one member of your family commits an act of terror against the citizens of the United States."

Bryan Fischer: Only Those Who Believe In God And Oppose Abortion Are Qualified To Serve As Judges

American Family Radio host Bryan Fischer declared on his radio program on Friday that a person who does not believe in God or who supports abortion rights is unqualified to serve as a judge at any level in America.

Fischer got onto the subject after praising Donald Trump on his radio show for naming Marjorie Dannenfelser of the Susan B. Antony List as the head of his presidential campaign's pro-life coalition.

"I would submit to you that no man is qualified to sit as a judge in America who does not understand and believe that there is a Creator and that the Creator is the source of every single one of our fundamental, inalienable rights," Fischer said, "and that the first of these rights given to us by God is the right to life."

"No one is qualified to sit on any bench in the judiciary at any level, whether municipal or county or local or state or federal," he continued, "no man is qualified to sit on the bench who does not believe in a Creator, does not believe that the Creator is the source of all of our rights and does not believe that the very first of these rights, these legal rights, the constitutional rights, is the right to life."

Bryan Fischer: Diversity And Multiculturalism Are God's Curse Upon America Because We Have Become Utterly Evil

On his radio program yesterday, Bryan Fischer reiterated his view that the "proliferation of languages" in America is a curse that God has placed upon this nation "to protect us from ourselves" because we have become fundamentally evil and a menace to the entire world.

"This kind of diversity is not a blessing," Fischer said. "This kind of multiculturalism is not a blessing, it is a curse" that God has imposed upon us so that we cannot communicate easily with one another in order to thwart our evil plans, just as he did those seeking to construct the Tower of Babel in the book of Genesis.

By not insisting that those seeking to immigrate to the United States first be required to pass an English literacy test and be willing assimilate into our culture, Fischer said, America is bringing God's curse upon ourselves.

"The confusion of languages is a check on the evil that otherwise a nation would do," he claimed, "and I think that's what's happening here in America, that this is a part of God's judgment on America because we have drifted from Him and now, increasingly, the plans and intentions of the heart of the American people, the American government, our cultural leaders are evil." 

"I think what's going on here," Fischer concluded, "God is saying, 'This lack of assimilation that is caused by this profusion of languages, it's actually something that I am using to check the evil that the United States otherwise would do.'"

Bryan Fischer Says 'There's No Question' That Hillary Clinton 'Has Opened Her Life Up To Demonic Influence'

On his radio program yesterday, Bryan Fischer took a call from a listener who floated the theory that Hillary Clinton's recent bout of pneumonia was really a sign that a demon "has latched on to her." While Fischer was not able to diagnose whether Clinton's illness was demonic in nature, he did say that "it's certainly possible that there is some kind of demonic influence in her life."

"I think it's almost inevitable," Fischer said, "given what she's done with her life and the things that she's done. You can open the doorway of your life to demonic presences in a lot of different ways and a lot of them are things that Hillary Clinton has done. So there's no question, from a biblical standpoint, that she herself has opened her life up to demonic influence."

Bryan Fischer: Obama Is Giving Away The Internet Because He Hates America

During his radio broadcast yesterday, American Family Radio's Bryan Fischer excoriated President Obama for supposedly giving the internet away to the United Nations because he hates America.

As with his opposition to net neutrality, Fischer's position was rooted entirely in his own ignorance about the issue, but that didn't stop him from accusing Obama of selling out the nation.

What is happening is that, at the end of the month, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration's contract with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will expire, allowing oversight of ICANN to transition to an international body. Since ICANN "merely makes sure that the URLs work as internet users expect them to, and IANA [the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority] acts as a maintenance of registries, the so-called phonebook for the internet," nothing about this transition "gives away the internet" because ICANN performs the purely clerical function of keeping the IANA registry up to date. 

But Fischer obviously doesn't understand anything about this process, which is why he fumed yesterday that "President Obama is going to turn over the internet to the United Nations."

"He's going to let the United Nations run the entire, worldwide internet," Fischer stated. "There is no president who would do that if he truly loved his country and cared about its security. No president would do that. You put this in charge of the UN, there there is nothing on the internet that's safe! There's nothing on the internet that they cannot make a way for somebody to get at. There will be no possibility of any kind of genuine cyber-security any longer if the UN is in charge of the internet ... This may sound like an exaggeration, but the only reason you would do this is to sell out your own country."

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 9/12/16

  • Glenn Beck says that 9/11 was "the morning our nation's childhood died."
  • Right-wing activist Philip Zodhiates is set to go on trial next week for his role in helping "ex-gay" Lisa Miller kidnap her child and flee the country.
  • Theodore Shoebat has some thoughts about Hillary Clinton: "Besides everything else that she is, her evil springs from her being a heretic. That is the bottom line. This is why back in Christendom, they used to burn heretics and witches at the stake."
  • Jan Markell says that "ISIS is literally praying every day that Hillary Clinton would win this election."
  • Finally, Bryan Fischer warns that "while God is a patient and forgiving God, there are limits to what he will endure. I don’t know how much more of America’s flagrant sexual debauchery God is prepared to tolerate, but it’s best for us to repent before we find out."

The Religious Right Shares Trump's Putin Crush

One of the notable developments in right-wing-watching in recent years has been how enthusiastically many Religious Right leaders have embraced Russia’s anti-democratic president, former KGB official Vladimir Putin. It seems even more remarkable that the Republican Party’s presidential nominee has been lavishing praise on Putin even as Russia maneuvers to diminish America’s influence in the world.

As president, Putin has consolidated his power through attacks on the independent media, the persecution of political opponents, and restrictions on civil society. He has annexed Crimea, supported violent separatists in Ukraine, fostered anti-democratic right-wing forces in Europe, and made the weakening of NATO a major strategic imperative.

None of that has kept Donald Trump from praising Putin and welcoming Putin’s praise for him. In Wednesday night’s forum on national security issues, Trump said, “I think I would have a very, very good relationship with Putin. And I think I would have a very, very good relationship with Russia.” When asked about some of Putin’s troubling actions, Trump didn’t criticize the Russian president, suggesting instead that he could “start naming some of the things that President Obama does at the same time.”

Trump went on to praise Putin’s leadership and pooh-pooh concerns about Putin’s authoritarianism: “I mean, you can say, oh, isn’t that a terrible thing—the man has very strong control over a country.” Then on Thursday, Trump appeared on RT, a network operated by the Russian government, to slam American media and U.S. foreign policy and dismiss as “unlikely” the idea that the Russian government was involved in hacking the DNC’s email as American intelligence agencies believe.

Some conservatives have criticized Putin’s anti-democratic actions and strategic aims, and some Republicans were not happy about Trump’s recent remarks. But his running mate Mike Pence said it is “inarguable” that Putin is a stronger leader than President Obama. Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa, a Trump supporter, told CNN that Putin is a better leader for Russia than President Obama has been for the U.S., praising the increase in “hyper-nationalism” in Russia. Conspiracy-theory-promoting radio host Alex Jones, whose “amazing” reputation Trump has praised while appearing on his show , has expressed his admiration for Putin’s promotion of homeschooling and “masculine men.”

Trump will find himself in friendly company at this weekend’s Values Voter Summit, an annual political gathering for the Religious Right. As Right Wing Watch has documented extensively, many U.S. religious conservatives have been cheerleaders for Putin because of his government’s anti-gay policies and his public support for “traditional values” and “Christian civilization.” Brian Brown, who heads both the National Organization for Marriage and the World Congress of Families, actually traveled to Russia a few years ago to testify on behalf of anti-gay legislation there.

As Right Wing Watch noted last year:

Evangelist Franklin Graham hailed Putin as a hero for taking “a stand to protect his nation’s children from the damaging effects of any gay and lesbian agenda” even as “America’s own morality has fallen so far on this issue”; Bryan Fischer called Putin a “lion of Christianity” and called upon U.S. lawmakers to adopt similar speech prohibitions; Matt Barber marveled that Putin was able to “out-Christian our once-Christian nation”; Sam Rohrer called Putin “the moral leader of the world”; Scott Lively lavished praise on Putin for “ championing traditional marriage and Christian values ”; and Rush Limbaugh applauded Putin for stopping “a full-frontal assault on what has always been considered normalcy.”

In fact, Franklin Graham went to Russia just last fall, where he met with Putin, slammed President Obama for supporting “policies that contradict the teachings of God” and praised the Russian president for “protecting Russian young people against homosexual propaganda.” Graham reportedly said, “I call for prayers for the president of Russia, who is protecting traditional Christianity.” Graham also praised Russian involvement in Syria, which the Russian Orthodox Church has called a “holy battle.”

Putin has developed a mutually beneficial partnership with the Russian Orthodox Church, promoting Orthodoxy as a crucial element of Russian nationalism and a vehicle for extending Russian power and undercutting U.S. influence. Some American Religious Right leaders are taken with Putin’s promotion of a Christian state; the director of last year’s World Congress of Families summit, Janice Shaw Crouse, embraced the blasphemy-law prosecution and jail sentences given to members of the band Pussy Riot for protesting in a cathedral.

While many Religious Right leaders suggest that President Obama is a secret Muslim who wants to replace the Constitution with Sharia law and say marriage equality will open the door to polygamy, we haven’t heard them objecting to Putin and his allies actually allowing polygamy and the imposition of Sharia in Chechnya. Similarly, those who cry that LGBT equality represents a dire threat to religious freedom have not raised a big fuss about a new law signed by Putin this summer that severely restricts the religious freedom of faiths other than the Russian Orthodox Church. Putin has also enacted restrictions on evangelism and backed separatist militias that violently attack Ukrainian Protestants.

Perhaps Putin’s strategic partnership with the Orthodox Church has inspired Trump’s promise to conservative evangelical leaders that he will make Christianity more politically powerful by eliminating legal restrictions on electoral politicking by churches. So far, it has worked for him, helping him line up support from the leaders of the Values Voter Summit.

Donald Trump And The So-Called 'Values Voters'

Countless articles have been written on Donald Trump's relationship with the Religious Right, often by those who argue that his rise reveals the movement's increasing irrelevance. After all, how could social conservatives ever get behind a thrice-married failed casino mogul who is more comfortable at the Playboy Mansion than at church? He has bragged that he has never asked God for forgiveness, insisted that Jesus Christ had a massive ego (in an interview with Playboy) and, in an episode that carries obvious symbolism, threw cash on the communion plate in an Iowa church.

It's almost as if the Religious Right cares more about gaining political power than defending Christian teachings.

Trump is slated to make an appearance today at the Values Voter Summit, the annual Washington, D.C., convention organized by the Family Research Council that's the marquis event on the Religious Right's calendar. Trump's appearance at the summit isn't discordant; as his campaign has progressed, it has become clear why the movement has rallied behind him and why he has relied on its support.

Trump once told a crowd at a Christian university not to forgive their enemies but to "get even." The leaders of today's Religious Right have been preaching that message for years, treating politics as a no-holds-barred battle against opponents who they regard not just as people with different points of view, but as spiritual enemies.

For instance, Tony Perkins, the president of Family Research Council (FRC), has described supporters of LGBT rights as pawns of Satan.

Just as Trump championed the birther movement, arguing that President Obama is neither an American nor a Christian, Perkins has suggested that Obama is not a true Christian (and is most likely a Muslim) and raised questions about his birthplace. Obama supporters, according to Perkins, must repent for voting for him. One past Values Voter Summit speaker even told the crowd that Obama would shut down all of the country's churches before leaving office.

Trump's demagogic, hateful rhetoric has nothing on the Religious Right, whose leaders have been belittling and denigrating LGBT people, religious minorities and Christians who don't agree with their right-wing political ideology for years.

It wasn't surprising that most Religious Right leaders who talk a big game on religious liberty either stayed silent or were openly supportive when Trump called for a ban on Muslims entering the country. A spokesman for the American Family Association, a cosponsor of the Values Voter Summit, had called for a Muslim ban long before Trump ever did.

While many evangelicals, along with Roman Catholics and mainline Protestants, have worked tirelessly to reform the country's immigration system, conservative Religious Right groups like the FRC and the AFA have denounced immigration reform.

Trump and Religious Right groups have also joined together in portraying American Christians as a marginalized group under constant persecution thanks to the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits houses of worship and other nonprofits from explicitly endorsing candidates if they want to maintain their tax-exempt status, and injustices like the "War on Christmas," with Trump even claiming that he was personally a victim of anti-Christian persecution because he was subject to a routine IRS audit.

And above all, the movement's leaders are thrilled that Trump has promised to give them the Supreme Court of their dreams, even letting conservative activists hand-pick his nominees.

The Religious Right, with its constant talk of the country's imminent undoing by evil anti-American actors, promotion of conspiracy theories and patently hateful rhetoric, paved the way for Trump's success in the GOP primaries. Now, Trump needs the movement to help put him over the top in November, and will be more than happy to further its agenda if he makes it into the White House.

At the Values Voter Summit, Trump will surely pander to the Religious Right. But he should also thank them.

(This post also appears on the Huffington Post)

Donald Trump To Convene With Ex-Gays, Self-Styled Knights & The John Birch Society

Donald Trump is set to appear Friday at the Values Voter Summit, a Washington, D.C., conference organized by the Family Research Council that brings together what we’ve called “some of the country’s most extreme opponents of LGBT rights, vocal conspiracy theorists and outspoken critics of the separation of church and state.”

Several of the summit’s organizers and speakers are so radical that they have even backed laws criminalizing homosexuality.

But pandering to extremists is nothing new for Trump. And he himself has found political success by promoting many of the Religious Right’s fears about supposed anti-Christian persecution in America and a pro-Muslim bias within the Obama administration.

Trump will be joining some of the country’s most hateful groups at the Values Voter Summit. Here are just 10 of the convening’s sponsors and exhibitors:

1) Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX)

PFOX is dedicated to promoting ex-gay conversion therapy and “educating society on the facts about sexual orientation in order to eliminate negative perceptions and discrimination against ex-gays and those trying to overcome same-sex attraction.”

The group’s materials have described coming out as “a kind of murder of the family” and railed against “homofascism.” One of the group’s top officials, Greg Quinlan, has claimed that President Obama and Supreme Court Justices Anthony Kennedy and Elena Kagan are all secretly gay and has accused gay people of “sexual cannibalism.” Quinlan even blamed suicides among gay youth on gay “recruitment”: “We’re making martyrs out of kids that we’re recruiting to behave as homosexuals when no one is born that way, and that’s the problem and that’s the issue.”

PFOX also has ties to the FRC, the summit’s chief sponsor: FRC senior fellow Peter Sprigg is a PFOX board member and the FRC has promoted PFOX’s events.

FRC President Tony Perkins, who has defended PFOX’s work giving “options” to children “struggling” with homosexuality, successfully lobbied the Republican National Committee to adopt a resolution opposing laws that seek to curb the use of ex-gay therapy on minors as part of its 2016 party platform.

2) The John Birch Society

Since its founding, the John Birch Society has been a racist clearinghouse of far-right conspiracy theories.

JBS has accused Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy, Civil Rights Movement leaders and advocates of water fluoridation of advancing a communist plot…a plot that goes all the way back to the founding of the Illuminati. More recently, the group linked the Sandy Hook massacre to “the assault on white men” that includes everything “from ‘affirmative action’ to massive Third World immigration,” and attacked the GOP for turning into the “Gay Old Party.”

Jeet Heer of The New Republic writes that the Birchers’ conspiratorial nature helped set the stage for Trump’s nomination: “Far from belonging merely to the lunatic fringe, the Birchers were important precursors to what is now the governing ideology of the Republican Party: Trumpism. Bircherism is now, with Trump, flourishing in an entirely new way. Far from being drummed out of conservatism, it has become the dominant strain.”

3) Americans For Truth About Homosexuality

A former Family Research Council official, Peter LaBarbera founded Americans For Truth About Homosexuality in order to apply “single-minded determination to opposing the radical homosexual agenda” or, as he sometimes calls it, “the hydra-headed monster of the Homosexual/Transsexual Lobby.”

LaBarbera, an outspoken defender of laws criminalizing homosexuality and banning pro-gay speech , has warned about the threat of what he calls “Gayria law” and “homofascism,” calling for “civil disobedience on a massive scale” to prevent same-sex couples from marrying.

He has said that the people really being persecuted today are anti-gay activists,comparing himself and others to Jews living in Nazi Germany. He has claimed that anti-LGBT activists like himself can’t help but follow their “natural inhibition against homosexual behavior,” while gay rights advocates use “ political terrorism” to advance “like an insatiable, devouring monster” while promoting “Satan’s plan.”

LaBarbera has lamented that anti-gay violence is no longer “normal,” called pedophilia “a subset of the larger deviance of homosexuality,” said that he’d “love to see” a group organize a class action lawsuit against homosexuality and found it “reassuring” that the gay community is affected by STIs and violence.

In LaBarbera’s ideal America, the government would imprison doctors who perform sex reassignment surgery for transgender people, close the door to refugees who are gay, launch a campaign against “homosexual behavior” just as it did against tobacco products and “re-stigmatize” homosexuality.

4) Family Watch International

With a global focus, Family Watch International has promoted ex-gay therapy and laws criminalizing homosexuality overseas.

One of the most glaring examples of its activism is in Nigeria, where the group’s leadership pushed the country’s lawmakers to adopt a law that “punishes those who enter into a same-sex marriage with up to 14 years in prison” and “prohibits anyone from officiating a gay union, bans same-sex ‘amorous relationships’ and membership in an LGBT advocacy group.” The law has led to dozens of arrests.

The group has been particularly active in promoting ex-gay pseudo-science and opposing United Nations resolutions calling for the decriminalization of homosexuality. For a time, FWI even worked withMartin Ssempa, an extreme anti-gay activist in Uganda, and praised Iran as “one of the strongest nations in standing up for family values at the UN.”

5) Liberty Counsel

Liberty Counsel is a conservative legal advocacy firm with close ties to Liberty University, the school founded by Jerry Falwell. The group recently gained national attention for its work representing Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and Alabama state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, who defied federal courts by attempting to obstruct the recognition of marriage equality in his state.

Liberty Counsel Chairman Mat Staver has called for mass disobedience against the Supreme Court’s landmark decision striking down bans on same-sex marriage, warning that the ruling will lead to revolution and civil war. Staver, as we’ve reported, has also “predicted that President Obama will impose ‘ forced homosexuality’ upon the nation, regularly likened gay people to terrorists, labeled the gay rights movement as ‘demonic’ and defended countries that outlaw same-sex relationships. Gay equality, Staver warns, will lead to the end of civilization and cause America to ‘implode’ and ‘unravel.’”

Anita Staver, Staver’s wife and the president of Liberty Counsel, recently said that she would take her gun into restrooms in reaction to Target’s decision to let transgender customers use the restroom that matches their gender identity, although she was unable to connect the store’s policy to any criminal acts.

6) Thomas More Law Center

The conservative legal group the Thomas More Law Center, as we’ve noted, is “best known for its unsuccessful lawsuit against Planned Parenthood and the Shepard-Byrd hate crimes law as well as its botched defense of a Pennsylvania’s school’s Intelligent Design curriculum.”

While the group wrongly predicted that the 2009 Hate Crimes Act would “criminalize the Bible,” that didn’t stop it from similarly insisting that marriage equality would lead to the end of “intellectual liberty.” The Thomas More Law Center has also warned that Arabic lessons in school will train kids to become terrorists and claimed that Islam is not a religion but a “Trojan Horse” seeking “to destroy America.”

7) American Family Association

The American Family Association has truly earned its designation as a hate group.

It’s one-time spokesman Bryan Fischer, who still hosts a radio program on the group’s affiliate American Family Radio, has repeatedly called for homosexuality to be outlawed, while cheering on countries like Uganda that criminalize homosexuality, calling for an “Underground Railroad to deliver innocent children from same-sex households” and declaring that God will use ISIS terrorists to punish Americans for their tolerance of homosexuality. Upon learning that the Boy Scouts of America rescinded its ban on gay members, Fischer said that the group should change its name to the “Boy Sodomizers of America.”

Fischer has alsolikened homosexuality to terrorism and blamed the Holocaust on gay people, and said that non-Christians have no First Amendment rights and that non-Christian immigrants should be forced to convert to Christianity. Fischer has repeatedly defended the massacres and expulsions of Native Americans from their lands as divine justice and once lamented that welfare makes African-American women ‘rut like rabbits.’”

The AFA’s current governmental affairs director, Sandy Rios, has linked homosexuality to terrorism, train crashes and pedophilia.

8) Intercessors for America

Intercessors for America, as we’ve reported, has “prayed to stop anti-bullying laws to protect LGBT and LGBT-perceived youth, warning they ‘can only lead to God’s judgment,’ and that support for marriage equality ‘leads a soul to eternal damnation.’” The group also “believes that federal government is developing technology to implant microchips in all citizens as a form of mind control.”

9) Tradition, Family And Property

The Roman Catholic organization Tradition, Family and Property is a group of men who dress up like knights with trademark red capes and costumes and tour the country protesting events they perceive as anti-Catholic, as well as abortion rights and same-sex marriage. The group is particularly active in its opposition to gay rights, advocating for colleges to disband LGBT clubs and protesting Desmond Tutu due to his “affirmation of the homosexual agenda.” One of the group’s board members suggested that tornadoes were God’s judgment for gay marriage .

10) Family Research Council

The Values Voter Summit’s chief sponsor, the Family Research Council, is far from a mainstream group.

FRC Senior Fellow Peter Sprigg has called for bans on homosexuality and the exportation of gays from the U.S., and its executive vice president, Jerry Boykin, has promoted a wide range of bizarre conspiracy theories .

But the group’s most extreme official is its president, Tony Perkins, who has defended Uganda’s “kill-the-gays” bill, connected homosexuality to pedophilia , asserted that same-sex relationships are a government “population control” scheme, depicted LGBT rights supporters as terrorists and minions of Satan bent on murdering Christians, called for a revolution to stop same-sex marriages and denounced anti-bullying efforts for spreading “perversion.” He has also suggested narrowing the definition of religious freedom to exclude Muslims and liberal Christians, and once falsely claimed that it has been a “federal crime” to be a Christian since 2009.

Trump Cozying Up To Activists Who've Supported Criminalizing Homosexuality

Donald Trump is scheduled to speak this week at the Values Voter Summit, the annual confab hosted by the Religious Right powerhouse the Family Research Council. While Trump has claimed that he will be a better “friend of LGBT Americans” than Hillary Clinton (just “ask the gays”), his appearance at VVS shows the extent to which he has cozied up with some of the country’s fiercest opponents of LGBT equality, going so far as to offer them their pick of Supreme Court justices.

Many of the summit’s organizers and speakers have a long history of anti-LGBT rhetoric and promoting anti-LGBT policies, from denigrating gay and lesbian armed service members to falsely linking homosexuality with pedophilia. In fact, a glaring number of VVS participants have defended laws criminalizing homosexuality in the U.S. and around the globe.

While the Religious Right has changed its messaging in recent years to claim that conservative Christians in the U.S. are facing persecution from LGBT rights activists, it was not long ago that many of the same groups were fighting to preserve laws that made gay people criminals—and some still support enacting these policies at home and abroad.

The Family Research Council, which is the chief organizer of the conference, is a case in point. In 2003, when the Supreme Court was considering the constitutionality of Texas’ ban on “sodomy” in the landmark Lawrence v. Texas case, the FRC filed an amicus brief on behalf of the state. When the court ruled against Texas in the case, the FRC called it “a direct attack on the sanctity of marriage” and the group’s president, Tony Perkins, declared, “What’s at stake here is the very foundation of our society, not only of America but all Western civilization.”

Not only has Perkins defended state laws criminalizing same-sex relations, he once defended a notorious anti-gay bill in Uganda that at the time he discussed it proposed life in prison or even the death penalty for people who have sex with someone of the same sex. Perkins lauded this bill as an effort to “uphold moral conduct that protects others and in particular the most vulnerable,” criticizing President Obama for opposing it. The FRC even spent $25,000 to lobby Congress about a resolution denouncing the Ugandan bill—the group later claimed that it didn’t oppose the resolution, it just wanted to make its language less friendly to gay rights. In 2011, FRC asked its members to pray to give Malawi the “courage to withstand U.S. coercion” and maintain its ban on homosexuality.

Peter Sprigg, a senior fellow at the FRC who will have a speaking slot at this weekend’s summit, has perhaps been the most clear about the organization’s views on the subject. Asked by MSNBC’s Chris Matthews in 2010 if he thinks “we should outlaw gay behavior,” Sprigg replied, “Yes.” In a 2008 television interview, Sprigg mused, “I would much prefer to export homosexuals from the United States than to import them into the United States because we believe homosexuality is destructive to society.”

The American Family Association, another sponsor of the Values Voter Summit, likewise backed Texas in the Lawrence case, writing in the amicus brief that a law like Texas' could prevent the “injury caused to the public by same-sex sodomy” and would even protect the gay people it targeted by sparing them “illness, disease and death resulting from [their] conduct.” That same year, the AFA published an essay lamenting that the disappearance of sodomy laws showed that “Judeo-Christian views” were being abandoned in favor of “moral relativism.” In 2011, then-AFA spokesman Bryan Fischer said that homosexuality should be a “criminal offense.”

First Liberty, another sponsor of the event, likewise backed Texas in the Lawrence case (under its previous incarnation as the Liberty Legal Institute), with the group’s leader Kelly Shackelford—also a speaker at this year’s VVS—declaring that there is “no constitutional right to engage in homosexual sodomy.”

Other figures at the Values Voter Summit have also supported criminal bans on homosexuality.

Rick Santorum, who will have a speaking slot, has boasted of his opposition to the Supreme Court’s Lawrence decision. Family Watch International, which is sponsoring a booth at the event, frequently works with some of the world’s most repressive governments to keep LGBT-friendly language out of UN documents and has supported harsh anti-gay legislation in Nigeria. Liberty Counsel, which will also be sponsoring a booth in the summit’s exhibit hall, backed Texas in the Lawrence case and defended a homosexuality ban in Malawi. Radical anti-LGBT activist Matt Barber said on a Liberty Counsel radio program he co-hosts that the U.S. should adopt a ban on “homosexual activist propaganda” similar to Russia’s. Fischer, the former AFA spokesman, also advocated enacting a similar law in the U.S.

Many Religious Right leaders have rallied behind Trump because he has promised to give them their ideal Supreme Court justices and lower court judges. Very recent history shows that these groups aren’t just interested in using the courts to reverse marriage equality—which would be harmful enough on its own—but also to severely roll back years of hard-won legal protections for LGBT people. Trump says that he’d be better for the LGBT community than Hillary Clinton—but we doubt that he’ll bring that message to the Values Voter Summit.

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 8/26/16

  • Bryan Fischer helpfully explains that “God has not called us to be nice” because “nice people are weak.” 
  • William Gheen says that if Trump “diverges” on immigration, then Nativists like himself “will be his worst enemy.” 
  • Paul Hair warns that the “Obama regime is using the U.S. Department of Agriculture to evangelize deviancy in traditionally traditional rural America.” 
  • Kent Bailey writes the “moral bankruptcy of Hillary Clinton is a bottomless pit, but it graphically illustrates how secular legalism and post-Christian “morality” are the driving forces behind America’s regressive march back to the primitive, godless and pagan roots of humanity.” 
  • Day Gardner of the National Black Pro-Life Union thinks black voters are under a trance: “It's infuriating that in this high tech day and age, many of my black brothers and sisters are of a 'stepford' mentality, sleep walking in a politically robotic-like existence. I want to shake them and say, wake up, smell the roses and the coffee! Stop voting for the same old politicians while hoping for different outcomes—face it ... it's not working!” 
  • Gary Cass of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission declares that Hillary Clinton has embraced “a heretical liberal theology”:

Bryan Fischer Decries Name-Calling, One Day After Calling LGBT Activists 'Bigots' And 'Haters'

As we have said time and time and time and time again, Bryan Fischer is a lot of things, but self-aware is not one of them, which is something he continues to demonstrate with alarming regularity on his radio program.

In the latest example, Fischer declared on his show yesterday that liberals reflexively call conservatives "bigots" or "homophobes" or "Islamophobes" because they seek to use name-calling as a way to shut down debate since liberals know that they can't make substantive arguments.

"Name-calling is the first refuge of a man without an argument," Fischer said. "So, when somebody starts calling you a name, that's an indication they know they are out of intellectual ammunition, they cannot defend their position."

That is an interesting claim to hear someone like Fischer make, since just the day before, on his Wednesday radio program, he spent a segment engaging in all sorts of name-calling against LGBT activists.

"There's no tolerance there on the left," Fischer fumed. "They say they're the voices and the paragons of tolerance and compassion. They are anything but. They're cruel, they're mean-spirited and they're hateful. You want to know where the hate is in the whole discussion about homosexuality? It's on the left! They are the haters. They are the bigots. They are the anti-Christian haters, they're Christophobes, virtually every last one of them."

The Men Who Say God Says A Woman Shouldn’t Be President

Hillary Clinton has faced her share of sexist attacks in her presidential campaign, and plenty of Clinton supporters have been accused of voting for her “just because she’s a woman,” but attacking Clinton explicitly for being a woman has generally been considered to be beyond the pale. Except, that is, among a small segment of Religious Right activists who believe that God proscribes women from taking political leadership roles and are willing to talk about it.

Back in 2008, when John McCain picked Sarah Palin to be his vice presidential running mate, some Religious Right leaders had muddled reactions to a female nominee who also happened to share many of their policy priorities.

The Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins explained that there was no contradiction in supporting a woman as vice president even though he is a member of a denomination that bars women from serving as pastors because the Bible only prohibits a woman from being a “spiritual leader.” Richard Land, then the head of the Southern Baptist Convention’s political arm, said that it was perfectly fine for Palin to serve in the role as long as her husband was okay with it. Al Mohler said that while he was thrilled with Palin’s politics, if he were her pastor he “would be concerned about how she could balance these responsibilities and what this would mean for her family and her roles as wife and mother.”

Michele Bachmann met some similar reactions when she ran for president in 2012, complicated by the fact that Bachmann herself had declared adherence to submission theology, the belief, as Sarah Posner has explained, that the “husband is the spiritual head of the household, the wife his obedient ‘helpmeet,’ the vessel for their children, devoted mother, and warrior for the faith.” Bachmann deflected those criticisms using logic similar to Perkins’, saying that the presidency “is not a spiritual position, it is a position of authority in our government, it is very different from that of a wife to her husband.”

Not everyone was convinced. While Bryan Fischer, then an official with the American Family Association, wrote early on in Bachmann’s campaign that the congresswoman was “in fact submitting to her husband by running for president ” because her husband had urged her to run, he did not seem completely convinced of his own point. Fischer said on his radio program the very same week that a woman should be allowed to become president only as a last resort “if God can't find any men with the spine and with the testicular fortitude” to lead. In that case, he said, God would “send a woman to do a man’s job.” As the election approached, Fischer went back to stating his belief that political leadership should be “reserved for the hands of males.”

It’s not surprising, then, that the question of whether a woman should be president has bubbled up again this year among some of the same people. Fischer declared this week that he doesn’t “believe that women should be entrusted with high political office,” implying that it would be reasonable to “vote for Trump because he's a man.”

Sam Roher, a former Pennsylvania state legislator who heads the American Pastors Network, which works to organize politically engaged conservative pastors, cited the book of Isaiah this month to argue that having women in political leadership is a mark of judgment upon a nation. “God does raise up women,” he explained, “there is no question about it, but the real condemnation is not the women in office, the condemnation is the disregard and the absolute inability for male leadership to perform as God intended it and I believe that that's the application for us now.”

Gary Dull, a board member of the pastors’ network who also runs its Pennsylvania chapter, used the same passage from Isaiah to argue more firmly that women should not lead nations. “In God's line of authority,” he said last month, “it seems very clear in the scripture that a woman should not be in authority over men, which would limit a woman from being the president of the United States of America or even a queen of some other particular nation.”

Kevin Swanson, a fringe pastor who nonetheless hosted three GOP presidential candidates at a campaign event in Iowa last year, responded to Clinton’s candidacy this month by saying that electing a female president would be “the final chapter” in feminists’ war against America. The white nationalist radio host James Edwards — a big Donald Trump fan — has cited “God’s law” to question whether a woman should be president.

And this isn’t even to mention the fringe activists who have said that women shouldn’t even be allowed to vote, including Theodore Shoebat, who recently managed to feed a conspiracy theory about Khizr Khan to the Trump campaign. Jesse Lee Peterson, a frequent guest on conservative talk shows, has also argued that women should never have been given the right to vote.

Those who think a female candidate should be disqualified from the presidency are mercifully few. And submission theology, which deals with a woman’s role in the household and the world, varies greatly among those who preach it. But as the reactions to Clinton’s candidacy have shown, the question of whether a woman should be president hasn’t been entirely settled in the Christian Right. After all, as Phyllis Schlafly says, who needs a woman president when “all our greatest presidents have been men"?

Bryan Fischer: Use A Polygraph To Ban Muslim Immigrants Who Have Visited Mecca

Bryan Fischer was very impressed with Donald Trump's proposal to implement an "extreme vetting" process for screening immigrants who wish to come to America and took it upon himself to draft a simple nine question test to be given to all Muslims seeking to enter this country.

Fischer, who has been calling for a complete ban on Muslim immigration and the deportation off all Muslims currently living in the United States for years, said that anyone who failed to provide a satisfactory answer to any of these questions should automatically be denied entry:

1. Do you believe in Israel’s right to exist?
2. Do you renounce all Palestinian acts of terror against Israel and Israelis?
3. Do you believe the 9/11 attack was carried out by Muslims or by Jews?
4. Do you believe the Holocaust occurred?
5. Have you made the pilgrimage to Mecca?
6. Do you support legal punishment for those who leave the Islamic faith?
7. Do you want the United States one day to be governed by Sharia law?
8.Are you willing to give up any right to have Muslim holidays on school calendars and halal food in school cafeterias and prisons?
9.Do you believe anyone who creates an image of Muhammad should be punished?

On his radio show today, a caller worried that Fischer's test might be undermined by "taqiyya," a reference to the false claim that Muslims are allowed to advance the cause of Islam. But Fischer had an obvious answer: require Muslims to take the test while strapped to a polygraph machine.

"I tried to devise these questions," Fischer said, "to make it virtually impossible for a Muslim to resort to taqiyya ... I think these questions ought to be administered with a polygraph machine, frankly. I think that anyone that's from a Muslim country that wants to immigrate to the United States, they not only should ask these questions, they should do it hooked up to a polygraph machine."

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Kyle Mantyla, Friday 09/30/2016, 5:30pm
Bryan Fischer calls upon Congress to impeach James Comey for not recommending the indictment of Hillary Clinton: "It is time for Congress to use this constitutional remedy to remove from the body politic the cancer that FBI Director James Comey has become." Glenn Beck is really bothered by the fact that those receiving government assistance don't feel a deep sense of shame about it. John Lowery says that Defense Secretary Ashton Carter's "new transgendered policy is so irrational as to constitute treason. It’s up to Congress, which is supposed to... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Friday 09/23/2016, 4:19pm
As we have noted several times before, American Family Radio's Bryan Fischer has an understanding of the First Amendment that makes absolutely no sense, as he regularly insists that it only applies to Congress ... except for all the times when he insists that it applies to all sorts of government entities. Fischer's incoherence has been on full display regarding the case of Joe Kennedy, a high school football coach from Washington state who was fired after he refused to stop praying with players and students after games. Despite the fact that Fischer has repeatedly declared that... MORE >
Brian Tashman, Wednesday 09/21/2016, 5:45pm
Bryan Fischer really is obsessed with homosexuality: "The sad truth is that homosexuality throughout history is almost boring in its monotonous deviance from God’s design for human sexuality. There is nothing new or exciting or edgy to see here, despite the effort to convince us that embracing homosexuality is something all the cool kids do." The Family Research Council and Concerned Women for America have launched a 20-state "Values Bus Tour" to mobilize conservative Christians to vote, while The Family Leader's Bob Vander Plaats is launching a... MORE >
Brian Tashman, Tuesday 09/20/2016, 5:40pm
Five years ago today, the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy officially came to an end. And, five years later, conservatives’ dire predictions about the consequences of the policy’s repeal have yet to come true. This falls into a familiar pattern. Many of the same activists and commentators have made similarly apocalyptic—and unfounded—warnings about the effects of hate crimes laws and marriage equality. Here are just five of the bogus claims made by those who opposed the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: 1) Diapers Just two years... MORE >
Brian Tashman, Tuesday 09/20/2016, 12:35pm
Pastors thrown in jail. Religious texts criminalized. Evangelism outlawed. These are all events that Religious Right activists— inaccurately —predicted would happen during President Obama’s time in office. But sadly, these are acts that are all too common around the world. Most recently, Russian President Vladimir Putin has stepped up his attacks on Christians who belong to denominations other than the Russian Orthodox Church, particularly Protestants, Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses. Last month, Putin signed a law curtailing evangelism under the guise of... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Tuesday 09/20/2016, 12:09pm
On his radio program yesterday, Bryan Fischer reacted to the arrest of Ahmad Khan Rahami, who is a suspect in a string of bombings that took place in New York and New Jersey last weekend, by reiterating his call to ban all Muslim from immigrating to the United States, which he justified by once again falsely claiming that the U.S. had imposed a travel ban during the height of 2014's Ebola outbreak. "I have been suggesting for a number of years that we need to suspend Islamic immigration," Fischer said, "because I honestly do not see an alternative. I've said before that... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Monday 09/19/2016, 4:31pm
On his radio program today, Bryan Fischer reacted to the arrest of Ahmad Khan Rahami, who is a suspect in a string of bombings that took place in New York and New Jersey over the weekend, by calling for families of Muslims who engage in terrorism within the United States to be stripped of their citizenship and deported. Rahami is a U.S. citizen who was born in Afghanistan, which prompted Fischer to declare that Rahami should be charged with treason and, if he is found guilty, his entire family should be deported. "Anybody who is an American citizen who has an Islamic background and... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Monday 09/19/2016, 10:13am
American Family Radio host Bryan Fischer declared on his radio program on Friday that a person who does not believe in God or who supports abortion rights is unqualified to serve as a judge at any level in America. Fischer got onto the subject after praising Donald Trump on his radio show for naming Marjorie Dannenfelser of the Susan B. Antony List as the head of his presidential campaign's pro-life coalition. "I would submit to you that no man is qualified to sit as a judge in America who does not understand and believe that there is a Creator and that the Creator is the source... MORE >