Bryan Fischer

Bryan Fischer: 'I Don't Believe That Women Should Be Entrusted With High Political Office'

On his radio program today, American Family Radio's Bryan Fischer reiterated his position that women should not be entrusted with positions of political authority.

Responding to a caller, Fischer stated that "you could make a pretty good biblical case ... that only men are supposed to hold political office."

"That's always the pattern in the word of God," he said. "The kings were all males, when you had a departure from that with Jezebel and Athaliah, it was not a good thing, it did not work out well. Leadership in the church is reserved for men, leadership in the home is reserved for men. In other words, in God's economy, he has designed leadership and authority in society and in the church and in the home to be exercised by men."

"I think you could make a good case that leadership in culture, society, politically as well as in the home, that that is something in God's economy that's reserved for men," Fischer stated. "What if somebody had the courage to go on national TV, somebody of some kind of prominence or visibility, and said, 'Look, I'm going to vote for Trump because he's a man. I don't believe that women should be entrusted with high political office' ... That's the position I happen to take."

Bryan Fischer's First Amendment Theory Is So Incoherent That Even He Doesn't Understand It

As we have noted several times before, American Family Radio's Bryan Fischer regularly promotes an entirely incoherent theory about the First Amendment, insisting that its prohibition against an establishment of religion only applies to Congress while also insisting that its prohibition against infringing upon the free exercise of religion applies to just about any government entity.

Fischer made this nonsensical argument against on his radio program today when he praised Joe Kennedy, a former assistant high school football coach who is now suing his school district for firing him for refusing to stop praying with students after games. 

Despite the fact that, time and again, Fischer has insisted that the provisions of the First Amendment only apply to Congress and therefore cannot be violated by any other entity, Fischer bizarrely declared that the school district has violated Kennedy's First Amendment rights.

"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.'"

Fischer's current assertion that Bremerton is violating Kennedy's First Amendment rights directly contradicts his longstanding assertion that only Congress can possibly violate the First Amendment. As he wrote just last year:

The truth is that it is constitutionally and historically impossible for a school to violate the First Amendment. Why? Easy. Because a school is not Congress.

As the very first word in the First Amendment makes clear, the First Amendment applies to Congress and Congress alone. “Congress shall make no law...” The only entity that is restrained by the Founders’ Constitution is Congress. Since Congress is the only entity restrained by the First Amendment, Congress is the only entity that can violate it. 

Bryan Fischer: $400 Million Payment To Iran Is 'Our Sharia Compliant President Paying A Jizya Tax'

Conservative politicians and commentators are outraged today by a report that the United States sent $400 million in cash to Iran earlier this year on the day that Iran released four American hostages that it had been holding, falsely claiming that the payment was essentially a ransom paid to the Islamic republic.

In reality, the payment was part of a settlement over hundreds of millions of dollars in weapons that Iran had purchased from the U.S. prior to the overthrow of the Shah in 1979 but which were subsequently never delivered when diplomatic relations between the two nations were severed.

This was openly announced by the State Department back in January and even mentioned in news reports about the release of the hostages on the same day. 

But American Family Radio host Bryan Fischer obviously doesn't care about the simple truth of the matter and instead used it as an excuse to attack President Obama for supposedly paying a jizya submission tax to Iran on his radio show today.

"Basically, he's being Sharia compliant here," Fischer said. "Our president is a fan of the Islamic faith, he's a Muslim sympathizer and one of the doctrines of Islam is that if you are an infidel nation, you must pay a submission tax. It's called jizya ... What this is is a jizya tax. Our Sharia compliant president paying a jizya tax, a submission tax to an Islamic government."

Bryan Fischer Rewrites History Regarding His Feud With Mitt Romney

American Family Radio's Bryan Fischer has an amazing ability to "misremember" history, especially when doing so allows him to conveniently ignore his own well-documented record of unmitigated bigotry.

In the latest example, Fischer dedicated a portion of his radio program yesterday to promoting the upcoming Values Voter Summit, which ended with him recounting that the last time he spoke at the annual event back in 2011, he was denounced from the stage by Mitt Romney, who would go on to secure the Republican presidential nomination:

Our values ennoble the citizen, and they strengthen the nation. We should remember that decency and civility are values too. One of the speakers who will follow me today, has crossed that line I think. Poisonous language does not advance our cause. It has never softened a single heart nor changed a single mind. The blessings of faith carry the responsibility of civil and respectful debate. The task before us is to focus on the conservative beliefs and the values that unite us – let no agenda, narrow our vision or drive us apart.

In Fischer's retelling of the episode, he falsely claimed that Romney attacked him because he had criticized the Romney campaign for hiring a national security and foreign policy spokesman, Richard Grenell, who was openly gay:

In reality, Romney criticized Fischer because of his long history of unapologetic bigotry and not because of the Grenell incident, which didn't occur until months after Romney called him out from the stage. It was, in fact, because Fischer was so outraged by Romney's criticism of him that he waged his one-man war against Grenell in the first place, which ultimately resulted in Grenell resigning from the Romney campaign.

Bryan Fischer: 'It Is Not Possible For Homosexual Behavior To Be A Constitutional Or Moral Or Ethical Or Legal Right'

On his radio program yesterday, Bryan Fischer declared that "it is not possible for homosexual behavior to be a constitutional right" because all our rights come from God and God would never sanction homosexuality.

Fischer was complaining that students today are not taught the proper role of government, which, according to him, is to secure the rights that have been given to us by God. Given that government can only protect our God-given rights, Fischer said, it stands to reason that "homosexual behavior can never be a right."

"It is not possible for homosexual behavior to be a constitutional or moral or ethical or legal right," Fischer said. "Why? Because our rights come to us from God and would never, under any circumstances, ever grant human beings the right to engage in homosexual behavior."

Bryan Fischer: The NBA Is Punishing North Carolina For Refusing To 'Take The Mark Of The Beast'

Bryan Fischer kicked off his radio program on Friday with a Bible study on the Book of Revelation, during which he once again warned that "Satan is working overtime" through the LGBT rights community in an effort to impose the Mark of the Beast on Christians.

"This is the Mark of the Beast in our culture right now," Fischer declared. "If you want to know what the Mark of the Beast is today in America, it is the embrace of the homosexual agenda. If you want to buy, if you want to sell, if you want to engage in business, you have to embrace the god of homosexuality, you have got to embrace the agenda of homosexuality or you will not be allowed to buy or sell. That's the Mark of the Beast."

Fischer said that the NBA, in deciding to move the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte in response to a new North Carolina anti-LGBT law, is punishing the state for refusing to "take the Mark of the Beast."

"If you will not take the Mark of the Beast," he said, "that is embrace the homosexual agenda, you will not be able to buy or sell, you will be closed down, you will be shut down, you will be fired, you will be punished."

Bryan Fischer: GOP Invited 'A Demon-God Into Its Party'

Yesterday, American Family Radio host Bryan Fischer criticized the Republican National Convention for allowing Sajid Tarar of American Muslims for Trump to deliver a closing prayer on the second day of the convention.

“The Republican Party last night allowed a demonic power to be invited into its building,” he said.

Fischer said Republicans at the event “collectively committed the sin of idolatry” by observing the prayer and committed a “dangerous” act by inviting “a demon-God into its party.”

“Multiculturalism, ladies and gentlemen, is simply a six syllable words for cultural suicide,” he continued, pleading with the party to “clean up this mess” by asking a Christian preacher to pray over the event.

Bryan Fischer: 'It's Not Okay For Christians To Have Diverse Opinions'

On his radio program yesterday, Bryan Fischer recounted a debate he had last week on Twitter with Christian Today writer Andrew Walton over Walton's piece criticizing the newly opened Ark Encounter theme park in Kentucky, which was built by the Creationist group Answers in Genesis for the purpose of promoting the organization's fundamentalist view of the Bible.

During his discussion, Fischer took exception to Walton's assertion in his article that Christians "may have diverse opinions on sexual ethics, on life issues, on evolution, on hell, on what role government should play in society, on healthcare, and indeed on science," insisting that, in fact, Christians cannot have opinions on those issues if they differ from Fischer's interpretation of the Bible.

"No, it is not okay for Christians to be all over the map, to have diverse opinions," Fischer insisted. "No, it's not okay. The Bible is abundantly clear about sexual ethics, sex is reserved for marriage, marriage is a union of one man and one woman, homosexuality is a sin, sexual immorality is a sin, et cetera. These things are not ambiguous in the scripture so, no, it's not okay to have diverse opinions on those issues."

"It's not okay to have diverse opinions on life issues," Fischer continued. "It's not okay for Christians to have diverse opinions about evolution."

Bryan Fischer Says It's 'Hard To Believe' It's 'Just Coincidental' That So Many People Around The Clintons Have Mysteriously Die

On his American Family Radio program yesterday, Bryan Fischer took a call from a listener who wanted to hear his thoughts about the death of a former UN official whom right-wing conspiracy theorist outlets have been falsely claiming was scheduled to testify in a case involving Hillary Clinton.

Despite the fact that this death had nothing whatsoever to do with Clinton, Fischer responded to the caller by declaring that 107 people with ties to the Clintons have died under suspicious circumstances over the years and, he said, "it is hard to believe that that is just coincidental."

Laughably claiming that he was not suggesting that the Clintons had anything to do with any of these deaths, Fischer then proceeded to marvel that "107 people have died under suspicious circumstances in and around the orbit of the Clintons."

Fischer doesn't have a single person his life who has died under mysterious circumstances, he said, and yet the Clintons have supposedly had over a 100, which makes it "hard to believe that that is just coincidental."

Right-Wing Activists Immediately Start Spreading Conspiracy Theories About Why Hillary Clinton Won't Be Indicted

For years now, American Family Radio host Bryan Fischer has insisted that President Obama does not want Hillary Clinton to succeed him as president and has repeatedly predicted that Obama would order the Justice Department to indict her over her mishandling of email while serving as secretary of state. 

Today, FBI Director James Comey recommended that the Justice Department not indict Clinton over the issue, so naturally Fischer went to work spinning a conspiracy theory on his radio program today, despite the fact that the theory he came up with directly contradicts his previous predictions.

As Fischer sees it, Comey has a reputation as a straight shooter who does things by the book and so he must have been "leaned on" by someone higher up - either by Attorney General Loretta Lynch or by President Obama - in coming to his decision not to recommend an indictment.

Given that Fischer has repeatedly stated that Obama does not want Clinton to become president, it is impossible to understand why he would now be claiming that it was Obama who quashed the indictment. But, for some reason, that is what Fischer is now suggesting, saying that Comey hosted his press conference today because "he wants the American people to know that she is guilty as sin" but that he was pressured into letting her off.

The AFA's Abe Hamilton, who was Fischer's guest on the program today, completely agreed and said that Comey's decision was "strikingly similar" to Chief Justice John Roberts' decision upholding Obamacare in 2015, which some right-wing activists are convinced he handed down only because he was being blackmailed by the Obama administration.

"Somebody is leaning on James Comey," Hamilton said.

Fischer and Hamilton are not the only ones floating this conspiracy theory without a stitch of evidence, as Rick Joyner took to Facebook today to suggest the same thing:

The FBI Director's judgement that Clinton should not be prosecuted was expected by many because everything has been so politicized that almost no one expects justice anymore. There was a misplaced hope in Director Comey like there was in Chief Justice John Roberts in regard to the Obamacare decision. These two incomprehensible decisions felt connected in some ways. No one could make sense out of Chief Justice Robert's decision to say Obamacare was constitutional because it was a tax, which even the Obama Administration refuted. It is likewise hard to figure out why someone as smart as FBI Director Comey would so blatantly contradict himself in the same press conference, and make the call that he did.

Many speculated that the only way Roberts made such a confused decision on Obamacare was that someone threatened him. This seemed feasible with all of the revelations that was then coming out about the info the NSA had been compiling on all Americans. Nothing else seemed to make sense. That is hard to imagine with the Director of the FBI, but in a similar way his decision just did not make sense, especially after his own statement about negligence in this case being a crime too, even if not intentional. How could anyone dispute that there was not at best gross negligence in the careless way Hillary handled classified information? Both of these decisions felt really foul, and somehow they are connected. I don't like conspiracy theories that can't be proven, but something really seemed awry in both of these.

Steve Crampton Mocks The Idea That Having To Travel Hundreds Of Miles To Obtain An Abortion Is An 'Undue Burden'

On his radio program yesterday, Bryan Fischer interviewed right-wing activist and attorney Steve Crampton about the Supreme Court decision striking down a Texas law aimed at limiting access to legal abortion under the guise of protecting the health of women.

Fischer and Crampton, who is currently running for a seat on the Mississippi Supreme Court, mocked the idea that having to travel hundreds of miles and spend hundreds of dollars to obtain an abortion because unnecessary requirements had shut down dozens of women's health clinics in Texas created an "undue burden" upon women, saying that nobody is entitled to have medical care located nearby.

Fischer absurdly likened this situation to people with cancer who incur significant expenses and travel requirements in order to obtain treatment at renowned hospitals like the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota or the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

"Nobody says that is an undue burden and therefore we are going to require every community to have a MD Anderson clinic," Fischer said, "and we're going to require every state to have a Mayo Clinic."

"I think you're exactly right," Crampton replied. "Where it is written that we have a right to access a hospital or, in this case, a specialty kind of thing, within X number of miles of our home? I don't think that's in my version of the Constitution."

Bryan Fischer 'Honors' Anniversary Of Obergefell Ruling By Likening It To 9/11

Sunday marked the first anniversary of the Supreme Court's historic marriage equality decision and American Family Radio's Bryan Fischer "honored" it on his radio show today by repeating his assertion that the ruling was the moral equivalent of 9/11.

"That day, June 26, 2015, is a date that will live in infamy," Fischer declared. "Just as the Pearl Harbor date is a date that will live in infamy, so this day in which same-sex marriage was imposed on the United States against the will of the citizens is a date that will live in moral infamy."

"What moral jihadists did on June 26, 2015," he continued, "what they did to the twin pillars of truth and righteousness [is] the same thing that the Muslim jihadists did to the World Trade Center on 9/11. So moral jihadists took down the twin pillars of truth and righteousness just like Muslim jihadists took down the twin towers on 9/11."

Bryan Fischer: Democratic Gun Control Efforts Are 'Exactly How Satan Works'

On his radio program today, Bryan Fischer said that efforts by Democrats to prevent those who are on the terror watchlist from purchasing weapons are "exactly how Satan works."

Fischer said that Democrats are lying when they claim that they are trying to protect Americans because what they really want to do is allow government bureaucrats to take away constitutional rights and destroy the Second Amendment.

"That's exactly how Satan works," Fischer said. "That's how he deceives us. He never tells us, 'Look, if you do this thing I'm dangling in front of you, it'll destroy you.' He never says that because he knows we wouldn't go for it."

"And that's what the left is trying to do with this 'no fly, no buy' thing," he said. "It's just Satan — I'm not accusing them of being Satan, but this is how Satan works; [he] tries to get us to take a bite out of the apple without realizing the consequences of what we're doing."

Bryan Fischer: 'Homosexuals Were At The Core Of Forming The Nazi Party'

On his radio program on Friday, Bryan Fischer took some time out to pat himself on the back for being one of the only people brave enough to admit "the truth" that Adolf Hitler was gay and that "homosexuals helped to form and shape and mold the Nazi party."

The inspiration for this celebration was Jonah Goldberg's appearance on Fox News last week where he asserted that he knows "for a fact that a lot of the founders of the Nazi Party were gays," which Fischer noted is what he has been saying for at least seven years.

Fischer declared that nobody else within the conservative movement has been willing to admit this historical fact because they saw what happened to him when first did so several years back.

"I said that back in 2009, got absolutely hammered, got absolutely blistered," Fischer said, "and I think what happened is people like Jonah Goldberg saw what happened to somebody who was willing to step out and tell the truth about the origins of the Nazi party, that it was rooted in the homosexual movement, homosexual community; it was formed in a gay bar in Munich, most of the officers of the SA, the Stormtroopers, were homosexuals, you had no chance of advancing in the Stormtroopers unless you were a practicing homosexual."

After claiming that the infamous "Night of the Long Knives" was really directed at eliminating Nazi insiders who were about to "out" Hitler to the German public, Fischer declared that he originally made this case back in 2009 and 2010 because the U.S. government was discussing the possible repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

"That was the discussion at the time," Fischer said, "what about homosexuality in the military? And my point was very simple: That's been tried. Nazi Germany tried that. How did that experiment work out?"

Fischer's claims about the Nazis are, of course, entirely untrue.

Bryan Fischer: 'We Are Smarter Than The Smartest People In This Country'

Bryan Fischer kicked off his radio program today with a teaching from Daniel 2, the lesson of which, he declared, is that he, his audience and their fellow Christians are the smartest people in this country.

"The reality is, ladies and gentlemen, we are smarter than the cultural elites," he stated. "And you know that, listening to this program, we play their soundbites, we compare it to the truth; you know that we are smarter than the smartest people in this country. We have more insight, we have more wisdom than the most highly educated, the most influential people in the culture. Why? Because we're smart? No! Because God is smart. That's why we know more than they do, because God is smart and we listen to him and the cultural elites do not."

Bryan Fischer: Anderson Cooper Should Be 'Disqualified' From Covering Gay Issues

Yesterday, CNN's Anderson Cooper interviewed Florida attorney general Pam Bondi about last weekend's massacre at a gay nightclub in Orland and grilled her about her long history of anti-gay activism. 

Predictably, extremist anti-gay activist Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association was outraged by Cooper's treatment of Bondi (as well as Bondi's poor performance during the interview), so he took it upon himself to answer Cooper's questions on Bondi's behalf on his radio program today.

But before he got to that, Fischer announced that because Cooper is gay, he is "disqualified" from covering any stories having to do with the issue of "the homosexual agenda."

"Anderson Cooper, who is an open, admitted homosexual ... therefore ought to recuse himself from any story like this," Fischer declared. "He has no business trying to do journalism on an issue as fraught with emotion as the homosexual agenda. He's disqualified from providing any kind of objective journalistic treatment of that topic."

Bryan Fischer: Trump's Racist Attacks On Judge Are 'Legitimate' Because The Judge Might Be Racist

On his radio program yesterday, Bryan Fischer declared that it is entirely appropriate for Donald Trump to launch racist attacks against the judge who is overseeing one of the court cases involving his Trump University because the judge himself might be racist.

Fischer insisted that Trump is not racist but that Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who was born in Indiana to parents who came from Mexico, may be racist because he was once a member of La Raza Lawyers of California, which is California's Latino bar association.

Trump having to go before a judge like Curiel, Fischer stated, is like a black defendant having to go before a judge who was in the Ku Klux Klan.

"The real question is not whether Donald Trump is a racist," Fischer said, "but whether the judge who's handling his case is and I think it's legitimate for Donald Trump to have questions about that. I'm not saying the judge is a racist either; I don't know enough to know, but I think there are legitimate questions about his ability to be impartial, objective and neutral."

So, in Fischer's view, Trump launching overtly racist attacks against a judge does not mean that Trump is racist but apparently being of Mexican heritage means that the judge might be racist. 

Bryan Fischer: Premarital Sex 'Gives Legal Ground To Satan' To Control Your Relationship

Bryan Fischer kicked off his radio program today with a lesson from the Song of Solomon, warning that having sex before marriage gives Satan control over your relationship, which he then uses to foment marital problems later on.

"When an engaged couple has sex before they are married," he said, "it gives legal ground to Satan. It gives him some turf, it gives him some space, it gives him some part of that relationship over which he has control ... If it is misused, it is one of the ways in which Satan is given very powerful legal ground in a relationship."

"So one of the things I counsel married couples to do, if they had sex before they got marriage," he stated, "there may be problems they are encountering in their marriage relationship that stem from the fact that they gave ground to Satan before they ever got married and he's held on to that to that turf and he's used that turf to work damage to the relationship. So I urge them to go together before God, confess the sin of sexual immorality before marriage, claim His forgiveness, renounce any ground, any claim that Satan has made on the relationship, accept God's forgiveness and then move on with a fresh start."

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 5/25/16

  • The latest column from Bryan Fischer is as sensible as always: "The Gay Gestapo is on a mission from the Dark Lord to relentlessly harass, intimidate, punish, and silence every advocate of sexual normalcy." 
  • David Barton insists that, according to the left, "there’s no greater heel in history, no greater jerk than Thomas Jefferson."
  • Donald Trump's campaign seems to be run by a bunch of real pros.
  • Pator Perry Noble says those Religious Right leaders who are planning to meet with Trump next month are hypocrites because most of them supported Mitt Romney in 2012: "I would bet if you took a survey of many of these same evangelical leaders that are going to the 'Trump Inquisition' next month...concerned about his lack of morality and stance on certain issues...that you would find many of those same leaders did not have to have such a meeting with Mitt Romney ... What's the problem?  Honestly, I see it as a bit of hypocrisy for a group of people to ask Trump to 'prove himself' when the same group were leading the Romney bandwagon!"  
  • On a related note, those organizing that meeting with Trump are laughably insisting that the meeting is "not intended to be political in nature."

Bryan Fischer: Maybe Texas Will Secede Over Obama's Demonic Transgender Directive

Among the Religious Right activists reacting calmly today to a reported Obama administration directive on transgender rights in schools was American Family Radio’s Bryan Fischer, who said that the move showed that President Obama is “doing the devil’s work” and that it might prompt Texas to secede from the Union.

Fischer read from a passage in Revelation in which the devil goes down to the earth and “is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.”

“So, again, I want to be clear, I’m not saying President Obama is the devil,” he said. “But is he doing the devil’s work? Yes. And he’s immitating the Enemy of our souls because he’s motivated by anger against America as founded, anger against the Judeo-Christian ideals that have founded and shaped this country, and he knows he’s running out of time.”

Later in the segment, a caller asked Fischer “what keeps the states from seceding from the Union and declaring their own government free from the United States with these executive orders.”

“The state of Texas is having their convention this weekend, their state convention, and there is a resolution that the Republican convention in the state of Texas is going to be voting on … about whether Texas ought to secede from the Union,” Fischer said, referring to a planned vote at this weekend’s state GOP convention . “And, trust me, after what President Obama has done today, there’s going to be a lot of energy behind that.”

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Kyle Mantyla, Thursday 09/15/2016, 11:01am
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Kyle Mantyla, Tuesday 09/13/2016, 11:23am
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Kyle Mantyla, Monday 09/12/2016, 5:30pm
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Peter Montgomery, Friday 09/09/2016, 11:23am
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... MORE >
Brian Tashman, Friday 09/09/2016, 10:30am
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Brian Tashman, Thursday 09/08/2016, 2:50pm
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Miranda Blue, Tuesday 09/06/2016, 2:20pm
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... MORE >
Brian Tashman, Friday 08/26/2016, 4:40pm
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