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"Commemorating" World AIDS Day With The Religious Right

Today is World AIDS Day, a day for "people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died."

Which, of course, means anti-gay activists like Peter LaBarbera decided to "commemorate" it with press releases calling for cutting AIDS funding while promoting efforts to "re-stigmatize" homosexuality.

So, in this vein, let us "commemorate" World AIDS Day by highlighting a few of the Religious Right's more outrageous AIDS-related statements from recent years:

You know if you just look at it in practical terms, which has destroyed and ended the life of more people? Terrorism attack here in America or HIV/AIDS? In the last twenty years, fifteen to twenty years, we’ve had maybe three terrorist attacks on our soil with a little over 5,000 people regrettably losing their lives. In the same time frame, there have been hundreds of thousands who have died because of having AIDS. So which one’s the biggest threat? And you know, every day our young people, adults too, but especially our young people, are bombarded at school, in movies, in music, on TV, in the mall, in magazines, they’re bombarded with ‘homosexuality is normal and natural.’ It’s something they have to deal with every day. Fortunately we don’t have to deal with a terrorist attack every day, and that’s what I mean.

  • A quote from former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop from the book "Faith in the Halls of Power: How Evangelicals Joined the American Elite" claiming that Gary Bauer fought his efforts to inform President Reagan about the AIDS crisis:

[In 1986] President Reagan asked the surgeon general to prepare a report on AIDS as the United States confirmed its ten-thousandth case. Leaders of the evangelical movement did not want Koop to write the report, nor did senior White House staffers who shared Koop's evangelical convictions. As Dr. Koop related to me, "Gary Bauer [Reagan's chief advisor on domestic policy] ... was my nemesis in Washington because he kept me from the president. He kept me from the cabinet and he set up a wall of enmity between me and most of the people that surrounded Reagan because he believed that anybody who had AIDS ought to die with it. That was God's punishment for them."

  • And who can ever forget Mike Huckabee standing by his 1992 remarks calling for "carriers of this plague" to be removed from society and placed in quarantine:

"It is the first time in the history of civilization in which the carriers of a genuine plague have not been isolated from the general population," he said. "This deadly disease, for which there is no cure, is being treated as a civil rights issue instead of the true health crisis it represents.

"If the federal government is truly serious about doing something with the AIDS virus, we need to take steps that would isolate the carriers of this plague."

Fischer Wonders How Many Men Died Of AIDS Because Of Barney Frank

On Monday, Massachusetts congressman Barney Frank announced that he will not seek reelection next year, and American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer decided to celebrate Frank’s retirement by attacking the congressman for being gay. On Focal Point yesterday, Fischer claimed that Frank may have used his prominent position to “influence” other men into becoming gay who may have later contracted AIDS. “This is a dangerous, risky, immoral, unhealthy lifestyle, and Barney Frank has been an open practitioner of a lifestyle that is condemning one young man after another to an early grave,” Fischer said, “this is not somebody to admire, this is not somebody to honor.” Fischer went on to say that Frank “modeled a lifestyle which is really a death-style,” wondering, “Who knows how many people were drawn or encouraged in some way by Barney Frank’s example to dabble in a lifestyle that eventually cost them their health and maybe even cost them their lives.”

Fischer: Barney Frank served seventeen terms in Congress and this is some of the stuff in his background: he was the first openly gay member of Congress - I just saw deal, according to the Centers for Disease Control, sixty-one percent of all of the new HIV/AIDS cases are among men who have sex with men. This is a dangerous, risky, immoral, unhealthy lifestyle, and Barney Frank has been an open practitioner of a lifestyle that is condemning one young man after another to an early grave. This is not somebody to admire, this is not somebody to honor - you've got all these left-wing media outlets out there talking about what a colorful figure he was and how important a legislator he was and how he's going to be missed on the American political scene. And yet he modeled a lifestyle which is really a deathstyle. People imitate that. You have got to know that people are influenced toward that behavior, if they have any kind of inclination in that direction, if there are very prominent people that are engaging in it, they're doing it openly, they are praised by the press rather than criticized for flaunting this kind of behavior, you've got to know that has got an impact. So who knows how many people were sort of drawn or encouraged in some way by Barney Frank's example to dabble in a lifestyle that eventually cost them their health and maybe even cost them their lives.

Fischer Outraged By Obama's Thanksgiving Message

On yesterday's episode of "Focal Point," Bryan Fischer went all Peter Griffin on President Obama's Thanksgiving message because he dared to say that he and his family, like millions of Americans, would spend the day "reflecting on how truly lucky we are."

It was the word "lucky" that really irked Fischer, because it was not luck that has made America successful, but God ... and, as such, this statement was literally "the most offensive thing" that President Obama has ever said:

Bryan Fischer Sounds the Alarm on Muslim Turkeys Invading Americans' Dinner Tables

Red-blooded Christian Americans, consider yourselves warned. The American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer has discovered a plot to secretly infiltrate America’s ovens with Muslim turkeys:

I want to talk a little bit about Butterball turkeys. And I want to let you know [that] every single Butterball turkey sold in the United States of America has been sacrificed to Allah.
 
Every single turkey that Butterball sells has been ritually slaughtered according to Islamic practice and has had an Islamic prayer prayed over that bird while it is being slaughtered.
If your Thanksgiving turkey starts speaking Arabic or insists on wearing a hijab, now you know the reason. But this is no joking matter to Fischer, who raises the possibility of a pressure campaign against Butterball this Christmas.
 
In reality, the process that Fischer is decrying is no different than the typical way turkeys are slaughtered. It just means that observant Muslims can eat the turkey, and Butterball can sell more food here and abroad. It’s common sense and smart business. It also respects diversity without changing the product in any way whatsoever.
 
We’ll keep you updated on Fischer’s crusade against Muslim turkeys. In the meantime, here are some other non-Christian food products for Fischer to rail against:
 
 

 

Attacks On Mormon Faith Nothing New From The Right

The conspicuous absence of the two Mormon presidential candidates, Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman, from Saturday’s Thanksgiving Family Forum was not lost on the Religious Right. Tom Minnery, head of Focus on the Family’s CitizenLink, one of the sponsors of the debate, speculated earlier this month that flare-up of the “Mormon issue” at the Values Voter Summit made Romney “hesitant to come back into an evangelical atmosphere like this.”

After the debate, American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer penned a pitiful column claiming that the “liberal media” is set to level any number of anti-Mormon attacks against Romney….and then helpfully spelled out exactly what those future attacks would be.

While Fischer is claiming that liberals will be the ones to attack Romney’s faith, in fact it was right-wing pastor Robert Jeffress who leveled the first prominent attack on Romney’s religion this year. Jeffress not only attacked Romney’s faith implicitly in his speech at the Values Voter Summit, but also on Fischer’s own show, where Fischer agreed with Jeffress that Romney is not a Christian.

Minnery himself, who lamented Romney’s non-appearance at the Thanksgiving forum, said in a 2009 interview with Iowa talk show host Steve Deace that Romney’s “faith is not a Christian faith”:

While Fischer enjoys thinly veiling his attacks on Romney’s faith by laying out the arguments the “liberal media” might make in the future, his American Family Radio colleague Alex McFarland is tackling the subject head-on. On his show Exploring the Word last month, McFarland devoted an entire segment to explaining how Mormons are not Christian, and that Mormonism is actually more like Islam:

Fischer: Lawrence King's Murder Was The Real Victim

We can now add Bryan Fischer to the list of anti-gay activists who have blamed 15 year-old openly gay eight grader Lawrence King for his own murder, this time on the grounds that his killer was a victim of King's relentless sexual harassment:

The backstory, which out-of-the-mainstream outlets have been reluctant to tell, is that King was a flamboyant homosexual, who not only flaunted his homosexuality but mercilessly harassed McInerney. He told everyone that McInerney was his boyfriend, flirted with him shamelessly and constantly, and even followed him into the restroom repeatedly to press his advances.

King came to school dressed in women’s accessories, including boots with four-inch heels, wore makeup, and made McInerney the object of his romantic attention.

McInerney complained to school officials about this obviously inexcusable sexual harassment, but school officials did precisely nothing, just telling McInerney to suck it up and take it. Even when teachers reported the growing tension between King and McInerney, still school bureaucrats did nothing. Other teachers admitted during trial testimony that they decided to say nothing because they didn’t want to jeopardize their shot at tenure.

Can you imagine the school would have been as sanguine had a straight student been harassing a homosexual student like that? That student wouldn’t have been around long enough to repeat the behavior.

Even King’s mother appealed to the school to tone down her son’s behavior. “I knew, gut instinct, that something serious was going to happen,” she said. “They should have contained him, contained his behavior.” If school bureaucrats had done as his mother asked, and restrained the public flaunting of his homosexual behavior, he’d be alive today.

But King’s mother was told that they weren’t going to do anything since King had a “civil right” to explore his sexual identity.

Even when McInerney complained that the harassment was driving him to the breaking point, still school officials did nothing to protect him from this egregious behavior.

Finally he snapped and put two bullets in the back of King’s brain during a computer lab, killing him instantly.

Because of King’s politically favored sexual preference, nothing was done to protect the victims of his harassment. And consequently, because school authorities did not do their job of protecting students from bullies, King is dead at the hands of a victim of his relentless harassment.

UPDATE: Fischer discussed his column on his radio program today, where he made the case that the solution to anti-gay hate crimes would be to begin "placing reasonable curbs on the public expression of homosexual behavior":

Fischer Is Not Fooling Anyone With His Latest Attack On Romney's Faith

One of the strangest recent developments in the GOP presidential race is the insistence from Religious Right leaders who have been hostile to both Mitt Romney and his Mormonism that, should Romney become the Republican nominee, it will be the Left and the Media that will launch bigoted attacks against his faith.

Bryan Fischer has had it out for Romney because he meekly denounced Fischer's unmitigated bigotry at the Values Voter Summit, and Fischer has been warning that a Romney nomination will mean "the end of the Republican party as a political force" ever since.

At the same time, Fischer has also been trying to use Romney's faith against him but struggling to do so without resorting to the open bigotry that is his standard operating procedure because even he knows that blatant anti-Mormon bigotry is not popular among the Religious Right. 

Which explains his latest column, in which he says that Romney refused to attend the Thanksgiving Family Forum because "he did not want to do anything that would highlight the theological gulf between his religious convictions and those of the orthodox Christians on the platform."

But this is really just cover for Fischer to go after Romney's faith by imagining a scenario in which it is the "winger-left media" that will attack "the more unusual aspects of Mormon theology":

One thing conservatives should be mindful of is that even if they hesitate at this stage of the game to talk publicly about the more unusual aspects of Mormon theology, the winger-left media will share no such delicacy should Romney get the nomination.

Should he become the conservative standard-bearer, we will be barraged with stories about the unorthodox theological views of Mitt Romney and the LDS church. The left will make sure America knows that Mormons believe that there is not only a Heavenly Father but a Heavenly Mother, with whom the Heavenly Father sires spirit children.

The left will make sure America knows that Mormons believe that Jesus and Satan, as offspring of the Heavenly Father and Mother, are brothers. The left will make sure Americans know that Mormons believe that both Satan and his brother Jesus presented plans of salvation to the Heavenly Father, and that Satan rebelled when the Heavenly Father chose the plan of Jesus.

They won’t hesitate to probe Romney on whether he believes that American Indians are the descendants of the ten lost tribes of Israel and whether he believes Jesus visited this continent to appear to them at one point. (Advances in DNA testing have proven that there is no Hebrew lineage among the native American tribes.) He will be probed on whether he believes that Jesus will return to Independence, Missouri, as the LDS church believes, rather than Jerusalem, as the Bible teaches.

So, if Romney secures the nomination, conservatives need to prepare themselves for what will be an all-out theological onslaught from the left on Mitt Romney’s theology. Remember that they were relentless in hounding Michele Bachmann about her theological views on submission in marriage. They were relentless in hounding Attorney General John Ashcroft about his Pentecostal beliefs. They won’t hesitate to bash Romney about the head and shoulders regarding his religious convictions, all in their effort as Ministers of Propaganda for the regime to re-elect Barack Obama.

If Fischer thinks he is fooling anyone with this pathetic charade, he is less self-aware than we ever could have imagined.

Womick: If Muslims Don't Like Being Banned From The Military, "They Can Go Back To Where They Came From"

Earlier this week, Tennessee State Representative Rick Womick made news when he told Think Progress that Muslims ought to be banned from serving in the US military and all Muslims currently serving ought to be forced out.

Such statements, of course, were music to Bryan Fischer's ears as he has been calling for Muslims to be banned from the military for years now. 

So it was only a matter of time before Womick showed up on Fischer's radio program to defend his views and say that Muslims shouldn't be allowed to serve in the military until we can get the "Muslim community to get its act together" and denounce Sharia ... and if they don't like it, then "they can go back to where they came from": 

Fischer: Rush Limbaugh Has Been "Intimidated" And "Compromised" By The Homosexual Lobby

In an amazing display of anti-gay synergy, the AFA's Bryan Fischer and "A Queer Thing Happened To America" author Michael Brown hosted something of a joint radio program yesterday whereby the two hosts were patched in together while each hosting their respective programs, essentially making each host a guest on the other's program.

These two leading anti-gay activists came together in this manner in order to discuss Brown's recent column speculating that Rush Limbaugh is afraid to blame the Penn State child molestation scandal on homosexuality because he is afraid of angering the gay lobby.

Brown gave Right Wing Watch a nice little shout-out around the 21:35 mark, noting that we regularly post their latest anti-gay statements.  And then, after Brown had left, Fischer continued to talk about it, saying that Limbaugh has been "compromised" by the homosexual lobby when he had Elton John sing at his wedding:

I mean, you talk about the people who are the real bullies on the playground, it's the homosexual lobby. They're pushing everybody around. They've even intimidated, apparently, Rush Limbaugh into craven silence. So that's an enormous sort of recognition of the power of the homosexual lobby that even somebody like Rush Limbaugh, who prides himself on the fact that he can't be intimidated by anybody, I mean, he has been driven to utter and absolute silence by the homosexual lobby.

Now I believe Rush got compromised - it's one of the reasons why you listen to Focal Point, by the way - Rush completely compromised on the homosexual agenda. He got compromised on the homosexual agenda when he paid Elton John a million bucks to sing at his wedding. I mean, he was done at the point. Elton John, one of the most prominent homosexuals on the planet, in a civil union with some guy in the UK, he's buddy-buddy with Rush now, so Rush is not going to go out there and say anything against the homosexual movement, against the homosexual lobby, against homosexual activists. So he's compromised on the issue.

One of the reasons why you listen to Focal Point [is] because we're not going to be bullied by the homosexual lobby.

Fischer: Our Commander-In-Chief Must Be A Christian

Earlier this year, Bryan Fischer explained that our nation's military must be filled with "men of Christian faith" so that when it comes time to formulate battle plans, "their minds are going to be quickened by the Holy Spirit of God" and they will develop plans that will lead to victory.

Fischer returned to the topic on his program yesterday and reiterated his point about just how important it is that our military be run by Christians, stating that if we have a Muslim or a Mormon in the White House in Commander In Chief, it means we are "spiritually weak as a nation [and] we are going to go down":

So what the Scriptures are anxious to say [is] it's far more important that we be spiritually strong as a nation than that we be militarily strong. It's not enough to be militarily strong. If we are militarily strong but are spiritually weak as a nation, we are going to go down.

And that's why it's critical, I believe, to have a Commander-In-Chief who is a Christian-In-Chief first and then is our Commander-In-Chief. Absolutely critical that we have a man who is Commander-In-Chief who sits in the Oval Office who has a personal relationship with the God of the Bible - not the God of the Book of Mormon, not the God of the Quran, but the God of the Old and New Testaments.

Today In Insane Anti-Gay Bigotry

You really have to marvel the relentless determination displayed by leading anti-gay activists to use any development they can to promote their bigoted views.

Exhibit A:  Peter LaBarbera weighs in on the Penn State scandal by worrying that the victims will end up becoming gay and, even worse, will be told that their being gay is okay:

[H]ow many boy victims of homosexual predator [Jerry] Sandusky will end up believing that being homosexual ("gay") is "who they are"? How many will struggle with sexual identity issues? And how many will be told by LGBT advocates and liberal-minded people just to "accept being gay" as "who they are" because they were "born that way"?

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Sandusky is married but obviously has a homosexuality (perversion) problem. Yet pro-"gay" liberals will deny any linkage between homosexuality and Sandusky's rape/seduction of boys. In fact, after news of the Penn State scandal came to light, "gay" activists stressed that Sandusky is married and that most pedophile cases involve "straight, married men." However, behavior is what matters -- not a person's marital status or self-described "sexual orientation." Sandusky was married but was he really "straight" (sexually or morally)? Some inner demons or life traumas -- probably in his own youth -- caused him to lust for boys, wrecking untold misery in the lives of his victims. Behavior is the issue, and this was a case of a serial homosexual predator raping boys.

Not to be outdone, Bryan Fischer weighs in on the decision by the Toronto Zoo to split up a male pair of penguins in hopes of getting them to mate by calling homosexuality "an evolutionary nightmare":

In truth, evolutionists should be even more ardent opponents of homosexual behavior than evangelical Christians, for one simple reason: homosexuals cannot propagate.

And evolution is supposed to be all about the survival of the species. For a true believer in evolution, homosexuality represents an evolutionary degrade, an lunge backward, an evolutionary nightmare, evidence of a species that is de-evolving and headed toward extinction.

For true Darwinists, homosexual behavior must be stopped its tracks so the great cosmic dance of life can continue in its inexorable climb toward evolutionary perfection.

So unless a Darwinist is a raving, irrational, self-contradictory hypocrite, he will oppose the normalization of homosexual behavior with every fiber of his being.

President Obama's Supposed Plan To Seize Power Today Flounders After Alert System Glitch

The testing of the national emergency alert system today appears to have been a big flop, which must be a relief for Renew America’s Sher Zieve, who warned us all that the alert would be the beginning of President Obama’s totalitarian dictatorship. As Zieve eloquently wrote last month:

I never realized how thoroughly submissive to totalitarianism we had become, until recently. I thought we still had a chance to survive. I actually thought we would fight. On one thing Obama is correct. We HAVE become soft.

Now, in a secondary move to seize all power in the country for himself and his syndicate, Obama has decided that he will confiscate ALL television and Radio broadcasts for a supposed "test" of the EAS (Emergency Alert System). Communication for both US television and Radio will be cut off on 9 November 2011 for at least 3-4 minutes. This is both unprecedented in our history and constitutes the final phase of Obama's testing of his ability to seize communications in the USA at will. In the past, real Presidents of the USA have asked for time from the various broadcast networks when there was an emergency and they needed to speak. No more. We are now firmly in the bowels of the Obama dictatorship and said tyrant is violating each and every principle and law contained with the US Constitution.

The Obama-supported and implemented "Occupy Wall Street' flea circus has provided Obama with both an "if you don't give us what we want, we'll turn violent" crowd and an almost perfect cover for his implementation of the finalization of his Police State. Anyone still think Obama is naive and incompetent? Not a chance. As I've been writing since before he usurped the Office of POTUS, Obama has been hired to destroy the USA and once he's in power we may not be able to get rid of him. He knows precisely what he's doing. Any more questions?

Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association should also be relieved, as he too floated fears that President could “declare an emergency and then he could co-opt all of the broadcast media in the country, and it would be all the president, all day.” Watch at the 3:05 mark:

Personhood Initiative Defeated, "Satan Wins"

Mississippi Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, who was elected as governor yesterday, also co-chaired “Yes on 26,” the campaign to pass a “Personhood” amendment in the state, and said on Election Day that the fight over Initiative 26 was “a battle of good and evil of Biblical proportions” and warned that “Satan wins” if the initiative fails. Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association, which heavily funded the “Yes on 26” effort, warned that the country would face God’s judgment if Initiative 26 lost and urged voters to “choose life lest the flickering flame of our liberty be extinguished forever.”

But the initiative did indeed fail, with a whopping 58% of Mississippi voters rejecting the extreme personhood law.

Along with Personhood USA and the American Family Association, Religious Right groups including the Family Research Council, Faith 2 Action and Liberty Counsel all backed Initiative 26.

Hours after the initiative was trounced at the polls, anti-choice activists are already blaming Planned Parenthood, the media, and Satan for the defeat.

Personhood USA’s Keith Ashley pledged to bring the personhood initiative back to the Mississippi ballot:

Personhood USA firmly believes that our campaign fell victim to the outright lies of our opposition, and because of their lies, children will continue to be murdered in Mississippi.



We recognize that the right time to end abortion in Mississippi is now, and that is why the citizens of Mississippi will attempt a personhood ballot measure again—and again, if necessary—until every person’s life is protected.

Brad Prewitt, the executive director of “Yes on 26,” likened the personhood fight to the struggle against slavery, and Gualberto Garcia Jones of Personhood USA blamed the media and the “culture of death” for the defeat, in interviews with the American Family Association’s OneNewsNow:

"It's easy to look at things in a linear fashion, but we know that God's provision is not easily discernible by us in terms of his will -- and we have to await his will," he tells OneNewsNow. "And in the meantime, we have to be committed to biblical truth."

Meanwhile, Prewitt stresses the pro-life movement is not on life support in Mississippi. "There has been and there will continue to be a pro-life movement in Mississippi," he assures. "William Wilberforce started the anti-slave movement in England [in the late 1700s] and it was a 20-something year process. So if you have to start somewhere, I think it was a productive dialogue to have."



A spokesman for Personhood USA say advocacy groups for personhood learned a lot from the campaign. "I think definitely the lies that were put out there by Planned Parenthood definitely took their toll on the people of Mississippi, and a lot of them believed them," says Gualberto Garcia Jones.

He laments that that misinformation converted to no votes on Election Day, even among pro-life residents.

"One of the things that was very telling to me was that the media, even in a conservative state such as Mississippi, was incredibly negative," Jones notes. "We had to battle uphill the whole time. They just carried the water for the opposition at every level.

"It's an indicator of how deep the culture of death has taken root of our nation.

Susan Tyrrell of Lou Engle’s Bound4Life wrote that it was a victory for “the kingdom of Satan”:

When push came to shove Tuesday night, Mississippians voted that the unborn could not be defined as people according to the proposed personhood amendment.



The kingdom of Satan is united, which is why, for this season, it’s successful. Eventually the church will be united. At the end of the age we will be a powerful, praying church that stands for the only definition of justice that exists: the Jesus one. But right now we’re not there. I don’t want to be cynical. I know many wonderful praying people of all denominations who stand for LIFE and the word of God. We are advancing, but tonight, once again, we have let the kingdom of darkness advance ahead of us.

Buchanan Agrees With Fischer That U.S. Should Ban Muslim Immigration And Mosques

Today on Focal Point, Pat Buchanan told host Bryan Fischer that he was “absolutely correct” in his repeated demand that the U.S. ban mosques and Muslim immigration. Buchanan, promoting his new book Suicide of a Superpower, has recently reminisced about the segregation era and made an appearance on a self-described “pro-white” radio show.

Not only does Fischer, the Director of Issues Analysis for the American Family Association, want to ban Muslim immigration, but he also wants to force all immigrants to “convert to Christianity.”

Watch:

Fischer: One of the suggestions I’ve made and have been hammered for it and I want to get your take on this, I’ve suggested that it’s time for us to reconsider Islamic immigration because we’re inviting into our shores people who do not share Western values. Islam, all the values in Sharia law, are absolutely, fundamentally contrary to all of the values and freedoms that we cherish in the West, and so I’ve suggested we need to rethink whether we can afford any more Muslim immigration into the US, whether we can afford to have more mosques built, do you think that’s too extreme or do you think there’s another way we can deal with the threat Islam poses to our cultural fabric?

Buchanan: In Europe you know they had a referendum in Switzerland that no more minarets, any prayer towers on the existing mosques, and they’ve condemned the wearing of the burqa that’s forced upon Muslim women. And in France and all across Europe they’re applauding those decisions, now Europe is far more to the left than the United States. But I think you’re absolutely correct.

Nerves Fraying On The Right Over Potential Romney Nomination

Will tea party and Religious Right activists unite in their shared loathing of Mitt Romney? Judson Phillips of Tea Party Nation sent an alert to members today pleading with them to support his chosen candidate, Newt Gingrich, over Romney. “If Mitt Romney wins the primaries, the Tea Party has lost,” Phillips writes, “and it does not matter whether it is Obama or Romney who wins the election, as there is very little difference between the two.”

The philosophy of the Tea Party in the primary season can be described in three words. Anybody but Romney. Unfortunately, this is a very bad strategy.

Is Romney now an acceptable candidate?

No! Absolutely not.



Seventy to seventy five percent of Republicans want someone other than Romney. That number is higher among Tea Party supporters. Obama’s numbers are tanking so badly that almost any Republican who can fog a mirror is going to be in good shape next year.

But before we get to the general election, we go through the primaries. If Mitt Romney wins the primaries, the Tea Party has lost and it does not matter whether it is Obama or Romney who wins the election, as there is very little difference between the two.

Granted Obama hates America and Romney at least likes America, but beyond that, from a policy standpoint, there is little difference between the two. The number of advisors that worked for both Romney and Obama is stunning, or appalling, depending on your point of view.

Romney gave Massachusetts Romneycare, which has almost bankrupted the state. His spending on welfare programs would make Obama proud and of course, he supported cap and trade and imposed draconian, job-killing environmental regulations on Massachusetts businesses.

We need a President who is committed to ripping socialism out of government, which excludes Romney who wants to grow and manage big government.



I encourage everyone in the Tea Party movement to come on board now and join me in supporting Newt for President.

Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association, who was reproached by Romney at the Values Voter Summit, dedicated yesterday’s Focal Point to warning about a potential Romney nomination. AFA’s Michigan leader Gary Glenn already signed his name, along with other Religious Right leaders, on to a letter pleading with GOP voters not to nominate Romney. Fischer argued that Romney’s nomination will mean “the end of the Republican party as a political force” and that he has no chance of defeating Obama as a result of his well-documented flip-flopping and public perception of his Mormon faith:

Fischer: Demonic "Dark Energy" Motivates The Left

Today on Focal Point, after discussing the Supreme Court’s announcement today that it won’t hear an appeal regarding the placement of crosses on Utah state highways, Bryan Fischer said that he has concluded that progressives are driven by a demonic “dark energy.” The American Family Association spokesman, who earlier argued that gays and Islamists are powered by the “spirit of anti-Christ” and the “same dark energy” and that “liberals hate God,” said that this “dark” spirit is behind the entire progressive movement.

Fischer said that progressives “hate religious liberty” and “hate freedom” and solely seek to “destroy” everything God has condoned. Fischer said that the “energy that is animating the progressive mindset” does not come from God but that there is an opposing “dark energy behind that is out to destroy everything that God is for.” He went on to compare progressives to “a juvenile delinquent who gets a malicious kind of pleasure out of just destroying stuff,” concluding, “There is something mindless and irrational and dark about the energy that motivates the liberal movement in America, it’s not a good thing, and right now they’ve got tremendous momentum in our country and they are shredding our moral fabric.”

Watch:

Fischer: Jesus Would Oppose And "Take A Whip" To Occupy Wall Street

Yesterday, Pat Robertson called on Christians not to join Occupy Wall Street and today, Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association argued that Jesus would staunchly oppose the economic justice movement. Writing in Rightly Concerned, Fischer argues that the Occupy Wall Street protesters are disobeying “God’s moral law” and are “driven by a dark, bitter, resentful, angry and acquisitive greed.” “Jesus took a whip to the thieves and the covetous in his day,” Fischer writes. “If he were to come back and do the same thing today, he just might start in Zuccotti Park.”

Fischer writes:

A CNN anchor asked earlier this week whether or not Jesus would occupy Wall Street.

That question can be answered with a categorical “No.”

First, Jesus has no truck with rank, blatant hypocrites. The OWS crowd has now fallen to squabbling over who gets a slice of the $500,000 which has been donated to them, and which, by the way, they put in one of the evil, greedy banks they are out to destroy.



Secondly, Jesus has no truck with those whose entire agenda is to flagrantly disobey two of the Ten Commandments of God.

God said, “Thou shalt not steal,” a commandment Jesus affirmed on numerous occasions. Stealing is wrong, and it doesn’t make it right when government does it under color of law.



And the OWS crowd is animated by a thoroughly ugly disregard for the 10th Commandment as well. God says, “Thou shalt not covet...any thing that is thy neighbor’s.” And yet the Occupiers are driven by a dark, bitter, resentful, angry and acquisitive greed for stuff that belongs to other people.

I submit that no political program that is predicated on a violation of twenty percent of God’s moral law can possibly be right, can possibly work, or can possibly be good for America.

Jesus took a whip to the thieves and the covetous in his day. If he were to come back and do the same thing today, he just might start in Zuccotti Park.

In other words, he might occupy Wall Street after all.

Right Wing Leftovers

  • Rick Santorum goes after Herman Cain on the issue of abortion and using quotes from various Religious Right leaders to drive home the point.
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  • The Rick Perry campaign has hit upon a novel possible solution to addressing the candidate's poor debate performances: skipping future debates.
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  • Quran-burning pastor Terry Jones is running for president.
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  • FRC's latest prayer target: "Pray that DOMA will be preserved! May the people elect a President and Congress next November who will pass, and may the states ratify a Federal Marriage Amendment that will protect the definition of natural marriage as found in the Bible."
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  • Bryan Fischer says "the left is profoundly anti-science," which is why they refuse to admit that gays can choose to become straight.
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  • Finally, Concerned Women for America has released talking points [PDF] opposing the Respect for Marriage Act.  Point one: "Despite its deliberately deceptive name, the 'Respect for Marriage Act' insidiously seeks to destroy the historical, traditional definition of marriage."

Fischer: Iraq War Was A Waste Because Muslims Hate Freedom

It is not every day that you hear a conservative commentator go off on an extended rant about how the war in Iraq was a colossal waste and total failure, but that is exactly what Bryan Fischer did today on his radio program.

According to Fischer, there is one, and only one, metric by which the success of the war can be judged and that was whether or not the US left behind a nation which protected religious liberty for Christians.  And based on that one measurement, Fischer declared the Iraq war to be a monumental failure for which the US has absolutely nothing to show. 

In fact, said Fischer, Christians actually had it better under Saddam Hussein because he realized that he could only trust Christians to help him run the country because all the Muslims were liars and thieves.  But when Hussein was toppled, the protection for Christians vanished and now they have been left at the mercy of  "a spirit of darkness, a spirit of death, a spirit of tyranny, a spirit of despotism, a spirit of terror" that is Islam. 

Finally, Fischer declared that since Muslims hate liberty and freedom, the next president must declare that not one dollar will be spent to rebuild Muslim nations because doing so is a waste of American blood and treasure:

Right Wing Leftovers

  • "The 700 Club" profiled Janet Porter's Heartbeat Bill on today's broadcast.
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  • Want to learn Chuck Norris' secret to spiritual success? You are in luck.
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  • Scott Lively writes another open letter to the gay community.
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  • Bryan Fischer declares that, with the release of his tax plan, Rick Perry "will win the Republican nomination and vanquish Barack Obama next November."
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  • Choice4Life announces that "eleven women from seven states will be recognized as heroes for saving the life of their rape conceived babies" at an awards ceremony next month.
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  • Finally, this is a real ad from the Herman Cain campaign:
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Bryan Fischer Posts Archive

Kyle Mantyla, Monday 08/19/2013, 4:55pm
Last week, a judge refused to dismiss the lawsuit against Scott Lively stemming from his anti-gay advocacy in Uganda.  Today, his lawyer, Harry Mihet of Liberty Counsel, appeared on Bryan Fischer's radio program to discuss the lawsuit, where the two of them speculated that if it succeeds, then anyone who would dare to testify against or oppose a law like the Employment Nondiscrimination Act could be prosecuted for committing crimes against humanity. "If that is allowed to succeed in the Scott Lively case," Mihet said, "then the very next and logical step would be to... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Friday 08/16/2013, 3:59pm
Yesterday we noted that Bryan Fischer is now promoting a theory that President Obama was photoshopped into the iconic image showing the situation room during the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Fischer was widely mocked for the suggestion which means, of course, that he has doubled down and dedicated two segments of his radio broadcast today to defending his theory. His defense was predictably idiotic, as perfectly exemplified by this section in which he suggests that President Obama is wearing a windbreaker in the photo because this was only image that could be found of him where was was... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Friday 08/16/2013, 12:06pm
As we noted yesterday, we don't know what has gotten into Bryan Fischer lately, but he has been making statements over the last week or so that are so far out there that we don't even understand what he is talking about anymore. For example, on his radio broadcast yesterday afternoon, he dedicated a few minutes to discussing the controversy over the Obama mask-wearing rodeo clown during which he claimed that the reason liberals are upset about it is because they see it as a blasphemous form of idolatry. Fischer says that since liberals see Obama as the Messiah, just as the Ten... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Thursday 08/15/2013, 5:31pm
Bryan Fischer interviewed New Jersey Republican Senate nominee Steve Lonegan on his radio program, which pretty much tells you everything you need to know about Lonegan and his views. You know what America needs?  A billion dollar mausoleum that can hold a million Christians. Republican Ohio lawmakers will reintroduce the "heartbeat bill" in the next session. Glenn Beck loves cowboys. Are we going to be lucky enough to see GOP primary debates moderated by the likes of Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh. Finally, C. Peter Wagner says that, soon China will be... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Thursday 08/15/2013, 4:17pm
We are not sure what is going on over at the American Family Association but for the last week or so, Bryan Fischer has been coming up with some stuff that is crazy, even by his standards.  And that trend continues as today, on his radio broadcast, Fischer shared his theory that President Obama had been photoshopped into the iconic photo of the situation room taken during the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. As Fischer sees it, Obama wanted to be nowhere near the room while the raid took place in case anything went wrong.  But once it was a success, he had himself photoshopped into... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Thursday 08/15/2013, 1:50pm
As we were saying just the other day, the AFA's Bryan Fischer flat out does not care about the truth of the claims that he makes on his radio program, provided that he has some source to which he can point to support them, no matter how unreliable or misleading that source may be. And he provided another example of this on his radio program yesterday when he played a clip of some educator stating that, under Common Core, it doesn't matter if students think that 3 x 4 = 11, so long as they can explain how they arrived at that answer, they will be correct. Fischer was outraged, saying... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Tuesday 08/13/2013, 5:35pm
Esther Yu-Hsi Lee @ Think Progress: Rep. Steve King Says Latino Immigrants Are From A ‘Violent Civilization,’ Will Bring ‘More Violence’ To America. Rachel Tabachnick @ Talk To Action: Pastor at Cory Booker's Church Calls for Return to Time When Only Christians Could Vote in Newark. David Ferguson @ Raw Story: Steve King’s ‘grassroots’ anti-immigration rally draws pitifully small crowd. Sarah Jones @ Wall of Separation: Zip Line Evangelism: Creation Museum Opens ‘Non-Religious’ Exhibits To Expand Audience. Jeremy... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Tuesday 08/13/2013, 10:24am
One thing you quickly learn when regularly watching Bryan Fischer's daily program is that as long as he has any source to which he can point, he is willing to treat even the most unverified and baseless statement as fact, so long as it supports his radical agenda. Just as he does with his Hitler and the Nazis were gay claims and his AIDS denialism, Fischer digs up some source that he can use to supports his statements and then proceeds to simply assert them as proven, verifiable fact. Last week, he did so when he asserted that CIA Director John Brennan is a Muslim, even though the "... MORE >