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Religious Right Hero Vladimir Putin's Forces Persecute Christians In Ukraine

The same Religious Right activists who accuse President Obama of persecuting Christians by supporting gay rights, have over the last few years hailed Russian leader Vladimir Putin as a hero and global leader of conservative Christians.

Religious Right leaders such as Franklin Graham, Phyllis Schlafly, William MurrayPat BuchananBryan FischerBrian BrownDon Feder and Scott Lively, among others, have lionized Putin as a fearless Christian leader who is bravely cracking down on gay rightsThe World Congress of Families even decided to hold its annual summit in the Kremlin this year (the group officially cancelled the event after Russia began its conflict with Ukraine, but its Russian partners are quietly going ahead with it).

Of course, while claims that Obama is persecuting Christians are completely manufactured by conservatives, there is ample evidence that Putin-sponsored forces in eastern Ukraine are violently persecuting evangelical and Ukrainian Orthodox Christians. The New York Times reports:

Embracing Orthodox Christianity as a force to unite these now divided Slavic lands and also their own fractured movement, the rebels, fortified recently by an influx of weapons and soldiers from Russia, used their period in power here purging Slovyansk of rival Christian denominations.



Among their principal targets were Christians defiant of the Moscow church’s claims of religious primacy and suspected of connections with the West.

“Their logic is simple: You are an American church and America is our enemy so we have to kill you,” said Mr. Dudnik, the evangelical pastor. No one at his center had been killed, he said but added that the rebels had murdered four evangelical Christians from another Slovyansk church.

Grabbed by pro-Russian gunmen in June after a Pentecost service at the Divine Transfiguration Church, all four victims were taken away for interrogation and were later found dead in a burned-out car.

We have previously noted that evangelicals in Russia, including Baptists and Pentecostals, are facing discrimination as a result of Putin’s drive to push minority denominations underground while growing the clout of the Russian Orthodox Church, which considers evangelical Protestants to be heretics.

While inventing never-ending conspiracy theories about Obama’s supposed crackdown on Christianity, Religious Right leaders don’t appear to mind the real attacks on Christians happening in Russia, under the watch of a leader who they see as an ally in the fight to turn back gay rights and reproductive freedom.

Fischer: NFL 'Discriminated Against Everybody But Michael Sam'

The American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer, who isn’t exactly a fan of Michael Sam, said that the only reason the Dallas Cowboys signed Sam to the team’s practice squad was due to pressure from NFL officials, even though Cowboys owner Jerry Jones flatly denied the suggestion.

The “Focal Point” host argued today that Sam is only on the practice squad “because he’s a homosexual.”

“What the NFL has done here is they have discriminated against every heterosexual football player that also got cut,” Fischer said. “They didn’t go to bat for those guys, they discriminated against everybody but Michael Sam.”

AFA: Satanic 'Forces Of Darkness' Behind Opposition To Uganda's Anti-Gay Law

Ugandan evangelist Troy Smith has built a partnership with the American Family Association through the Thomas Street Coffee Co., and he recently appeared on Bryan Fischer’s show “Focal Point” to promote the group’s work in the East African nation.

Fischer, never the one to pass up an opportunity to talk about gay people, asked Smith about his views on Uganda’s draconian Anti-Homosexuality Act, a law that Fischer said “honors God’s standard of sexuality.”

Smith said he shared Fischer’s support for the law, adding that the anti-gay law’s opponents are motivated by the Devil: “I believe that not only did Heaven notice but Hell noticed when they made that stance and that dedication and I think they were strategically zeroed-in on to say, ‘You’re really serious about this? We’re going to take you to task.’ I’m talking about the forces of darkness, of course, using human agents here.”

Right Wing Round-Up - 9/3/14

Bryan Fischer Wants Michelle Obama To Start A 'Fight Obesity, Go Straight' Anti-Lesbian Campaign

Reacting to reports that the National Institutes of Health is conducting a study on why lesbians have a higher rate of obesity than other groups, Bryan Fischer said on his radio program today that if First Lady Michelle Obama is truly serious about fighting obesity, she should start a new program aimed at encouraging women not to be lesbians that will operate under the slogan "Fight Obesity, Go Straight."

"I would suggest that if Michelle Obama really cares about obesity," Fischer said, "she should be out there leading the charge against normalizing lesbianism. She should be at the head of a campaign to convince women not to get into lesbianism. Her slogan ought to be 'Fight Obesity, Go Straight'":

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 8/29/14

  • Ben Carson says that he is "an instrument that’s being used to help restore this country."
  • Peter Sprigg is very mad that judges on the 7th Circuit did not seem to buy the right-wing arguments against marriage equality.
  • Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver is also mad and blames it all on Alfred Kinsey.
  • Gary Cass says it is hypocritical for America to be horrified by ISIS: "In Iraq there are foreign invaders brutalizing and beheading children. In America we brutalize and behead our own children! Surgical abortion is nothing less horrific or less brutal than what we see happening to the children in Iraq, only WE ARE DOING IT TO OUR OWN CHILDREN!"
  • Chris McDaniel made yet another appearance on Bryan Fischer's radio show today.
  • Finally, speaking of Fischer, he delivered another insightful science lesson today when he explained that Jesus is the magic force that holds the entire universe together:

Fischer: Obama's Tan Suit 'Is Not Presidential Dress'

Bryan Fischer was very disappointed in President Obama choice of attire during yesterday's press conference, saying that his suit demonstrated that Obama simply "does not take the responsibilities of the office of the presidency seriously."

"This is not presidential dress. It's not professional," Fischer declared, asserting that President Ronald Reagan had so much respect for the office that he would not even take off his suit coat while he was in the Oval Office:

The myth about Reagan is, of course, totally false ... as is, apparently, Fischer's claim that wearing a tan suit is somehow unpresidential:

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 8/27/14

  • Pastor Steve Kern, husband of rabidly anti-gay Oklahoma legislator Sally Kern, lost his own bid for state office yesterday.
  • William Gheen of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC is organizing "71 rallies across the country this weekend to rally support for the nation's beleaguered law enforcement officers and veterans."
  • Mat Staver says the fact that judges keep striking down gay marriage bans is undermining the legitimacy of the judiciary: "When judges begin to cross the line - and I think they certainly do when they have the audacity to say that you cannot affirm the natural, created order of marriage as between a man and a woman - that ultimately undermines confidence of the people in the judiciary."
  • The American Decency Association is targeting Michigan Governor Rick Snyder for agreeing to speak to The Islamic Society of North America because ISNA "is a radical Muslim organization that owns and runs mosques throughout North America, functioning as an 'umbrella organization' and 'clearinghouse' to connect all Muslim activities in the United States."
  • Finally, Bryan Fischer spent an entire segment of his radio broadcast today discussing Michael Sam's showering habits.

Bryan Fischer: Robin Williams Was Demon Possessed

Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association said today that Robin Williams, much like Beyoncé, gave himself over to Satan in order to help his career, which ultimately led to his death by suicide.

Speaking on his radio show “Focal Point,” Fischer cited an article by evangelist Joe Schimmel, who argued that Williams “opened himself up to transformative demonic powers,” adding that the demonic spirits that possessed Williams are responsible for his suicide.

“I think the chances were very, very good that Robin Williams was demonized, that Robin Williams was afflicted, oppressed by demons, and that Robin Williams himself acknowledged that,” Fischer said. “Was Robin Williams demon possessed? And the answer to that question, using the vernacular, is very likely, the answer to that question is yes.”

Fischer: 'The Most Patriotic Thing We Can Do Today Is To Worship The Lord Our God'

Bryan Fischer began his radio broadcast today with a reading from Leviticus 26 and a discussion about how this passage teaches that one must be a Christian in order to be a patriotic American.

Citing the passage from Leviticus in which God says that he will bless a nation "if you follow my decrees and are careful to obey my commands," Fischer declared that if someone wants to be a patriotic American today, that means they must "worship the Lord your God and serve him only."

"No counterfeit religions, no cults, no counterfeit versions of Christianity, no occultic Eastern religions," Fischer proclaimed. "You shall worship the Lord your God and serve him only."

Given that Fischer believes that every faith that differs from him the one he holds is a counterfeit faith, it stands to reason that those who do not share his faith must also be incapable of being true American patriots, like Fischer.

"So that's the most patriotic thing you can do today, ladies and gentlemen," he concluded, "is worship God and obey him. And when you do that, you will be making the biggest contribution you can make to the country you love":

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 8/26/14

  • Sometimes we wonder if Bryan Fischer just stays up at night trying to figure out ways to troll for attention: "Perhaps the most sinister and dangerous lie the left has beaten into the brains of unthinking Americans is that there is strength in diversity. Nothing could be further from the truth. Diversity, as the first syllable in the word implies, divides. It does not unify. It fractures, debilitates, and diffuses. Energy that could be harnessed through unity of purpose and values is frittered away."
  • Don Feder declares that "Rand Paul’s politically correct spasm over Ferguson should preclude the possibility of Son of Ron getting anywhere near the GOP nomination in 2016."
  • Similarly, Ken Blackwell says that Ben Carson doesn't actually have a chance of becoming president: "[T]o think that you could go right from being a world-renowned surgeon to leading a national government and becoming the leader of the free world is a bit of a stretch."
  • Bill Muehlenberg thinks that people who support abortion rights ought to be forced to "tour an abortion mill, and look at what happens, and handle the remains of a burned or dismembered baby."
  • Finally, Christian apologist Alex McFarland says that, next to the Fall of Man in the Garden of Eden, Islam is the worst thing to ever happen to humanity.

Fischer: Valerie Jarrett Ordered Bin Laden Raid Without Even Consulting President Obama

On his radio broadcast yesterday, Bryan Fischer eagerly helped spread the emerging right-wing narrative that murdered journalist James Foley could have easily been rescued but President Obama was too busy playing golf to approve the rescue mission in time to save him.

But in Fischer's telling, the tale grew even more bizarre when he then asserted that it was really White House advisor Valerie Jarrett who ordered the raid that killed Osama bin Laden and did so without even telling President Obama.

"The best information we have," Fischer stated, "is that Valerie Jarrett pulled the trigger and told the Seal Team Six 'you got to go in and get him.' It was Valerie Jarrett that said 'look, we have an opportunity here, we can't afford to pass up this opportunity. I'm not even going to consult with Barack Obama. I'm not even going to consult with the president on this one, he's out playing golf, I'm just going to give the go signal' ... So Valerie Jarrett was functioning as the de facto Commander in Chief":

While this bizarre theory plays into Fischer's long-held belief that President Obama was so uninvolved in the Bin Laden raid that he had to be Photoshopped into the iconic photo of the situation room, it rather conflicts with the other right-wing conspiracy theory that it was Jarrett who repeatedly thwarted attempts to capture or kill Bin Laden.

That claim is not true either, but Fischer ought to at least try a little harder to get his conspiracy theories straight.

Fischer: God Will Use ISIS To Punish America For Gay Rights

On his radio program today, Bryan Fischer spent an entire segment delivering a convoluted exegesis of the Old Testament in an effort to explain that God will eventually get fed up with America's tolerance of homosexuality and will use radical Islamic groups like ISIS to carry out his wrath.

Just as God used the Israelites to destroy the Canaanites as punishment for their utter debauchery and then used "pagan armies" to punish Israel when it fell into sin, Fischer explained, so too will God use Islamic radicals to inflict his judgment upon America.

Asserting that the people of Sodom and Gomorrah are "just like the Gay Gestapo is today" and that America is celebrating behavior that God calls an abomination while persecuting those who stand for God's values, Fischer warned that "God eventually is going to run out of patience with the United States."

And when that day comes, he said, God "will use pagan armies to discipline his people if they turn from him in rebellion and disobedience and descend into debauchery," pointing to the rise of ISIS to raise the possibility that "God will use the pagan armies of Allah to discipline the United States for our debauchery":

Fischer On Homosexuality: People 'Don't Want To Visualize It Because It Is Disgusting'

Bryan Fischer kicked off his radio program today with a discussion about the revulsion that God feels whenever gay people have sex, which is the same disgust that all human beings feel when thinking about it unless, that is, they have been brainwashed by society to accept it.

Homosexuality, Fischer explained, is an "abomination" because "it causes an inner revulsion. In other words, when you see it, you think about it, you recoil from it. Your instinct is to recoil from it in some kind of disgust."

"Homosexual behavior is an abomination to God," he continued. "When God sees it, it causes him to recoil. And when we think about the actual act of homosexuality, we have exactly the same reaction. Most people think about that, they don't want to think about that, they don't want to visualize it because it is disgusting. And if people aren't politically conditioned to accept it, their natural reaction is that's just not normal, that's just not natural, that's not what human beings were designed for, that's not what they were made for":

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 8/20/14

  • Get ready because "National Impeach Obama Week" is just around the corner!
  • Glenn Beck can't understand why his followers won't just trust him and get behind his new "love everybody" agenda, especially considering his track record of having been right about everything.
  • Have you heard of Kendra Turner? If not, you will soon as she has now become the latest victim of supposed Christian "persecution" and new darling of the Religious Right.
  • Bryan Fischer thinks that Twitter is censoring images of an American journalist being beheaded in an effort to protect Islam.
  • Speaking of Fischer, journalist Michael Tracey gamely tried to engage him in a legitimate conversation today about the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri but only managed to demonstrate how pointless such efforts are since Fischer refuses to debate in good faith and repeatedly treats right-wing spin as established fact.

Fischer: End Muslim Immigration Because 'Islam Is Like The Ebola Virus'

In response to a video released yesterday showing Islamist extremists killing and beheading American journalist James Foley, Bryan Fischer used his radio program today to renew his call to ban all Muslim immigration to America by likening the faith to the Ebola virus.

"Islam is like the Ebola virus," Fischer said. "It's deadly. It's lethal. And all you can do with a virus like that, there's no cure for it, it can only be contained, it has to be stopped. And the way you do it is through quarantine."

Just as nations currently will not accept immigrants from places where the Ebola virus is spreading, so too should America ban Muslim immigrants, Fischer declared.

"They don't know which the citizens of that African country have the Ebola virus and which don't," he explained, "and so they say 'look, we just have to be careful, we have to protect our own people, we've got to protect the health of our own people, we cannot let anybody from your country into our country because we cannot take the chance that one of you may be a carrier of the virus.'"

The same goes for Muslims, Fischer said. "It's the people that are carriers that we have to worry about and we can't tell who has it and who doesn't, therefore we got to keep you all out of our country":

Fischer: Gays Are Inherently Disqualified From Serving In Public Office

On Friday, Texas Governor Rick Perry was indicted by a grand jury over his efforts to force Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg to resign from office following her arrest for drunk driving.

Lehmberg is gay and so, naturally, Bryan Fischer used this story to proclaim on his radio program today that all gay people ought to be banned from serving in public office.

"My view of public service," Fischer declared, "is that somebody who is engaged in sexually deviant behavior is not qualified to hold public office. That's why if you get a conviction for rape, you can't hold public office. You get a conviction for pedophilia, you can't hold public office. You might even get run out of office on a prostitution charge because it's sexually deviant behavior. Now lesbianism is sexually deviant behavior because it deviates from God's plan and design for human sexually. So I believe that this is a person who, because she's involved in sexually deviant behavior, should be, ought to be disqualified from public service":

Fischer: Michael Brown Attacked Police Officer Because He Was 'Hyped Up On Marijuana'

For the last few days, Bryan Fischer has been hard at work crafting the narrative that Michael Brown was a "menacing" giant who was justifiably shot and killed while assaulting Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson.

On his radio program today, Fischer sought to bolster this narrative by citing a few new bits of recently released information, such as the report that Brown was shot six times in his front and had marijuana in his system, claiming that this proves that Brown was "tanked up" on pot, which made him go berserk and attack the police officer.

"We know now he did have marijuana in his system," Fischer explained, "and we've had stories, remember, we've had stories from Colorado, people going berserk on marijuana and killing people, hyped up on marijuana. So it's more dangerous than people think":

Bryan Fischer Says Black Community Must Be Outraged That Obama 'Just Doesn't Seem To Care' About Them

When President Obama dared to share this thoughts and concerns following events like the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates or the murder of Trayvon Martin, the near universal response from the Right was to blast him for supposedly forcing himself into the situation and exacerbating racial tensions.

But in the case of the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, the response from the Right seems to be to blast Obama for not having spoken out sooner and more forcefully, with Bryan Fischer declaring today that Obama seems to think that his presidency is nothing more than a game of "Sim City" in which he doesn't care about the people who are hurt by his complete and utter disinterest because there is not an ounce of humanity within him.

The black community, Fischer asserted, must be especially disgusted that Obama "just doesn't seem to care" about them.

"Here's the first black president," he said, "the black community had so much hope. A post-racial president, he's going to heal all of these racial divisions. Here is a black president who seems blissfully unconcerned that a largely black community is going up in flames. He has to be dragged to the podium after three days and riots to say a word about the situation. And so it would seem to me that they would have a hard time not thinking, look, this is a president, despite his skin color, despite the fact that he may identify with us ethnically, he just doesn't seem to care":

Alex McFarland: God Punishing America With Obama Presidency, Gay Rights And Immigration

American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer hosted Alex McFarland on Friday’s edition of “Focal Point,” where McFarland claimed that President Obama, gay marriage, and immigration are all judgments of God upon America.

“Here in America we have chosen new gods and we are being judged,” he said, citing the Book of Judges. “All of the chaos we’re seeing is the beginning of judgments,” he said.

McFarland was promoting his upcoming conference featuring speakers such as conservative activist Ben Carson, pseudo-historian David Barton, AFA head Tim Wildmon, and Fox News commentator Todd Starnes.

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Kyle Mantyla, Wednesday 12/03/2014, 4:48pm
Bryan Fischer spent a good portion of his radio program today voicing his opposition to "amnesty" and any effort to pass immigration reform legislation, at one point going off on an incoherent tangent to complain about the phrase "a nation of immigrants." The phrase is generally used to make the point that most American citizens today are descendants of ancestors who immigrated to America in previous generations, but Fischer apparently doesn't understand that.  "Eighty-five to 87% of the people that live in the United States were born here," Fischer... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Monday 12/01/2014, 2:45pm
Recently, a pro-Confederacy group in Mississippi launched an effort to get a measure on the ballot in 2016 that, if passed, will establish a "Confederate Heritage Month" in the state, as well as designate English as the official state language. Among the provisions contained in the measure are requirements that whenever an American flag is displayed on a public building, a state flag of the same size must also be displayed and "whenever the pledge of allegiance to the national flag is recited, the state flag salute shall be recited immediately thereafter." On top of that... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Wednesday 11/26/2014, 10:27am
On his radio broadcast yesterday, noted constitutional scholar Bryan Fischer made the absurd argument that Ferguson, Missouri, police office Darren Wilson cannot face federal charges in the shooting death of Michael Brown after a grand jury failed to indict him, on the grounds that such charges would violate the Constitution's protections against "double jeopardy." Citing the Fifth Amendment's language that no person shall "be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb," Fischer laughably claimed that meant that Wilson can never be... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Tuesday 11/25/2014, 4:50pm
On his radio program today, Bryan Fischer reacted to a grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, seizing upon Wilson's testimony that he felt like he was facing "a demon" during his confrontation with Brown. Fischer absolutely agreed, saying that "the chances are very good" that Wilson was literally locked in battle with a homicidal demon that was possessing Brown during the altercation. "I think that at this point there was a demonic presence that was operating inside Michael... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Monday 11/24/2014, 4:42pm
On "Meet The Press" yesterday, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani and Georgetown University professor Michael Eric Dyson had a heated exchange on the issue of police violence in black communities. On his radio show today, Bryan Fischer predictably sided with Giuliani on the issue, declaring that banning the use of "stop and frisk" policing was committing a hate crime against black people. Fischer, whose love of black men is well established, asserted that since most of those arrested under "stop and frisk" were black, the people who were most protected by... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Monday 11/24/2014, 10:33am
On his Friday radio broadcast, Bryan Fischer said that conservatives need to keep talking about impeaching President Obama over his executve action on immigration in order to bring about the "social change" necessary to make it acceptable, just like gay activists did with the issue of homosexuality. "I'll give you a perverse example," Fischer said. "The homosexual lobby, they said we want to overhaul straight America. We want to turn them into thinking this is not aberrant sexual deviant behavior. We want them to think this is wonderful. How do we do that? Well,... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Tuesday 11/18/2014, 4:25pm
On his radio broadcast today, the American Family Association's Bryan Fischer called for Religious Right leaders to gather together for what would amount to a political papal conclave designed to pick the next Republican presidential nominee. Worrying that the Religious Right may have too many excellent choices among the crop of 2016 GOP presidential hopefuls and may end up diluting its power by splitting its support among various candidates as a result, Fischer suggested that Religious Right leaders ought to organize a summit where they would all gather and relentlessly "grill [the... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Monday 11/17/2014, 3:57pm
On Friday, a Muslim prayer service that was held at the National Cathedral was predictably interrupted by a right-wing Christian activist. Just as predictably, Bryan Fischer is now praising that activist as a modern-day Elijah for taking a stand against this prayer rally, which he called a "desecration" and "spiritual sabotage." Fischer, who was already on record as opposing the prayer service, said on his radio show today that allowing Muslims to gather to pray to a "demon god who goes by the name of Allah" was a desecration of the National Cathedral, asserting... MORE >