Bryan Fischer

Fischer: 'Islam Is Clearly The Religion That Satan Is Promoting' To Usher In The End Times

American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer, who believes that Muslims worship “a demon God,” alleged today on Focal Point that Satan is using Islam to usher in the End Times. He corrected a caller who said he “thought about getting rid of Islam but it says in the Bible that if we get rid of Islam then the one-world government is going to move in and the bankers are backing up the one-world government,” telling him that, to the contrary, Islam is the “one-world counterfeit religion” prophesied in the Bible.

“That’s part of the End Times mix is Satan is always working to form a one-world government but he’s also working at the same time to get the entire world devoted to a counterfeit religion,” he continued.

Fischer said that while he can’t say for sure if we are living in the Last Days, Islam will be the false, universal religion that will usher in the apocalypse: “If we are in the Last Days, then Islam is clearly the religion that Satan is promoting to be the counterfeit alternative to Christianity.”

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Irony Alert: The AFA Is The Epitome Of The 'Ugliness Of Christian Activism'

Is it possible that Tim Wildmon, president of the American Family Association, has never heard AFA spokesperson Bryan Fischer’s radio show?  Of course not. But that leaves only less charitable explanations for the level of a) cluelessness and b) disingenuousness revealed in the October issue of AFA’s magazine.

In his column, Wildmon describes a disagreement he had with Christian author Os Guinness during a recent interview:

He said that Christian young people are leaving the faith because of the “ugliness of Christian activism.” I asked him for an example of what he was talking about, and he cited a video that went around the Internet a couple of years ago that included clips from President Obama’s comments which would lead the viewer to believe Obama is a Muslim. Os said basically that this video was slanderous.

I told him I believed his example to be weak because that video was not produced by an mainstream pro-family or Christian group. My personal opinion is it is Obama himself who has created the suspicion among one out of four Americans that he is a secret Muslim. I have no idea if he is or not. I just know that many of his statements and actions have been extremely positive and sympathetic toward Islam.

So, Wildmon has “no idea” if Obama is a secret Muslim, but says the idea that he might be was not put out there by a “mainstream pro-family or Christian group.” 

Now, where in the world would people get the idea that Obama might be Muslim? 

"Is President Obama ... taking advantage of that doctrine of taqiyya?" Fischer asked. "Is he pretending to be a Christian, falsely and taking cover under the doctrine of taqiyya because his role as the president is advancing the cause of Islam? I mean, who knows?"

Tim Wildmon, meet Bryan Fischer, who has told his listeners that he believes the discredited right-wing theory that Obama’s wedding ring contains an inscription reading “there is no God but Allah” which, Fischer says, the mainstream media has ignored because it could raise the possibility “that Barack Obama may, in fact, be a closeted Muslim.”

There’s more. Fischer  says President Obama is heading “the most virulently anti-Christian, anti-Christ, anti-God administration we’ve ever had in American history” and is leading “a purge of Christians from the military.”  Fischer has accused President Obama of having a “visceral dislike of America” and a desire to destroy America.  Fischer says “whether he’s a Muslim or not, we may not know that until it’s too late to matter, but he clearly has Muslim sympathies, far more sympathetic to Islam than he is to Christianity…”  In the same show, Fischer said an Egyptian foreign minister claims that Barack Obama confided that he is a secret Muslim. 

For good measure, Fischer has also accused CIA Director John Brennan of being a devout Muslim who is funding terrorism.

Back to Wildmon, who says later in his column,

To be fair to Os, his main point in our conversation was that as Christians we should be doing “the Lord’s work in the Lord’s way.” Meaning, we need to be honest and treat our philosophical and political detractors as the Bible commands us to treat any other person – with love and respect.

I agree with that.

Wildmon also asserts that “there is nothing ugly about the Christian activism that American Family Association engages in.”

Really? Honesty, love and respect are not exactly hallmarks of the Bryan Fischer oeuvre. In fact, as our in-depth report on Fischer and our ongoing coverage of his rantings document, AFA spokesman and radio host Fischer is one of the biggest purveyors of dishonest, divisive, disrespectful, and outright bigoted rhetoric in the public arena today. 

Right Wing Leftovers - 9/26/13

  • Glenn Beck's participation in the upcoming Values Voter Summit has been confirmed.
  • FRC prays, yet again, that God will stop Obamacare.
  • Cindy Jacobs has committed herself to "do whatever I could to stop" human trafficking, so she decided to "mobilize twenty-one days of powerful spiritual warfare!"
  • Peter LaBarbera is honoring the anniversary of the 1999 death of 13-year-old Jesse Dirkhising in order to "shine light on the perversion of homosexuality."
  • Finally, Bryan Fischer prays for Ted Cruz.

Bryan Fischer Hails Ted Cruz As A Modern Day Elijah The Prophet

Bryan Fischer was so enraptured by Sen. Ted Cruz's self-aggrandizing faux filibuster against Obamacare that he is now literally comparing him to the Prophet Elijah.

Citing 1 Kings 18, where Elijah engaged in a showdown against the prophets of Baal, Fischer declared that "our Elijah today, confronting the prophets of Baal, is Ted Cruz and last night was his showdown on Mount Carmel."

Just like Elijah, who stood there "all day to defend the truth, to defend God, to stand for what is right," Fischer said, "last night was Ted Cruz's Elijah moment":

Fortunately for the other members of the Senate, Cruz didn't take his "Elijah moment" all the way to its Biblical conclusion:

And Elijah said to them, “Seize the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape.” And they seized them. And Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon and slaughtered them there.

Bryan Fischer Lashes Out At Transgender Homecoming Queen

A transgender California teenager has been a target of bullying after she was named her high school’s homecoming queen, and now American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer has joined in the backlash against the sixteen-year-old. Fischer called her election as homecoming queen a “charade” that “violates every known standard of decency and normality.”

He has a mental illness, he thinks he’s a girl and they elected him homecoming queen and the school officials allowed this charade to go on. That violates everything we know about gender, about sex, about genetics, about biology, about human health, about what mental health is, it violates every known standard of decency and normality in America.

Fischer also criticized CBS News for using the correct pronouns in their story on the high school girl.

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Lively: Russia's Anti-Gay Law Is 'One Of The Proudest Achievements Of My Career'

Scott Lively was the guest on Bryan Fischer's radio program yesterday, and while, unfortunately, they did not discuss Lively's theory that President Obama is the Antichrist, they did discuss their mutual admiration for Russia's anti-gay crackdown.

Lively told Fischer that while he did not play a direct role in drafting the legislation, he does believe that a tour he made through Russia a few years back where he urged the implementation of just these sorts of laws served as a catalyst for legislation.

"I indirectly assisted in that," Lively said, "and it's one of the proudest achievements of my career":

Right Wing Leftovers - 9/23/13

  • Fox News contributor Erik Rush promotes the theory that last week's Navy Yard shooting was carried out by the government in order to prevent President Obama from being arrested for treason because military investigators "had uncovered a plot to detonate a nuclear device in the heart of the nation’s capitol as part of an Obama government false flag."
  • It has been reported that "Lois Lerner, the Internal Revenue Service official at the center of the agency’s tea party scandal, is retiring."
  • Bryan Fischer doesn't like it when President Obama "talks street."
  • Apparently forcing Texas schools and textbooks to teach Creationism will "encourage critical thinking."
  • Finally, Rep. Lynn Westmoreland says that ten days is more than enough time for Congress to find a solution that will avoid a government shut down because "God created the world in seven days."

Fischer: Right Wing Watch Is 'Helping Me Get The Word Out'

Earlier this week, Bryan Fischer hosted Peter LaBarbera on his radio program and we didn't write a post about it which, according to Fischer and his producer, Jeff Reed means ... something.

Fischer, who normally complains that we are "cyberstalking" him, is now complaining that we are not posting clips from his show because supposedly the topic of HIV rates among young males does not fit our agenda.

Of course, we did actually mention LaBarbera's appearance on Fischer's show in our daily Right Wing Leftovers post.  In fact, if you scroll through our Bryan Fischer archive, you will find dozens of instances where we just dumped his nonsense in a Leftovers post because, shocking as this may be to Fischer, not every single thing that he says is something that deserves a blog post.

But sometimes he does say things that we think deserve highlighting, such as his declaration today that he appreciates our efforts to help him "get the word out" about his insanely bigoted views:

We are always happy to help.

Fischer: Hillary Clinton 'Could Be Our First Lesbian President'

While American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer is confident that Americans would never elect Hillary Clinton as president because she is simply “too old” and “too saggy,” he now says that if Clinton should win, then she might be the “first lesbian president.”

Fischer pointed to an interview between Gennifer Flowers and the UK-based Daily Mail in which she claims that Bill Clinton told her that Hillary is bisexual, and therefore it isn’t out of the question that she may be having an affair with aide Huma Abedin.

Since Fischer accepts pure speculation from whatever source as indisputable fact so long as it fits his agenda, it is no surprise that he now claims that “the bottom line is that if Hillary Clinton becomes president in 2016 she will not only be our first female president she could be our first lesbian president.”

Fellow AFA radio host Sandy Rios leveled a similar charge earlier this year after Clinton released a video endorsing marriage equality. Rios suggested that the former Secretary of State might be a lesbian since she has a “love of homosexuality.”

Bryan Fischer Literally Does Not Know What He Is Talking About

As we noted just last week, Bryan Fischer does not bother with things like having evidence or even knowing what he is talking about before going off on an rant on his radio program on some issue that he obviously does not understand.

Like Glenn Beck, Fischer too seized on a report that President Obama had waived prohibitions in the Arms Export Control Act so that the US can provide chemical weapons assistance to Syria and used it to raise the possibility of impeachment:

Don't miss the significance of this, ladies and gentlemen.  We have a president who is breaking the law.  He has no authority to waive this law. He can't do that.  Congress is responsible to pass laws; his job is the execute them, not to write them, not to amend them, not to modify them, not to ignore them. His job is to implement them, execute them.  That is why he heads up the Executive Branch.

Congress passes legislation and he's the one that implements it, he's the one that puts it into practice. He has no authority, no liberty, no moral right or constitutional right or legal right or ethical right to change the laws that are given to him by Congress ... I mean, ladies and gentlemen, I don't want you to miss the significance of this; we have a president that is breaking the law in order to aid and abet terrorists

The only problem is that Fischer's entire case is built on nothing but his own ignorance because, as we pointed out before, the legislation explicitly gives the president the power to waive certain prohibitions:

The President may waive the prohibitions contained in this section with respect to a specific transaction if (1) the President determines that the transaction is essential to the national security interests of the United States; and (2) not less than 15 days prior to the proposed transaction, the President

—(A) consults with the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate; and (B) submits to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate a report containing

—(i) the name of any country involved in the proposed transaction, the identity of any recipient of the items to be provided pursuant to the proposed transaction, and the anticipated use of those items; (ii) a description of the munitions items involved in the proposed transaction (including their market value) and the actual sale price at each step in the transaction (or if the items are transferred by other than sale, the manner in which they will be provided); (iii) the reasons why the proposed transaction is essential to the national security interests of the United States and the justification for such proposed transaction; (iv) the date on which the proposed transaction is expected to occur; and (v) the name of every United States Government department, agency, or other entity involved in the proposed transaction, every foreign government involved in the proposed transaction, and every private party with significant participation in the proposed transaction.

Contrary to Fischer's bold and repeated assertions that President Obama has "no authority to waive this law," he most certainly does as the law itself gives him that authority.

It never fails to amaze us just how willing right-wing commentators like Fischer are to publicly rant and rave in this manner about topics that they literally do not understand.

Right Wing Leftovers - 9/17/13

  • We can now add Richard Nixon to the all-encompassing list of people whom Glenn Beck believes to be "progressives."
  • Jim DeMint says President Obama has nothing but disdain for the Constitution.
  • Scott Lively has penned an open "Letter to the British People," calling upon them to turn back to God.
  • It is amazing to watch Bryan Fischer go off about President Obama's effort to send non-lethal aid to Syria despite the fact that he quite obviously understands absolutely nothing about it.
  • Finally, Fischer had Peter LaBarbera on his radio program today for two segments.  Take one guess what they spent the entire time talking about.

This Is What Bryan Fischer's 'Love' For Gays Looks Like

Bryan Fischer began a segment on his radio broadcast today explaining that there are lots of Americans who love gays but are just "grossed out by what homosexuals do" and "want to see them delivered from the bondage and the deception and the darkness and the perverseness of that lifestyle."

In fact, Fischer explained, these folks love gays so much that it saddens them to see people "falling prey to that disease; there's a sickness there, there is a pathology associated with homosexual behavior."

"You know," Fischer added, "these are not happy people.  They are not well-adjusted people and it just breaks your heart to see what this perverted sense of sexuality is doing to them" because it is "destroying their humanity."

And while Fischer insisted that he and his ilk really love gays, he also wonders "when are the American people just going to have it up to here with this flaunting of sexual perversity? When are they just going to say enough is enough, we've had it, no more. We're tired of being pushed around, we're tired of being bullied, we're tired in the name of tolerance allowing things that are absolutely vile, absolutely offensive to any sense of decency":

Fischer: It Is 'Ignorant, Ignorant, Ignorant' To Think Human Behavior Can Impact The Climate

As he does every day, Bryan Fischer began his radio program with a Bible reading and discussion, in this case, a passage from Psalm 135 which he cited not only as proof that God struck down the Native Americans so that the United States could be established by Christians, but also as proof that there is nothing that human beings can do to influence the climate.

Verse 7 of the Psalm declares that "He makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth; he sends lightning with the rain and brings out the wind from his storehouses."  As such, Fischer said, "that's why it is dumb, dumb, dumb; it is stupid, stupid, stupid; it is ignorant, ignorant, ignorant to think that there is anything that man can do to control the climate through human behavior."

"If you want to do something about the climate," Fischer said, "you want to do something about the weather, there is only one thing that we can do to affect climate or affect weather and that is to pray to Yahweh":

Is Bryan Fischer Too Bigoted Even For The Values Voter Summit?

The last time Bryan Fischer spoke at the Values Voter Summit was back in 2011, when organizers tried to hide his involvement in the conference because of his long history of unabashed bigotry.  The effort failed as the decision to allow him to speak badly backfired when Mitt Romney, who was also speaking at the event, called out Fischer's bigotry from the stage and repudiated it.

In 2012, VVS organizers wised up and dropped Fischer from the program altogether, though Fischer insisted at the time that he was not being shunned, but was simply giving up his normal speaking slot to AFA President Tim Wildmon:

“The explanation is quite simple,” Fischer wrote. “I was filling in the last couple of years for our president, Tim Wildmon, who has had scheduling conflicts in the recent past. As a devoted father, he didn’t want to miss any of his son’s high school football games. Now that his son has graduated, he’s back on the podium at VVS, and I happily defer to him. I will be there, broadcasting my radio program on both Thursday and Friday as I have done in previous years.”

The next annual VVS is taking place next month and once again it looks like organizers have decided to drop Fischer from the program since he appears nowhere on the list of confirmed and invited speakers.

Despite the fact that the AFA is one of the primary sponsors of the event, neither Fischer nor Wildmon appear on the speakers' list even though other radical Religious Right activists like Rick Scarborough, Janet Porter, Jerome Corsi and AFR radio host Sandy Rios are all confirmed:

Is it really possible that Bryan Fischer has finally become so toxic that he is not being allowed to speak at an event that his own organization is co-sponsoring?

Fischer: Stopping Terry Jones' Koran-Burning 'Is Really No Different Than What The Pharisees Did To Jesus'

Yesterday, radical anti-Islam pastor Terry Jones was arrested while transporting nearly three thousand copies of the Koran that had been soaked in kerosene which he intended to burn in protest of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

Jones was charged with illegally carrying a firearm and unlawful conveyance of fuel and the latter charge struck Bryan Fischer as laughable as he defended Jones' right to burn the Koran on his radio program today, saying that using this sort of trumped-up charge to stop him "is really no different than what the Pharisees did to Jesus."

"They had to find some kind of trumped up charge," Fischer said, "in order to accuse him and convict him before the Sanhedrin; they tried to suborn testimony, they couldn't even get these counter-witnesses, these false witnesses to agree with each other but that was what they were trying to do, find some kind of trumped-up charge to get him in trouble.  So that's what they did with Terry Jones":

'Homo Akbar!' Bryan Fischer Decries The 'Homosexual Mafia' And Obama's 'Spiritual Cleansing'

American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer yesterday tied together the closure of an Oregon bakery that refused to serve gay customers who were trying to find a wedding cake and the rapidly-collapsing story of an Air Force officer who insists he was punished by a superior over his views on gay marriage. Fischer said that the two accounts were proof of growing anti-Christian persecution in Obama’s America.

Lifting a line from WorldNetDaily, he accused gay rights advocates of using mob-like tactics and shouting “Homo Akbar!”

“This is happening everywhere,” Fischer argued. “That bakery couple in Oregon had their bakery completely shut down by a homosexual mob, a homosexual mafia; they cried ‘Homo-Akbar!’ and assaulted, stormed metaphorically, the bakery and got it completely shut down.”

Later in the segment, the Focal Point host maintained that President Obama “has made it a criminal offense to be a sincerely devoted follower of Jesus Christ in the United States Military” and accused Obama of “leading this purge of Christians from the military. This is ethnic cleansing, this is spiritual cleansing.”

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Bryan Fischer Doesn't Need 'Evidence' Before Making Wild Accusations

As we noted the other day, the Religious Right's current anti-Christian discrimination victim/cause célèbre is Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Phillip Monk who claims that he was "relieved of my position because I don’t agree with my commander’s position on gay marriage."

The Air Force says that Monk is lying which, of course, the Religious Right sees simply as further proof that Monk is not only being discriminated against, but now threatened and intimidated.

On his radio broadcast today (which, for some reason, the AFA has stopped posting on YouTube), Bryan Fischer focused his attention on the fact that Monk's commanding officer was a lesbian when he asserted, utterly without evidence, that she broke the law by serving openly in the military before the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

Despite having literally nothing upon which to base that assertion, Fischer declared that the lesbian officer was allowed to break the law by serving before DADT was repealed and so now knows "that there are no rules that are going to restrain homosexuals that are in the military":

If she's an open lesbian and she is his commander, that means she's been in the military for a long time. You don't get there in a year and a half or two years.

So this means that she was serving in the military as a lesbian, as an out and open homosexual long before Don't Ask, Don't Tell was repealed.

She was breaking the law. She was violating the Uniform Code of Military Justice.  She was in violation of military policy, military law, she was breaking the law established by Congress. And yet there she was apparently serving quite openly in the military even though what she was doing - everybody knew who she was, knew what she was about - and yet she was allowed to completely break the law.

So she understands now that there are no rules that are going to restrain homosexuals that are in the military; it's carte blanche for them. They can get away with absolutely anything now in the military.

Right Wing Leftovers - 9/6/13

  • Mike Huckabee is "chatting" about running for president in 2016.  We hope he does, because we have an entire archive of posts we're just dying to put to use.
  • FRC apparently thinks that people are desperate to know what Tony Perkins thinks should be done about Syria.
  • Bryan Fischer says President Obama not only harbors a malicious hatred for the United States, but he is also monumentally inept.
  • Gary Bauer knows what is wrong with the NFL: broken families.
  • Finally, God has a Word for Kansas to be delivered by Cindy Jacobs:

Fischer: Is President Obama Secretly A Muslim Who Is Lying About Being A Christian?

Bryan Fischer dedicated a segment of his radio program today to laying out his latest theory that President Obama may secretly be a Muslim who is practicing taqiyya and claiming to be a Christian in order to advance the cause of Islam around the world.

As Fischer sees it, as a child, Obama was raised as a Muslim but then claims to have become a Christian.  Since the penalty in Islam for apostasy is death, Fischer said, Muslim clerics ought to have issued a fatwa against Obama, calling for him to be put to death.

But that hasn't happened, which suggests that Obama is still a Muslim who is simply lying about being a Christian for the benefit of Islam.

"Is President Obama ... taking advantage of that doctrine of taqiyya?" Fischer asked. "Is he pretending to be a Christian, falsely and taking cover under the doctrine of taqiyya because his role as the president is advancing the cause of Islam? I mean, who knows?"

Right Wing Leftovers - 9/4/13

  • Sam Rodriguez defends Common Core.
  • Why are cast members from "Duck Dynasty" appearing on radio programs hosted by the anti-gay bigots at the American Family Association?
  • Rep. Joe Wilson thinks that President Obama is pushing for military action in Syria in order to distract from Benghazi and Obamacare.
  • The owners of a bakery who refused to provide a wedding cake to a lesbian couple are complaining that they are the victims of "mafia tactics" being used against their business.
  • Finally, Bryan Fischer says White Christians are the real victims of persecution and discrimination in America:
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Bryan Fischer Posts Archive

Kyle Mantyla, Wednesday 03/19/2014, 3:53pm
On his radio program today, Bryan Fischer made the case that nothing that the Bible considers to be sinful can ever be tolerated or made legal by the government because anyone who holds public office is a "minister of God" with "a responsibility to use that authority in a manner that is consistent with the truth of God." As such, any law that gives any sort of protection or equality to gays is a violation of that responsibility because, in granting such rights, elected officials are abusing their positions in order "to approve something that God criticizes, to approve... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Tuesday 03/18/2014, 12:41pm
Scott Lively was a guest on Bryan Fischer's radio program yesterday to discuss his campaign for governor in Massachusetts but, of course, most of the interview revolved around Fischer's and Lively's mutual battle against the "homosexual agenda." Lively asserted that America will soon undergo both a secular revolution and a simultaneous Christian revival because people are "fed up" with the "lawlessness" that is "exemplified by the homosexual agenda." "Homosexuality always is used a symbol of extreme rebellion against God, on the verge... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Monday 03/17/2014, 4:25pm
On his HBO program on Friday, Bill Maher delivered an rant against religion in which he called God an "psychotic mass murderer" and declared that America is a "stupid country" because most Americans believe the Bible's story of Noah and the Ark to be true. Maher's blasphemy did not sit well with Bryan Fischer, who dedicated a segment on his radio program today to defending the Biblical tale of Noah's flood, arguing that it was the free will choices made by humans that left God with no other option but to kill every living thing, just as God has given Bill Maher... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Friday 03/14/2014, 4:52pm
It is no surprise that Bryan Fischer is not much of a fan of the "Ban Bossy" campaign, saying on his radio broadcast today that the problem with feminists is that they want to be like men because they are insecure about their own femininity and therefore refuse to acquiesce to the role prescribed for them by God in the Bible. Feminists, Fischer said, have "some kind of fundamental level of insecurity about their own nature, about their femininity, some kind of insecurity about being a woman." "We don't need women trying to be like men," he added. "We... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Friday 03/14/2014, 11:19am
Bryan Fischer is not impressed by polls showing continually increasing support for marriage equality, especially among young people who identify as Republicans, telling his radio audience that gay marriage is winning right now only because liberals and the media have brainwashed Americans into thinking that people who oppose it are bigots. Americans don't want pollsters to think they are bigots when asked their opinion on the issue, Fischer asserted, so they just say that they support in order to tell the pollster what he or she wants to hear. But while marriage equality is winning at the... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Thursday 03/06/2014, 5:37pm
Bryan Fischer threw down the gauntlet on his radio program today, declaring the fight against homosexuality to be the defining battle of our time. Asserting that America's future will be determined by "whether the forces of light or darkness will prevail in the battle over special rights based on sexually deviant behavior," Fischer asserted that "everywhere that Big Gay gains ground, Christ is forced into retreat." As such, everything hinges on this battle and if the "forces of sexual normalcy" win, then America will once again become a beacon of morality and... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Wednesday 03/05/2014, 5:01pm
By now, it has been well-established that Bryan Fischer has a pretty warped understanding of the Constitution and what it means, so it didn't come as much of a surprise when he declared on his radio program today that by invoking her Fifth Amendment right not to testify when called before Congress, former IRS official Lois Lerner had essentially admitted her guilt. As Fischer sees it, "by citing the Fifth Amendment, she is admitting that she's guilty ... What is Lois Lerner admitting when she invokes the Fifth? She is admitting that if she speaks the truth she will be a witness... MORE >
Miranda Blue, Wednesday 03/05/2014, 2:31pm
The Senate today failed to invoke cloture on the nomination of Debo Adegbile to head the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. Every Senate Republican and seven Democrats voted to filibuster Adegbile’s nomination after a concerted right-wing smear campaign targeted the nominee. (Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid also changed his vote to no as a procedural tactic.) From the very beginning, the Right’s problem with Adegbile was that he would be a strong leader of an office that they despise. As we wrote in January, Conservatives have not been fans of the civil... MORE >