Michael B. Keegan

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PFAW’s Letter to NPR

Yesterday, Kyle pointed out Bryan Fischer’s appearance on Morning Edition, where he was billed simply as a representative of the American Family Association. If a respected media outlet like NPR is going to give a platform to someone like Fischer, it needs to make clear the long record of hate speech he brings with him. PFAW President Michael B. Keegan reached out to Alicia Shepard, the NPR Ombudsman with this note:

Dear Ms. Shepard:

I was surprised yesterday to hear the voice of Bryan Fischer, Director of Issue Analysis at the American Family Association, on Morning Edition. I wonder if the show's producers knew of Mr. Fischer's record of extremism and hate speech against Muslim Americans and gays and lesbians.

People For the American Way's RightWingWatch.org blog tracks Fischer in his roll as a blogger and radio host for the AFA, where he makes no attempt to disguise his extremism. Just in the past year, Fischer has:

Yesterday, in response to People For's call that GOP leaders distance themselves from Mr. Fischer, he repeated his comparison of gay men to domestic terrorists. On Tuesday, Mr. Fischer defended his call for deporting Muslim Americans, saying "we are doing them a favor by repatriating them to their homeland where an entire nation shares their values."

Of course, Mr. Fischer has the right to air his opinions, no matter how hurtful. However, he should not be given air time by a nonpartisan news organization without some disclosure of his record of hate speech.

I also hope that Mr. Fischer is not, as Morning Edition implied, representative of the Tea Party movement as a whole.

This weekend, he will be appearing this weekend alongside leaders of the Republican Party, including Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint, and 2012 presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich, and Mike Pence. We have alerted these public figures to Mr. Fischer's record and urged them to denounce Fischer's remarks lest they lend credibility to his extremism.

Similarly, I urge NPR to resist lending credibility to an extremist like Fischer by providing him with a national platform without alerting audiences to his record of vocal bigotry.

Thank you for your time,

Michael B. Keegan

President, People For the American Way

 We’ll keep you posted on the response.

PFAW Sends Letters to GOP Leaders Urging them to Denounce Fischer, Skip Values Voter Summit

People For's President, Michael Keegan, sent the following letter today to Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, Indiana Rep. Mike Pence, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, and Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell, all of whom are scheduled to appear this weekend at the Values Voter Summit, alongside the virulantly anti-Muslim and anti-gay Bryan Fischer.

Dear ________:

I am writing to express my concern about your appearance this weekend at the upcoming Values Voter Summit. Among the participants this weekend will be Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association. We urge you to publically denounce Fischer’s record of hate speech and extremism, and reconsider appearing beside him this weekend.

People For’s RightWingWatch.org blog has tracked Fischer’s career over the past several years. His long and prolific record of hate speech and extremism includes the following recent statements. Just in the past year, Fischer has:

I am attaching the names of over 6,500 concerned citizens who have signed the following letter regarding your participation in the summit:

Values Voter Summit Participants:

Reasonable people can, and do, have reasonable differences of opinion. Bryan Fischer, of the American Family Association, is not a reasonable person.

By sharing a stage with Fischer at this year's Values Voter Summit, public figures acknowledge the credibility of his shameless anti-Muslim and anti-gay propaganda. Any candidate thinking seriously of running for president in 2012 should think twice about standing alongside a man who has called for the deportation of all Muslims in America; insulted Muslim servicemembers; claimed that brave Americans died in vain because Iraq was not converted to Christianity; and called gay people deviants, felons, pedophiles and terrorists. Bryan Fischer is no mainstream conservative. And neither is any person who shares a platform with him while refusing to denounce his hate-filled propaganda.

We urge you to denounce Fischer's extremism and separate yourself from his comments.

For more background on Fischer’s extreme rhetoric, please click here.

Fischer’s appearance with conservative leaders such as yourself lends his extreme hate speech credibility. We urge you to publicly denounce Fischer’s record and to think twice about sharing the stage with him.

Sincerely,

Michael B. Keegan
President, People For the American Way

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Michael B. Keegan Posts Archive

Kyle Mantyla, Tuesday 05/17/2011, 5:51pm
Michael B. Keegan @ Huffington Post: The Hypocrisy Hall of Fame: Schwarzenegger and Marriage Equality. Tim Murphy @ Mother Jones: Michele Bachmann’s Head-Banging, Gay-Bashing BFF. Sarah Posner @ American Prospect: Onward Christian Voters. Alan Colmes: Iowa Voter Confronts Gingrich: “You’re An Embarrassment To Our Party.” Joe.My.God: NOM Stole My Hate Rally Video. Joe Sudbay @ Americablog: WI Gov. Scott Walker’s next target: Hospital visitation rights for gay couples. Jon Terbush @ TPM: Jon Stewart Rips O'Reilly, Fox's... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Friday 05/13/2011, 5:34pm
Michael B. Keegan @ Huffington Post: The Unwelcome Return of the Newt. Towleroad: Wasilla High School Bans Jazz Choir's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Performance Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay. David Weigel: Bachmann Asks Donors to Decide Whether She Should Run for President. Charles Johnson @ Little Green Footballs: Fake Outrage of the Day: US Flag Banned in MA School? (Not). Steve Benen: Another setback for Republicans’ minority outreach efforts. MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Wednesday 05/11/2011, 5:51pm
Michael B. Keegan @ Huffington Post: Think Congress's Anti-Choice Legislation Is Extreme? Look at the States. Jillian Rayfield @ TPM: Former MI Asst. AG: I'm A Victim Of A 'Homosexual Activist Agenda.' Alvin McEwen: NOM exploiting children to stop gay marriage in New York. Ali Gharib @ Wonk Room: TN Bill Calls Two Or More Observant Muslims A ‘Sharia Organization.’ Good As You: Bigger than Jesus: Sen. Diaz says churches should close doors for his NOM-sponsored rally. Political Correction: Newt Gingrich: A History Of Hypocrisy. Tim Murphy and... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Friday 04/08/2011, 5:40pm
Michael B. Keegan @ Huffington Post: The Terrible Twos: The Tea Party Throws a Tantrum. Good As You: National Organization For Marriage tour organizer/Facebook moderator does startling about-face. Igor Volsky @ Wonk Room: Opponents Of Maryland Gender Equality Bill: ‘Children Will Be Encouraged To Cross Dress’. Julie Ingersoll @ Religion Dispatches: Huckabee Channels Rushdoony. Scott Keyes @ Think Progress: Bob Vander Plaats Tells ThinkProgress Homosexuality Is A ‘Public Health Risk’ Like Smoking. Media Matters: Limbaugh:... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Thursday 04/07/2011, 5:21pm
Michael B. Keegan @ Huffington Post: The GOP's Budget Strategy: Shared Sacrifice without the Sharing. Tanya Somanader @ Think Progress: Idaho Rejects Rape Exception In Abortion Bill Because ‘The Hand Of The Almighty’ Was At Work. Steve Benen: Would Boehner shut down the government over Planned Parenthood? Joe.My.God: Montana State GOP Rep Celebrates: Gays Can't Act Gay In Public In My State. Media Matters: The 50 Worst Things Glenn Beck Said On Fox News. Alan Colmes: George Allen To Tall Black Reporter: “What Position Did You Play” (... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Friday 03/04/2011, 6:42pm
Michael B. Keegan @ Huffington Post: Buy a TV Ad, Get a Tax Cut! The New Economy of Political Spending. Justin Elliott @ Salon: Palin tries to walk back First Amendment tweet. Good As You: Homosexuality = incest = mainstream media credence?! Warren Throckmorton: Bryan Fischer sees silver lining in Phelps ruling. Ryan J. Reilly @ TPM: Gaffney, Jones Fight For Soul Of Anti-Sharia Movement At Rally By White House. Jeff Spross @ Think Progress: Meet Peter King — Islamophobe. James Downie @ TNR: The Decline of Glenn Beck. MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Friday 02/04/2011, 6:34pm
Brian @ PFAW Blog: Progressive Coalition Stands Up for Planned Parenthood. Michael B. Keegan @ Huffington Post: The Battle Over the Smithsonian and the Right's New Culture Wars. Alan Colmes: Sarah Palin And Daughter Bristol Are Trademarking Their Names. Ben Dimiero @ County Fair: Attention Fox Nation: There Is More Than One Version Of The Bible. Good As You: Video: 'The Second-Hand Effects of [Aligning Candidacy with The Family Leader]. DLCC: GA State Rep.: There’s No Such Thing as a Rape Victim. Adele Stan @ AlterNet: The Right... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Friday 02/04/2011, 6:34pm
Brian @ PFAW Blog: Progressive Coalition Stands Up for Planned Parenthood. Michael B. Keegan @ Huffington Post: The Battle Over the Smithsonian and the Right's New Culture Wars. Alan Colmes: Sarah Palin And Daughter Bristol Are Trademarking Their Names. Ben Dimiero @ County Fair: Attention Fox Nation: There Is More Than One Version Of The Bible. Good As You: Video: 'The Second-Hand Effects of [Aligning Candidacy with The Family Leader]. DLCC: GA State Rep.: There’s No Such Thing as a Rape Victim. Adele Stan @ AlterNet: The Right... MORE >