Given the notoriety Terry Jones and his Dove World Outreach church have achieved in the last week, what do you think the chances are that Jones will be invited to speak at a gathering of social conservatives any time soon, or that leading Republican presidential contenders and Congressional leaders would attend a conference hosted by Dove World Outreach?
The chances of that are probably rather slim … but, for some reason, social conservatives and Republican leaders seem to have no problem sharing the stage with anti-Muslim bigot Bryan Fischer at the upcoming Values Voter Summit.
The Summit is being co-sponsored by the American Family Association, where Fischer is Director of Issues Analysis, and Fischer is scheduled to be a featured speaker along with the likes of Michele Bachmann, Jim DeMint, Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, Bob McDonnell, Mike Pence, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and others.
Would any of these leaders be willing to share a stage with Terry Jones? If not, then why are they sharing a stage with Fischer, who has declared that all Muslims should be banned from serving in the military, that all Muslim noncitizens must be deported and all Muslim citizens must be stripped of their US citizenship and expelled from the country, that the construction of mosques in the United States must be completely banned, and that all the soldiers who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan have died in vain because the US did not convert those countries to Christianity?
In comparison to Fischer, Terry Jones actually seems rather moderate since all he wanted to do was burn the Quran, not expel every single Muslim from the country, treat them like criminals, and completely strip them of their religious freedoms.
So it is worth asking why, if leaders like Gingrich, McDonnell, and Huckabee wouldn’t be caught anywhere near the likes of an anti-Muslim bigot like Terry Jones, they are so willing to share the stage with one like Bryan Fischer?