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From the 04.14.2014 edition of AFR’s Focal Point

H/T: Kyle Mantyla at RWW 

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Sexist Pig Bryan Fischer: Women ‘Designed’ by God To Be Secretaries

Gender Discrimination Is Part Of Sexist Pig Bryan Fischer's Past

Bryan Fischer not only admitted, but gloated, about practicing gender discrimination his church because God designed men and women for different work.

God made women to be secretaries, not men, so gender discrimination is perfectly okay. That gem game from religious nut Bryan Fischer. He also admitted to discriminating on the basis of gender at his church. Specifically, he told men not to apply for secretarial or receptionist positions, because he wanted someone who sounded hospitable on the phones.

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Conservative news outlets are hyping a minor website change to suggest that the FBI is distancing itself from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) - a group that monitors hate speech and violence - in response to criticism from anti-gay organizations. But the FBI has issued a statement debunking that narrative and continues to publicly touts its partnership with SPLC on its website.

On March 26, Washington Examiner reporter Paul Bedard asserted that the FBI was ending its relationship with SPLC, noting that a link to the group had been scrubbed from the FBI’s Hate Crime “resources” page and calling it a “significant rejection of the influential legal group”:

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which has labeled several Washington, D.C.-based family organizations as “hate groups” for favoring traditional marriage, has been dumped as a “resource” on the FBI’s Hate Crime Web page, a significant rejection of the influential legal group.

The Web page scrubbing, which also included eliminating the Anti-Defamation League, was not announced and came in the last month after 15 family groups pressed Attorney General Eric Holder and FBI Director James Comey to stop endorsing a group — SPLC — that inspired a recent case of domestic terrorism at the Family Research Council.

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The FBI had no comment and offered no explanation for its decision to end their website’s relationship with the two groups, leaving just four federal links as hate crime “resources.” The SPLC had no comment.

Bedard’s report has been touted by a number of right-wing media outlets, including The Daily CallerBreitbartWorldNetDaily, and The Blaze, which have framed the change as evidence that the FBI is ending its relationship with SPLC in response to criticism from right-wing anti-gay groups. It’s also being celebrated by a number of extreme anti-gay organizations - like the Family Research Council (FRC) and American Family Association (AFA) - that have long resented SPLC for labeling them “hate groups.” (Contrary to Bedard’s report, those groups have been labeled “hate groups” for peddling falsehoods about LGBT people, not for “favoring traditional marriage.”

But the claim that the FBI is ending its relationship, or even its website’s relationship, with SPLC in response to right-wing outrage is false. As Good As You’s Jeremy Hooper noted, the FBI continues to list SPLC as a partner in the fight against hate crimes on its website.

The right-wing narrative is also contradicted by an official statement from the FBI. In a statement to The Daily Caller, and FBI spokesperson said:

"Upon review, the Civil Rights program only provides links to resources within the federal government," an FBI spokesman told The Daily Caller. "While we appreciate the tremendous support we receive from a variety of organizations, we have elected not to identify those groups on the civil rights page."

The FBI’s statement makes sense, given that - as Bedard’s own report noted - a link to the Anti-Defamation League, which focuses primarily on combating anti-Semitism, was also scrubbed from the FBI’s “resources” page.

But a total lack of evidence wasn’t enough to stop The Washington Examiner's Bedard from peddling wild theories about an imagined rift between SPLC and the FBI. And it wasn't enough to stop right-wing media outlets, always hungry for an excuse to smear SPLC and vindicate the reputations of their hate group allies, from running with the story. 

H/T:  Carlos Maza at RWW

American Family Association radio host Sandy Rios said yesterday that she wants to restore the ban on gays in the military because gay people are “disordered” and won’t be able to “provide strong defense for our nation.”

Rios, who is also the AFA’s governmental affairs director, was reacting to a Palm Center study that calls for an end to the military’s prohibition on transgender service members, which led her to a long rant that serves as a great example of heterosexual privilege.

Have we been so lulled into silliness and foolishness that we think that transgendered soldiers who are confused about their sexuality who want to undergo gender reassignment, homosexual soldiers who are constantly thinking about their sexuality — and I say that with authority, having interviewed so many ex-gays and talked about this for years, there is an obsession — their identity, they think, is their sexuality.

How many of you who are heterosexual would first of all say to someone in describing yourself, ‘I’m heterosexual, I have sex with the opposite sex’? You have much more of an identity than that, don’t you? Well for homosexuals, they claim that as an identity, it’s all about sex, so that is a disorder in itself. You can write me, I realize that’s angering words but that is a disorder because that’s not who you are, you are much more than that. It is a disorder, it is disordered thinking and if we think that soldiers that are obsessed with these issues are going to provide strong defense for our nation, I think we are foolishly denying whatever is true.

Previously, Rios claimed that the “homosexual takeover of so much of our military ” has eviscerated military readiness and effectiveness.

Rios also criticized former Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders, who chaired the Palm Center study, for writing a four-paragraph foreword for the book Harmful To Minors, in which she endorsed sexual education for minors in order to combat misinformation and STIs.

Rios said Elders has spent her career “calling for children to be sexually active” and lamented that she is “now urging for trannies to be allowed in the military.”

From the 03.20.2014 edition of AFR’s Sandy Rios In The Morning

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Apparently, Benghazi didn’t cause the Ukraine crisis after all. American Family Association radio host Kevin McCullough said yesterday that Russian president Vladimir Putin decided to seize Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula as a result of a drag show fundraiser on a US military base in Okinawa.

McCullough said Putin feels he can “get away” with his invasion of Crimea “because of what he has seen disintegrate culturally right in front of everybody’s eyes in the US” along with “the sissification of our military.”

“Putin looks at the US and we’re having drag shows on our bases,” McCullough continued. “Do developments like this have anything to do with making our military leaders look less impressive in the eyes of the world? For instance, does Mr. Putin sit there and go, ‘Yeah, I’m not going to do anything Obama says because number one, he can’t keep his word, and number two, your military is now having drag shows on its bases.’”

From the 03.04.2014 edition of AFR’s AFA Today:

h/t: Brian Tashman at RWW

On his radio broadcast today, Bryan Fischer read from a post by Pamela Geller warning that hundreds of Muslims refugees fleeing the civil war in Syria were arriving in the United States, a development which Fischer vehemently opposed because the only refugees that the United States should accept are Christians who are fleeing Muslim persecution.

Arguing that nobody is vetting these Syrian refugees in order to determine”if they’ve been involved in jihad,” Fischer asserted that "if we’re going to bring refugees from the war-torn nation of Syria, it ought to be reserved for Christian refugees who are fleeing Muslim persecution."

From the 02.25.2014 edition of AFR’s Focal Point:

h/t: Kyle Mantyla at RWW

Fox News Radio reporter Todd Starnes effusively praised hate group spokesman Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association (AFA) as “one of the most intelligent talk show hosts in the country.” Fischer is notorious for making rabidly homophobic statements, including the claim that gay men caused the Holocaust.

During a February 24 appearance on American Family Radio’s Focal Point with Bryan Fischer, Starnes and Fischer discussed a halted Federal Communications Commission (FCC) study that would have examined how well newsrooms are meeting the public’s “critical information needs” on key public policy issues. Right-wing media hyped the study as an invasive survey that could lead to the federal government dictating news coverage.

While the FCC has backed off the study following public comment, Fischer said it “sounded” like the FCC is “reloading” and will proceed with the study anyway. In his discussion of the study, Fischer accused the Obama administration of trying to censor anti-gay views. Starnes agreed, suggesting that the Bible could soon be censored or outlawed. The Fox commentator praised Fischer’s analysis of the FCC study as emblematic of why Fischer is “one of the most intelligent talk show hosts in the country.”

From the 02.24.2014 edition of AFR’s Focal Point:

Bryan Fischer and Todd Starnes: two of America’s most hateful and bigoted men. 

h/t: EQ Matters

Last week, the Arizona legislature passed a bill that would allow businesses to legally discriminate against gay customers in the name of “religious liberty.”

Predictably, Bryan Fischer has come out strongly in support of the law on the grounds that gay activists are “jack-booted homofascist thugs” who are trying to force Christian business owners to engage in sin.

"They are jack-booted homofascist thugs," Fischer said ”who want to use the totalitarian and tyrannical power of the state to send men of faith to jail. That sounds far more like Nazi Germany than the United States of America.”

From the 02.24.2014 edition of AFR’s Focal Point

The “jack-booted thugs” are people like you, Mr. Fischer, and not the LGBTQ community. 

H/T: Kyle Mantyla at RWW 

H/T: Tom Kludt at TPM

On today’s radio broadcast, Bryan Fischer unveiled a new conspiracy theory alleging that the FCC would soon start rescinding the broadcasting licenses held by Religious Right broadcasters on the grounds that they were promoting “hate speech” by publicly opposing “the normalization of homosexual behavior.”

The way Fischer sees it, anti-gay activists who use their radio broadcasts to say that homosexuality ought to be discouraged and made illegal because “it’s immoral, it’s unhealthy, it’s unnatural” will be accused of spreading hate speech for merely telling the truth.

When that happens, the government will side with gay activists, Fischer warned, and classify their views as hate speech, declaring that the public airways cannot be used to promote hate crimes, which will then justify a move by the FCC to “yank the license of any radio station that dares to criticize the normalization of homosexual behavior.”

From the 02.18.2014 edition of AFR’s Focal Point:

H/T: Kyle Mantyla at RWW

The American Family Association is demanding that the House move to impeach Attorney General Eric Holder for the supposed crime of treating legally married same-sex couples … as legally married.

United States Attorney General Eric Holder, this week, has again overstepped the boundaries of the law when he arbitrarily ordered that homosexual couples will now receive government benefits reserved only for natural marriage status. This applies even in states that have laws defining marriage as only between one man and one woman.

Taking a nod from the playbook of his boss, President Barack Obama, Holder wielded his own pen and paper, trampling on states’ rights and disenfranchising voters in states defining marriage as only between one man and one woman.

It is time for Eric Holder to go!



It is the sworn duty of every member of Congress to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States. Allowing Eric Holder to remain in office unchallenged is a violation of that duty. Action must be taken to stop the abuse of power in the attorney general’s office.

Urge your representative to press for the impeachment of Attorney General Eric Holder for high crimes and misdemeanors.

In a sample email​ for members to send their congressmen, the anti-gay AFA claims that Holder’s pro-equality move violates their “rights and freedoms”:

There is no room for political corruption in government and when it is discovered, it is the duty of Congress to take immediate and swift action against it.



The American people desperately need leaders we can trust. Our district deserves representation that will firmly stand and defend our rights as citizens. And when rights and freedoms are being threatened through poor leadership at the Department of Justice, it is your sworn obligation to take steps necessary to protect our state and its citizenry.

h/t: Brian Tashman at RWW

Laurie Higgins of the American Family Association-affiliated Illinois Family Institute is a big fan of Russia’s “gay propaganda” law, and she writes today that the United States should impose a similar law here in order to restrict the work of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN).

She claims that GLSEN is behind the “censorship” of anti-gay views, because apparently bigotry is needed in schools for the sake of balance, and urges the US to adopt a Russia-style propaganda law in order to curb GLSEN’s “totalitarian” grip over schools.

Now Laurie Higgins has an extra place to spew her bigotry: Matt Barber-run BarbWire.com

h/t: Brian Tashman at RWW