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.
h/t: Kyle Mantyla at RWW
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”:
h/t: Kyle Mantyla at RWW
Another day, another example of the Religious Right’s persecution complex. On today’s edition of “Sandy Rios in the Morning,” listeners heard the sad tale of Laurie Higgins, a cultural analyst at the American Family Association-affiliated Illinois Family Institute, who spoke of the “liberal intolerance” and “persecution” she encountered in her previous work as a high school administrator.
Higgins described how she was demoted and shunned by her colleagues because she spoke out against “pro-homosexual resources,” like “Angels in America,” being available to students in the school library. She was also frustrated by the school’s “complete unwillingness” to include resources on LGBT issues that offered “opposing views.”
Rios and Higgins were shocked that no parents, teachers, or pastors came out in support of her or “dared to stand up for their own faith” in fear of the “authoritarian regime” of the school system.
“The halcyon days of being Christian in America are over,” warned Higgins.
In anticipation of the oppression ahead, Higgins advised: “Churches need to do a better job of preparing Christians to endure persecution, because it’s coming.” In her view, if parents and pastors aren’t actively driving LGBT books out of every school library, they “aren’t willing to suffer for Christ.”
American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer is outraged that the U.S. is intervening in Iraq to stop ISIS, who has been attacking Christians and other Muslims throughout the country.
Fischer believes that President Obama only intervened to stop the extermination of the Yazidis, who practice an ancient religion yet are considered by ISIS fighters and others to be “devil worshipers.” He began today’s edition of “Focal Point” by railing against Obama, saying the president only decided to launch airstrikes in Iraq in order to defend “devil worshipers.”
“They go after devil worshipers and all of the sudden the entire weight of the United States government is sent in there to relieve them and to avenge them,” he said. “Those are the Yazidis.”
“In a rare point of theological accord, both Muslims and Christians agree that the archangel revered by the Yazidis is in fact the Prince of Darkness,” he writes in his column today. “The New Testament describes him this way, “Satan (who) disguises himself as an angel of light” (2 Cor. 11:14), eager to deceive the gullible into believing that he is good rather than evil. The Yazidis have fallen for his lies.”
The persecution of Christians and other minorities in Iraq began long before Obama took office, and Fischer relayed other right-wing myths about the Obama administration supposedly refusing to help people like pastor Saeed Abedini and Meriam Ibrahim.
The Christian Science Monitor explains:Ethnically Kurds, the Yazidis’ faith combines elements of Zoroastrianismfrom ancient Persia, Sufi Islam, Judaism and Christianity along with beliefs from ancient Mesopotamia. It’s a closed and still secretive religion – members have to be born into the faith and cannot marry outside of it.
Yazidis believe that God entrusted the world to seven angels – the chief angel known in earthly form as the peacock angel who refused to bow down before Adam. While Yazidis see it as proof of his devotion to God, the narrative’s parallels with the fallen angel have led some Muslims to accuse them of devil worship.
h/t: Brian Tashman at RWW
Jim Garlow on Bryan Fischer's radio show: Same-Sex Marriages 'Violate' California Law 'Every Single Day'
California Religious Right leader Jim Garlow helped spearhead the campaign to pass Proposition 8, and doesn’t seem to be giving up on his effort to ban same-sex marriage in the state even after the anti-gay amendment was overturned by federal courts.
While speaking to Bryan Fischer yesterday, Garlow insisted that every same-sex marriage — or as he calls it, “so-called gay marriage” — is still a violation of the law.
He said that Proposition 8 “still appears in the [state] Constitution, though it is being violated every single day” by gay couples getting legally married in the state.
Hey, Mr. Garlow, Prop 8 IS DEAD!!!
h/t: Brian Tashman at RWW
The Republican National Committee recently launched a new outreach arm called GOP Faith to build “an army of activists to encourage pro-faith Americans to vote their values” and named South Carolina GOP chairman Chad Connelly as the party’s Director of Faith Engagement.
Connelly seems to be a good fit, as he peddles messages that are red meat for the Religious Right: Christian Nationalism and fears of a Communist takeover. In his book “Freedom Tide,” Connelly even reprinted the hoax document “Communist Rules for Revolution.”
In an appearance yesterday on Sandy Rios’ American Family Radio show, Connelly said he couldn’t understand how a person of faith could back Democratic candidates. “How does a believer vote that way?” he said, speaking of the Democratic party.
After encouraging more pastors like Jim Garlow to preach politics at the pulpit or run for office themselves, he waxed nostalgic about the days when simply being a Christian was all you needed to be a good candidate for office: “It used to be exalted, if you were a person of integrity, if you were a Christian, people said, ‘Hey I can count on them.’ And now we scratch our heads and wonder why we can’t count on more of these people.”
He also urged pastors to teach members of their congregations how to “vote their values.”
Connelly also told Rios that he was frustrated that in 2012, 22 percent of evangelical Christians “voted completely opposite to what they say they believe” — that is, for President Obama.
h/t: Brian Tashman at RWW
Yesterday, Bryan Fischer penned a column in which he declared that Islam is a contagious disease that must be completely quarantined before it can infect America and done so by banning entry to any and all Muslims:
Islam is a contagious infection, a totalitarian ideology that threatens the social health of its infected host, the United States. This contagion needs to be contained by stopping Islamic immigration at our border. Just as we screen immigrants for contagious physical diseases, so we need to screen immigrants for contagious cultural diseases.
After Fischer read from his column during his radio program yesterday afternoon, he took calls from listeners, including one from Steven in Arkansas, who declared that, from a Christian perspective, “sharia law is probably preferable to what we have right now” in America where things like pornography and abortion are legal.
"They don’t allow that in sharia law," Steven said, "so as far as that’s concerned, they’re probably a little bit more just than we are."
Fischer replied that Muslims “rightly accuse the United States of corrupting the morality of the entire world” because we allow the production and sale of pornography here.
"It’s just embarrassing, it’s humiliating that we have given them that" argument, Fischer declared. “When they go out and say the United States is the Great Satan because of all the pornography it produces, how do you argue against that because they are right. That is the work of Satan; we’re producing it, we’re distributing it all over around world, they have every right to complain about that”:
h/t: Kyle Mantyla at RWW
As if we already didn’t know that Bryan Fischer is a kook, yesterday he officially joined the “Obama’s a Mooslim” crowd—a camp that a good number of his listeners on American Family Radio have been part of for a long time. So what was his tipping point? The release of Bowe Bergdahl. Fischer claimed that the exchange of Bergdahl for five Gitmo detainees was part of Obama’s continuing efforts to advance radical Islam around the world. I’m trying to search AFRTalk’s YouTube channel for the full clip, but People for the American Way .
Fischer also joined the chorus of wingers smearing Bergdahl’s dad, Robert. According to Fischer, when Robert Bergdahl briefly spoke Arabic in the Rose Garden, Obama’s face “lit up like a Christmas tree.” Echoing Allen West, Fischer claimed this was more evidence Obama is a radical Muslim.
So let’s see if we’ve got this right. When Obama does his job as commander-in-chief and ensures that we don’t leave any of our men behind, it’s evidence that he’s a radical Kenyan Mooslim. The mind reels.
h/t: Christian Dem in NC
Rios said on her radio show yesterday that “the Holy Spirit within me is revulsed” by the sight of two men kissing, insisting that most Americans “do not like this” and “don’t like what ESPN is doing and how they’re forcing this on the watchers, the guys, for the most part.”
“I watched it once and it was enough, I couldn’t bear to watch it,” she said. “It’s just such an unnatural act it’s hard to watch, I just don’t want to watch it, I can’t bear it.”
She also claimed Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst is “under a delusion” and warned that her alleged sins “will come to a crashing end.”
Rios also cited the controversy over HGTV discontinuing its work with David and Jason Benham to warn that “we will be called on to give our lives” in the fight against “this rampant, irrational wave of perversion” and its advocates: “You will not prevail, there will not be a good ending.”
H/T: Brian Tashman at RWW
American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer has found yet another policy of Russian President Vladimir Putin that he loves.
Fischer devoted a column and a segment of his radio show today to praising the law Putin signed this week banning profanity at “at arts, cultural and entertainment events.”
“Could a similar ban be instituted in the United States without violating the First Amendment?” Fischer asks. “Of course.”
Speaking on his radio show, “Focal Point,” Fischer argued that “states are perfectly free under the Constitution to ban profanity if they choose to” because the First Amendment was designed “to protect political speech” and not “profanity, obscenity, vulgarity, or pornography.” In fact, Fischer said, the Founders would “would be absolutely aghast” at the thought “that they were crafting a document that would allow the unlimited use of the F-bomb in polite society.”
From the 05.06.2014 edition edition of AFR’s Focal Point:
h/t: Miranda Blue at RWW
While speaking at the NRA Convention last weekend, Sarah Palin said that if she was president, waterboarding would be “how we baptize terrorists.” Predictably, Bryan Fischer came to her defense on his radio show today, saying that Palin was just being “cute” and “clever and funny,” mainly because “waterboarding it not torture.”
Bizarrely, Fischer insisted that waterboarding is nothing like pulling out fingernails or shocking people with a car battery precisely because people are willing to undergo waterboarding in order to demonstrate that it is torture.
As Fischer sees it, if waterboarding really was torture, then nobody would ever volunteer to be subjected to it. Since people have done so, Fischer argued, then it must not be “real torture.”
As such, people who are outraged by what Palin said “ought to just kind of lighten up just a little bit”:
From the 04.29.2014 edition of AFR’s Focal Point:
h/t: Kyle Mantyla at RWW
Fringe Radio Host Bryan Fischer Praises Sharyl Attkisson For Taking "The Underground Railroad Off The Plantation"
Radio host Bryan Fischer — a hateful, anti-gay conspiracy theorist — used his show to praise former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson for having “taken the Underground Railroad” off the ”media plantation.”
Sharyl Attkisson, a former CBS reporter with a history of shoddy journalism, has recently made the media rounds alleging (without evidence) that she was the victim of liberal political bias during her time at the network. Attkisson’s allegations of bias have since been embraced by conservative media outlets.
She found a new ally today in Fischer, who devoted a segment of his radio program to playing clips of her recent appearance on CNN’s Reliable Sources (during which she floated an absurd conspiracy about Media Matters being paid to attack her work).
Fischer introduced the segment by explaining that it’s “obvious” the media is “biased” in various ways, including “toward the homosexual agenda.” According to Fischer the mainstream media is “nothing more than a propaganda arm for liberals in politics, and for the Obama administration in the current circumstances.”
Turning to Attkisson’s exit from CBS, Fischer explained, “Occasionally, you will have somebody that will escape from the plantation. They will get on the Underground Railroad and they will surface free from the restraints and the chains of the liberal media plantation. And that’s happened to Sharyl Attkisson.”
Fischer went on to praise Attkisson as a “very good reporter for CBS News,” and someone who was “doing good journalistic work on the Benghazi deal.”
He later returned to his slavery comparisons, calling mainstream reporters “slaves to promote the liberal agenda” and again celebrated Attkisson for having “taken the Underground Railroad off the plantation.”
Fischer is an anti-gay bigot and conspiracy theorist who has claimed, among many other things, that ”Homosexuality gave us Adolph Hitler, and homosexuals in the military gave us the Brown Shirts, the Nazi war machine and six million dead Jews.” He has also warned that the military is being trained to use “lethal force” on conservative and Christian groups; called on the government to prohibit mosques from being built in the United States; and lamented that U.S. does not have similar ant-gay laws as those recently enacted in Russia.
h/t: Ben Dimiero at MMFA
Bryan Fischer has made no secret of the fact that he wants to see Russian-style anti-gay “propaganda” laws passed in the United States, going so far as to praise Vladimir Putin as “the lion of Christianity” for leading his nation’s crackdown on gays.
On yesterday’s radio broadcast, Fischer again voiced his support for implementing such laws in America, declaring that it is “inexcusable” that these sorts of laws are not being put into place here.
"That’s a policy we ought to have in the United States," he said of the Russian laws. "It’s inexcusable that we allow vulnerable, innocent young children to be indoctrinated, brainwashed, propagandized into thinking that homosexual conduct is perfectly normal and absolutely benign behavior when it absolutely is not."
From the 04.22.2014 edition of AFR’s Focal Point:
h/t: Kyle Mantyla at RWW
To Fischer, that means that the poor and middle class families in this country “ought to be kissing the ground on which [the rich] walk” because it is the top 1% that is paying for EBT cards and food stamps and federal housing.
The rich, Fischer asserted “ought to be given ticker tape parades once a week in all of our major cities to thank them for funding welfare for everybody”:
There’s a video at the link.
A religious leader literally preaching to kiss the wealthy’s ass. There is something so incredibly disgusting about this.
Plus, I really don’t think Mr. Christ would approve …
Last week, controversy erupted over various comments Mississippi state senator Chris McDaniel, who is challenging Republican incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran in the GOP primary, made when he worked as a right-wing radio host back in 2005 and 2006.
McDaniel initially dismissed the criticism he received over his comments, asserting that trying to hold him accountable for the things that he said was somehow a desperate cheap shot, though he later attempted to distance himself from some of his past statements.
Naturally, if you are a former right-wing radio host trying to downplay various controversial things you have said in that capacity in the past, the best course of action is to appear, in person, alongside a vehemently anti-gay, anti-Muslim bigot and borderline theocrat like Bryan Fischer on his radio program, which is exactly what McDaniel did today:Not surprisingly, Fischer didn’t see anything particularly offensive about any of the things that McDaniel had said while McDaniel asserted that “no harm was meant” by any of his comments and insisted that using things he said ten years ago against him reeks of desperation.
From the 04.14.2014 edition of AFR’s Focal Point:
H/T: Kyle Mantyla at RWW