The American Family Association’s Sandy Rios broadcasted her radio show live from the Values Voter Summit this morning, and her very first guest was Family Research Council president and VVS host Tony Perkins. (The American Family Association is also a major sponsor of the event.)
The two got things started by talking about Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese Christian woman who was imprisoned for refusing to convert to Islam, who will be speaking at the summit tomorrow. Perkins, of course, quickly compared Ibrahim’s plight to the supposed persecution of conservative Christians in America, telling Rios that the story provides a good example to American “Christians who are so quick to go silent on their faith because of the intimidation and the bullying of the left.”
“We’re not backing up, we’re not going anywhere, we’re going to stand and defend our rights as Americans and we’re going to speak the truth,” he said. “We’ll speak it in love but we’re going to speak the truth.”
Later in the program, the two defined what the “values” in Values Voter Summit means.
“You know, when we say ‘VVS,’ the ‘values’ does mean values,” Perkins said.
“Not the ones the president describes, this redefinition of, what, multicultural, diversity, fairness, whatever. Those are not American values,” Rios replied.
“Those are the values that lead to a global nondescript society,” Perkins agreed. “That is not what made America an exceptional nation. It is those Judeo-Christian values that made the West distinct from the East.”
h/t: Miranda Blue at RWW
AFA's Bryan Fischer: Rising Sea Levels Are No Concern Because God Said He'd Never Destroy The Earth With Floodwaters
On his radio program today, Bryan Fischer informed his audience that climate change is a total “hoax,” telling them that there is no need to be worried about rising sea levels because God explicitly promised Noah that He would never again destroy the earth with flood waters.
"People have been out there ringing their hands and trying to stir up all this agitation and fear because the oceans are going to rise, Manhattan is going to be under twenty feet of water, Hawaii is going to disappear under the waves," Fischer said dismissively before assuring his audience that none of this would ever happen because, in Genesis 9 "God says ‘look, I am not going to destroy the earth with the waters of a flood ever again."
"Every time you see a rainbow in the sky," he said, “that’s what it is all about”.From the 09.19.2014 edition of AFR’s Focal Point:
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.”
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
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
AFTAH's LaBarbera: Anti-Gay Activists Have Been 'Sold Out' By Chick-Fil-A's Dan Cathy | Right Wing Watch
Last week, Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he was not going to be weighing in publicly on the issue of marriage equality any longer, saying he had learned from his mistakes when his set off a controversy over the issue back in 2012.
Cathy’s new position is not sitting well with Bryan Fischer or Peter LaBarbera, who accused him of selling out the entire anti-gay movement.
"For him now to say I’m going to pull back," fumed LaBarbera, "seems to be just a complete sell out."
LaBarbera went on to lament that gay activists are playing hardball while anti-gay Christians are playing tee-ball “and we’re getting wiped out and every time a leader goes silent, you know, he’s hurting the cause.”
"Now I’m wondering," LaBarbera added, ”did Dan Cathy do more harm than good in this whole thing?”
From the 03.20.2014 edition of AFR’s Focal Point:
h/t: Kyle Mantyla at RWW
Austin Ruse, president of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM), an anti-LGBT hate group that lobbies at the United Nations, has had a bad week.
First, Ruse garnered outrage last Wednesday when he stated on the air that the “hard left, human-hating people that run modern universities…should all be taken out and shot.” He was speaking about a female student at Duke University who works as an actress in the pornography industry. Ruse blamed Duke’s women’s studies department, claiming that the student “learned this” there.
In the wake of his remarks, Ruse doubled down and engaged in Twitter flame wars with detractors and lambasted the blog Right Wing Watch (RWW), which had posted audio and a transcript from the show. Ruse railed against RWW, saying that “The pajama boys over at Right Wing Watch have their panties all in a twist about what I said.” He also called liberals “dumb,” “stupid” and “idiotic” and claimed that his remarks about shooting leftists shouldn’t be taken seriously.
On Thursday, Ruse deactivated his Twitter account, grousing that it was overrun by a “leftist swarm” and on Friday, he was removed from American Family Radio (AFR), which is run by the extreme anti-LGBT group American Family Association (AFA), which allows all manner of bigotry on its airwaves, particularly from Bryan Fischer. Apparently, calling for the shooting of university officials was a little too extreme even for them.
In a Facebook statement, AFR announced that “The fill-in host on AFR who made those comments is no longer on the air with us and will not be filling in on AFR in the future” and that the views were “un-Christian.” AFR also scrubbed Ruse’s shows from their archives (the Facebook announcement appears to have been removed, as well). Ruse finally apologized, sort of, on Friday, telling Talking Points Memo that he regretted using the expression “taken out and shot” and that it wasn’t meant to be taken literally.
Yesterday, the fallout continued. One of the four board members of C-FAM (Ruse is one) resigned. On Monday, the group Faithful America started a petition asking the board member, Monsignor Anthony Frontiero, a prominent Catholic priest of St. Joseph Cathedral in Manchester, New Hampshire, to resign. Yesterday, Frontiero informed Faithful America via email that he had.
Frontiero served on the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace at the Vatican and from 1999-2002, and he served as diplomatic attaché of the Permanent Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations. He represented the Vatican on issues such as women’s rights and sustainable and social development. During that time, he was also director of special projects at the Path to Peace Foundation and officially represented the Holy See at human rights, democracy and criminal justice meetings of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the UN. He was appointed to rector of St. Joseph’s in 2011.
This isn’t the first time Ruse has made statements about potential violence. Catholics for Choice released a report in 2001 (PDF; may not load in some browsers) documenting Ruse’s and C-FAM’s efforts at the United Nations to undermine efforts to stop discrimination against women.
In 2000, the report notes, Ruse addressed the conspiracist, anti-communist and anti-Obama Cardinal Mindzenty Foundation whose current president is Eleanor Schlafly, a sister-in law of Eagle Forum president Phyllis Schlafly. When Ruse addressed the Foundation, he reportedly told a story about talking to a Catholic priest about killing Hillary Clinton. “Hillary [Clinton] is the ‘conquering queen’ at the United Nations,” Ruse said. “I was standing on the floor of the UN a couple of months ago, when she was thinking about running, and I was talking to a priest from the Holy See delegation and — I shouldn’t tell you this but he offered me guaranteed absolution if I just took her out — and not on a date.”
Ruse and C-FAM have been lobbying against sexual and reproductive rights, abortion, and LGBT people at the UN and abroad for years. In 2012, Ruse and C-FAM even helped block a UN treaty protecting the rights of people with disabilities because, the groups claimed, it was “pro-abortion.” The wording of the document stated that people with disabilities should have access to healthcare, including “in the area of sexual and reproductive health and population-based public health programmes.”
C-FAM is an offshoot of the hardline anti-abortion group Human Life International (HLI, founded in 1981), whose ties to violent anti-abortionists and extreme tactics made it too controversial for the UN. Its founder, Paul Marx, a DC-based Catholic priest, also had a history of claiming that the pro-choice movement was full of Jews, who in his words, were perpetrating another Holocaust. HLI was denied consultative status in 1993, so it set up C-FAM in 1997 as its UN lobbying arm, and the organization shifted its rhetoric to include vague terminology like “traditional values” and “respect for sovereignty” (useful for countries that employ repressive policies and wish to avoid scrutiny for human rights violations).
This year C-FAM was approved for consultative status at the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), which is concerned with the world’s social, economic, and environmental issues. ECOSOC will review the organizations in July and in most cases, will approve consultative status. Non-governmental organizations that are granted this status then have access to ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies and the various human rights mechanisms of the UN and various special events organized by the President of the General Assembly.
If C-FAM is approved, expect even more international outreach and anti-LGBT propagandizing from Ruse. Over the years, he has railed against abortion and voiced support for laws criminalizing homosexuality. Last year, he voiced support for Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law (which criminalizes free speech with regard to homosexuality). Ruse called the law a noble quest for “human rights” and signed a joint statement (along with other anti-LGBT groups) in support of it.
On C-FAM blog’s, Turtle Bay and Beyond, blogger Stefano Gennarini called the law nothing more than a “tax on homosexual PDA” (public displays of affection) and argued that discouraging homosexuality among children “simply codifies that Russia truly is interested in protecting its children.” Following the passage of that law, violence against Russian LGBT people has dramatically increased.
It’s clear that Ruse’s definition of “human rights” does not include LGBT people. He has opposed making sexual orientation and gender identity new categories for non-discrimination in international law and called homosexuality “harmful to public health and morals.” When talking about the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), he wondered why gay people put up with transgender people and allow them to “lead” on ENDA. “Most Americans,” Ruse said, “are rightly put off by such displays of psychological disturbances.”
Austin Ruse, who regularly filled in as a guest host for American Family Radio’s Sandy Rios, has lost his gig after we reported Wednesday on his call for liberal professors to be “ taken out and shot.” Ruse is a leading Religious Right activist who heads the Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute (C-Fam) and is a writer for conservative outlets such as Breitbart News and The Daily Caller.
The American Family Association’s decision to break with Ruse is unusual since it claims that its radio show hosts – including Bryan Fischer, who is the group’s own spokesman and hosts AFR’s flagship talk show – do not speak on behalf of the group.
While the AFA cut loose Ruse, who was only a guest host, it appears to have no problem allowing Fischer to continue to serve as the public face of the organization while insisting that his bigoted views should in no way reflect upon the AFA.
h/t: Brian Tashman at RWW
C-FAM's Austin Ruse: "Right Wing Watch Is Trying To Shut Me Up By Quoting Me Verbatim" | Right Wing Watch
Austin Ruse is upset that we reported on comments he made yesterday on Sandy Rios In The Morning, the American Family Association radio program he is guest hosting, where he said that “the hard left, human-hating people that run modern universities,” especially the women’s studies departments, “should all be taken out and shot.” Ruse, who heads the Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute (C-Fam), spent yesterday and today lashing out at critics on Twitter, saying liberals are “dumb,” “stupid” and “idiots.”
Ruse started today’s show by explaining that his remarks yesterday weren’t serious and that liberals should “turn to Wikipedia or the Internet, I don’t know if they know how to use the Internet.”
“The pajama boys over at Right Wing Watch have their panties all in a twist about what I said, and I sometimes think that the left is really dumb, these are the low-information voters that make all of these mistakes when they get into the ballot box and all of these mistakes as they go through their lives and one of the reasons is because they are so dumb,” he said.
After calling liberals “dumb” and “pajama boys,” he then criticized them as “smear merchants” who “call [people] names” and want to shut him up.
“These people, these dumb leftists, are really smear merchants, they’re out to hurt, to harm, to isolate,” Ruse said. “They don’t like me, they don’t like you, they don’t like your children, they don’t like anything about you and they want you to basically shut up and go away…. It’s quite astounding what these folks are able to get away with and it’s also astounding how dumb they are.”
From the 03.13.2014 edition of AFR’s Sandy Rios In The Morning:
Austin Ruse, you got caught, and so you need to fess up!
h/t: Brian Tashman at RWW
AFA's McCullough: "Putin Invaded Crimea As A Result Of Military Drag Show, US 'Sissification'" | Right Wing Watch
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