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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

H/T: Brian Tashman at RWW

h/t: Brian Tashman at RWW

American Family Radio’s Sandy Rios was upset last week about a message from a listener, Andre, who accused her of racism against black people.

Rios responded on her program by denying that white people in America are racist, and insisting that if they are, it’s the fault of black people. “I think the racist garbage coming from a lot of blacks right now who are just filled with bitterness and rage is just amazing to me,” Rios said. “It is racism, I am seeing it constantly here in DC, and it’s causing white citizens to become more racist than they ever were.” 

“I think for the most part, the American Anglo-Saxon crew really has moved past racism, they did it quite a long time ago,” she added, citing President Obama’s election as proof of white people’s lack of racism. “But it seems to be raging, racism seems to be raging in the black community.”

“I think what’s causing it is people like Barack Obama and Eric Holder who can’t say enough and stir the pot enough to create anger and hatred and bitterness,” she continued, before comparing this alleged anti-white racism to feminism. “They do the same thing with women, it’s the same thing in feminism, that’s why I’ve never been a feminist, I hate feminism.”

From the 01.16.2014 edition of AFR’s Sandy Rios In The Morning:

h/t: RWW

According to Linda Harvey, among God’s gifts to the world is the feeling that gay people are “yucky,” or at least that is what she said during an interview yesterday with Sandy Rios of the American Family Association.

Harvey, who runs the Ohio-based group Mission America, was plugging her book Maybe He’s Not Gay, which is meant to explain to young people why homosexuality is wrong. “What’s happening to children is the whole reason I got into this issue to begin with because they are being manipulated at very impressionable ages,” Harvey told Rios, lamenting that children are being told “you need to not find this stuff repulsive.”

“You need to find these sex acts, once you find out about them at way too early an age, you need to not find them repulsive,” Harvey said. “The yuck factor is being taken away from our kids and that is a huge preventive issue and a common sense issue on homosexuality where people know, wait I would never do that, yeah that’s a basic instinct that God has given you and it’s the right one.”

“What’s at stake is the future of civilization,” Harvey continued, warning that the gay rights will “overturn every vestige of civilization.” She said gays will “overturn male-female dating patterns, everything, every cultural norm that children are being taught so we really need to stand up against this.” 

From the 01.16.2014 edition of AFR’s Sandy Rios In The Morning:

h/t: RWW

Peter LaBarbera of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality lamented late last month that “America is becoming a profane nation that is against God” thanks to gay marriage and TV shows like Glee.

Speaking with Sandy Rios of the American Family Association on December 20, LaBarbera hailed Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson’s anti-gay views while arguing that openly gay people have warped the minds of young people.

In his generation, I think he’s 67, it was just taken for granted that homosexuality was wrong, an abomination, something terrible, awful. But look at where we are now, you have programs like Glee where you have young men with romantic kisses on TV, I just learned that the Rose Bowl parade is going to have a homosexual so-called marriage float, all of those little kids are going to be seeing two men or two women or whatever it is getting married so-called and it’s going to infect their minds and corrupt those young minds.

LaBarbera, who recently traveled to Jamaica to defend the country’s ban on gay sex, denounced U.S.-led efforts to promote LGBT rights abroad.

He warned that the “homosexual agenda” will ultimately bring America down, because homosexuality “is in the vanguard of bringing societies down, I think it’s the marker for a declining society and if that’s the case then America is in big trouble because we have become a radical pro-gay culture. I was in Jamaica just a couple of weeks ago, we’re spreading immorality around the world, we’re exporting homosexuality now to these little countries like Jamaica using our foreign aid dollars.”

From the 12.20.2013 edition of AFR’s Sandy Rios In The Morning:

h/t: RWW

On Friday, American Family Association radio host Sandy Rios lashed out at Nelson Mandela, who was imprisoned for 27 years, and said that he deserved to be in jail because he was a violent criminal:

Nelson Mandela was placed in prison because of the violence that he did in the country of South Africa. Now you can argue, I guess, you can say it was worth it because we overthrew apartheid, I don’t know, is that really the way a victory should be won? Is this really a righteous cause? Is he really a saint for doing this? They talk about him being in solitary confinement, well, criminals are placed in solitary confinement, if you murder other people you lose your rights.

Rios later wondered if race relations in South Africa have improved since the end of the apartheid system.

“I don’t think the picture of South Africa as it stands now is what the narrative is, certainly to be a white person in South Africa is not a very fun thing right now,” Rios said. “I think that they have now obtained suppressing the white population with the black population holding the superior vantage point.”

 

From the 12.06.2013 edition of AFR’s Sandy Rios In The Morning:

H/T: Brian Tashman at RWW

American Family Association head Tim Wildmon joined AFA radio host Sandy Rios today to discuss a USA Today article about how “Not all Christians believe there is a ‘War on Christmas.’” Wildmon spent most of the interview complaining that any Christian would dare criticize the AFA, which is a leading voice in movement to expose the “War on Christmas.” He told Rios that he resented Christian leaders who mock the idea of the War on Christmas or note that the AFA’s campaign actually emphasizes the material aspect of the holiday by focusing on how many stores tell customers “Merry Christmas” instead of “Happy Holidays.”

Wildmon accused one pastor, who told USA Today that Christians needed to come to grips with the religious diversity in the US, of wanting Christians to partake in “a dangerous retreat into isolating ourselves from the larger culture.”

“This is exactly what Hitler did in Nazi Germany,” Rios said. She went on to compare the supposed War on Christmas to religious oppression in the Soviet Union and North Korea.

“I don’t think this pastor understands and I don’t think people understand what is going on in the world,” she said. “They don’t have a large enough world. Their world is too small and so they don’t understand the dangers.”

From the 12.06.2013 edition of AFR’s Sandy Rios In The Morning:

h/t: Brian Tashman at RWW

Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth about Homosexuality joined the American Family Association’s Sandy Rios yesterday to discuss a lawsuit in Illinois challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriage and the decision by the Boy Scouts of America to reaffirm their anti-gay policy. LaBarbera said that gay rights advocates are just like a school bully, and “like the little weakling in school who keeps giving up his lunch, we keep giving up our lunch to the bully and the bully is getting stronger and bolder and more vicious.” He warned that if Americans do not push back against “the homosexual lobby” then “they will run right over the country,” and praised the Boy Scouts of America for refusing to “cave into this latest pressure campaign by the homosexual lobby” and standing “with the silent majority.” 

NOTE: The Boy Scouts have since allowed— on May 23rd, 2013— LGBTQ youth in, but not LGBTQ adult leaders. Also, marriage equality is now the law in Illinois, effective June 1st, 2014 (or sooner). 

h/t: Right Wing Watch

Earlier this year, Sandy Rios claimed that women in combat positions and the “homosexual takeover” of the military have destroyed the military’s effectiveness. Therefore it was no surprise when her Veterans Day guest Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy made a similar statement, arguing that gay and female service members have jeopardized the country’s security and the strength of the military. Gaffney also repeated the false claim that the military is now persecuting Christians and turning the practice of one’s faith into “a career-threatening activity.”

“God help us if we have to go to war again,” Gaffney told Rios, “especially if we invite war by this kind of behavior and weakness as we have in the past.”

From the 11.11.2013 edition of AFR’s Sandy Rios In The Morning:

h/t: Right Wing Watch

Last week, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) joined the McCarthyite group Citizens For National Security (CFNS) at a forum highlighting the supposed security threat posed by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and its “seditious and subversive” activities. The day after the briefing, anti-Muslim activist Deborah Weiss spoke to Sandy Rios of the American Family Association to promote a CFNS’s new report on CAIR.

Rios kicked off the interview by accusing CAIR — which she mistakenly called the Council for American Immigration Relations — of working with Al Qaeda and advocating terrorism. Later, Weiss warned that CAIR will “Islamize the whole country.”

Rios: There aren’t just hidden cells in the United States, there are open, out, proponents of terrorism who couch themselves as some sort of a civil rights group. One of the leading groups in this country that’s joined at the hip with Al Qaeda and the terrorists is the Council for American Immigration Relations.



Weiss: Their main goals are to shut people up for a myriad of reasons. One of which is it’s against their religion to ‘defame’ Islam but the second reason is if you shut people up then they don’t really know what’s going on in the world on terror and there other goal is to Islamize the workplace and indeed to Islamize the whole country.

Rios: So it is all about propaganda for the terrorist cause and for turning America into a Muslim state. Of course they don’t state that but that is exactly what they are doing.

Ironically, Weiss spent the interview attacking CAIR for criticizing TV shows and boycotting businesses…something the AFA does on a regular basis.

h/t: Brian Tashman at RWW

Several fringe websites have picked up a video from YouTube savant Gabor Zolna about how “the half-baked African American Arab Muslim” Obama will use immigration reform to “bring in about 150 million Muslims” to the US as part of a plan to impose Sharia law and join the Caliphate. This is actually lower than anti-Muslim activist Avi Lipkin’s estimate that the President will bring in 50-100 million Muslims.

Naturally, Sandy Rios was asked on her show last week if Obama will in fact settle 150 Muslim immigrants in the US if a reform bill passes Congress.

Rios said that such claims make sense and that maybe the whole campaign for immigration reform is a Muslim plot.

The American Family Association radio host pointed to a Muslim organizer of DREAM Act activists as proof that “there’s no question that bad character Muslims, the Muslim Brotherhood and others, are going to use the whole amnesty problem that we have to bring in tons of illegal immigrant Muslims who don’t wish us any kind of good.”

 

H/T: Brian Tashman at RWW

Conservative activist Kelly Monroe Kullberg recently formed Evangelicals for Biblical Immigration as a response to the pro-reform Evangelical Immigration Table, and her new organization has received support from immigration critics like the American Family Association.

Like other Religious Right groups such as Eagle Forum and Family Research Council, the AFA is a staunch opponent of immigration reform and spokesman Bryan Fischer has even called for the US to require that all immigrations convert to Christianity and enforce a ban on Muslim immigration.

AFA talk show host Sandy Rios spoke to Kullberg this week about the supposed dangers of the Senate reform bill, including the laughable claim that the legislation will lead to “open borders” and therefore a rise in sex and human trafficking.

She also warned that people of “other faiths” and “incompatibly worldviews,” especially Muslims, will flood into America and “lessen the value on human life” in the US, making sex trafficking more acceptable. “As Islam takes root in America and other traditions take root, we are seeing a decline in human worth, human value and a rise in trafficking,” Kullberg said.

h/t: Brian Tashman at RWW

Bryan Fischer, director of issues analysis at the American Family Association (AFA), praised Fox News for its “very friendly” coverage of his organization, which has been designated an anti-gay hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

On the October 15 edition of American Family Radio’s Focal Point, Fischer lauded the network for providing Fox News Radio reporter and hate group mouthpiece Todd Starnes a “very friendly venue” to attack a military training session on domestic hate groups, including the AFA:

FISCHER: The Fox network has been very friendly toward the American Family Association in this debacle. Last night on The Kelly File, Sandy Rios of the American Family Association was interviewed by phone.  It was a brief segment but very friendly toward the AFA, critical of what the military is doing. And Todd Starnes went on Fox & Friends this morning. I think Brian Kilmeade was there, Steve Doocy, Ellen [sic] Hasselbeck was there, and again, very friendly venue for him to explain what he had discovered.

The AFA’s extreme anti-LGBT record explains its hate group designation. Fischer has declared that "gay sex is a form of domestic terrorism," called for an “Underground Railroad” to kidnap “innocent children from same-sex parents,” linked homosexuality to pedophilia, blamed gay men for the Holocaust, endorsed Russia’s crackdown on gays and lesbians as "homorealistic," and endorsed keeping anti-sodomy laws on the books. Meanwhile, the AFA’s Sandy Rios - a Fox News contributor - has called the murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard a "total fraud" and promoted the discredited claim that “ex-gays” - those who have left the gay “lifestyle” - exist “everywhere.”

A responsible news organization might relegate a group like the AFA to the lunatic fringe, but as Fischer is quick to note, his hate group can count on sympathetic coverage from Fox News. 

h/t: MMFA

Fox News contributor Sandy Rios made several extreme anti-gay remarks during her speech at the 2013 Values Voter Summit, including calling the murder of Matthew Shepard a “total fraud” and touting the existence of “ex-gays.”

Speaking at this year’s Values Voters Summit on October 11, Rios, a Fox News contributor and host of American Family Radio Talk’s “Sandy Rios in the Morning,” repeated the right-wing myth that the brutal murder of openly gay Wyoming college student Matthew Shepard was actually motivated by drug use and not anti-gay bias. According to Huffington Post reporter Christinia Wilkie:

Rios went on to claim that “gay men like young, virulent men" and told the audience that so-called "ex-gays" - who claim to have left the gay "lifestyle" - are "everywhere!"

h/t: MMFA.org

Never missing an opportunity to stoke anti-Obama conspiracy theories, American Family Association radio host Sandy Rios yesterday used the massacre at a mall in Nairobi, Kenya, to suggest that President Obama was born in the country and is related to a leading Kenyan political figure.

The implications of this are pretty frightening and of course it’s interesting that this is the country from which our President hails. This is his lineage. We know his cousin Raila Odinga is a Muslim communist. It’s just amazing. I think he’s the Prime Minister right now.

The AFA commentator’s claim that Obama “hails” from Kenya is not the first time she promoted birtherism, and her suggestion that Obama is related to the “Muslim communist” Raila Odinga most likely comes from discredited chain emails. Odinga is Kenya’s former prime minister and is neither a Muslim (he’s an evangelical Christian) nor a communist

The right-wing rumor mill has claimed that Obama donated to Odinga’s presidential campaign (false), endorsed Odinga’s candidacy (false) and campaigned for him (false). While Odinga has claimed to be Obama’s cousin, they are not biologically related and it is likely that Odinga was simply trying to garner publicity for his campaign.

The myth-busting website Snopes.com found that “no evidence has been offered to document that claim,” noting that Odinga was not the only candidate for president to claim to be Obama’s cousin and that Obama’s uncle denies that they are blood relatives.

From the 09.23.2013 edition of AFR’s Sandy Rios In The Morning:

h/t: Brian Tashman at RWW