“I think if Mitt Romney loses this election that the pro-family leaders in the United States should get together with Rick Perry on Nov. 7 and start planning for 2016.”

— Bryan Fischer, a spokesperson for the American Family Association, speaking to Talking Points Memo on Friday. The AFA — which the Southern Poverty Law Center has identified as a hate group — organized Gov. Perry’s Houston prayer extravaganza in August 2011, just before he announced his disastrous presidential bid.… Read More

by Jose Medina

The bodies of the innocent victims of the Colorado shooting early this morning haven’t even been removed from the theater and Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association, which sponsored Gov. Rick Perry’s prayer rally last year and has been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, is already out with his “We brought it on ourselves” theory (paging John Hagee).

In Fischer speak this means that a lone gunman opening fire in a crowded theater is the fault of the gays, the Muslims and all other non-Christians, RINOs, Democrats, anyone living in San Francisco, foreigners, the cast of Glee, Chief Justice John Roberts and the Affordable Care Act, JC Penney, Mitt Romney’s openly gay former foreign policy adviser, the liberal media, poor people, etc.

Oh, and science. Let’s not forget science.… Read More

Bryan Fischer, the American Family Association’s propaganda minister, has an interesting Twitter post up this evening:

American Revolution NOT a rebellion, a violation of Rom. 13. Once declared independence, were resisting foreign aggression.

So, Bryan, was President Lincoln guilty of “foreign aggression” when he saved the Union after the Confederate states declared independence?

UPDATE: And what was Fischer up to? Our friends at Right Wing Watch have it: rewriting American history so that it conforms to his interpretation of the Bible.Read More

Their failure to dictate which candidate will be the Republican Party’s presidential nominee this year doesn’t mean that religious-right leaders and activists aren’t shaping this year’s campaign. Just this week, for example, intense pressure from religious-right groups essentially forced openly gay political strategist Richard Grenell to resign from Mitt Romney’s campaign staff. A Republican adviser made that clear in a New York Times piece on Wednesday:

“It’s not that the campaign cared whether Ric Grenell was gay. They believed this was a nonissue. But they didn’t want to confront the religious right.”

Of course, Texans are familiar with politicians who refuse to confront the extremism of the religious right. Even worse, we have politicians — like Gov. Rick Perry — who pander to extremists. Bryan Fischer, the anti-gay hate monger at American Family Association, has been among the loudest (and most vicious) critics of Romney’s decision to put Grenell on his foreign policy team. You might recall that Gov. Perry got Fischer’s hate group to organize his prayer extravaganza at Houston’s Reliant Stadium last August.

Fischer is obsessed with homosexuality. He says, for example, that gay people are Nazis and that Americans

One News Now, the propaganda arm of the far-right group American Family Association, has an article about a poll portrayed as showing that Americans “fear” President Obama’s re-election this year:

According to the new poll from Washington Whispers, a feature in the U.S. News & World Report since 1933, when asked “what news event [Americans] feared the most in 2012,” they responded — by a 2-to-1 margin — “President Obama’s re-election.” While only 16 percent said they fear Obama will not win a second term, 33 percent said they fear four more years.

Then the article quotes right-wing blogger Les Rayburn:

“Most Americans are terrified. President Obama … he’s made it very clear that he’s out to destroy the United States.”

So 33 percent somehow represents “most Americans”? In addition, we suspect that not all of that 33 percent see President Obama’s re-election in such apocalyptic terms. On the other hand, it’s certainly possible given that the propaganda from the far right in recent years has been increasingly extreme and irresponsibly apocalyptic.

We’ll also note that the American Family Association is a hate group that organized a prayerRead More