Where was Gov. Rick Perry this past weekend when two prominent supporters brandished faith as a weapon and went on the attack against former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney? The answer to this question is at the end of this post. But first, the Values Voter Summit. This year's VVS — held this past weekend in Washington, D.C. — was everything the American Family Association probably hoped Gov. Perry's The Response would be when they wrote a $600,000 check to make the early August prayer rally possible. In fact, VVS can be called the director's cut of The Response, filled with all the extremist rhetoric that Gov. Perry's handlers human decency dictated shouldn't be aired at Houston's Reliant Stadium lest the Texas governor be embarrassed ahead of his eventual announcement of a presidential run. Read More

Gov. Rick Perry's presidential campaign is not going through the best of times right now. After an initial splash that sent Texas' longest-serving governor to the top of the Republican presidential polls, the campaign has stumbled through a series of gaffes and lackluster debate performances. So Gov. Perry this week will go back to the basics, once again sharing a venue with the American Family Association hate group and making his faith a political tool as he courts conservative voters. In fact, Gov. Perry is on the Friday schedule for the 2011 Values Voters Summit in Washington, D.C., as is the AFA. You'll recall it was the AFA that sponsored Gov. Perry's prayer rally at Houston's Reliant Stadium in early August, an event the AFA and Gov. Perry proclaimed nonpolitical though the AFA later used the event to register voters and the governor formally announced his presidential candidacy a week later. Read More

The folks who sponsored Gov. Rick Perry’s summer prayer fest are all pistachioed at the name of a new flavor of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream and have manufactured a controversy that they’ll probably milkshake for all it’s worth.

One Million Moms, a project of the American Family Association, is warning Ben & Jerry’s that the company faces a rocky road if it continues to peddle its new flavor, “Schweddy Balls,” which is named after the famous Saturday Night Live skit.

NPR has the scoop on the new flavor.

Well, the dra-cone-ian folks at the AFA have given “Schweddy Balls” an ice cold reception. One Million Moms is calling on supporters to contact Ben and/or Jerry to voice their displeasure. In the alternative, One Million Moms supporters were asked to praline for the company at Sundae church services.

Safe to say that on top(pings) of being a hate group, the AFA apparently also lacks a sense of Good Humor.

If Ben & Jerry’s persists, One Million Moms says its supporters will stop buying the company’s products.

Yet another AFA boycott? Meh. How vanilla.… Read More

Sometimes Bryan Fischer of the hate group the American Family Association just makes it too easy to call him out. Do you follow Fischer on Twitter? We do, so you don't have to. If you did, you'd know that every day he seems to spend hours finding news stories to link to that he uses to make wild generalizations about things — but mostly people — he hates. And yet for all the generalizations and disregard for the facts, Fischer's recent tweet about Banned Books Week was surprising in that he didn't even attempt to sprinkle it with a shred of truth (not that he cares). Here's the tweet in question: …… Read More

Gov. Rick Perry ignited a firestorm with his controversial and erroneous comments about the teaching of creationism in Texas public schools while he campaigned for Republican primary votes in New Hampshire last week. But while most of the press focused on Perry's remarks, far less attention was paid to the actions of the American Family Association and how it basically confirmed our suspicions about the real intent of Gov. Perry's Aug. 6 prayer and fasting rally.

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