Tuesday, December 28, 2010

2010 Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters Misinformer of the Year - Bryan Fischer

A lot of things happened this year. Some were good such as the repeal of DADT after 17 years, while others were simply awful, i.e. the suicides of several lgbt teens.

To me, though, a very significant thing was finally the recognition that religious right groups peddle in distortions and lies. The Southern Poverty Law Center added five new members of its list of anti-gay hate groups. The new groups were:

1. American Family Association
2. Americans for Truth About Homosexuality
3. Dove World Outreach Center
4. Family Research Council
5. Illinois Family Institute

This brings the total of anti-gay hate groups to 18 and all of them are profiled in exact detail by SPLC.

Other groups profiled by SPLC but not designated as official hate groups were:

1. Christian Anti-Defamation Commission
2. Concerned Women for America
3. Coral Ridge Ministries
4. Liberty Counsel
5. National Organization for Marriage

Naturally this caused a huge controversy with the Family Research Council attempting to lead a fight against the designation, including a huge ongoing campaign with over 150 Congressional leaders vouching for it and other religious right groups. Now FRC contended that SPLC was unfairly attacking religious right groups because their "Christian" stance against homosexuality.

However, thanks to the efforts of one man, we know that FRC's claims was a lie. While FRC played the innocent victim, this man did more to destroy their credibility than anything dug up by any blogger or news reporter.

Ladies and gentlemen, because of those efforts, the 2010 Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters Misinformer of the Year award goes to:

Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association.

Fischer has a long history of making astoundingly homophobic comments which alienated him from everyone across the political spectrum. However, his comments served the lgbt community well in reminding everyone that the SPLC had very good reason in calling out religious right groups, especially considering the fact that while these groups went on and on about being "victimized" for their Christian beliefs, not one of them vocalized any disagreement with Fischer's words. Hell, he was even given a place at the religious right's Values Voters summit.

There are just so many comments from Fischer which stand out that perhaps its better to just showcase the most egregious via video:

Who would have that such a rabid homophobe would actually serve as the lgbt's community best friend and the religious right's worse enemy?

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