Thursday, January 08, 2015

Anti-gay spokesman Bryan Fischer is blind to his OWN hypocrisy

In his zeal to defend former Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran after Cochran's dismissal by the city for giving out a self-published anti-gay book to fellow employees, the American Family Association's Bryan Fischer becomes so shortsighted that he fails to see his own hypocrisy.

In the above video, while simultaneously defending Cochran's nonexistent right to publish the book and retain his job, Fischer repeats one of his earlier statements that gays should not be allowed to hold public office at all.

Now before anyone goes into a  "why should we bother to pay Fischer's nonsense any attention" tangent, please do remember that Fischer and the AFA does retain a considerable amount of influence to, at the very least, cause problems for the lgbt community.

According to Right Wing Watch (who supplied the above video):

Fischer’s radio show has become an obligatory stop for Republican presidential candidates, prominent Republican politicians and top social conservative activists. As the AFA’s leading talk show host, whose voice is heard on affiliates in the early primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, Fischer frequently hosts likely presidential candidates who are looking to make inroads among Religious Right voters.

Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty, former House speaker Newt Gingrich, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and businessman Herman Cain have all appeared on Fischer’s radio show. In addition, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour were both guests on Fischer’s show while they were weighing runs for the presidency. Many of these leading GOP figures have voiced support for Fischer’s bigotry, conspiracy theories and extreme views.

Huckabee agreed with Fischer’s claim that President Obama “has some fundamentally anti-American ideas,” and explained to Fischer that he believes the Mau Mau Revolution, the Kenyan uprising against British colonialism in the 1950s, had detrimentally “molded” Obama’s “worldview.” Huckabee added, “Most of us grew up going to Boy Scout meetings and our communities were filled with Rotary Clubs, not madrassas.”

 Pawlenty and Barbour both promised Fischer that if elected they would reinstate the military’s discriminatory Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, with Barbour warning that openly gay troops could bring an “amorous mindset” to the battlefield. When Fischer asked Gingrich how he would “slow down the homosexual agenda” as president, Gingrich pledged to work against gay rights. 

And then there Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, who will be teaming up with Fischer and the AFA for a prayer vigil later this month. Jindal is said to be doing this in anticipation of a possible 2016 presidential run.

To even imply that the lgbt community shouldn't keep at least one eye open on Fischer and at least one spotlight on his unapologetic homophobia goes way beyond the definition of "oblivious."

'Fox News personality accuses gays of 'cultural cleansing'' & other Thursday midday news briefs

Todd Starnes: Gay Rights Movement Ushering In 'Cultural Cleansing' - The hyperbole is strong in THIS loser.

Kelvin Cochran and the homophobia hiding behind 'religious liberty'  - Yes I know this is an post of mine but I'm presenting it again because of a  personal resolution. Every time I feature a piece or post on how the anti-gay right is attempting to make Cochran a martyr (such as the piece above with Todd Starnes), I will be including THIS post because it gives an excellent point of view as to why "religious liberty" is a deceptive tactic.

Marco Rubio Slams Florida Court For Permitting Marriage Equality - Rubio is seriously bothering me on this issue. He is encouraging ignorance when it comes to our system of governing.

Larry Tomczak Warns Christians To Beware Of All The Gays On TV - Folks like Tomczak fear the visibility of lgbts because it destroys their false idea of our orientation being merely a 'sexual thing' which should not be talked about in public. We are people, not sex objects.

 Supreme Court To Meet Again On Hearing Gay Marriage - Keep your fingers crossed, brothers and sisters.

Fox News personality compares gays to 'Charlie Hebdo' terrorists

Erick Erickson

Yesterday, Fox News personality Erick Erickson went BELOW tacky:

Fox News contributor and radio talk show host Erick Erickson declared that "the terrorists won in Atlanta" after right-wing media falsely claimed that Atlanta's anti-gay fire chief was terminated for his religious beliefs.

On January 6, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed dismantled conservatives' claims that Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran was fired over a book that he wrote which contains anti-gay remarks, explaining that Cochran's lack of judgment in distributing the book to his employees, and not following instructions regarding his month-long suspension over publishing the book without notice to the city, is what led to his termination.

On January 7, hours after a horrific terrorist attack against staffers of the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris that left 12 people dead, Erickson wrote a blog post that likened the LGBT community to terrorists for objecting to the former Atlanta fire chief's book, and stated that "the terrorists won":
A publisher published something that offended. It mocked, it offended, and it showed the fallacy of a religion. It angered.
So the terrorists decided they needed to publicly destroy and ruin the publisher in a way that would not only make that destruction a public spectacle, but do it so spectacularly that others would think twice before publishing or saying anything similar.
The terrorist wants to sow fear. The destruction of an individual is not just meant to be a tool of vengeance, but a tool of instruction. It shows others what will happen to them if they dare do the same. It is generates self-regulating peer pressure. Others, fearing the fall out, will being to self-police and self-regulate. They will silence others on behalf of the terrorists. Out of fear, they will drive the ideas from the public square and society will make them off limits.
So they demanded the Mayor of Atlanta fire the Chief of the Fire Department for daring to write that his first duty was to "glory God" and that any sex outside of heterosexual marriage was a sin.
And the terrorists won in Atlanta.

No funny words or quips from me.  There aren't enough words for me to describe just how nasty and vile  Erickson is. And the words I can use . . . well I would rather not.

Related post:  Kelvin Cochran and the homophobia hiding behind 'religious liberty'