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Trib: Idaho Is Responsible For Fischer

Bryan Fischer is the not the only hate monger out there. But Fischer got where he is because the state of Idaho extended him its imprimatur. When are the Idaho leaders responsible for giving Fischer his stepping stone as one of the state's official clergymen a decade ago going to withdraw their implicit endorsement? Since leaving Idaho in 2009, Fischer has been working as “director of issue analysis” for the Tupelo, Miss.-based American Family Association. Last year, the Southern Poverty Law Center labeled the AFA a hate group for its “use of known falsehoods” to vilify gays and lesbians. This month, it released a white paper documenting Fischer's broadcasting and blogging activities/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Do you agree with Marty Trillhaase that Idaho launched Fischer into national prominence?

SPLC Issues Report On Fischer

Former Idaho Values Alliance leader Bryan Fischer and the American Family Association (AFA) are the subject of a 21-page report published by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The report quotes former Cole Community Church Pastor Roper on Fischer's departure from the church. It also features Idaho Family Forum founder Dennis Mansfield on why he left the church Fischer subsequently founded, Community Church of the Valley, and how Fischer overtook him as the leading evangelist-politician in Idaho. Fischer left Idaho in 2009 and now hosts a radio show for the Mississippi-based AFA. On Saturday, Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney criticized Fischer for using “poisonous language.” Fischer retorted that Romney's comments were “tasteless and tawdry” and that Romney allowed the SPLC, New York Times and People for the American Way to dictate his remarks at the Values Voters Summit where both men spoke/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: What do you make of the SPLC report?

Vestal: So Much For Values Summit

I love a good “issue analysis.” Almost as much as a nice, righteous fistfight. Wouldn’t it be great if today’s Values Voters Summit delivered both? I’ve got the right guy for fresh, out-of-the-box analysis – Idaho’s own Bryan Fischer, the director of issue analysis for the American Family Association. And I’ve got a dream that sometime today in the nation’s capital among voters of value, between the Heritage Foundation Breakfast and the American Values Luncheon, between “Straight Talk on Gay ‘Marriage’ ” and “How the Welfare State Erodes the Family,” Mitt Romney will punch him. Fischer, who was a Boise pastor and right-wing gadfly for 25-plus years, brings a unique bag of nuts to his political analysis. Here’s one: Homosexuality caused the Holocaust. Here’s another: The government “incentivizes” African-Americans to “rut like rabbits.” And another: Native Americans are “morally disqualified” from holding any sovereignty on American soil/Shawn Vestal, SR. More here.

Question: Why has Bryan Fischer gotten so much attention?

Romney, Anti-LDSer To Share Stage

You might say he’s an equal opportunity bigot. Bryan Fischer (pictured) of the American Family Association (AFA), who has made hate-mongering remarks about the Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island, African Americans,  Muslims, gays and grizzly bears revealed recently that he isn’t too fond of Mormons, either. On a recent episode of his television show Focal Point, Fischer said that the First Amendment does not apply to Mormons and that the Church of Latter Day Saints still supports polygamy. But next week, Fischer will be sharing a stage with America’s most famous Mormon, presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, TPM reports in a story headlined “Awkward: Mitt Romney Set to Share Stage with Anti-Mormon Shock Jock”/Gail Courey Toensing, Indian Country. More here. (AP photo)

Question: Politics makes strange bedfellows?

AFA Protests ‘Schweddy Balls’

The humorless testicle-phobes at the American Family Association have gotten wind of this new flavor of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream named “Schweddy Balls.” Here is their press release via Right Wing Watch, which quotes the word “balls” no fewer than 10 times, for mysterious reasons:

Ben & Jerry’s announced their newest ice cream flavor which sounds anything but appealing. Schweddy Balls is the best they could come up with. The vulgar new flavor has turned something as innocent as ice cream into something repulsive. Not exactly what you want a child asking for at the supermarket.

More from Kirsten Boyd Johnson/Wonkette here

Question: We all know that protests of this type tend to boost the profile of the object of the protest. Is this protest against Ben & Jerry's Schweddy Balls ice cream meant to hurt the sales of the product or gain attention and funds for the American Family Association?

Sis: Idaho’s Most Notorious Export

Hard to fathom that someone is giving Larry Craig a challenge as undisputed champion, but the Village National Idiot has launched himself, and the American Family Association (AFA), the social conservative organization Bryan Fischer was selected to represent, into notorious territory by its addition as a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). As the watchdog organization instrumental in taking down the Aryan Nations compound in northern Idaho, the SPLC now lists the AFA, along with the Family Research Council (FRC) in the same category as the KKK and the Aryan Nations, which unfortunately is still active in Idaho. Their leader just last year described Obama’s election as “the greatest recruiting tool ever”/Sisyphus, 43rd State Blues. More here.

Question: Do you agree with the listing of the American Family Association and the Family Research Council as hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center?

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