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April 2, 2015

AFA Radio Host Bryan Fischer Tweets Offensive Holocaust Analogy

Bryan Fischer, a radio host and blogger for the American Family Association (AFA), tweeted an offensive Holocaust analogy on April 1. Fischer likened the temporary closure of a restaurant in Indiana, whose owners said they would refuse to cater a gay wedding, to Kristallnacht, a violent pogrom carried out by Nazi storm troopers in Germany and Austria in 1938.  Kristallnacht led to the destruction of thousands of Jewish synagogues, homes and businesses as well as arrests and the deaths of Jews and opened the door to the persecution and destruction of European Jewry. Fischer also blamed the restaurant’s decision to close due to the public’s negative reaction on the “Gay Gestapo.”

Bryan Fischer

Bryan Fischer

In January 2015, the AFA dismissed Fischer as a spokesperson for the organization but he continues to host a radio show for the AFA and to write blogs on the AFA website that demonize the LGBT community.

Fischer often invokes the Holocaust to discuss contemporary American political issues, particularly with regard to the LGBT community. He has made a number of statements likening LGBT activists to Nazis and conservative Christians to Jews who were persecuted under Hitler’s regime. He also compared the Supreme Court to Nazis after it struck down the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013.

There is no comparison between current political issues and the actions of Hitler’s regime during the Holocaust. Such inappropriate analogies only serve to trivialize the Holocaust and are deeply offensive to Jews and other survivors, as well as those Americans who fought valiantly against the Nazis during World War II.

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January 29, 2015

AFA Ousts Bryan Fischer As Spokesperson But He Remains A Radio Host

Bryan Fischer

Bryan Fischer

Bryan Fischer, who regularly spews anti-LGBT rhetoric, often likening the LGBT community to Nazis, has been ousted as a spokesperson for the American Family Association (AFA), a religious right organization, according to a report on The Rachel Maddow Show. Fischer is formerly the director of issue analysis for government and public policy at AFA.

Although the AFA has not released a public statement on Fischer, a spokesperson for the group told Maddow that Fischer’s statements comparing gays to Nazis contributed to their decision to remove him as spokesperson. The AFA may be attempting to appear more palatable to the public in light of a January 31 trip to Israel the organization is sponsoring for Republican National Committee members.

Fischer, however, still maintains his position as a radio show host on American Family Radio, where he has courted controversy with his extreme statements about the LGBT community, Muslims, and African-Americans. He often uses his radio show, “Focal Point,” as well as articles to denigrate groups he opposed.

This month, Fischer argued that “homosexuals” should not be allowed to run for office, saying, “It’s a form of sexual perversion and remember, we’re going to have to choose between the gay agenda and Christianity.” Aside from referring to homosexuality as a perversion, Fisher constantly used Holocaust analogies to compare conservative Christians who oppose homosexuality to Jews persecuted under the Nazis. In Fischer’s mind, LGBT activists were the Nazis.

In April 2012, Fischer declared, “We’re getting to the point where these homofascists are going to force us to wear on our sleeve some kind of identifying marker so people will know who the racists and the homophobes and the bigots are.” He added, “Remember when the Jews in Nazi Germany, they had to wear a yellow star of David on their sleeve? We’re getting to the point where that’s where they’re going to make us do.” Fischer also said that the Nazi Party was formed in a gay bar in Munich.

Fischer also railed against Muslims. This month, Fischer said that “Allah represents a demon God.” In 2011, Fischer claimed that Muslims—and by extension, Jews– were not protected by the First Amendment. He argued, “The First Amendment was written by the Founders to protect the free exercise of Christianity.” He added, “Islam is entitled only to the religious liberty we extend it out of courtesy.”

In yet another disturbing statement, Fischer said that welfare had destroyed African-American families because young black women “rut like rabbits” in the expectation that they would get financial awards for having children out of wedlock.

Despite Fischer being removed as a spokesperson for AFA, he will still be able to reach thousands of people with his radio show.

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December 18, 2012

Christian Conservatives Blame Elementary School Massacre On Lack Of Religion In Schools

In the wake of the shooting of 20 young children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, people are searching for answers about how and why this tragedy happened. Some prominent Christian conservatives are blaming the massacre on the lack of religion in schools and the secularization of America more generally.

In an appearance on Fox News former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee said, “We ask why there’s violence in our schools, but we have systematically removed God from our schools. Should we be so surprised that schools would become a place of carnage?”  He later clarified that he did not think that prayer in school could have directly prevented the shooting.

Bryan Fischer, a spokesperson for the American Family Association, a non-profit that promotes conservative fundamentalist Christian values, echoed Governor Huckabee’s sentiments.  He said, “Here’s the bottom line: God is not gonna go where he’s not wanted…We have spent 50 years telling God to get lost, telling God, we do not want you in our schools, we don’t want to pray to you in our schools, we don’t want to pray to you before football games, we don’t want to pray to you at graduation, we don’t want anyone talking about you in a graduation speech. We’ve kicked God out of our public school system. And I think God would say to us, ‘Hey I’ll be glad to protect your children, but you’ve gotta invite me back into your world first. I’m not gonna go where I’m not wanted. I am a gentleman.’” 

David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) wrote an online column defending Huckabee and Fischer. Brody asserted, “Guess what folks? Huckabee and Fischer are not alone. There are millions of evangelicals who believe the same thing. This is not heartless. It’s based on the biblical principle of reaping and sowing. Not that these little children sowed anything but are our schools left unprotected because of the past actions of our nation when it comes to removing God from our public schools? The conversation is now all about banning guns but should the conversation really be about allowing God back into public schools?”  Joseph Farrah, the editor of World Net Daily, and William J. Murray, the Head of the Religious Freedom Network, made similar statements blaming the shootings on the lack of religion in schools.

Former head of Focus on the Family James Dobson, citing statistics on the number of abortions in America and the acceptance of same sex marriage, said on his radio show, “Somebody is going to get mad at me for saying what I am about to say right now, but I am going to give you my honest opinion: I think we have turned our back on the Scripture and on God Almighty and I think he has allowed judgment to fall upon us.  I think that’s what’s going on.”  Operation Save America, an anti-abortion group that also opposes homosexuality, similarly claimed that “we are losing our kids because we are ignoring God’s Law.”

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