CNN’s Kyra Phillips this morning hosted Bryan Fischer and R. Clarke Cooper to debate Fischer’s repeated attacks on Mitt Romney for his recent choice of Richard Grenell as his campaign’sÂ national security spokesperson. Grenell, who served John Bolton at the United Nations, is openly gay and Fischer has, because of that, called him a threat to national security and promiscuous, among other equally unfounded criticisms.Â Bryan Fischer is the public face of the certified anti-gay hate group, American Family Association, and hosts a daily radio show during which he routinely attacks gay people, and has repeatedly said gays are Nazis. R. Clarke Cooper is the head of the Log Cabin Republicans, a gay GOP organization.
During the segment this morning, Fischer said, “you cannot separate religious liberty from the issue of the homosexual agenda. In fact, the homosexual agenda represents the single greatest threat to religious liberty and association in America today.”
Clearly, Fischer is unable to edit his views for his audience, and this will be his undoing. It is not an understatement to say that a great many people who watched Fischer speak on CNN today were turned off by someone they have never heard of, and now have mentally branded him both a bigot and irrelevant. When parents are home with their children, next time they will be protecting their kids not from gay people but from Bryan Fischer and his ilk.
Think about it: Parents are totally OK with their kids watching, say, “Modern Family,” but they will turn the TV off next time Fischer is on.
In the interview, Fischer also asked why Mitt Romney would pick a “homosexual activist” to be the face of his campaign when Mormons believe homosexuality is offensive to God? Fischer also said the problem is that Mitt Romney is not “Mormon enough,” or he would have followed the dictates of his religion and discriminated against Grennell:
â€œMy complaint about Governor Romney all the way along is not that heâ€™s Mormon, but heâ€™s not Mormon enough,” Fischer told Phillips. “The Mormon Church believes homosexual behavior is sinful and that homosexual acts are offensive to God. So the question that needs to be asked of Governor Romney, do you agree with the teaching of your Church? If you do â€” that homosexual acts are offensive to God â€” then why have you made the face of your campaign someone who engages in conduct that your own Church says is offensive to God?â€
So much for the Catholic and Christianist religions claiming that “we are all sinners,” right, Bryan? Because then automatically no one would qualify, as they claim all sins are equal in the eyes of God. Apparently, some sins are more equal than others.
Fischer added that many “homosexual groups” came out “celebrating” Grenell’s appointment — which is false. Only the Log Cabin Republicans and GOProud, the gay Tea Party group, spoke in favor of Grenell. Most LGBT people and groups oppose him after learning of his homophobic and misogynistic attacks on MSMNBC anchor Rachel Maddow and on Michelle Obama andÂ Hillary Clinton.
Fischer also threw in for good measure his boilerplate anti-gay rhetoric, like saying religious liberty cannot exist in a world with homosexuality, and homosexual acts are offensive to God.
Igor Volsky at Think Progress notes:
But when CNN host Kyra Phillips pointed out that Grenell served at the pleasure of conservative Bolton, Fischer found himself in the awkward position of defending Boltonâ€™s tenure while condemning his chief spokesperson:
PHILLIPS: Did you think John Bolton did a good job when he was U.S. ambassador to the U.N.? […]
FISCHER:Â He did a great job.
PHILLIPS: Okay. Grenell was his spokespersonâ€¦.Bryan, I just thought that was interesting, you thought Bolton did a great job, and Grenell was his spokesperson.
FISCHER: Well, the point here is that personnel is policy. Everybody in D.C. says that. Personnel is policy. When Governor Romney picks somebody who is an activist homosexual and puts him in a prominent position, heâ€™s sending a shout out, it seems to me, to the homosexual lobby.
Fischer, who ran a train over Phillips, ignoring the anchor at every turn, tried to gett he last word, but Cooper wouldn’t have it.
â€œBryan, yaâ€™ll gotta be careful, because you are starting to sounding like George Wallace, â€˜segregation today, segregation tomorrow’,â€ Cooper told him. â€œBe careful because youâ€™re going to be left in the dust bin of history, buddy.â€
After today’s CNN debate, it’s clear the AFA should not let Fischer out of the barn anymore — not in polite circles, where children are around, or where any reasonable person might hear his hate mongering. I have a strong feeling today may be seen in years future as the day anti-gay hate died and hate of anti-gay religious wing nuts grew in America.
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Busted: Steve Bannon Admits He Helped Plot Jan. 6 Trump Rally to ‘Kill Biden Presidency in the Crib’
Conservative broadcaster Steve Bannon admitted on Wednesday that he had plotted with President Donald Trump to “kill the Biden presidency in the crib” ahead of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
During his Warroom broadcast, Bannon played clips of journalist Robert Costa and Bob Woodward explaining how events unfolded prior to the Jan. 6 riot.
“You look at January 5th, we discovered that Steve Bannon, the former White House strategist, was there at the Willard Hotel blocks from the White House with Rudy Giuliani, having an almost war-room-type meeting with other Trump allies the eve before the January 6th insurrection,” Costa recently explained to MSNBC. “And Bannon had actually been in close touch with President Trump for days before January 6th. Based on our reporting, he privately told President Trump to have a reckoning on January 6th. And he said to the president, it’s time to kill the Biden presidency in the crib.”
Bannon seemed proud to confirm that the conversation had taken place.
“Yeah, because his legitimacy,” Bannon said of Biden. “42% of the American people think that Biden did not win the presidency legitimately.”
“It killed itself,” he continued. “Just look at what this illegitimate regime is doing. It killed itself. OK? But we told you from the very beginning, just expose it, just expose it, never back down, never give up and this thing will implode.”
Watch the video below from Real America’s Voice.
Far Right Pastor Says There Are More Gays Than Ever Before Thanks to a ‘Demonic Spirit That’s Come After Our Seed’
A right wing mega-church pastor who falsely claims Donald Trump won re-election “by about 80 million votes” says more Christian children than ever before identify as LGBTQ, making clear he believes that is bad.
Pastor Kent Christmas, who shares his ministry with his wife Candy, appeared on stage before thousands of his followers and declared, “never have Christians’ children been more taken over by homosexuality, than they are right now,” as Right Wing Watch reports (video below).
The vast majority of Americans support same-sex marriage and equal rights and responsibilities for LGBTQ people.
Christmas blamed a “demonic spirit that comes after our seed” for the increase in people who identify as LGBTQ.
“If I asked each and every one of you to stand that has a son, daughter, or a niece or a nephew, or a brother or sister, that is gay, half of you would stand up in this building, because it is a demonic spirit that’s come after our seed and the church that God has raised it up in this hour is going to have authority over that.”
In 2018 Christmas acknowledged his son is gay, and said, “I know that he wasn’t born that way.”
He claims his son is no longer gay, and is now married with a wife and children.
“I watched the Holy Ghost deliver him and set him free,” Christmas said.
Last year a study published by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law found that “non-transgender LGB people who experienced conversion therapy were almost twice as likely to think about suicide and to attempt suicide compared to their peers who hadn’t experienced conversion therapy.”
It goes on to reveal that more than eight out of ten Americans who were subjected to dangerous conversion therapy “received it from a religious leader.”
Right-wing pastor Kent Christmas says that Christian children are being “taken over by homosexuality”: “It is a demonic spirit that has come after our seed.” pic.twitter.com/dKWlSZNTne
— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) September 22, 2021
New Florida Surgeon General’s First Act: Allowing Students Exposed to COVID to Attend School With No Restrictions
He hasn’t even been confirmed yet by the Florida state Senate but Dr. Joseph Ladapo, Governor Ron DeSantis‘s new Surgeon General, on Wednesday signed an executive order that changes state policy on school attendance for students who have been exposed to COVID-19.
The order, which replaces an August 6 order by Dr. Ladapo’s predecessor, declares that students who have been exposed to COVID-19 can continue attending school in-person, as long as they are asymptomatic. It also repeatedly states that parents have sole discretion on how children are educated – in person or virtually – and on masks, effectively eliminating any locally-ordered mask mandates.
“The school boards in Miami-Dade, Broward, Orange, Alachua and Leon counties [had] challenged the Aug. 6 rule, which did not include the new provision about parents or legal guardians having ‘sole discretion’ about opting out of school mask requirements,” the Tallahassee Democrat newspaper reports.
Those lawsuits are now effectively null and void because of the new order.
Dr. Ladapo, who opposes mask and vaccine mandates, has likened the focus on getting Americans vaccinated to a religious obsession, and supports treatment of COVID-19 with drugs that are neither approved for use against the coronavirus nor have been proven to be effective – namely the livestock-dewormer Ivermectin and the malaria-drug hydroxychloroquine. He also appeared in the infamous viral video with a discredited doctor mocked as the “Demon Sperm” physician.
Here’s the new emergency rule by Fla. Surgeon General Joe Ladapo…signed this morning. pic.twitter.com/8axcD3ywHb
— Jim Rosica (@JimRosicaFL) September 22, 2021
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