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Unrepentant: Bryan Fischer Was Not Fired From The American Family Association

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The American Family Association pulled a fast one on America last night. Bryan Fischer was not fired from the AFA, no promises were made, no apologies were given. 

Wednesday night, Twitter and the media exploded upon news that Bryan Fischer, the infamous radio host, spokesperson and director of issue analysis (whatever that is) at the American Family Association, had been fired. Rachel Maddow broke the story, having teased it during the afternoon. It was a huge win for not just the LGBT community, whom Fischer used as a punching bag daily, but for common decency.

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American Family Association fires Bryan Fischer ahead of RNC trip to Israel,” is the title online at MSNBC of Maddow’s report, noting “the American Family Association firing [of] Bryan Fisher over remarks about Hitler and homosexuality.”

And for those who don’t know of Fischer, his infamy comes from the many times he has said the Nazis were gay, the Nazi Party was “formed in a gay bar” by “homosexual thugs,” and that “Hitler himself was a homosexual.” There’s also his dangerous HIV/AIDS denialism, his calls to re-criminalize homosexuality and jail LGBT people, and his frequent attacks on liberalism. And that’s just for starters.

After Maddow’s report, some had to clarify that Fischer was “fired” from his job as spokesperson and director of issue analysis, but that he would still retain his position as radio show host at the American Family Association. Fischer himself mocked the news of his “firing”:

And that appears to be true – Bryan Fischer may have lost his meaningless title of director of issue analysis, and his more prominent but still useless title of spokesperson – but he has retained the most important and, more importantly, his most dangerous ability: radio host spewing lies and garbage daily on the American Family Radio network that broadcasts from over 160 radio stations across 40 states, plus online and is archived on Vimeo.

In other words, Bryan Fischer still has a platform to broadcast hate speech, and is still being paid by the American Family Association to do so. 

Also, the American Family Association has not apologized for the hate Bryan Fischer speaks every day, nor has Fischer.

There has been no official correction issued. The only denunciation, if it can be called that, came from AFA president Tim Wildmon, who, as Rachel Maddow reported Wednesday evening, told MSNBC that Fischer is “just a talk show host,” and they “reject” his “soundbite quotes…the Hitler and homosexuality one.” Not all of them, but one. 

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Bryan Fischer may be “just a talk show host” now, but he is still their talk show host. And neither he nor the American Family Association have apologized. Fischer has not rejected his own views, and the American Family Association has not either, except for that unspecified “one.” 

Last night on Twitter, Right Wing Watch, which works to chronicle the hate speech from the radical right, put it succinctly:

The American Family Association pulled a fast on Wednesday night. 

You can still hear Bryan Fischer daily on the American Family Association’s radio network, “as always 1-3pm CT.” “Tune in!”

 

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Busted: Steve Bannon Admits He Helped Plot Jan. 6 Trump Rally to ‘Kill Biden Presidency in the Crib’

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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.

 

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Far Right Pastor Says There Are More Gays Than Ever Before Thanks to a ‘Demonic Spirit That’s Come After Our Seed’

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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.”

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New Florida Surgeon General’s First Act: Allowing Students Exposed to COVID to Attend School With No Restrictions

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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.

 

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