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Fischer: Ben Carson 'May Have Done Fatal Damage To His Campaign' By Apologizing For Anti-Gay Remarks

On his radio program yesterday, Bryan Fischer spent two segments heaping praise upon Ben Carson for his statement that prison sex proves that homosexuality is a choice. But that was before Carson apologized for his remarks and declared that he was simply not going to discuss the issue of gay rights any more.

Needless to say, Carson's retreat is not sitting well with Fischer, who spent two segments of his program today criticizing Carson for his refusal to defend his statement and saying that he may have fatally offended his base with his apology.

"Dr. Carson seems to be not considering the possibility that some people could be offended because he apologized," Fischer said. "They're disappointed in him because he apologized."

He went on to criticize Carson for listening "to the wrong people ... instead of worry about what the base thinks about what they have done and what they have said."

"He may have done fatal damage to his campaign with his apology last night," Fischer said. "The bottom line is that on homosexuality and maybe on everything else, Ben Carson needs to decide right now whether he is going to listen to God or his handlers. His career is in the balance":

Bryan Fischer Demands That Every GOP Candidate Be Asked If Being Gay Is A Choice

Bryan Fischer was so enamored with Ben Carson's statement that prison sex proves that homosexuality is a choice that he spent two segments on his radio program today heaping praise upon Carson and defending his statement.

In fact, Fischer was so impressed with Carson's statement that he declared that Carson has now set "the benchmark for the other Republican candidates" and called for every other possible GOP candidate to be asked the same question so that they are all forced to state for the record whether they believe that being gay is a choice.

"I hope they are asked this question," Fischer said. "I want every single Republican candidate on record: Do you think that homosexual conduct is a choice? I want every GOP presidential candidate to be asked that question and to be put on record. Do you believe that homosexuality is a choice? What is your answer?"

Sandy Rios: Obama's Immigration Policy Will Lead To Attacks On Christians

After telling listeners last month to prepare for martyrdom, Sandy Rios of the American Family Association today warned that Christians in America may soon face death at the hands of terrorists.

Rios, reeling over yesterday’s collapse of the GOP effort to defund part of the Department of Homeland Security in order to block President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, said Obama’s immigration policy could lead to the death of Christians at the hands of ISIS.

“Some of us, honestly, may face martyrdom, there’s no question,” Rios said. “I’m not sure in our lifetime although it could be with ISIS waging — you know, now the borders are so porous and we are being so careless with our immigration policy, there are many things that may unfold more quickly than we think.”

Sandy Rios: Migrant Kids Spread Disease Because They Don't Know 'How To Go To The Bathroom Properly'

On her radio program this morning, the American Family Association’s Sandy Rios claimed once again that young immigrants are responsible for a recent outbreak of Enterovirus D68, even though health experts have found that there is no link between immigrants and the debilitating illness. After reading a Washington Post story about the illness that didn’t mention any connection with immigration, Rios went ahead and suggested that Central American children who “were shuttled to unknown place around the country” spread Enterovirus D68 to other kids.

Rios backed up this assertion by claiming that immigrant children don’t have any basic understanding of hygiene and are largely unvaccinated, despite the fact that Central Americans have a higher vaccination rate than U.S. youth. She even claimed that the kids don’t even know how to use the bathroom.

“We have vaccinations and hygiene and cleanliness and we teach people in western civilization how to go to the bathroom properly, how to take care of things, how to do things in a sanitary way,” Rios said. “Do you not think that when we open our borders to a glut of people from another world who have never been trained, don’t know that, that that’s not going to bring in disease?”

Sandy Rios: The Clintons' May Run A Charitable Foundation, But Hamas And Hezbollah Do Charity Work Too

Potential GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina stopped by “Sandy Rios In The Morning” on Friday at CPAC, where she and Rios discussed reports that the Clinton family’s charitable foundation received donations from foreign countries. Fiorina, who has close ties to the foundation, dedicated part of the interview to attacking Hillary Clinton over the contributions.

Towards the end of the interview, Rios told Fiorina to “remember that Hamas and Hezbollah does [sic] charity work too, I’m not talking about yours, but you said that the Clinton Foundation does good work, that’s the way the left always operates, they do some good stuff.”

Fiorina said that she will at least credit the foundation for doing “some good work in Haiti,” but “now we see that there is a corruption in that foundation that is truly problematic.”

“Very dangerous, actually,” Rios added.

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Fischer: Pro-Gay Republicans Pushing GOP 'Backwards Into The Darkness' Of Sodom And Gomorrah

Bryan Fischer spent a segment of his radio program today reading from a recent McKay Coppins piece on BuzzFeed about the fact that likely GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush, who opposes same-sex marriage rights, has surrounded himself with potential advisers and campaign staffers who openly support marriage equality.

That, of course, is not sitting well with Fischer, who declared that contrary to claims that these GOP activists are trying to pull the Republican Party into the 21st century, what they are really doing is pushing the party back into the days of Sodom and Gomorrah.

"If they're dragging the Republican Party into any century," Fischer said, "it would be the 20th century B.C., that's roughly the time of Sodom and Gomorrah ... They're not pulling them forward, they're talking the Republican Party backward into the darkness of the past":

Frank Gaffney: 'How Could This President Love America' When He Was 'Marinated' In A 'Deep Hatred' For It

The Center for Security Policy’s Frank Gaffney stopped by the American Family Radio at the National Religious Broadcasters convention in Nashville this week to discuss Rudy Giuliani’s recent comment that President Obama doesn’t “love America.”

Gaffney naturally agreed with Giuliani, contending that while Obama might not have a “deep hatred” for America, it is literally impossible for him to love the country.

“How could this president love America?” Gaffney asked AFA president Tim Wildmon. “How could he, given that he grew up in his formative years in an Indonesian madrassa, an Islamist school, he came to this country and sat at the knee of an avowed communist by the name of Frank Marshall Davis, he spent formative years in Chicago hanging with revolutionaries like Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, he went on to church with Jeremiah Wright?”

“And what all of those people have in common is a deep hatred for our country. So maybe he doesn’t have a deep hatred for it, but it’s hard to see how we could have possibly having incubated in that, marinated in it, come out loving this country. Which brings us to your question. If he doesn’t, we’re in jeopardy, because you need someone in a dangerous world like this who loves this country, who believes it’s exceptional and is willing to stand up for it.”

Sandy Rios Tells Conservative Christians To Prepare For Martyrdom

American Family Association governmental affairs director Sandy Rios ended her radio show today by promoting the group’s new “bigotry map,” which she claims reveals “over 200 groups and organizations” that promote anti-Christian bigotry.

While the map has been received with general mockery since it neither includes 200 groups nor explains how the groups on the map are anti-Christian, Rios said that the “bigotry map” shows the need for people to “stand up” against the supposedly growing anti-Christian sentiment.

She told guest Todd Starnes, who joined Rios to discuss the case of a Washington florist who is facing fines for denying service to a gay customer, that Illinois pastor Erwin Lutzer said Christians in America must now “prepare for martyrdom.”

“That would be my message this morning,” Rios said, “we are moving in a very dangerous course and direction in the country.”

Conservatives Bizarrely Claim Net Neutrality Undermines The First Amendment

Sandy Rios of the American Family Association once again badly distorted the facts surrounding net neutrality in her radio show today, this time during an interview with Americans for Limited Government president Rick Manning.

While net neutrality is centered around treating all content equally and making sure that internet service providers do not favor certain kinds of content, the right-wing activists alleged that net neutrality will undermine content and even lead to government-led attacks on conservatives.

Rios claimed that net neutrality will give government bureaucrats the power to determine who can start a website, even though that claim is completely false. “I want to set up a website and then bureaucratic regulators will have to give me permission and I will have to pay and they will also see if my content is o.k. to be put out there on the internet,” Rios said.

“There is no doubt in the long term when the government takes control over not just the capacity to deliver internet services but also gets into the content monitoring game, which every indication is that they are doing that, at that juncture we have a real opportunity for free speech violations,” Manning said. “This net neutrality is just one area that President Obama has been engaged in a wholesale assault on First Amendment rights.”

The debate went even further off the rails when Rios and Manning claimed that Comcast is a strong supporter of the FCC’s decision to preserve net neutrality, with Manning telling Rios that “if I were Comcast, I’d be lobbying like crazy for this thing.”

“Comcast, owned by NBC, is all about net neutrality, they have been pushing and pushing and pushing it,” Rios said.

In reality, the exact oppose is true, as Comcast has joined AT&T and Verizon in fiercely opposing net neutrality, spending millions of dollars against the rules. Also, Comcast owns NBC, not the other way around.

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American Family Radio Guest Debunks Network's Claims About No-Go Zones

Last month, the American Family Association’s radio network happily joined Gov. Bobby Jindal in pushing discredited claims about Sharia law no-go zones in countries such as the United Kingdom, with the network’s flagship host Bryan Fischer claiming that Britain has no-go zones where “no infidel would dare” enter because “you go in there at risk of your life.”

“Everybody’s got no-go zones in Europe, Bobby Jindal is telling the truth about that,” Fischer said last month, leaving out the fact that Jindal was unable to name a single such “no-go zone.”

On Monday, American Family Radio hosts Jim Stanley and Ed Vitagliano interviewed British evangelist and House of Lords member Lord Robert Edmiston about immigration in Britain, so naturally Stanley asked Edmiston about the no-go zones.

“In the U.K., there are no-go zones as I understand it?” Stanley asked.

Edmiston, however, told Stanley that “there is no such thing as a no-go area.”

Edmiston said that while there are neighborhoods where immigrants are heavily concentrated, “there really isn’t a no-go area as such.”

Fischer: RWW Is 'Almost Frothing At The Mouth' Over AFA's Useless 'Bigotry Map'

Earlier today, we noted that the American Family Association had released its own anti-Christian "bigotry map" in response to having been designated as an anti-gay hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center several years ago.

The usefulness of the AFA's map is debatable, since is seems to just blindly designate every gay, secular, atheist, or humanist group as a bigoted anti-Christian organization without providing any actual evidence to support such a designation.

Nonetheless, the AFA's Bryan Fischer thinks the new map is a game-changer, crowing in a typically clueless fashion on his radio program today that the key difference between the SPLC designating the AFA as a hate group and the AFA labeling everyone else as anti-Christian bigots is that the allegation that the AFA is a hate group is false while the AFA's designation is true.

"They falsely accuse of us hate," he cogently explained, "but we accurately and truly accuse these groups of anti-Christian bigotry."

To make things even more absurd, Fischer then proceeded to accuse us at Right Wing Watch of being "apoplectic" and "almost frothing at the mouth" over the AFA's useless new map:

Sandy Rios: Preserving Net Neutrality Will 'Stop The Flow Of Information To The American People'

Sandy Rios, the American Family Association’s governmental affairs director, is very concerned that if the Federal Communications Commission approves rules intended to preserve net neutrality, then the Obama administration will move in to monitor online content.

Like other conservatives who have criticized the proposed rules , Rios doesn’t seem to grasp the meaning of net neutrality, but that didn’t stop her from accusing the administration of using the internet proposal as part of a plan to “take down” Fox News and “go after” Rush Limbaugh.

“They want to manage the content, they want to control what goes into the internet,” Rios said. “Thank God for the internet, thank God for our ability to communicate to you through our Facebook pages and through AFA and our alerts and everything. And this all is being threatened.”

What Rios lacked in an understanding of net neutrality she made up in a strong, personal feeling that the Obama administration will crack down on free speech: “Certainly we know that the president and the administration is willing to do whatever they can to stop the flow of information to the American people, we know that that’s true.”

The AFA Strikes Back With Its Own Anti-Christian 'Bigotry Map'

Ever since the Southern Poverty Law Center designated the American Family Association as an anti-gay "hate group" back in 2010, the AFA has vehemently objected to being designated as such. In addition to regularly attacking the SPLC, the AFA has also taken a few half-hearted steps to try and distance itself from Bryan Fischer, who was almost single-handedly responsible for getting the AFA placed on the SPLC's hate list in the first place, in an effort to salvage its reputation.

Now, it seems, the AFA has decided to take a page out of the SPLC's playbook by releasing its own "Bigotry Map" which seeks to highlight organizations that it claims "openly display bigotry toward the Christian faith":

These groups are deeply intolerant towards the Christian religion. Their objectives are to silence Christians and to remove all public displays of Christian heritage and faith in America.

A common practice of these groups is threatening our nation’s schools, cities and states. By threat of lawsuit, they demand prayer removed from schools and city council meetings, Ten Commandments monuments stricken from courthouses and memorial crosses purged from cemeteries and parks.

Because of anti-Christian bigotry, private business owners have been sued and forced to close their business. Families and businesses that express a Christian worldview on social issues often face vicious retaliation from bigoted anti-Christian zealots.

Some members or supporters of these groups have committed violent crimes against Christians and faith-based groups. Physical and profane verbal assaults against Christians are methods frequently exercised in their angry methods of intimidation.

At first glance, the map appears to be pretty heavily populated, but a quick search of the actual groups listed reveals that the AFA basically just listed every atheist, humanist, or freethinker organization it could find, as well as the state chapters of national organizations such as Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, SPLC, the Human Rights Campaign, and GLSEN:

We're honored to see that we here at PFAW also made the map as one of the groups that supposedly "actively engages in the complete eradication of the Christian faith from society, government and private commerce. These groups file lawsuits and use intimidation to silence any reference to Christianity from the public square":

Sandy Rios Once Again Cites Fake Obama Quote

The American Family Association’s Sandy Rios, who has repeatedly suggested that President Obama is a secret Muslim who uses Islamic subliminal messages during his speeches, is upset that people say she calls Obama a Muslim.

“I don’t think that Barack Obama is a Muslim. I think he has strong Muslim sympathies because he’s been raised in that culture,” she said on her radio program today, adding that Obama is a Marxist who “doesn’t really believe in God but loves the Muslim culture.”

She insisted that the president has “actually written about in his book that if there was ever some kind of conflict, he will always come down on the side of Islam.”

Rios is actually citing a fake quote that was widely circulated on the Internet but was not actually in Obama’s book “The Audacity of Hope.” This, of course, isn’t the first time that Rios has used a fictitious chain email or fabricated remark and reported it as true…in fact, she has cited this very same quote to claim that Obama’s “sympathies are most definitely with Islam.”

Fischer: Climate Science Like Believing Sun Revolves Around The Earth

On his radio program today, Bryan Fischer coined a new phrase — "Harfed up a hairball" — inspired by State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf, who has spent the last two days trying to tamp down a right-wing freakout over her assertion that the world cannot simply "kill our way out of this war" with ISIS.

As Fischer explained it, this phrase was now going to become his stock description for when "you say something that is patently absurd."

Of course, since Fischer is absurdly lacking in any self-awareness, he then proceeded to harf up a hairball of his own just a few segments later in his program when he likened a Saudi cleric who rejects the idea that the Earth revolves around the Sun to liberals who believe in climate change.

"Liberals are absolutely anti-science when it comes climatology and global warming," Fischer said. "This is trait that they share in common with Islam. Our leaders on the left are almost as unscientific, almost as anti-science as the leaders of the movement of Islam":

Sandy Rios: 'The Real Experts' Know Evolution Has Been 'Disproven'

American Family Association governmental affairs director Sandy Rios is upset that media commentators like George Will are mocking Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for refusing to say this week whether he believes in evolution. After all, Rios explained on her radio show today, “science has done nothing but disprove the theory of evolution.”

“There is no scientific evidence” to substantiate evolution, she said, at least according to “the real experts.” So why has this stunning revelation that the foundational theory behind modern biology has been refuted not percolated through the scientific community? Well, Rios explained, that’s because evolution has become a sacred, religious tenet.

“Evolution has become the religion of the elite,” Rios said. “It’s a religion to the [level of] fanaticism of what they would say was the people at the Scopes monkey trial, the Christians waving their Bibles who were not really thinking through the facts, they were just outraged because it was against God’s law. The truth of the matter is that the evolutionists like George Will, waving their evolutionary theory, have become as rabid and unreasoned as what they accuse the Scopes monkey religionists of doing to Darwin during that time. It has become a religion. Science has disproven so much of evolution…. These guys are wrong, Scott Walker is right.”

Bryan Fischer: 'Sexual Immorality' And Abortion Will Cause God To Drive Americans From Our Land

A few months ago, Bryan Fischer justified the forcible removal of Native Americans from their land by citing the biblical story of the Amorites, who he said “lapsed into superstition and paganism and idolatry and sexual immorality and savagery” and were therefore justly removed by God.

On his American Family Radio program yesterday, Fischer cited the same story to warn that the United States is similarly in danger of “forfeiting our moral authority to maintain governance of this piece of land” because of legal abortion, a “turning away from Christianity” and, of course, “sexual immorality.”

“Again, the same principle of people can become morally disqualified to exercise sovereign authority over land by their savagery (think about the blood we’ve shed in abortion); by their superstition (think about our turning away from Christianity and from the God of the scriptures); and sexual immorality, I mean that’s an obvious problem in our culture,” he said.

“If that principle is true that God will displace a nation that lapses into unrepentant savagery, sexual immorality and superstition, then we are in danger, I believe, of forfeiting our moral authority to maintain governance of this piece of land, maintain sovereignty,” he warned. “Something that ought to be a concern to all of us, something that ought to take us to our knees in prayer and repentance for our land.”

Fischer didn’t specify who he believed God would empower to drive Americans from their land, although last year he cited some of the same scriptural passages to claim that God is using radical Islamic groups like ISIS to inflict his judgment on America for gay rights.

Bryan Fischer's 'Educated Guess': Hillary Clinton Is Recovering From Plastic Surgery

Bryan Fischer feels like he hasn’t seen Hillary Clinton in a while, and has an “educated guess” as to why.

“You know, people are looking for some explanation,” he said on his American Family Radio program today. “Where is she? Why haven’t we literally seen her face in weeks? And I would suggest that there is a possibility, anyway, that her face hasn’t been seen in weeks because she’s getting it prepared for the campaign, if you catch my drift.”

“I have an idea that when the new and improved Hillary emerges, she may look a whole lot different,” he said.

Bryan Fischer: 'Gay Gestapo' Forcing Alabama Judges Into 'Slavery'

Bryan Fischer is outraged that a federal judge may order the dozens of Alabama probate who are refusing to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples to back down. On his American Family Radio Program today, Fischer said that such an order would be tantamount to “tyranny” and “slavery” enforced by the “gay gestapo.”

“There’s a court hearing today before the federal judge, and she may order these probate judges to violate their own conscience and their own religious scruples,” he said. “She may order them to violate their conscience. You know what that is, ladies and gentlemen? You are ordered by an agent of the government to violate your conscience? That is tyranny.”

“When you are ordered by an agent of the government to violate your own conscience in something that you do, that is slavery. If you are forced to violate your conscience to do work, that is tyranny, that’s Tammy Bruce, that’s the gay gestapo. Tammy Bruce is the one that coined the term ‘gay gestapo.’ That’s the gay gestapo at work. You either do what we tell you or you’re going to get punished.”

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