Today on “Breitbart News Daily,” Sandy Rios of the American Family Association denied that her group is “testing” Target’s policy allowing transgender customers and staff to use the facilities that match their gender identity by sending men into women’s rooms.
When host Stephen Bannon asked her why liberals want this “insane” policy jammed “down the throat of the American people,” Rios said that it is the result of a Marxist plot to promote “sexual anarchy” and destroy normalcy.
“It sounds so radical, I’m not sure people are ready to accept this, but maybe they are,” Rios said. “We have a push from the left to deconstruct everything that’s called ‘normal,’ and that includes sexuality. You know, it’s part of the Marxist theory to deconstruct family and to recreate new systems. I’m not saying everyone participating in this has read Karl Marx and is doing Marx’s bidding, but we know that at least that was one of the beginnings of this sexual anarchy.”
The Obama administration, Rios said, is intensely focused on LGBT issues even at the risk of jeopardizing Americans, claiming that trans-inclusive policies represent a danger to the American people, much like the Islamic State.
“We are facing something really dreadful,” she said. “Of course there are more ways to be in danger than from ISIS.”
In the wake the Donald Trump's win in the Indiana Republican primary on Tuesday night and the announcements that his remaining rivals, Ted Cruz and John Kasich, were dropping out of the presidential race, Bryan Fischer spent a good portion of his radio program yesterday discussing what conservative Christians should do now that the general election looks like it will be a contest between Trump and Hillary Clinton.
As Fischer saw it, they have two options: vote for the lesser of two evils on the grounds that they are voting for less evil, or refuse to vote for either candidate on the grounds that a vote for the supposedly less evil candidate is still a vote for evil.
Fischer said that both positions are equally valid and that he hasn't made up his mind as to what he is going to do personally but that, as a general rule, he has always been a proponent of the vote for the lesser of two evils philosophy.
Fischer is now in a position where he just might find himself trying to come up with ways to justify voting for a candidate whom he has repeatedly stated is backed by Satan on the grounds that he represents the "lesser of two evils."
Back when he worked for Liberty Counsel, Crampton was a frequent co-host of the organization's "Faith and Freedom" radio program, where he once shared his view that "the life of the average homosexual is not controlled by reason" but is rather driven by a perverted lust and passion that has "overwhelmed them."
He also warned before the Supreme Court struck down key parts of the Defense of Marriage Act that such a decision would mean that gays "will eradicate us and they will not stop until the homosexual totalitarian view of the world is forcefully imposed on every American."
And he declared that gay rights activists "abhor freedom" and "will basically stop at almost nothing in order to accomplish their goals."
He even asserted that gay rights activism is "destroying America" and "the most totalitarian kind of philosophy that is afoot in America today."
And he once insisted that "society itself is on the verge of total collapse if we give up what marriage really means."
It turns out that anti-LGBT activists are right that men are taking advantage of a transgender-inclusive policy at Target to go into women’s restrooms — and those men are anti-LGBT activists.
In an interview this morning with “Breitbart News Daily,” the American Family Association's director of governmental affairs, Sandy Rios, said that activists have been “testing” Target’s policy by sending men into women’s rooms at the retail chain.
Rios' group has been leading a boycott of Target after the company said it would allow transgender people to use the restroom that matches their gender identity, which it claims will lead to open season for “sexual predators.”
The program’s host, Stephen Bannon, contended that rather than being inclusive, Target is “trying to exclude people who are decent, hard-working people who don’t want their four-year-old daughter to have to go into a bathroom with a guy with a beard in a dress.”
“I think there’s no question that when you say that there are no barriers in the bathroom,” Rios said, “and that if men or women feel like they are men or women, the opposition of however they are equipped, and you have no restrictions, the net effect will be that people will not be stopped. We’ve already had people testing this, going into Targets and men trying to go into bathrooms. There is absolutely no barrier.”
“And so the chief concern,” she continued, “even more than just, I think, trauma, certainly for little girls of having men dressed like women coming in their bathrooms, the chief concern of the American Family Association is the predators who will take advantage.”
UPDATE: AFA says that it is not in fact sending men into women’s changing areas:
The American Family Association has been leading the fight against Target's policy of allowing transgender customers and employees to use the bathroom or fitting room that matches their gender identity, and Bryan Fischer has been doing his part on his daily radio program to whip up opposition to the policy in increasingly absurd ways.
On his radio program yesterday, Fischer read an email sent to the AFA-affiliated organization One Million Moms from a woman who was outraged to discover a man in the dressing room area with her daughter on a recent trip to Target.
According to this email, as read by Fischer, this woman and her teenage daughter visited a local Target store last week and her daughter went into the dressing room to try on some clothes. When the mother went to check on her, she heard a man's voice coming from the dressing room area, so she rushed in to find that the man "was in the same dressing area but not the same stall" as her daughter.
She immediately went to Target management to complain, Fischer said, "but the supervisor just pointed her to a sign that says 'Family Dressing Room.'"
After spending several segments on his radio broadcast yesterday ranting about Target's policy of allowing transgender customers and employees to use the restrooms and fitting rooms that match their gender identities, Bryan Fischer took a call from a listener who had a rather novel concern about the policy.
"Rebecca from Van Buren, Arkansas" told Fischer that she was concerned that a "rebellious teenager" might use the bathrooms or changing rooms at Target to hook up with their boyfriend or girlfriend, essentially transforming the store into a motel.
Fischer thought that she made an excellent point.
"You know, Rebecca's got a great point," he said. "I hadn't even thought about that but it's just another alarming permutation of this deal. If you've got a daughter and you don't care for her boyfriend, you don't want them hooking up, you don't want them meeting, you know his intentions for her are not good, what is to stop her from arraigning a tryst in a fitting room at Target? He can go into any room he wants, she can go in there, they can have a certain amount of privacy; or in a Target bathroom, go in there and lock the door and have a certain amount of privacy. So again, you start seeing the permutation, all the different angles this thing can take, none of which are good, none of which are healthy, none of which are good for the family, none of which are good for sexual integrity and all that kind of thing and, you know, we've just sort of scratched the surface of the number of ways these policies can be twisted and perverted for purposes which are not good for anybody."
Bryan Fischer spent a couple of segments on his radio program today absolutely fuming about Target's announcement that its stores will "welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity," a policy that predictably prompted an American Family Association boycott.
Fischer grew increasingly worked up over the fact that only Ted Cruz has taken a stand against this sort of policy, saying that "this is maybe the most bizarre point we have ever reached in American history."
"Only one of the five people that want to be the next president of the United States — only one of them! — is committed to keeping sexual deviants out of our daughters' bathrooms, out of our daughters' locker rooms, our of our daughters' shower rooms and out of our daughters' dressing rooms," Fischer ranted.
"If a presidential candidate is not committed to keeping sexual perverts out of little girls' bathrooms," he continued, "I do not care what else he stands for ... If he won't keep sexual perverts out of little girls' bathrooms, nothing else he says or believes makes any difference to me."
"How in the world could any right-thinking father or mother possibly vote for a candidate like that?" Fischer seethed. "To even consider the possibility of casting a vote for such a person is a form of insanity."
Fox News commentator Todd Starnes was horrified last week by a kiss between two female characters in the ABC show “Once Upon a Time,” saying that it left parents “having to explain things that they should not have to explain to their kids — stuff that would make Mickey Mouse blush.”
Starnes took the time to criticize the episode in a radio segment hailing the late actress (and gay rights advocate) Doris Roberts. The Fox pundit lamented that he “stopped watching the major networks because of all that racy content.”
“Instead of entertainment, it seems like they are pushing an agenda,” he said. “Television programs like ‘Nashville’ and ‘Glee’ and, most recently, ‘Once Upon a Time.’ I received dozens of notes from moms and dads upset over an episode recently that included a passionate lesbian kiss between two of the characters.”
One Million Moms, the group affiliated with the anti-LGBT American Family Association, urged its members to ask TJ Maxx to pull the company’s support from the program for “purposefully pushing a gay agenda”:
ABC's "Once Upon a Time" introduced a lesbian couple during this week's episode which 1MM and parents find completely unnecessary. On the other hand, the producers said the inclusion of homosexuality in a show popular with kids was "important." Many families watch the program based on beloved children's fairytales, but unfortunately, ABC has distorted and twisted the storylines in these fables.
In a series of flashbacks, a romance brews between the two women. A sleeping curse leads Ruby to bestow true love's kiss on Dorothy to wake her. One kiss breaks the spell, but many follow in a brief make out session as the munchkins from Oz watch. Click here to see image.
"Once Upon a Time" is a far from innocent fairytale entangling favorite Disney characters in a new, modern storyline. When it debuted in 2011 it was called "the most family-friendly drama on any broadcast network in the past ten years" and Common Sense Media rated it for children 12 and up. So naturally, with its family-friendly 8:00 pm ET/7:00 pm CT Sunday night time slot, it attracts younger viewers and parents who still think of Disney as wholesome. Of course, 1MM knows that Disney has not been wholesome for some time and, once again, they are purposefully pushing a gay agenda.
Homosexuality continues to be over-represented in the media because producers want people, and especially kids, to think it's normal and everyday life. In reality, that is their fairytale.
Please use the information we have provided to contact TJ Maxx and ask that they pull their financial support from "Once Upon a Time."
On his radio program yesterday, Bryan Fischer declared that officials who refuse to accept marriage equality or transgender rights will one day be recognized as heroes, just like Harriet Tubman.
Responding to the news that Tubman will replacing Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 bill, Fischer noted that she is hailed as a hero today for breaking an unjust law in favor of obeying a "higher law."
"Because everybody recognizes that morally her cause was right, she's a hero," Fischer stated. "And I'm suggesting the same thing when it comes to the homosexual agenda."
Fischer said that elected or school officials who defy court rulings on gay marriage or laws allowing transgender individuals to use the facilities that match their gender identity will be seen as American heroes.
"The heroes," he predicted, "are going to be those elected officials, those school board officials, those principals that say, 'No, that's not going to happen on my watch.'"
Fischer has previously said that there should be an "Underground Railroad to deliver innocent children from same-sex households."
Bryan Fischer kicked off his radio program today by hailing what he claimed was a Reuters article that debunks the theory of evolution once and for all.
"You know, I tell you frequently, 'Do not doubt this book,'" Fischer said, in reference to the Bible. "Here's a story from Reuters to start the program off today about the creation/evolution controversy; this is Reuters, now, this is not a press release from the American Family Association or from the Institute for Creation Research, this is a Reuters piece on ChristianToday.com."
"Listen to this," Fischer declared as he began to read the article. "'The long-standing debate between Creationism and evolution just recently tipped once again in favor of the biblical belief that God created all living and non-living things here on Earth, thanks to the discovery of lizards encased in ambers.'"
If it seems odd that Reuters would make such a declaration, that is because Reuters never made it. The article Fischer read was not a Reuters piece at all, but rather a one-sided report from Christianity Today that was simply illustrated with a Reuters photo.
Aside from the fact that Fischer was entirely wrong about the source of the article, he also ran into a bit of trouble with the fact that these lizards are reportedly nearly 100 million years old, since that obviously conflicts with his creationist belief that the earth is only a few thousand years old.
So how did he address that? By simply dismissing it, of course.
"We don't believe these are 99 million years [old]," he stated. "I believe the earth is about 6,000 years old, maybe 10,000 at the max, but the Bible does not permit you to believe that the universe is 99 million years old. That's just not going to work."
"Ladies and gentlemen," he concluded. "Do. Not. Doubt. This. Book."
Fischer was so enamored with this article that he mentioned it several times throughout his program today, at one point declaring that the theory of evolution is "a complete sham, it's a scam, it's a hoax" that was "developed to find some kind of excuse to disrespect God."
The American Family Association's nation field director, Rob Chambers, appeared on TheDove TV's "Focus Today" program yesterday to discuss his organization's boycott against PayPal, which the group launched after the company canceled a planned expansion in North Carolina in response to a new anti-LGBT law.
When the program's host, Steve Johnson, asked Chambers why there was so much criticism of recently passed anti-LGBT laws in states like North Carolina and Mississippi, Chambers responded by naturally blaming Satan.
"This is spiritual warfare," Chambers said. "Satan is not bound by good, certainly, but basically distorts truth and he is a master of that. I believe the media, Hollywood, they understand what this bill, or new law, actually does but they are distorting it because that's the only way that Satan plays and Satan will try to attempt to win is through deceit and deception."
On Friday's radio program, Bryan Fischer interviewed Dan Gainor of the Media Research Center about the new DirecTV program "You Me Her" which, according to press reports, "centers around a three-way romantic relationship involving a suburban married couple."
Fischer and Gainor were predictably outraged about the show, with Gainor decrying it for "putting a nuclear weapon under the nuclear family and destroying it."
Just 20 years ago, Fischer said, the idea of gay marriage would have been "unthinkable" but now polygamy is being openly prompted on television and this "cultural rot is becoming mainstream."
Gainor agreed, fuming that "if ISIS were to launch a widespread media propaganda campaign tearing down American culture, targeting Christianity, targeting American children for depravity ... we would declare war on them. And in fact, Hollywood does it every single day, probably every single minute."
"Hollywood is the most irresponsible use of power we have ever seen," Gainor stated.
Yesterday, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam vetoed a bill that would have made the Bible the state's official book and American Family Radio's Bryan Fischer kicked off his radio program today by declaring that, in doing so, Haslam "was doing the devil's work."
Citing Psalm 119, Fischer said that studying the Bible "imparts understanding to the simple," which is why Satan is "so intent on keeping the word of God out of our public school system."
Fischer said that Haslam and Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, who recently vetoed legislation that would have allowed the Bible to be used in public school instruction, were both doing the work of the devil.
Otter and Haslam, Fischer said, were cooperating "with the agenda of Satan, who hates the Bible, [who] hates the word of God."
Yesterday, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant took time out of his day to be interviewed by Tim Wildmon, head of the Mississippi-based anti-gay hate group the American Family Association. As Wildmon and his co-hosts showered Bryant in praise and prayer for recently signing a radical anti-LGBT bill into law, the governor said that he didn't understand why the law provoked so much outrage, since it was just an effort to balance the scales of justice by allowing people to openly discriminate in the name of "religious liberty."
"This is about the churches," Bryant said. "The next stop will be American Family Radio and it will be Mississippi College, it will be St. Dominic's Hospital as lawsuits will be filed; it will be churches where pastors can say, 'I can't perform that ceremony,' a lawsuit will be filed, it will go to a federal court and the federal court will say, yes, they should be a protected class, those who choose to marry and want to be married in the church and that church might lose its tax-exempt status and they'll have to close. And church after church after church across this country will close."
"We think people of faith have rights," he continued. "I know that's a strange notion, but we believe the scales of justice must be balanced for those people of faith and those that have other ideas about their desires in life. And that's what the scales of justice must do is be balanced and we believe that this is a step in protecting the civil liberties of people of faith just as the First Amendment of the Constitution does."
The American Family Association's Bryan Fischer is unjustifiably convinced of his own cleverness and enamored with trying to defend acts of bigotry by arguing that those who oppose such bigotry are the real bigots.
As Fischer sees it, the new law prevents black Christians in the state from being bossed around by the "white man in government," which means that the law outlaws racial discrimination and therefore Mississippi is now "the leading civil rights state in the Union."
Anyone who opposes this law, Fischer states, is therefore racist and wants to "drag Mississippi blacks back to the civil rights Stone Age of the 1960s in which their religious principles and rights of conscience had no legal protection, an era in which black pastors could be thrown in jail for standing for principles of liberty and equality":
Bryan Adams canceled a Mississippi concert in protest of a new civil rights bill that protects the conscience rights of blacks in a state that once was world-renowned for racial prejudice.
So on the grounds of personal principle, Bruce Springsteen is now officially a general in the war on women, and Bryan Adams is now the leading bigot in the South.
The Mississippi law that has Adams all wigged out protects the conscience and liberty rights of blacks (and whites) who serve as pastors, county clerks, heads of non-profits and adoption agencies, and who operate businesses as wedding vendors. Their right to freely exercise their religious convictions is what HB 1523 is all about.
Because this law protects the rights of blacks as well as whites, there are some striking implications for blacks in Mississippi, which is still regarded by many as a haven of racist bigotry.
Black pastors won’t be forced to perform same sex wedding ceremonies against their conscience just because a white man in government says they have to. Black churches won’t be forced to rent their houses of worship for same sex wedding ceremonies. Black county clerks won’t be forced to issue same sex wedding licenses that violate their conscience just because a white boss says she has to.
Blacks that run adoption agencies will be free to place adoptive children in a home with a mother and a father without fear of government discrimination at the hands of some white bureaucrat. Black fire chiefs like Kelvin Cochran won’t have to worry about getting fired in Mississippi for believing that marriage is the union of a man and a woman.
In other words, HB 1523 is a brilliantly conceived anti-discrimination bill. It does not foster discrimination, it prevents it. It is a world-class civil-rights bill of which Martin Luther King, Jr. would be justifiably proud. Anybody and everybody who is against invidious discrimination ought to love this law.
Mississippi can proudly take its place now as the leading civil rights state in the Union, providing more legal protections for people of faith and conscience than any other place in America.
But Adams is having none of it. He is evidently happy to drag Mississippi blacks back to the civil rights Stone Age of the 1960s in which their religious principles and rights of conscience had no legal protection, an era in which black pastors could be thrown in jail for standing for principles of liberty and equality.
Adams’ apparently believes that black pastors, clerks, non-profit leaders, and wedding vendors in Mississippi have no rights the white man is bound to respect.
The American Family Association's Tim Wildmon says Mississippi's new anti-LGBT law was necessary because gay activists are "ruthless and can make your life a living hell if they zero in on you ... They are loud, obnoxious, rude, profane, demanding and intolerant of any opposing viewpoint. It’s all gay, all the time, or they will come after you, your family, and your job."
FRC prays that every state will pass similar anti-LGBT laws: "May pastors teach their flocks about the realities of the war being waged upon them. May they enlist Christian citizens to do their part to protect their children and grandchildren from becoming victims of SOGI laws. May every state legislature and Congress pass effective laws, replacing ineffective laws with ones that truly protect the religious liberty for all Americans. May pastors organize Culture Impact Teams to help their people defend their communities!"
Thanks to the Religious Right's relentless echo chamber, the Washington Times reports that "sixty-three percent of respondents in the LifeWay Research survey said they agree or strongly agree that Christians are facing growing levels of persecution, up from 50 percent in 2013."
Jan Markell says that Sen. Al Franken is "one of these Jews who hates his own identity."
Finally, because Glenn Beck has no sense of self-awareness, he actually spent an entire segment on radio today mocking Alex Jones for spewing wild and unfounded conspiracy theories.
On her radio program today, American Family Association official Sandy Rios blasted New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for issuing a ban on non-essential state travel to Mississippi and North Carolina after the two states enacted anti-LGBT laws.
Rios, after baselessly claiming that Cuomo “was seen in a Che Guevara t-shirt in Cuba,” said that the executive order amounts to fascism: “This is the fascist movement in our country and the fascism is against people who have, primarily, Christian values, Judeo-Christian values, and it’s not going to end just because the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage.”
She then went after the activists behind the tongue-in-cheek billboard featuring a drawing of Jesus reading, “Guys, I said hate figs and to love thy neighbor,” calling it “a clever play on words by the left to try to shame people for their strong position that Christians have a right to run their businesses and exercise their own consciences when it comes to accepting, embracing, supporting, encouraging gay relationships and homosexual marriage.”
There are few Religious Right activists who can match American Family Radio's Bryan Fischer when it comes to relentless hatred and hostility toward the LGBT community, so it stands to reason that if he starts heaping praise upon something, there is a very good chance that that thing is awful.
Naturally, Fischer kicked off his radio broadcast today by showering praise upon a piece of legislation signed into law today by Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant that gives businesses, organizations and government officials the right to openly discriminate against gay people in the name of "religious liberty."
In Fischer's warped view, the new law actually prohibits discrimination by protecting the rights of Christians to discriminate against others ... because not being allowed to discriminate is itself a form of discrimination.
Hailing the new law as "outstanding" and "the best in the nation," Fischer rejoiced that Christians in his home states of Mississippi are now protected from "invidious discrimination" by "heterophobic bigots."
"Martin Luther King Jr. was all about protecting rights of conscience," Fischer laughably proclaimed. "That's what drove him; the right of conscience and protecting the right of conscience. Martin Luther King Jr. would be ecstatic with this bill. He would love this bill."
Apparently Fischer thinks that King was organizing and protesting not to end racial discrimination but rather in favor of the right of whites to openly discriminate against blacks in the name of "conscience."
On his radio show yesterday, Bryan Fischer took a call from a listener who didn't understand the outcry over Donald Trump's assertion that abortion should be outlawed and any woman who has an abortion should be punished, pointing out that if you are going to equate abortion with murder, then it makes no sense to say that women should not be held criminally responsible for their actions.
Fischer did his best to explain that this is not a position that most anti-choice groups and activists publicly advocate on the grounds that women who have abortions simply do not know what they are doing and therefore should not be held culpable.
Fischer hopes that once abortion is completely outlawed and we "get the culture to the place where everybody understands that it's a baby," then the government could begin to impose legal penalties upon women who have abortions. But as it stands now, Fischer declared, women simply "do not realize how morally culpable they are" when they have an abortion and so they should not be punished.
"They didn't know better," Fischer said. "Nobody told them, nobody tried to talk them out of it, nobody explained the humanity of the baby in the womb, so they did not know what they were doing."
"I realize from a purist standpoint, there should be legal culpability for a woman," he later admitted. "Maybe some day we can get to that place where that would be accepted and we would actually be able to enact legislation like that."
On his radio program today, Bryan Fischer interviewed Mississippi state Sen. Chad McMahan about an upcoming vote on a bill that, according to the Human Rights Campaign, "would allow individuals, religious organizations and private associations to use religion to discriminate against LGBT Mississippians in some of the most important aspect of their lives, including at work, at schools, and more."
After McMahan complained that many rallies had been held opposing the bill but no rallies had been organized to support it, Fischer went off on a long rant about how conservatives don't have time to participate in political rallies because they are too busy being decent, hard-working Americans, whereas gays channel their undying hatred of God and Christians into non-stop political activism.
"Conservatives," Fischer stated, "we're busy working hard at our jobs, showing up to work on time, working late when we need to, then we want to spend time with our families, we want to take our kids to soccer practice, coach them in t-ball and Little League, we want to help them with their homework, we want to go to parent-teacher conferences, we want to be involved in our church so we go to home Bible studies or cell groups, we might be involved in the choir, we might want to be involved in a Sunday School class, and we would like to have a little recreational time for ourselves so we play a little bit of golf or we play a little church league softball or whatever. We just do not have the discretionary time to put into political rallies."
Gays, on the other hand, Fischer said, have none of these sorts of obligations because they don't have children or families, which then sent him off on a tangent about how allowing gays to adopt children is "a form of child abuse" and is therefore something that "no loving, caring, rational society" should ever allow.
"Homosexuals don't have children, they don't have families," Fischer declared, which allows them time to channel their hatred for God into political activism.
"They're motivated because they're agitated," he said. "They're angry at the church. They're angry at Christians. They're angry at God ... It's easy to see why all the noise, why all the agitation out there is on behalf of those who are trying to kill this thing out of their hatred for Christ, their hatred for God and their hatred for the Scriptures. And I don't hesitate to use that term. It's vitriolic. You know, unless you've come up against this in some way directly, you have no idea how venomous the hatred, the bitterness, the anger is on the part of homosexual activists. They are driven people and they are driven by hate. You know, there's a lot of hatred on this issue but virtually all of it is coming from the homosexual activist community directed at us and our values."