Yesterday, CNN's Anderson Cooper interviewed Florida attorney general Pam Bondi about last weekend's massacre at a gay nightclub in Orland and grilled her about her long history of anti-gay activism.
Predictably, extremist anti-gay activist Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association was outraged by Cooper's treatment of Bondi (as well as Bondi's poor performance during the interview), so he took it upon himself to answer Cooper's questions on Bondi's behalf on his radio program today.
But before he got to that, Fischer announced that because Cooper is gay, he is "disqualified" from covering any stories having to do with the issue of "the homosexual agenda."
"Anderson Cooper, who is an open, admitted homosexual ... therefore ought to recuse himself from any story like this," Fischer declared. "He has no business trying to do journalism on an issue as fraught with emotion as the homosexual agenda. He's disqualified from providing any kind of objective journalistic treatment of that topic."
On her radio show Tuesday, American Family Association official Sandy Rios criticized Deshauna Barber, the newly crowned Miss USA, for praising gender equality in the military at Sunday’s pageant.
During the Miss USA pageant’s question-and-answer segment, Barber, an Army Reserve officer, was asked about the Pentagon’s decision to make all combat jobs available to women.
Barber called the decision “an amazing job by our government to allow women to integrate into every branch of the military. We are just as tough as men… As a commander of my unit, I am powerful, I am dedicated and it is important that we recognize that gender does not limit us in the United States Army.”
Rios mocked Barber’s response, saying, “So, as a woman, just so you know, cause I say so, I am just as tough as a man, I am powerful, and gender does not matter in the American military. You see the trend? Just, you know, I think it, so it is. I mean, this is incredible fantasy, and it’s just so unhealthy.”
A representative of the American Family Association attended Target's shareholders meeting today to complain about the company's effort to protect the rights of transgender customers and employees and was "clearly snubbed" by company executives.
On a related note, Janet Porter declares that "Target is evil. And now Target has become dangerous. If they don’t change their policy that puts women and children at risk, they deserve to be more than boycotted – they deserve to be bankrupt."
Phyllis Schlafly proclaims that "men have no place in the ladies’ room, and neither does political correctness."
Naturally, David Horowitz is defending Donald Trump's racist attack on a Mexican-American judge.
Finally, another typically reasonable column from BarbWire's Gina Miller: "Barack Obama (or whatever his name is) continues to stand firmly in demented opposition to the God of all creation. Last week, Obama again signed a presidential proclamation declaring June to be 'LGBT' Pride Month. Some might shrug this off as no big deal, but this is a very big deal. This is the President of the United States, on behalf of our nation, officially celebrating pride of sin, sin the Bible calls an abomination to God."
On his radio program yesterday, Bryan Fischer declared that it is entirely appropriate for Donald Trump to launch racist attacks against the judge who is overseeing one of the court cases involving his Trump University because the judge himself might be racist.
Fischer insisted that Trump is not racist but that Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who was born in Indiana to parents who came from Mexico, may be racist because he was once a member of La Raza Lawyers of California, which is California's Latino bar association.
Trump having to go before a judge like Curiel, Fischer stated, is like a black defendant having to go before a judge who was in the Ku Klux Klan.
"The real question is not whether Donald Trump is a racist," Fischer said, "but whether the judge who's handling his case is and I think it's legitimate for Donald Trump to have questions about that. I'm not saying the judge is a racist either; I don't know enough to know, but I think there are legitimate questions about his ability to be impartial, objective and neutral."
So, in Fischer's view, Trump launching overtly racist attacks against a judge does not mean that Trump is racist but apparently being of Mexican heritage means that the judge might be racist.
Bryan Fischer kicked off his radio program today with a lesson from the Song of Solomon, warning that having sex before marriage gives Satan control over your relationship, which he then uses to foment marital problems later on.
"When an engaged couple has sex before they are married," he said, "it gives legal ground to Satan. It gives him some turf, it gives him some space, it gives him some part of that relationship over which he has control ... If it is misused, it is one of the ways in which Satan is given very powerful legal ground in a relationship."
"So one of the things I counsel married couples to do, if they had sex before they got marriage," he stated, "there may be problems they are encountering in their marriage relationship that stem from the fact that they gave ground to Satan before they ever got married and he's held on to that to that turf and he's used that turf to work damage to the relationship. So I urge them to go together before God, confess the sin of sexual immorality before marriage, claim His forgiveness, renounce any ground, any claim that Satan has made on the relationship, accept God's forgiveness and then move on with a fresh start."
The American Family Association was not pleased with President Obama’s recent proclamation commemorating LGBT pride month, posting a video on its website last week taking particular issue with the president’s mention that his administration has “worked to strengthen our National HIV/AIDS Strategy to reduce new infections, increase access to care, and improve health outcomes for people living with HIV.”
In the video, AFA’s president, Tim Wildmon, it’s executive vice president, Ed Vitagliano, and Abe Hamilton, a public policy analyst, discuss the proclamation while standing in the group's offices, coffee cups in hand.
“You know, one of the real ironies of this proclamation is the president here cites the need for more funding for HIV/AIDS,” Wildmon said. “But, unlike Michelle Obama, who advocates that children stay off the sodas, he doesn’t advocate behavior change when it comes to homosexual behavior affecting your health. Abe, why doesn’t he say, ‘Stop doing what you’re doing and you won’t get AIDS’?”
“I think once again you highlight one of the glaring episodes of hypocrisy that comes from secular progressivism as applied to public policy,” Hamilton responded. “In terms of other health areas, well, you need to get exercise, you need to cut the sugars, you need to not eat sodas, but in terms of homosexuality, there’s no adjustment needed in your behavior, we just need to pour more money into treating the results of the behavior.”
“Even though it’s very provable that engaging in homosexual activity is dangerous to your health, in the same way that smoking is, or sugar, too much sugar, or anything of that nature,” Wildmon added.
Vitigliano took issue with the president’s call for Congress to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which extend LGBT workplace protections nationwide, claiming that “the only ones I know that are getting fired in this country in 2016 are Christians because they oppose that proclamation and the ideas behind it.”
David Barton, the oft-discredited Religious Right “historian,” Republican political operative and head of a failed Ted Cruz-supporting Super PAC, appeared on the American Family Association’s “Today’s Issues” this morning.
Barton, who claims to find biblical justification for his opposition to minimum wage laws, progressive taxes, capital gains taxes, estate taxes and unions, not surprisingly has a Bible verse that he says mandates a vote for Trump:
For me, the number-one thing for me in every federal election is Isaiah 1:26, the righteousness of the land is determined by the judges in that land. And since we already have Justice Scalia down, and we have three more that are of age, of concern, you’re looking at potentially four judges, and do I want Hillary appointing my judges? Absolutely, unequivocally not. There is not a snowball’s chance I get a good judge out of that. That is just not gonna happen.
With Trump, we got a list of 11 folks, 11 of whom are better than anything Hillary will ever propose, 10 of whom are absolutely rock stars, from our standpoint. So when I look at Isaiah 1:26, this is an easy thing. It’s still difficult for me in so many other areas, because I want to join my vote to someone who does recognize that he needs God, that he has sinned at least once in his life, and of course that’s the thing Trump said — ‘I don’t know of any reason I need to ask God for forgiveness. I’ve never asked him for forgiveness.’ That’s a difficulty, but at the same time, that does not mean that we won’t get the right kind of judges, and that in my estimation is the key thing for any federal election.
Barton warned Christians that they could find faults in and reasons not to vote for any person, even biblical figures like Lot and Noah who were used by God in spite of their flaws. And he insisted that judges are “the number-one biblical issue.”
The first question, there is not an option sitting this out. That is not optional in any way, shape, fashion or form. Second thing is when you vote, you have to vote biblically, and the number-one biblical issue is judges. And on those two things alone you got all the information you need to be able to vote.
Later in the discussion, Barton insisted that we are not to hold our civil leaders to the same standards as our religious leaders and that the Bible actually lays out the different qualifications for each. Barton cited Exodus 18:21 as God's standard that voters are to use for choosing political leaders:
But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens.
Trump obviously does not meet these qualifications in any way, but Barton is going to vote for him anyway – and tell other Christians it is their duty to do the same.
The American Family Association’s Sandy Rios claimed on her radio program this morning that LGBT rights advocates, led by Hillary Clinton, are determined to legalize pedophilia.
Rios took a call from a listener named Pat who told her that “the play is not necessarily for gay rights or transgender, the play is for pedophilia,” a claim for which he cited a 1989 anti-gay film called “AIDS: What You Haven’t Been Told” that he found on YouTube.
“Unfortunately, everything that Pat just said is true,” Rios responded. “I’ve been talking about this stuff at a time, you know, 15 years ago when nobody, nobody could believe this, it was just too much, just too much. But I remember debating Jocelyn Elders, the former surgeon general of the United States, over a book she had endorsed that wanted to move the age of sexual consent down to 12, I got in a huge fight with her over that.”
“And can tell you,” she added, “the person who is primarily behind all of this, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, has been pushing for this since she was young, and that’s Hillary Clinton. He’s absolutely right, pedophilia is the next frontier, the next barrier they want to break down, it is absolutely amazing.”
Earlier today, the American Family Association’s Sandy Rios broadcast her daily radio show live from the Family Research Council’s Watchmen on the Wall Summit, where she chatted with FRC president Tony Perkins about the defeat oftheirpreferredpresidentialcandidate, Ted Cruz.
However, “knowing what the alternative and having experienced almost eight years now of Barack Obama’s radical policies, that has truly fundamentally changed America,” Perkins said, “I want to be able to be supportive of Donald Trump.”
“I want to move him to the point where he is acceptable and he’ll make certain commitments,” he added.
Rios said that a Hillary Clinton presidency is far scarier prospect than a White House controlled by Trump, warning that Clinton would undermine the Second Amendment and religious freedom.
“Look at the court,” Perkins interjected. “It starts with the court.”
The two urged conservative Christians to stay involved in the political process, with Rios warning that one day it “will be so bad we’ll be running for the hills.”
“Well, scripture says that’ll be happening in the End Times,” Perkins said. “I think we’ve got to make the best of a bad situation. This is a reflection, I believe, of where I believe our nation has sunk and, in a large part, it’s because the church has taken its hands off, its removed itself from the culture. So we can’t wring our hands and say we’re walking away when in part we’re responsible for the mess.”
American Family Association official Sandy Rios spoke today with Andrea Lafferty of the Traditional Values Coalition about how the two Religious Right groups are fighting efforts in government and the business community to allow transgender people to access the facilities of the gender with which they identify.
Lafferty called on school districts to defy a recent letter from the Departments of Justice and Education on the rights of transgender students, which makes clear that anti-trans discrimination violates Title IX, saying that the administration will never follow through with its enforcement and advising schools to wait to see where the next president stands on the issue.
“What a hypocrite Obama and his evil cronies are at the Department of Education and Justice that they would take lunch money from children,” she said, before alleging that the number of transgender people in the population has been significantly exaggerated.
Rios claimed that the push for transgender rights is simply an attempt to “give the approval to a lifestyle” and “create chaos, to tear down all the social norms,” criticizing the administration for hiring “100 percent radical” officials, including “homosexual activists” and “radical leftists for race.”
“They look for discrimination everywhere and they are just pursuing every area they can,” she said, “and they’re equating, of course, transgenderism and homosexuality with race in many cases and some of them are certainly advocates for the radical homosexual left as well.”
The two went on to attack Target, which the AFA is boycotting, and Walmart for their policies on LGBT issues, with Rios urging listeners to “take action” and punish businesses with nondiscrimination policies “because if we don’t now I think … that the next push will be to legalize and mainstream pedophilia.”
“That’s not a guess,” she said. “It’s not just a, ‘Gee, what do I think?’ This is what the radical left sexual activists have been planning for a long time.”
Next month, Donald Trump will host a meeting with some of the country’s most radical anti-LGBT and anti-choice leaders in New York City.
Trump, who has already recruited a variety of far-right activists and conspiracy theorists to his campaign, is set to take part in a convening organized by Ben Carson, a former rival turned campaign surrogate, aimed at bringing reluctant Religious Right leaders to his side.
According to a copy of the invitation to the event obtained by the National Review, Trump will be joined by Religious Right activists including Tony Perkins, James Dobson, Penny Nance, Jim Garlow, Rick Scarborough, Phil Burress, Ken Cuccinelli, Lila Rose, E.W Jackson, Harry Jackson, Tim Wildmon, Ralph Reed, Pat Robertson and Cindy Jacobs.
The meeting will be cohosted by the Family Research Council, Vision America and AFA Action, the political arm of the American Family Association, three of the most vicious anti-LGBT hate groups in the country.
Trump has already pledged to use nominees to the Supreme Court to pave the way for the reversal of the landmark rulings on abortion rights and marriage equality and has vowed to defund Planned Parenthood, key priorities of right-wing activists.
Here is a brief introduction to some of the far-right extremists Trump will be meeting with next month.
Yesterday, American Family Association official Sandy Rios criticized the confirmation of Eric Fanning to be Army secretary. Rios didn’t find anything wrong with Fanning’s qualifications, she was just upset that he is a gay man.
As a gay man, Rios said, Fanning cannot be an “alpha male.”
“When it comes to leading men into battle, when it comes to being secretary of the Army, I’ll take an alpha male any day,” she said. “I’m sorry. I know these war-like men too well and I don’t think most of them — very few of them are gay. You that are in the gay community, if you were to describe your friends and colleagues who are in this community, I don’t think you would describe them as warriors. I’m sure there are some, but still, I would prefer an alpha male.”
“That’s where we’ve come: an openly gay man is the secretary of the army while the founder of the Delta Force, because he disapproves of transgender bathrooms in North Carolina, is fired from teaching at a college,” she said. “It’s just amazing.”
After spendingmonthspromoting the presidential candidacy of Ted Cruz, the American Family Association’s Sandy Rios appears to be finally ready to get behind Donald Trump, telling listeners on her radio program today that they must unite to defeat Hillary Clinton in November.
“Hillary Clinton embraces every sexual deviancy you can imagine,” she said, before onceagain suggesting that the former secretary of state is a lesbian because “there have been more than rumors swirling about her own sexual proclivities since before she became first lady.”
“She’s an advocate of gay marriage, and I mean a strong advocate,” she said. “She’s been endorsed by every radical homosexual activist group in the country, all the major ones, Human Rights Campaign and others, especially in New York. She gets that endorsement for a reason, you know, she gets it for a reason.”
Rios went on to praise Trump for coming out against marriage equality, claiming that it was a “gutsy” thing to do for someone who lives in New York.
On his radio show today, Bryan Fischer criticized the Washington Post for mistakenly reporting that the American Family Association was sending men into women's restrooms in order to test Target's policy of allowing transgender customers and employees to use the restroom and fitting rooms that match their gender identity. (Though the Post article did not cite us, the initial report on this issue originated from a post right here on Right Wing Watch about comments made by the AFA's Sandy Rios that "we’ve already had people testing" Target's policy; we interpreted her comments to mean that other LGBT activists were testing the policy.)
In complaining that the Washington Post failed to check with the AFA before publishing its report, Fischer said that something similar happened to him several years ago when people falsely claimed that he asserted that black people on welfare "rut like rabbits" in order to receive more benefits from the government.
"I never said that blacks and minorities 'rut like rabbits,'" Fischer insisted, "but that's what they accused me of saying. I didn't say it. I said people do this. You get more of whatever you subsidize."
Fischer is unequivocally lying.
Coincidentally, Right Wing Watch was also the source of the initial report that Fischer had asserted that African Americans on welfare "rut like rabbits" in a column that he wrote in April 2011:
Welfare has destroyed the African-American family by telling young black women that husbands and fathers are unnecessary and obsolete. Welfare has subsidized illegitimacy by offering financial rewards to women who have more children out of wedlock. We have incentivized fornication rather than marriage, and it’s no wonder we are now awash in the disastrous social consequences of people who rut like rabbits.
Welfare has destroyed the African-American family by telling young black women that husbands and fathers are unnecessary and obsolete. Welfare has subsidized illegitimacy by offering financial rewards to women who have more children out of wedlock. We have incentivized fornication rather than marriage, and it’s no wonder we are now awash in the disastrous social consequences of those who engage in random and reckless promiscuity, whether they are Caucasian, Hispanic, or African-American.
Fischer absolutely declared that blacks "rut like rabbits" and we have to original column to prove that he is lying when he now claims that he never wrote anything of the sort.
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."