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The Religious Right and the Rise of Quasi-Birtherism

It is pretty interesting to watch the Religious Right delicately attempt to embrace the anti-Obama Birther conspiracies while desperately trying to avoid being tagged as Birthers. 

Just a few weeks ago, Tony Perkins was saying he was not a Birther while simultaneously claiming that questions about Obama's birth certificate were "legitimate issues."

And now that the Right is all agog about Breitbart.com's latest bombshell dud, the folks over at the American Family Association are likewise trying to figure out how to walk the fine line of promoting the idea without getting stuck with the Birther label , as both Buster Wilson and Bryan Fischer claim not to be Birthers ... while stating categorically that President Obama's long-form birth certificate is a fake:

AFA Host Warns the European Union Will Raise up the Antichrist

Last week on his radio show AFA Today, the American Family Association’s Buster Wilson, the General Manager of American Family Radio, warned that the European Union is setting the stage for the emergence of the Antichrist. While reading an article from a British tabloid magazine, Wilson claimed that the EU is poised to abolish its member states and foist upon them a single, dictatorial ruler, who he believes may be the Antichrist.

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AFA Stands By Their Man: Fischer Says 'Things that A Lot of People on the Conservative Side of Things Think but They Won't Say'

Rosie Gray of BuzzFeed is out with a new profile of Bryan Fischer, the American Family Association spokesman, revealing that Fischer is a wildcard in the Religious Right movement not because of his extremist views but as a result of his readiness to broadcast them without restraint or fear of the consequences. Social conservative leaders never question or rebuke his hardline rhetoric or radical claims, chronicled almost daily on this blog, and are happy to give Fischer a platform at key events like the Values Voters Summit and appear on his radio show. As Gray writes, the leadership of the AFA is squarely behind Fischer, with Buster Wilson boasting that Fischer “will say things that a lot of people on the conservative side of things think but they won’t say.”

Sarah Posner of Religion Dispatches noted in her report from October, 2010, that former AFA employees told her that “the views represented by Fischer are not only tolerated within the organization, but any opposition to its anti-gay, anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant invective—including reliance on white nativist sources in the AFA’s media programs—is dismissed. What’s worse, former employees say, anyone questioning such attitudes as un-Christian is denigrated, and in some cases forced out.”

In fact, the only times his columns were censored by the AFA was not due to internal disagreement but because the issues he was talking about veered outside of the group’s mission.

While the AFA did not remove Fischer’s column denying the link between HIV and AIDS from its website (which you can find here), the group expunged Fischer’s columns defending the expulsion of Native Americans from their land, demanding all immigrants to the US convert to Christianity and maintaining that African Americans “rut like rabbits” as a result of the welfare system. Again, the AFA didn’t think Fischer was wrong, but as Tim Wildmon said, they were about “topics that we wouldn’t get into.”

And what of the drumbeat volume of accusations from those to his left — including many Republicans — that he is a bigot and a homophobe?

“It doesn’t bother me because I know I’m right.”

“Eventually everybody in America is going to agree with me,” Fischer said gravely. “Either before it’s too late or after it’s too late. Because what we’re talking about is the truth.”

Fischer’s confidence has made him a compelling messenger. In 2009, Tim Wildmon invited him nearly 2,000 miles southeast to work at AFA headquaters [sic], and he and his wife Debbie moved to Tupelo. The couple attends the Hope Church, a midsize evangelical congregation on a desolate highway on the way out of town, and have two grown children, Jenna and J.D.

When the younger Wildmon took over the AFA from his ailing father in 2010, he immediately set out to boost its already-robust radio network — an effort that involved hiring rising star Fischer. AFA’s programming goes out to 200 stations across the country and pulls in between 800,000 and 1.2 million listeners a week, of whom Fischer’s show takes the majority, the group says. Buster Wilson, who hosts the show after Fischer’s, said he believed Fischer had inherited the elder Wildmon’s high-profile role in the conservative movement.

“Bryan will say things that a lot of people on the conservative side of things think but they won’t say,” Wilson said. “Or believe but they won’t speak of,” Wilson said.

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Wildmon was careful to note that Fischer’s views, on his blog and on his radio show, do not always reflect those of AFA. He said there have been two instances in the past two years when he’s asked Fischer to take something off the site. One was a post asserting that Native Americans were “morally disqualified” from controlling territory in North America. Another was a column using the example of Magic Johnson’s health to question whether or not HIV really leads to AIDS.

Why can’t Fischer say that, but can say, for example, that Hitler was gay, or that God will cure AIDS if gays cease all sexual activity? Or that Bill Clinton is responsible for the rise in oral cancer?

“Most times his views are going to be be consistent with ours, but sometimes he’s going to stray and speak on topics that we wouldn’t get into,” Wildmon said. “I’m not distancing myself or our ministry from Bryan in the sense that he does work here, he’s on our payroll.”

Fischer said that every time something’s been taken off the blog, it’s been of his own volition.

“I made those decisions,” he said.

Rios: 'There are Tons of People in Government' who are Communists

On yesterday's "AFA Today" radio program, Buster Wilson welcomed fellow AFA Radio Host Sandy Rios on to the program to discuss Rep. Allen West's recent allegation that were some 80 members of Congress who were members of the Communist Party.

Both Wilson and Rios were convinced that West was absolutely right, as Obama himself "admits to receiving Marxist training" and has filled his administration with open Marxists.  In fact, there was so much evidence that Communists have infiltrated the government that Wilson could not understand "why the Left would mock those of us on the Right who call attention to it."

But Rios explained that mockery was all part of an effort to discredit those who point out that "there are tons of people in government ... who embrace Socialism/Communism, even if they don't call it that": 

UPDATE: Rios has posted a column on AFA's OneNewsNow seemingly suggesting that Obama is some sort of Communist plant who is aiming to help rebuild the Soviet Union:

The FBI waged war against Communist subversives from its earliest years until the 1980s when President Ronald Reagan brought the godless "Evil Empire," soaked in the blood of millions slain by Joseph Stalin, to its knees.

Yet the American Left idolized that empire and its ideology. The KGB was actively recruiting young American college students at the time young Bill Clinton mysteriously showed up in Russia while travel was still forbidden. In their own manifesto, Prairie Fire, William Ayres and Bernadine Dorn wrote: "We are a guerrilla organization .... We are communist women and men .... We need a revolutionary communist party in order to lead the struggle, give coherence and direction to the fight, seize power and build the new society." The Weather Underground sought the "violent over throw of the United States government."

The Marxist Barack Obama Sr. came to America and married Ms. Stanley Dunham, who he met in Russian class. Frank Marshall Davis, an editor of a Communist newspaper in Chicago with a damning FBI dossier, was a close friend to Ms. Dunham's father and later a mentor to his grandson, Barack Obama Jr., referred to affectionately as "Frank" in Dreams from my Father.

From the cousin Obama campaigned for, Kenyan Marxist Prime Minister, Raila Odingo, to Green Job Czar-Communist, Van Jones, to former White House communications director Anita Dunn, whose favorite political philosopher was Mao Zedong, to senior advisor Valerie Jarrett, daughter-in-law of Vernon Jarrett, philosophical friend and coworker of Frank Marshall Davis, the circle of Soviet romanticists surrounding the President seems endless.

So, what did the administration mean about resetting relations with Russia? And if this proclivity to "make it up" to the weakened Russians, handing them the tools to reclaim power, is already in place, is the gutted Space Shuttle Discovery a metaphor of what comes next?

AFA Continues the Crusade Against Ellen

Buster Wilson, General Manager of the American Family Association's American Family Radio Network and host of the radio program "AFA Today" was particularly incensed on Friday that Fox News' Bill O'Reilly had defended JC Penney's decision to hire Ellen DeGeneres as its spokesperson.

Given that the AFA is responsible for the entire campaign to get DeGeneres fired and has been using every arm of the organization to promote it, it is no surprise that Wilson would be outraged by the fact that O'Reilly compared it to a McCarthyist witch hunt, prompting Wilson to declare that he would never watch O'Reilly's program again! 

Wilson sought to explain that this was not simply a "business decision" on the part of JC Penney, but an effort to normalize and promote homosexuality.  Wilson falsely claimed that Ellen was "kicked off" of her sitcom for coming out and then lamented that a homosexual like DeGeneres would become a role model for young girls because it is "morally wrong":

It is worth noting, as we have done before, that if Wilson is so concerned about the messages being spread by designated spokesmen, he might want to have a talk with relenetless bigot Bryan Fischer, the AFA's official spokeman for the and host of a two hour radio program every day on Wilson's radio network.  

AFA Continues the Crusade Against Ellen

Buster Wilson, General Manager of the American Family Association's American Family Radio Network and host of the radio program "AFA Today" was particularly incensed on Friday that Fox News' Bill O'Reilly had defended JC Penney's decision to hire Ellen DeGeneres as its spokesperson.

Given that the AFA is responsible for the entire campaign to get DeGeneres fired and has been using every arm of the organization to promote it, it is no surprise that Wilson would be outraged by the fact that O'Reilly compared it to a McCarthyist witch hunt, prompting Wilson to declare that he would never watch O'Reilly's program again! 

Wilson sought to explain that this was not simply a "business decision" on the part of JC Penney, but an effort to normalize and promote homosexuality.  Wilson falsely claimed that Ellen was "kicked off" of her sitcom for coming out and then lamented that a homosexual like DeGeneres would become a role model for young girls because it is "morally wrong":

It is worth noting, as we have done before, that if Wilson is so concerned about the messages being spread by designated spokesmen, he might want to have a talk with relenetless bigot Bryan Fischer, the AFA's official spokeman for the and host of a two hour radio program every day on Wilson's radio network.  

AFA: 'What Makes Ellen DeGeneres Dangerous is That She's a Nice Person'

It is worth noting that even though the campaign to pressure JC Penney to fire Ellen DeGeneres as its spokesperson was launched by One Million Moms, a project of the American Family Association, the effort has the full support of every arm of the organization, from its news outlets to its radio hosts.

Case in point, on yesterday's edition of AFR Mornings, hosts Buster Wilson and Fred Jackson weighed in on the campaign, explaining that DeGeneres needs to be fired because she is just not "wholesome" and is actually "dangerous" .... because she is just so darn nice:

Wilson: JC Penney has employed Ellen DeGeneres as their new national spokesperson, so their re-branding themselves and they brought in Ellen, who happens to be very popular in the culture, she is, there is no doubt about that but ... we just don't believe that Ellen DeGeneres is wholesome, family. She is known, she made her name, by being the first real television star to come out in her homosexuality.

Jackson: You kind of mentioned it. What makes Ellen DeGeneres dangerous is that she's a nice person and, I haven't watched her program but apparently she does an interesting kind of funny program. So she does a good job of masking her very active role in the homosexual agenda - and she's extremely active in that agenda. But she doesn't go out on her program, I understand, and do that. But she's known, Buster. JC Penney knew exactly what it was doing when they hired Ellen DeGeneres. They know she's a homosexual activist [and] that she's out there fighting for greater homosexual rights.

AFR's Buster Wilson Calls on MSNBC to "Clean the Stable" of Maddow & O'Donnell

MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell and Pastor John Hagee have been engaged in a war of words lately, stemming from O'Donnell's characterization of Hagee's infamous sermon in which he preached that God used Adolf Hitler and the Holocaust as a means of getting Jews to return to Israel. 

On Friday, Buster Wilson decided to weigh in on the dispute on his "AFA Today" radio program where he called on the network to "clean the stable" of hosts like "the admitted lesbian Rachel Maddow" and Lawrence O'Donnell:

National news networks do have ... a tendency for mischaracterizing the works, motivations, and the actions of religious people. Do you notice that? Well, I'll tell you, one of the worst, one of the worst is MSNBC. When you take the likes of Chris Matthews, and when you take Lawrence O'Donnell and Rachel Maddow, you have some of the most anti-Christian, anti-religious people on journalistic television today. No question about it.

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We need to let MSNBC know it's time for them to clean the stable out of those people who are so anti-Christ, so hateful. When you listen to the admitted lesbian Rachel Maddow, when you listen to Lawrence O'Donnell and some of the things that Chris Matthews says and some of the other people that they've had to chasten on their network with either getting them off the network or giving them time off without pay, this network needs, I say this network needs to do a little cleaning up in their house because absolutely it's out of phase with the reality of what's going on in the rest of the world.

Allow us to point out that Wilson is General Manager of the American Family Radio Networks, which just so happens to be the radio network that provides Bryan Fischer with two hours of radio time every day from which to spew all manner of unmitigated bigotry:

As general manager, Wilson presumably has some say over the barrage of hate-filled bigotry that Fischer unleashes on a daily basis on his radio station ... so perhaps he ought to get his own house in order before he starts telling others that they need to do some house cleaning.

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