07 October 2011

Top Republicans LIVE at Hatestock '11.

If you're wondering what House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor, and Republican presidential contenders Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Rick Santorum, and Newt Gingrich are all doing this weekend — Surprise! They're all hanging out together at a conference hosted by two Certified Hate Groups.
"Bryan Fischer’s stunning record of public bigotry would make him a pariah in any sane political movement. But his long record of hate speech doesn’t seem to bother the supposed ‘mainstream’ GOP politicians like Mitt Romney and Rick Perry who are sharing the stage with him at an event sponsored by his employer. Candidates don’t have to agree with the views of everyone they appear with – but they should be wary of lending legitimacy to those who peddle hate and fear of their fellow Americans."
- President Michael Keegan, People For the American Way
Fischer is not some bomb-throwing-for-ratings radio personality with some low-level or marginal connection to the American Family Association. His title is AFA Director of Issue Analysis for Government and Public Policy. You may remember the AFA was also the sponsor of "The Response," Rick Perry's Christian-only HateFest and prayer rally held in Houston's Reliant Stadium this past August.

Here are some of Fischer's Greatest Hits:
  • Liberals and progressives hate God, faith, and Christianity; they hate the liberties guaranteed in the First Amendment; and they hate the Declaration of Independence
  • Christian prayers caused an airplane to crash, killing an abortion provider and his family
  • The First Amendment applies exclusively to Christians, and Mormons aren't Christian
  • The Constitution's No Religious Test Clause was a mistake
  • “Government’s purpose is to protect our lives from abortionists, murderers, and Muslims.”
  • Muslims are "a toxic cancer," "parasites" and mentally impaired due to inbreeding
  • Muslims "worship a demon,"and should be purged and barred from military service
  • Building mosques in America isn't a right, but a privilege that should be revoked
  • The irrational anti-Muslim ravings in the manifesto of the Norway campground mass-murderer were "accurate"
  • All immigrants should be required to convert to Christianity
  • Satan is the source of all criticism of Sarah Palin
  • Tilikum, a captive SeaWorld orca, should be executed as a murderer; bears, wolves and other predatory species that occasionally attack people should be hunted to extinction
  • President Obama has a "dark and thuggish" character, is "not authentically black," "nurtures a hatred for the United States and the white man," "is committed to destroying babies" and has stated "I've been a fascist since Day One"
  • Black welfare recipients “rut like rabbits”
  • Native Americans are “morally disqualified” from controlling their land, and their communities are “mired in poverty and alcoholism” because God cursed them for failure to promptly and fully convert to Christianity
  • God calls “each one of us be a Phinehas” (a Bible character who murdered a couple for having extramarital sex in private)
  • Being gay should return to being a criminal offense
  • Gay people should be disqualified from holding public office
  • Two men having sex "is a form of domestic terrorism"
  • DADT repeal was "treasonous" and "is a guaranteed path to a permanently and irreversibly emasculated military that could not defend us if their lives, let alone ours, depended on it"
  • “You want to know who’s now running the U.S. Army, the U.S. Navy and the Marines and calling the shots where it counts? Fundamentalist Muslims and homosexual activists.”
  • The German Nazi Party was predominantly gay and their policies, including the Holocaust, reflect The Homosexual Agenda
  • "Hitler discovered that he could not get straight soldiers to be savage, and brutal, and vicious enough to carryout his orders, but that homosexual soldiers basically had no limits...virtually all of the stormtroopers, the brownshirts, were male homosexuals."
  • American gays remain fundamentally aligned with Nazi policies; "they'll do the same thing to you that the Nazis did to their opponents in Nazi Germany"; are already planning to incarcerate Christian dissenters "in reeducation camps"; "it's the Spanish Inquisition all over again"
  • Gay activists perpetrate more hate crimes in America than any other group
  • All opposition to himself or the AFA is a hate crime because it's all derogatory speech, intimidation, and harassment
Again, this tsunami of paranoia, lunacy, ignorance, and bigotry was all purposefully issued for public consumption by Bryan Fischer in his capacity as the spokesman for the American Family Association, a hate group, co-sponsor of the Values Voters Summit, where actual Republican presidential contenders and top Congressional Republicans will be featured.

This is functionally indistinct from appearing at a Klan rally.

At what point will major media confront this astonishing story?

At what point will sensible Republicans be inclined to stop associating with hate groups, and reassert control of their party?

These are reasonable questions.

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