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AFA’s Bryan Fischer Recycles a Few of His Favorite Lies

By Robert Steinback on October 11, 2011 - 2:02 pm, Posted in Anti-LGBT

Most people know the well-worn maxim that defines insanity as repeating the same action over and over again, while expecting a different result.

What should one call it when the chief spokesman for a preeminent ultra-conservative “pro-family” organization publishes a collection of falsehoods which are soundly debunked, who then responds by repeating the disproved allegations, only to have them thrashed again – and then, 11 months later, republishes the exact same nonsense, unchanged and unmitigated?

We call it proof that Bryan Fischer, director of issues analysis for the American Family Association (AFA), has lost meaningful contact with the world around him.

Mark Potok, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project, was in AFA’s home town of Tupelo, Miss., Monday to present an SPLC investigative report about Fischer. Due largely to Fischer’s relentless gushing of hateful and insulting speech against LGBT people (also here), Muslims (also here, here and here), blacks, immigrants, Native Americans (also here) and others, the SPLC lists AFA as a hate group.

Apparently irked by Potok’s scheduled presentation, Fischer posted a blog suggesting that the SPLC itself should be classified as a hate group, because the “10 Myths” about LGBT people SPLC wrote about in the November 2010 edition of its Intelligence Report magazine were in fact, 10 truths.

They aren’t. We made that clear in a Dec. 2, 2010, article pointing out that Fischer built his rejoinder on discredited, misrepresented and outdated research. Undaunted, Fischer published another post, restating the same arguments and using the same discredited research, and going further: This time, he mischaracterized what our original “10 Myths” article said. So we called him out again in a Dec. 20 post, pointing out how Fischer was attempting to use a new batch of lies to justify his earlier crop.

Silly us, thinking that laying out the truth should settle the matter. Imagine our surprise Monday when, like the cinema demon that just won’t die, Fischer’s long-disproven anti-gay rant surfaced again. Bryan Fischer evidently believes that all it takes to fool his followers is for him to successfully fool himself into believing that demonstrable lies can masquerade as the truth.

  • TERRY TURNER

    Don’t you just “HATE” those afa bigots????

  • jonas

    My above comment in no way speaks to my feelings about Mr. Fischer, who I think of as a disgusting bigot.

  • jonas

    @Jack – Criticizing the President by comparing him or his policies to Hitler is not racist, nor is it something a White supremacist would do. Why would a White nationalist compare his/her idol with a multiracial US president (keeping in mind that the US government is supposed to be ‘Zionist-Occupied’)? It is expressing disagreement with the President, and one could even argue that (at least when Teabaggers do it) that it contains a fair amount of hypocrisy. That is because the Republicans opposed to Obama would most likely watch Fox, which called anti-Bush liberals traitors for criticizing the president during a war. I see no sense in blindly accepting, without skepticism or critique, decisions by ‘our’ leaders. That thought-terminating , unquestioning obedience can begin a dangerous path to Pavlovian social conditioning.Our politicians should not be made into untouchable, infallible beings, wartime or not.

  • Linnea

    Thank you for continuing to blow the cover off the hate in disguise that the religious right peddles in!

  • http://Hatewatch Jack

    I personally saw and heard Bryan Fischer say , ” We have to get little hitler out of the White House “. There is an element out here that enjoys alluding to hitler – like white supremacists etc. that are gravitating towards some southern churches most of whose members oppose President Obama. Could Hank, Jr. be playing to this crowd as well ? Birds of a feather !

  • RR

    I appreciate reading your blog posts and the ones on this particular individual and the organization he is affiliated with are excellent. Here’s hoping people can discern that this individual is hate filled, not loving, and that they will move away from his views and cease to support this obscene agenda of hate.

  • CM

    “… the most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly and with unflagging attention: It must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over. Here, as so often in this world, persistence is the first and most important requirement for success.” — Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf