Will GOP Leaders Share a Stage with the Most Anti-Muslim, Anti-Gay Man in America?

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Will GOP Leaders Share a Stage with the Most Anti-Muslim, Anti-Gay Man in America?

PFAW Calls on Values Voter Summit Speakers to Denounce Fischer’s Extremism

WASHINGTON - This weekend (Sept. 17-19), conservative luminaries
including Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachman, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, and 2012
presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich, and Mike
Pence, will be speaking at the Family Research Council’s Values Voter
Summit. Sharing the stage with them will be the American Family Association’s
Director of Issue Analysis Bryan Fischer. Fischer has an AFA-sponsored radio
program, which he uses to spout anti-gay and anti-Muslim propaganda. (The AFA
is also a sponsor of the Summit).

“Reasonable people can, and do, have reasonable
differences of opinion. Bryan Fischer is not a reasonable person,” said Michael B. Keegan, President of People For the
American Way.

“By sharing a stage with Fischer, public figures like
Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Mike Pence, Bob McDonnell, and Michele Bachmann
don’t necessarily endorse Fischer’s shameless anti-Muslim and
anti-gay propaganda—but they do acknowledge its credibility. Any
candidate thinking seriously of running for president in 2012 should think
twice about standing alongside a man who has called for the deportation of all
Muslims in America; insulted
Muslim servicemembers; claimed that brave Americans died in vain because Iraq
was not converted to Christianity; and called gay people deviants, felons,
pedophiles, and terrorists. Bryan Fischer is no mainstream conservative. And
neither is any person who shares a platform with him while refusing to denounce
his hate-filled propaganda.”

People For’s RightWingWatch.org blog has tracked
Fischer’s career over the past several years. His long and prolific record
of hate speech and extremism includes the following recent statements:

On American Muslims:

On Gays and Lesbians:

  • Said: “Hitler discovered that
    he could not get straight soldiers to be savage and brutal and vicious
    enough to carry out his orders, but that homosexual solders basically had
    no limits and the savagery and brutality they were willing to inflict on
    whomever Hitler sent them after. So he surrounded himself, virtually
    all of the Stormtroopers, the Brownshirts, were male homosexuals

On Hispanic Americans:

On President Obama:

On the Animal Kingdom:


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