Anti-Gay Pastor withdraws from Presidential Inauguration

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Pastor Louie Giglio of the Georgia-based Passion City Church has announced he has decided not to deliver the benediction during President Obama’s second inauguration ceremony.

Members of the LGBT community were stunned after Giglio’s name was announced on Tuesday.  As Think Progress reported,”In a mid-1990s sermon identified as Giglio’s, available online on a Christian training website, he preached rabidly anti-LGBT views. The 54-minute sermon, entitled “In Search of a Standard – Christian Response to Homosexuality,” advocates for dangerous “ex-gay” therapy for gay and lesbian people, references a biblical passage often interpreted to require gay people be executed, and impels Christians to “firmly respond to the aggressive agenda” and prevent the “homosexual lifestyle” from becoming accepted in society.”

Many saw the choice of Giglio by the selection committee as a slap in the face from on otherwise LGBT-friendly administration. Within hours after Tuesday’s announcement activists took to social media sites calling out the choice.

ABC News reported on Thursday that Giglio has decided not to participate in the event.  In a statement to Think Progress, Giglio downplays the severity of his sermon and says he is withdrawing because his prayer would have been “dwarfed by those seeking to make their agenda the focal point of the inauguration.”

Moments after Giglio’s withdrawl, The New Civil Rights Movement reported that AFA hatemonger Bryan Fischer incorrectly tweeted to his followers that Giglio had been “forced out of the inauguration” by “bully bigots.”

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Bryan Fischer prays for pastor that inspired Uganda’s “Kill the gays” Bill

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It’s no secret that American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer hates the LGBT community.  The former director of the Idaho Values Alliance has made a full fledged career out of spewing his poison, both here in Idaho and on the national stage. So it should come as a surprise to no one that Fischer is busy defending one of the main people behind Uganda’s “Kill the gays” bill.

Not that Fischer and Scott Lively are strangers, by any means. The two have been swimming in the same circles for years. In fact, as independent journalist Jody May-Chang has well documented, when Lively came to Idaho in 2008, as part of the horribly homophobic “shake the nations” conference, Fischer couldn’t trip over himself fast enough to defend his fellow nut case.

Now that Lively is on trial for “for conspiring to deprive members of the Ugandan LGBT community their basic fundamental rights” in Massachusetts, Fischer is once again using his bully pulpit to come to the aid of his friend.

For those that don’t know, for years, Lively has been perpetuating the myth that gays were responsible for the Holocaust . Worse yet, he continues to link  the struggle for homosexual equality with pedophilia, both here in America and around the world.  Despite having his theories discredited by any number of scholars, psychologists and historians, Lively continues to find an audience among the uneducated, the superstitious and those who use their religion as a tool for hate.

In 2009, Lively met with Ugandan government leaders and headlined a conference promoting his hateful theories. It was from that conference that Uganda’s bill emerged.  His involvement in the bill, which has since been cleverly rewritten to specifically exclude capital punishment wording, is well documented and undeniable. In fact, as the New Civil Rights points out, Lively has went so far as to call the bill,”a huge blessing” for Uganda and for him personally.

Right Wing Watch reports that on Tuesday, Fischer took to the airwaves to defend Lively, “downplaying his work shaping Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill and advocating for the imprisonment of gay people as simply giving “talks supporting natural marriage.”

Fischer also suggested that Lively’s critics are “inspired by Satan.”

Meanwhile, The Edge reports that Lively’s case is now in the hands of U.S. District Judge Michael Ponsor.

Watch Fischer pray for his fellow hate monger:

GOP Presidential Candidate Round Up: The Looney Tunes Edition

To no one’s surprise, Rick Perry’s out. But  really, did you expect the guy who fashions his wardrobe after old Brokeback Mountain costumes to go straight to the White House? (Yes, every pun in that sentence was truly intended.)

Meanwhile, Newt’s family values appears to be more inline with Mitt Romeny’s Great Grandfather Miles then with the,”one man-one woman” stuff we typically hear from the camp on the right. Don’t worry though, Rush Limbaugh tells us, “everybody has an angry spouse.” Rush, who is on his fourth marriage, is sure to know a thing a to about angry ex-wives.

Newt’s sister, Candace Gingrich-Jones, who is a lesbian, is staying out of the whole mess by voting for Obama.

Speaking of Mittens,  now that Rick Santorum has been proclaimed the promised one by the likes of James Dobson and Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, American Family Association’s favorite hatemonger, Bryan Fischer, appears to backtracking on his stance on the LDS faith.

Readers of the Idaho Agenda will recall that leading up to the GOP primaries Fischer bent over backwards trying to convince his Mormon fan base that he was on their side.  Thanks to independent journalist Jody May-Chang ,we learned that Fischer was really just speaking out of both sides of his mouth.

 

 

The “don’t attack the Mormons”  fund-raising strategy no longer appears to be on the money changer’s tables at the AFA.  Fischer  has pretty much imploded his relationship with his “good LDS friends” by declaring that Mormonism is a false religion and now says that he’s concerned what,”a worshiper of a false god occupied the White House” would mean for  the future of America.

No real friend of the LGBTQIA community to begin with, we can probably expect Romney to move even more to the right  as he tries to “prove” himself to the fascist flock.  Dumb mistake, since the majority of Americans support some sort of LGBTQIA equality  but then nobody has exactly ever accused Mitts of being the smartest man in the room.

Finely, it’s a pretty safe bet that “Frothy Mix” Rick Santorum, who said this week that,“children of lesbian parents are worse off than children with a father in prison,” doesn’t read the Idaho Agenda, nor does he deal very much with reality.  If he did, he’d know that kids raised by lesbian couples actually do just as well or even better than kids raised by straight couples.

But then, Santorum also believes that there’s no difference between Mitt Romney and President Obama when it comes to LGBTQIA rights.

All this and it’s only January 19th…only ten more months to go.

Hate Watch: Bryan Fischer Claims HIV Does Not Cause AIDS

It appears the America Family Association’s Bryan Fischer has gone from his usual hateful rhetoric to simply flat-out encouraging the deaths of millions.

Fischer, who most readers will  know from his days as head of the Idaho Values Alliance, recently not only interviewed discredited “expert” Peter Duesberg, author of “Inventing the AIDS Virus,” on his radio show…he apparently now believes that the HIV and AIDS connection is all a big scheme by scientists to get government funding.

As David Badash over at New Civil Rights points out,”Duesberg believes the symptoms attributed to AIDS are really caused by massive recreational drug use among gay men.”

 

 

Following the interview Fischer posted an editorial on the matter on the AFA website touting the anniversary of basketball great Magic Johnson’s HIV diagnosis as “proof” of one of his most blatantly deadly claims yet,”So why is Magic the picture of health 20 years after this supposedly terminal diagnosis? Easy: the HIV virus does NOT cause AIDS. ”

Fischer, who is not a doctor nor is he obviously not an expert on how t-cells and viral loads work, goes on to site plain wrong and outdated statistics to back up Duesberg’s claim,”96% of male homosexuals have used nitrite inhalants (amyl nitrites, called “poppers”), 70% have used amphetamines and up to 60% have used cocaine or LSD.”

Based on Fischer’s logic one would also have to insanely conclude that drug abuse is to blame for AIDS in areas like Africa and Haiti as well.

While drug use is higher among gay males in the U.S., it’s  certainly no where near the numbers Fischer and his ilk are touting,  it’s also astounding that he simply ignores the connection between his hateful  rhetoric, homophobia and the reasons for the substance abuse increase. 

This isn’t the first time that Fischer’s lies have reached the level of dangerous, but this maybe the first time he has touted a message that could kill millions of people around the world, gay or straight.

May-Chang Shocker! Bryan Fischer: Book of Mormon a “Godless Myth”

Poor hate monger Bryan Fischer  just can’t seem to catch a break these days.  First he was whacked in front of the entire nation by presidential candidate Mitt Romney for his extremist hate speech, then Fischer makes a feeble attempt to defend himself against a report by the Southern Poverty Law Center and journalists Jody May-Chang and Jill Kuraitis by turning his back on former colleagues here in Idaho and calling them “liars“.  Now he just maybe in trouble with his Mormon supporters as well.

May-Chang, who has been following Fischer’s rise as hateful mouthpiece for the American Family Association since his days back here in Idaho, has dug up some audio that his “good LDS friends” may be interested in hearing….

 

Can’t wait to hear Fischer dismiss this one as “..some of the people I used to trust are the source of these lies.”

For those of you unfamiliar with Fischer’s hate fest here in Idaho be sure to check out The Fischer Files on Jody May-Chang’s website.

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