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:

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Daily Kos features May-Chang/VanderSloot Saga

Daily Kos blogger laserhaas has written a great post summarizing the ongoing story involving Romney finance co-chair and Idaho businessman Frank VanderSloot.

You might recall that independent journalist Jody May-Chang, this blog and others were recipients of takedown notices earlier this year by attorneys working for VanderSloot’s Melaleuca company.

laserhaas does an excellent job bringing readers up to speed on the saga that includes the article by Salon’s Glenn Greenwald, an eight-minute piece by MSNBC”s Rachel Maddow as well as articles posted by Forbes and Mother Jones.

Now that Romney is clearly the GOP presidential candidate nominee, it will be interesting to see just how his campaign handles the publicity.

For his part, VanderSloot has created a website dedicated to responding to his critics. www.frankvanderslootresponse.com includes his original response to the Greenwald article, a letter from the Idaho State Attorney General’s office as well as an excerpt from blog comments made by Post-Register publisher Roger Plothow.

In March, the Human Rights Campaign started a petition calling on the GOP frontrunner to remove VanderSloot from his campaign. In a letter to its supporters, the HRC called VanderSloot, “one of the most ruthlessly anti-LGBT bullies in our nation. He’s funneled money to causes that demonize LGBT people and damage our families. His lack of a moral compass includes outing an Idaho man and leading a relentless character assault against him.”

So far, there has been no response from the Romney campaign.

Click HERE to read the full post over at Daily Kos.

Jody May-Chang on Melaleuca CEO Frank VanderSloot

Independent journalist Jody May-Chang has written an excellent piece on Mitt Romney’s campaign finance co-chair Frank VanderSloot.

Frequent readers will recall that May-Chang, this blog and others were recipients of takedown notices last month by attorneys working for VanderSloot’s Melaleuca company.

In the article, published this afternoon on Boing Boing, May-Chang offers more details on the history of Frank VanderSloot’s activities, as well as her thoughts on what she calls the “whitewashing” of the Idaho CEO’s “tarnished image”.

Among the nuggets contained in May-Chang’s piece: a quote from former Post-Register reporter Peter Zuckerman regarding how he felt during the Eastern Idaho Boy Scout scandal.

May-Chang also includes a paragraph from The Boise Weekly in which reporter Ray Ring wrote in 2008 that Melaleuca’s call center was being used to help persuade California voters to support California’s Prop 8.

Click HERE to read the full article.

BuzzFeed Picks Up Frank VanderSloot Story

BuzzFeed, a national website known for its ability to cover “the viral web in realtime,” interviewed Jody May-Chang and myself for an article published on Friday regarding  Mitt Romney’s ties to Idaho businessman Frank VanderSloot.

For those not familiar with the backstory, the article titled Get To Know Mitt Romney’s Most Controversial Backer, Frank VanderSloot, provides a great snapshot.

VanderSloot was thrown into the national spotlight after last month’s Salon article by columnist Glenn Greenwald. The story, which includes threats made against the Idaho Agenda, Jody May-Chang and others has since exploded into a potential campaign issue.

As we reported last week, the HRC has started a petition calling for Mitt Romney to “fire” VanderSloot as his  national finance co-chairman.

“HRC spokesman Dan Rafter tells BuzzFeed that “Mitt Romney can’t have it both ways – saying repeatedly he opposes discrimination against gay Americans but then employing Frank VanderSloot, whose harsh anti-gay views are quite clear. The Republican hopeful should immediately fire VanderSloot to show the country he means what he says,” writes BuzzFeed’s Rosie Gray.

Click HERE to read the full article.

You can read Vandersloot’s response to the Greenwald Article HERE.

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow also covered the story HERE.

You can read filmmaker Debra Chasnof’s thoughts on the controversy HERE. 

You can read my response and challenge to Vandersloot HERE.

HRC Calls on Romney to Drop Frank VanderSloot

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The nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization is calling on GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney to fire his campaign’s national finance co-chair.

In a petition sent out by the Human Rights Campaign last week, the organization told supporters,”VanderSloot helped bankroll the Prop 8 campaign, and has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to anti-LGBT causes. He spearheaded a heinous billboard campaign against Idaho Public Television for airing content that “promote[s] the homosexual lifestyle.”

The Idaho businessman’s activities were thrown into the national spotlight after last month’s Salon article by columnist Glenn Greenwald. The story, which includes threats made against the Idaho Agenda, Jody May-Chang and others,has since exploded into a potential campaign issue.

HRC spokesman Fred Sainz tells The Advocate,”Romney’s relationship with VanderSloot “speaks volumes about how Mitt Romney truly feels about LGBT people. He added that the candidate “can no longer get away with saying he opposes discrimination against LGBT Americans while simultaneously working with someone as viciously anti-LGBT as Frank VanderSloot.”

“Your [Romney’s] campaign reflects your values — this is your moment to state once and for all that you will not tolerate discrimination against LGBT people. Fire Frank VanderSloot immediately and return the money he has donated to your campaign,” says the HRC letter.

Read the full letter and sign the petition HERE.

You can read Vandersloot’s response to the Greenwald Article HERE.

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow also covered the story HERE.

You can read my response and challenge to Vandersloot HERE.

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