Bryan Fischer Fired by American Family Association

Holy shit! Bryan Fischer has been fired as the Director of Issues Analysis by the American Family Association, though it appears he still has a radio show for them. Rachel Maddow apparently first reported the news and it was confirmed by Tim Wildmon.

At issue this time is an RNC trip to Israel that was apparently being paid for by the American Family Association, of which Fischer is the director of issues analysis.

Or, rather, he was. Until today.

Maddow quoted AFA President Tim Wildmon as dismissing Fischer as “just a talk show host” who is no longer associated with the AFA. When asked specifically what bothered him about Fischer, he cited “the soundbite quotes, you know, the Hitler and the homosexuality one… we reject that.”

Update- 11:11 pm EST: For the sake of clarification, Fischer has been fired as a spokesperson and director of issues analysis, but is still a radio show host for the AFA.

Here’s the report from Maddow:

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  • John Pieret

    Yeah, it’s like the time the AFA started to put a disclaimer on Fischer’s blog posts that, unless specifically stated otherwise, Fischer’s opinions were his own and couldn’t be attributed to the AFA, despite those opinions being on the AFA’s blogsite. RIIIIIGHT!

    It only the smallest, flimsiest possible cover for the RNC, so they can pretend not to be directly associated with a bigot.

  • raven

    A minor kook fight.

    Fischer made them look bad by saying what they really think.

  • hunter

    John Pieret: It’s not association with a bigot — that’s not about to bother the AFA. It’s that Fischer, among his other drolleries, has made a number of specifically anti-Jewish statements, and the AFA is funding that little RNC junket to Israel.

    And once that’s over, he’ll be back with some new high-sounding job title.

  • John Pieret

    BTW, Right Wing Watch has a longer article about the “firing”:

    http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/afa-cannot-wash-its-hands-bryan-fischers-bigotry-easily

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    “We let him go but he still works for us in the same capacity.”

  • cptdoom

    For once Modus isn’t being sarcastic. Fischer has just become an independent contractor with the same platform to spew his obnoxious views. For Wildmon to bring up the “all the Nazis were gay” statement as reason for the “firing” is especially ridiculous, as the broadcast was in 2010.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    When asked specifically what bothered him about Fischer, he cited “the soundbite quotes, you know, the Hitler and the homosexuality one… we reject that.”

    If they’re still letting him be a radio-show host, then no, they’re NOT rejecting that.

  • hoku

    Maybe this will be a sign to Isreal. See who you’ve jumped in bed with?

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    cptdoom “For once Modus isn’t being sarcastic.”

    You must be confusing me with another me. I’m never sarcastic. I’m satirical with a chance of cheeky. If I was sarcastic, I’d say “Noooo, I am never being sarcastic.” and roll my eyes, the latter of which would admittedly lose much of it’s effect since you can’t see it.

     

    “For Wildmon to bring up the “all the Nazis were gay” statement as reason for the “firing” is especially ridiculous, as the broadcast was in 2010.”

    To be fair, coming from a group that’s still fighting the 1960s, a five year delay is admirably speedy.

  • cptdoom

    If they’re still letting him be a radio-show host, then no, they’re NOT rejecting that.

    Well SPLC is now reporting that AFA has publicly denounced a whole host of Fischer’s statements, claiming their radio program is a “free speech zone” and therefore they are not responsible for what he says (even though he was an official spokesman for years).

    Specifically the AFA states:

    AFA rejects the idea expressed by Bryan Fischer that “Free exercise of religion” only applies to Christians. Consequently, AFA rejects Bryan’s assertions that Muslims should not be granted permits to build mosques in the United States;

    AFA rejects the ideas expressed by Bryan Fischer that the violent expulsion of Native Americans was divinely ordained and that, “Superstition, savagery and sexual immorality” morally disqualified Native Americans from “sovereign control of American soil.”

    AFA rejects the ideas expressed by Bryan Fischer that “we” need to clamp down on immigration because Hispanics are socialist by nature and vote Democratic because it allows them to “benefit from the plunder of the wealth of the United States.”

    and on it goes (http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/news/american-family-association-repudiates-chief-spokesman-s-racist-and-anti-lgbt-stat)

    The AFA does not explain, of course, why they are only just now denouncing the offensive and disgusting statements made, nearly daily, by Fischer. I’m sure this week’s trip to Israel as nothing to do with it.

    It remains to be seen whether GOP candidates for President will still flock to Fischer’s now “independent” radio show to get support from the anti-gay hate movement.

  • whheydt

    Re: Modusoperandi @ #9…

    The 1960s or the 1860s?

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    whheydt, yes.

  • leni

    Maybe Concerned Women for America needs a new spokesman.

  • mikeymeitbual

    When Fischer and I were residents of the same city, he used to send his ridiculous screeds to the local paper, the Idaho Statesman. I wrote an email to Fischer asking whether he was uneducated on the subject of freedom of religion, being willfully ignorant, or just a plain old duplicitous snake. At one point in time, Googling “duplicitous snake” would return a set of results with our exchange being at the top. It has since sunk to #5, but I still take as much joy in that as I did when I heard he was fired. Fired for being too extreme for the AFA… that is really something.