Anyone interested in the dynamics of the US presidential campaign needs to read this article in the New Yorker Magazine on Bryan Fischer and his American Family Association (AFA), a christo-fascist group that vows to eliminate the separation of church and state, making the US a "Christian Nation", dedicated to military adventurism, torture of "non-Christian terrorists", abolition of Medicare, Social Security, and public education. But the AFA's primary targets are President Barack Obama, whom it labels a "Muslim socialist", and advocates of social equality for gays and lesbians. It would be easy to dismiss Fischer and his crackpot followers as a fringe organization, except that his views are mainstream throughout much of the American south, and Fischer has enormous influence on Mitt Romney and Republican Party:
For two hours every weekday, a broadcaster named Bryan Fischer hosts “Focal Point,” a popular Christian radio talk show. He is one of the country’s most vocal opponents of what he calls “the homosexual-rights movement.” As he puts it, “A rational culture that cares about its people will, in fact, discriminate against adultery, pedophilia, rape, bestiality, and, yes, homosexual behavior.” His goal is to make this view the official stance of the Republican Party.
After Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican Presidential nominee, hired an openly gay man, Richard Grenell, to serve as his campaign’s national-security spokesman, Fischer engineered a successful campaign to hound Grenell from the Romney's campaign. Romney was too weak to defend his aide, and he recognizes that he needs Fischer's Christian fascist base - fueled by hatred against the first black president - if he hopes to defeat Obama in September.
Fischer and his allies frequently use junk science, phony sociology and historical revisionism to wage their war against gays and lesbians in American. Nothing new, but this bit of information surprised me:
In Idaho, Fischer attacked homosexuality with growing fervor. In 2007, he sponsored a summit where he hosted Scott Lively, the co-author of a widely criticized book, “The Pink Swastika,” which argues that homosexuality was at the heart of Nazism. (In fact, the Nazi regime persecuted gays.) More recently, Lively has expressed support for anti-gay initiatives in Uganda. He has been a guest on Fischer’s radio show, and Fischer often promotes Lively’s theories. “Hitler himself was an active homosexual,” Fischer has said. “Hitler recruited around him homosexuals to make up his Storm Troopers. . . . Hitler discovered that he could not get straight soldiers to be savage and brutal and vicious enough.” On another occasion, Fischer declared that “homosexuality gave us Adolf Hitler, and homosexuals in the military gave us the Brown Shirts, the Nazi war machine, and six million dead Jews.”
Given that thousands of gay German men were detained and later perished in Nazi concentration camps, Fischer holding gays responsible for the Holocaust turns logic upside down.
Fortunately, much of The Pink Swastika is available to read online. I found this statement especially interesting:
Germany the "most homosexual nation on earth" ? I doubt Guido Westerwelle would agree.
The "facts" cited in The Pink Swastika are debunked on the Web site The Annotated Pink Swastika. But when did any fascist movement care about historical truth?