VIDEO: Bryan Fischer – THE PROPAGANDIST

The Propagandist is an in-depth investigative piece about Fischer’s history in Idaho written for the Southern Poverty Law Center by Idaho journalists Jody May-Chang and Jill Kuraitis, both of whom have closely followed Fischer’s activities for many years. The article is included in a 23-page report issued by the SPLC Oct. 10, 2011

Oct 14, 2011 May-Chang discusses Fischer and the SPLC Report on Fox talk radio KLIX 1310, Twin Falls Idaho.

To hear the entire KLIX interview and download the full report, “THE PROPAGANDISTS: Bryan Fischer, the American Family Association & the Demonization of LGBT People”, please visit: http://may-chang.com/?p=3686

Boise Journalists Write for SPLC National Report on Bryan Fischer

BOISE, ID – On Monday October 10 there will be a press conference in Tupelo, MS a 11:00am CDT where Mark Potok, Director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) Intelligence Project will unveil an explosive new special report” “THE PROPAGANDISTS: Bryan Fischer, the American Family Association & the Demonetization of LGBT People.”

With an executive summary by Potok, The Propagandist was written for the SPLC by Idaho journalists Jody May-Chang and Jill Kuraitis. Other elements by the SPLC staff also contribute to the report.

The press conference will kick-off a Give Hate A Holiday demonstration and march. Events conclude with a public screening of the acclaimed documentary film Out In The Silence, exposing homophobia in the deep south.

Sponsored by the ACLU of Mississippi, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Equality Federation and many other regional LGBT and progressive organizations, the goal is to raise visibility and public awareness on issues related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Mississippi and throughout the South and rural America.

Why Tupelo? It is headquarters for the American Family Association, a political Christian extremist organization recently designated by the SPLC as a hate group. AFA’s hate group status is due in large part to Idaho’s not so favorite son, and former executive director of the Idaho Values Alliance, Bryan Fischer’s prolific anti-LGBT and anti-Muslim remarks.

Since leaving Idaho in July 2009, Fischer’s radio show is broadcasted daily across the country on 145 AFA owned Christian radio stations. Fischer has brought an incredibly vitriolic voice to the organization where he has continued to perpetuate such falsehoods like, Hitler and the Nazi’s were gay, and Mormons do not have freedom of religion.

After the report’s release, it will be available on the SPLC website splcenter.org and will appear in the Winter Issue of the Intelligence Report. Look for updates on The Propagandist posted here and on TheFischerFiles.com.

Exporting Homophobia Story Gets Boost by Best Selling Author Frank Schaeffer

Independent Journalist, Jody May-Chang’s award winning feature Exporting Homophobia: American far-right conservative churches establish influence on anti-gay policy in Africa is cited in New York Times bestselling author, and former religious right operative, Frank Schaeffer’s book Sex, Mom & God: How the Bible’s Strange Take on Sex Led to Crazy Politics—and How I learned to Love Women (and Jesus) Anyway.

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Frank Schaeffer appeared on The Rachel Maddow Show September 30, 20011 to discuss how religious extremists are becoming mainstream in the Republican Party. The segment included Idaho’s not so favorite son and agitator, Bryan Fischer, who is scheduled to speak at the 2011 Values Voter Summit directly following GOP presidential candidate, Mitt Romney.

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As I See It: 2010 – Reporting from the Front Lines of the Culture Wars

2010 has been an amazing year for the movement toward full LGBTQI Equality. Encouraging challenges to California’s Proposition 8 and the Repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, despite strong powerful forces against us, have set in motion a light forward for really substantive change toward federal employment non-discrimination, the repeal of DOMA, with full marriage equality, and same-sex partner immigration.

However, the epidemic of youth suicides, the rise of Bryan Fischer to the national stage and the tea party extremist’s being mainstreamed in the GOP, and the resurgence of the Idaho Values Alliance, tell us we still have so much further to go in our journey toward a truly free and inclusive Democracy.

To those of you who have supported and passed along my work to your mailing lists, family and friends, those who shared stories on Facebook and Twitter, THANK YOU! I am very humbled and truly grateful.

Mostly, I wish to thank my sources because it is they, who put the faces and names to many important issues, explain complicated issues and help sort out fact from fiction in a corporate media world that is full of noise, spin and propaganda. Continue reading

Exclusive Lands Top Story on Religion Dispatches

Gays Attacked in Uganda After Mag Publishes Info

American evangelicals complicit in the anti-gay atmosphere.

By Jody May-Chang

Religion Dispatches Top Story Jody May-Chang Uganda Anti-Homosexuality BillIt’s 11:00 PM on a late October night in a small village on the outskirts of Kampala. The power is out and the streets are dark when a mob of five men unexpectedly show up at the home of Peter Yiga, a known gay activist.

Yiga, like many gays and lesbians in Uganda, leads a double life, living a typical heterosexual existence with a woman who is also the mother of his child in order to provide cover from dangers like the one unfolding.

The men knock on the door, Yiga’s “wife” quietly asks, “Who’s there?” They tell her they’re friends of Peter’s and that he’s expecting them for a meeting. Just as she cracks the door to get a look, they force it open and enter the house.

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Clint McCance Resigns from School Board after Extream Homophobic Statements

Midlands School Board Vice President, Clint McCance, from Pleasant Plains, Arkansas, announced today he will resign over a homophobic tirade on his Facebook earlier this week.

How can a person say the things McCance said, as revealed in the video below, and then expect only after getting caught, that we would believe him when he says, “This is not who I am.”

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Keith Olbermann’s Special Comment:
If the Tea Party Wins, America Losses

Idaho Tea Party candidate for Congress, Raul Labrador on Bryan Fischer's AFA radio program. Many question Labradors values as a result.

This is a long one folks (19:33) but WELL WORTH it. Olbermann outlines the exhaustive list of just about every congressional Tea Party candidate across the country and their fruit loop plans for America.

Not mentioned in the following video is Idaho’s Tea Party candidate Raul Labrador who is attempting to unseat conservative democrat Walt Minnick. Labrador has still not explained why he appeared on extremist Bryan Fisher’s AFA Radio show in late May where on the air, Fischer reportedly refereed to Labrador, as his “good friend”.

What I want to know is, does Labrador hate Muslims and gays like his good friend Bryan Fischer?

This is utterly dangerous to our democracy and as Keith so eloquently put it:

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MSM Finally Catches on to Real Tea Party Agenda

The reality that religious fundamentalism is at the very root of the Tea Party movement is finally sinking in with the mainstream media. Jeff Sharlet, author of “C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy” wrote on CNN.com today that Tea Party is becoming a religious movement:

“Glenn Beck, who invokes the semi-mythical “Black Robe Brigade” — fighting preachers he claims led the American Revolution — as a model for a new generation of activists seems to think so.

On public radio, Bryan Fischer, a leader of the fundamentalist American Family Association, sternly instructed a libertarian Tea Party activist that her movement was religiously rooted whether she wanted it to be or not. A recent poll by the Public Religion Research Institute backs him up, revealing that 57 percent of self-identified Tea Partiers agree that “America is and always has been a Christian nation.”

So is the Tea Party a religious movement, too?

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