JUST RELEASED! SPLC Winter 2011 Intelligence Report

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THE FISCHER FILES – Gay-basher Bryan Fischer is famous for his bigotry. What’s less known is how ‘mainstream Idahoans jump-started his career
By Jody May-Chang and Jill Kuraitis for the Southern Poverty law Center’s Winter 2011 Intelligence Report


“…Things were coming to a head at Community Church of the Valley. Mansfield, who had helped get the church started, said that church elders “had a meeting about conflict with Bryan over who had the final say in the church.” Fischer insisted that he did, but Mansfield said it was actually the board…”

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Idaho Journalists Expose Bryan Fischer in National SPLC Report

Southern Poverty Law Center, SPLC, Boise, ID – A report published by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), THE PROPAGANDISTS: Bryan Fischer, the American Family Association & the Demonization of LGBT People, was released yesterday in Tupelo, Miss., the headquarter city of the AFA.

The Propagandist is an in-depth investigative piece about Fischer’s history in Idaho written for the SPLC by Idaho journalists Jody May-Chang and Jill Kuraitis, both of whom have closely followed Fischer’s activities for many years.

Reacting to the report Monday on his AFA radio show Fischer said, “[This] is sort of a hit piece on yours truly I mean there is one distortion, error, lie after another in this piece, I mean it’s just amazing the lies and some of the people I used to trust are the source of these lies.”

Jill Kuraitis, one of the co-authors of The Propagandist said today, “Multiple attempts were made to get Fischer on the record and present his side. He never returned our calls or emails. Fischer had his chance to weigh in and chose not to.”

“Bryan Fischer has done a lot of damage to LGBT people and their families here in Idaho and is now spreading his poison nationally,” added May-Chang. “For years he has been calling us child molesters, disease spreaders, and sexual deviants with impunity. The truth has finally caught up with him. Our reporting is solid.”

The Propagandist will be included in the November issue of the Southern Poverty Law Center quarterly magazine, the Intelligence Report.

Southern Poverty Law Center, Bryan FischerJody May-Chang is an independent journalist specializing in LGBT and social justice issues. She lives in Boise with her wife of 15 years and their son. Jill Kuraitis is a journalist who specializes in human rights and Rocky Mountain West issues. She lives in Boise with her husband of 30 years.

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Idaho Values Alliance Re-Launch Draws Sparse Crowd and Offered Mixed Messages

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Idaho Values Alliance President Gary L. Brown.

IVA President Gary L. Brown

Former abstinence educator and pastor of Coeur d’Alene’s NorthStar Church , Gary L. Brown, stood at the steps of the Idaho Statehouse Friday and announced his new role as president of the Idaho Values Alliance.

IVA had been dormant since former polarizing Executive Director Bryan Fischer left Idaho to become a national figure with the American Family Association and is now famous for his anti-Muslim hate speech.

Brown addressed a small crowd of about 30-40 for Constitution Day about the country now being, “[E]mbroiled in a different kind of war [from the American revolution]. This is a war being fought on the battlefields of the hearts and the minds of every American and every Idahoan. This is a war that is not being fought with muskets and bayonets. The weapons of this war are ideas, principles and values.” Continue reading

Thank the Idaho media for Bryan Fischer’s national celebrity

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By Jody May-Chang ©2010

Bryan Fischer AFA FRC ActioinBryan Fischer is well-known in Idaho. To some he is a hero of “family values,” but to many he is a living, breathing example of what is wrong with America. Fischer is the pitchman for contempt and the poster boy for intolerance. The man’s obsession with and hatred of homosexuals is well documented, but recently he has been gaining national attention.

Fischer’s visceral scorn for gays was rarely, if ever, challenged by the Idaho news media that ran to him for a quote as if he was the anointed representative of all that is Christian in Idaho. He was essentially considered a “balanced” voice to oppose gays in Idaho.

Fischer is now climbing into the national spotlight to brand homosexuals and others who don’t fit into his narrow view of the world as threats that should be locked up or perhaps even executed. This past year, he was hoisted into the national spotlight when he was included in MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann’s Worst Person segment for his xenophobic rant that called on banning Muslims from the serving in the U.S. military following the Fort Hood tragedy.

More recently Fischer has been calling for the national criminalization of homosexuality, comparing gays to everything from IV drug users to murderers. This fact was brought out by Fox News’s Alan Colmes who called out Bryan Fischer on is daily radio show.

Colmes did what no reporter or editor in Idaho had the common sense, guts, or journalistic integrity to do when it came to Bryan Fischer – Colmes held him accountable for his words and pressed him with hard questions! Continue reading

Keith Olbermann Slams Racist Bryan Fischer!

Bryan Fischer American Family Association Radio Host Wingnut Racist Idaho Values AllianceIn Keith Olbermann’s famous Worst Persons segment tonight the bronze was awarded to Worst’s regular gas bag Rush Limbaugh for trying to blame President Obama for Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan killing 13 and wounding 30 at the Fort Hood tragedy last week.

Then much to my delight, my favorite news man slams the former Idaho Values Alliance Executive Director and bigoted, homophobic, fraud, Bryan Fischer. (left)

“This is Dr. Hassan’s fault,” says Olbermann, “the rest of the world was trying to be patient enough to find out what the hell Hassan thought his motives were, and then try him in court, but not this idiot Limbaugh or these knee jerk racists like Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association who called for a purge of Muslims from the US military. They are busily trying for the Jack Ruby route.”

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If you really want to know what kind of a wing-nut Bryan Fischer really is, below is a suggested reading list. My buddy H. Lukas Green and I regularly exposed this lying fraud over the last few years on our other news site PrideDEPOT.com.

Bryan Fischer & The Idaho Values Alliance
As Executive Director of the Idaho Values Alliance’s (IVA), Bryan Fischer, used IVA as a platform to spread lies, bullying and spew anti-gay propaganda to influence memebers of the Idaho State Legislature, Idaho Law and the public on legitimate LGBT civil rights issues. This teabagger, regularly calls LGBT people Nazis, fascists, child molesters and believes hate crime legislation protecting LGBT people from violence would actually protect pedophiles.

Hate is a Lifestyle Choice for Bryan Fischer

Jody May-Chang©
May 18, 2009 PrideDEPOT.com

Bryan Fischer Idaho Values AllianceIt should come as no surprise that Bryan Fischer, executive director of the non-profit “organization,” Idaho Values Alliance, which consists only of himself, is once again being reckless with the facts.

Fischer’s desperate attacks against LGBT people are practically a daily obsession that could easily be dismissed as ridiculous were it not for his malicious tone.

He is Idaho’s front man for the anti-gay industry and he is betting the farm that his lemming-like followers will keep coughing up cash so he can continue his operation of sewing the seeds of fear and loathing.

Fischer’s contempt is so strong he regularly calls us Nazis, fascists, child molesters and more recently his lunatic claim that including sexual orientation in hate crime legislation would protect pedophiles.

Adding a new drum beat to his act, Fischer is parroting other far right extremists with, “GREAT NEWS: Even the left admits there is no gay gene.” A weak and flailing attempt to argue homosexuality is nothing but an immoral lifestyle choice.

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Twisted Logic:

Jody May-Chang©
May 12, 2009 PrideDEPOT.com

Bryan Fischer+Hate Crime Prevention Bill=Pedophile Protection Act

H. Lukas Green contributed to this piece.

Bryan Fischer Idaho Values AllianceThe economic recession has had an adverse impact on nearly every sector of the American economy except for one; the growing anti-gay industry lead by self-proclaimed Christian leaders who sell fear and contempt inside a package called “family values.”

Idaho’s chief CEO of lies and misinformation about LGBT citizens is none other than Bryan Fischer, the pitchman for the so-called Idaho Values Alliance. Fischer’s talent for garnering easy access to the Idaho news media to sell his poisonous product rivals any Wall Street crook with a Ponzi scheme designed to separate grand mom from her life savings.

Except that in this case, Fischer’s game is to separate citizens he loathes from their rights as equal citizens under the law by promoting stereotypes that illicit fear and hate through a marketing plan crafted by far right extremists whose vision of America and the world is limited to their own narrow-minded ideology.

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Right-wingers, Lies & Videotape; Deconstructing Bryan Fischer

Jody May-Chang©
March 10, 2009 PrideDEPOT.com

On February 20, the Idaho Senate State Affairs Committee turned its back on equality in a 2 to 5, voice vote by saying no to printing the Idaho Human Rights Act Amendment (IHRAA). They killed the bill in committee and silenced any opportunity for public debate on the proposed legislation. The forces of intolerance made certain that the bill would not get printed, distributed or entered into the public record just as if it never existed.

The IHRAA legislation would have added the “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the already protected classes of people such as race, religion, and national origin in areas of employment, education and public accommodation. The wording also included a religious exemption for legitimate churches and faith organizations that felt threatened if their religious beliefs were not inclusive of LGBT people in their memberships or employment.

Idaho Human Rights Act Amendment IHRAA Religious Exemption
Idaho Human Rights Act Amendment IHRAA Religious Exemption

When it came down to making a decision, the Senate State Affairs Committee listened mainly to the words of Bryan Fischer, executive director of the Idaho Values Alliance, whose letter was delivered to the committee just before the hearing.

Before examining the letter in detail, it is important to examine the author’s background.

Who is Bryan Fischer and what is the Idaho Values Alliance?

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