Crusade of Hate Lead by American Christian Radicals to Blame for Anti-LGBT Laws

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Scott Lively, Caleb Brundidge, Don Schmierer, Rick Warren, Lou Engle, Richard Cohen, Uganda, Hate, Homosexuality

(from left to right) Scott Lively of Abiding Truth Ministries, “Ex-gay counselor” Caleb Brundidge and Don Schmierer from Exodus International, Richard Cohen, who’s book Coming Our Straight was used in Uganda as proof homosexuality is a choice, Pastor Rick Warren of the California based Saddleback mega church and Lou Engel of revival group The Call.

Imagine what would happen if people like us were forced to hide in our homes for fear of being arrested, beaten or killed for simply trying to live our lives.

Well, in Uganda today our LGBT brothers and sisters are in hiding and living in fear for their lives because of a successful campaign of hate with roots right here in America.

These men (pictured left) and other Americans created a firestorm of hate that has led to the creation of the Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Bill that was signed into law on Feb. 24, 2014.

Under the new law, any Ugandan convicted of “Aggravated Homosexuality” will spend their life in prison, that is if they are not beaten or killed by angry mobs first.

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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

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.

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Bryan Fischer’s Lively Connection – The death penalty for homosexuals

By Jody May-Chang ©2009

During Bryan Fischer’s self-righteous reign of terror in Idaho, he literally made a career out of issuing outrageously pious and ungodly statements aimed at dehumanizing and vilifying lesbian, gay and transgender people. He managed to do so with such skill that his propaganda was rarely, if at all, questioned by reporters covering him.

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One of his most abhorrent deeds has been Fischer’s shameless promotion and support for Scott Lively, in his May 14, 2008 post The truth about homosexuality and the Nazi Party” he abundantly quotes and summarizes Lively’s anti-gay Nazi propaganda book “The Pink Swastika”. Lively’s book, and Fischer by extension, among other things, blame homosexuals for starting the Nazi party.

Fischer Writes:

  • “In fact, the Nazi Party began in a gay bar in Munich.”
  • “Most of Hitler’s closets aids were homosexuals or sexual deviants.”
  • “Heinrich Himmler, second in powered only to Hitler, was publicly opposed to homosexuality but may have been a closet homosexual himself, Himmler was deeply immersed in the occult.”
  • “May of the guards and administrators responsible for concentration camp horrors were themselves homosexuals.”
  • “The ‘Butch’ homosexual guards and capos were capable of unrestrained cruelty, sadism and savagery. A guard at Auschwitz, for instance, strangled crushed and gnawed to death as many as 100 boys and young men a day while raping them at his leisure.”
  • “Some parts of the American Nazi movement are explicitly homosexual.”
  • “What’s the point here?” Fischer asks, “Simply that there is another side to the constant refrain from homosexual activists who frequently mention the Nazi persecution of homosexuals and in doing so imply Christian who opposed the normalization of homosexuality Are in effect crypto-Nazis.”

Last year, Fischer wrote these things to promote and encourage attendance for the “Shake the Nation” religious hate fest held here in Idaho. Why is it necessary to revisit this? Well, for two very important reasons.

First of all, Bryan Fischer’s blossoming national fame has its roots in here thanks to the Idaho media which gave him free reign to make outrageous statements while never holding him accountable. The Idaho media gave Fischer ink and face-time on camera without so much as a single hard question.

The Idaho media’s kid glove treatment of Fischer has allowed him to attain his long sought after status as a national celebrity. His most recent claim to fame is his anti-Muslim racism, which is a huge embarrassment to fair minded Idahoans.

The second, and most troubling reason that revisiting this relevant, is because of Bryan Fischer’s connection and support of Scott Lively who now is an evangelical celebrity who promotes the notion that you can “pray the gay away” Fischer’s cronies are “credited to have inspired” Bill No. 18, The Anti-Homosexual Bill of 2009 in Uganda.

This bill, which is very likely to become law, will impose harsh sentences upon those who are gay, suspected of being gay or offer protection to those who support gay people. These so-called gay offenses include:

  • Commits the offense of Homosexuality, Life in prison
  • Aggravated Homosexuality, Death
  • Attempting to commit Homosexuality, 7 years in prison
  • Attempt to commit Aggravated Homosexuality, Life in prison
  • A person who funds or sponsors homosexuality, min 5 – max 7 years in prison
  • Know someone is gay and do not report them within 24 hours, 3 years in prison
  • Extradite citizens back to Uganda from anywhere in the world for prosecution if suspected of committing any of the above crimes.

Scott-Lively-UgandaLast spring, Scott Lively, who is now the president of “Defend the Family,” went to Uganda with Don Schmierer of “Exodus International” and Caleb Lee Brundidge of “The International Healing Foundation” to conduct an anti-homosexual seminar.

Lively is quoted by LifeSiteNews.com saying that his trip to Uganda was “with the purpose of getting them to liberalize the law making it more oriented toward therapy” and says the current bill “went too far.”

Lively is a fraud who is now trying to distance himself from his own propaganda, but what is very clear here is that he is deeply rooted in a longtime campaign of contempt against homosexuals. Lively, like Fischer, is a bold-faced liar and a propagandist. He admitted going to Uganda to testify in favor of this immoral legislation. In his own words, his reason was because of, “a lot of external interference from European and American gay activists attempting to do in Uganda what they’ve done around the world “homosexualize that society,” and “the many male homosexuals coming into the country and abusing boys who are on the streets.”

Fischer shamelessly promoted Scott Lively by encouraging the public to listen to this man’s hate speech. At the time Lively came to Idaho Fischer said that his merchant of hate will, “address some of the lessons we must learn from Nazi Germany and its disastrous embrace of homosexuality.”

Fischer posted a “Shake the Nation” event on his website to promote the conference which he later deleted, but not before I had a chance to PDF that post. You will note that “Shake the Nation” was organized by Fisher’s good friend Tom Munds who appears to have thought twice about stepping into Fischer odorous shoes.

A good friend once told me, “Show me your friends, and I’ll tell you what you are.” Bryan Fischer aligns himself with hate mongers then tries to rewrite history by deleting it from is his website. The Idaho news media had an opportunity to shed some light on Bryan Fischer, but instead of defending the public’s right to know about this miserable fraud, they ran to him as if he was the official spokesman of the Christian community.

The Idaho news media shares some responsibility in failing to examine Fischer’s record and giving him the keys to the newsroom to spread his propaganda.

Now the world is hearing about Scott Lively and the Ugandan Bill No. 18 that calls for throwing gays in prison and executing them. The rightwing echo chamber screams about so-called “death panels” well, this is what they really look like thanks to the unchallenged rants of a con-men like Bryan Fischer and his cronies.

The Rachel Maddow Show – Uganda Be Kidding Me – December 2, 2009

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Open Season On Hate

Yesterday when I got a text message that Barack Obama had just signed into law The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act, I was elated. In my mind I could hear the collective cheering across the country. Finally now we are legally defined and bias-motivated crimes against LGBT people would now be recognized for what we have known them to be all along, hate crimes.

Although law enforcement is now empowered to investigate and prosecute bias-motivated violence against LGBT people, that still does not change the hearts and minds of those who still hate us, especially those who see us as objects for sport.

On my way to an appointment less than a half mile from my home, I see a Toyota jacked up to where I would need a latter just to get in. On the back cab window was a pink sticker that said ‘Navy Wife’. I think to myself, there is a proud woman who is supporting her husband and our military! That’s nice.

Then I see this other sticker. I can’t really make it out so I inch slowly closer so I can read it. The woman probably thought I was going to hit her. I start to make it out. I was in utter disbelief. I just could not believe my eyes, I think my mouth even fell open. This was so disturbing that just a short distance from the safety of my home, in my own neighborhood, this proud Navy wife would probably like to see me and many of the people I love dead! If not, even just the thought that this was somehow funny is chilling.

We still have so much work to do! The truck proudly displayed this sticker:

Liberal Hunting Permit

Life as a Second Class Citizen

Jody May-Chang©
December 7, 2008 PrideDEPOT.com

My best friend Melinda and I were having a heart to heart last week. I was telling her how a person is worn down with the daily challenges faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. I am not talking about the big stuff like hate crime, employment and housing discrimination or marriage. I am talking about all of the little things that happen every day and compel us to come up with unique ways, often at a moments notice, just to maintain our dignity and live honest lives.

Now mind you, Melinda is a very progressive and supportive LGBT ally. She has a number of gay friends, clients and a solid grasp of who we are. She has complete compassion for the challenges we face. But even she was surprised by some of the things I was telling her. She had never realized just how much we actually have to deal with because straight people take so much for granted. I think for her it was a light bulb moment.

I got to thinking about this conversation and wondered how many people, even some of our closest allies and supporters might not truly understand what our daily lives are really like. If more people really knew, perhaps it might put into perspective the deep sadness, frustration and anger we feel on a daily basis and that has been on display in protests across the country after California’s Proposition 8 was passed.

For those of you reading this that are not LGBT, I ask you to seriously and sincerely try for just a few minutes to put yourself in the following situations. Then ask yourself what you would do. How would you feel if this was your life all of the time?

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We Have A Dream Too, The Final Frontier of the Civil Rights Movement

Jody May-Chang©
November 11, 2008 PrideDEPOT.com

There is little doubt that even President-elect Obama’s opponents understand the significance and importance of electing the first African-American to the Presidency of the United States.

To witness a beautiful black family make it to the White House is moving beyond words and brought almost everyone I know to tears. Although it is naive to assume that Obama’s election is a panacea for curing all inequality, it is a monumental step forward. This election has elevated us all and serves as a powerful example to the world that character really does matter more than color.

While the country and the world watched and celebrated this historic victory, LGBT citizens took another devastating blow with the passage of California’s Proposition 8. While the country was lifted up with Obama’s message, “Yes we can!” LGBT citizens were smacked down with “No you can’t!”

This is a referendum on our humanity that has swept the country’s LGBT population with betrayal and yet another assault on our rights as American citizens and as human beings.

Last July, gay couples in California began to marry after the State Supreme Court ruled that the States ban was unconstitutional. Now only four months later, and with 18,000 marriages hanging in the balance, the passage of Proposition 8 overruled the court.

Although it is unclear what will happen with the 18,000 marriages, we do know that previously granted civil rights have been rescinded and discriminatory language will be added to the California State Constitution, disallowing equal protection to only LGBT citizens.

While the Obama presidency is being characterized as “a new progressive era,” LGBT citizens are still forced to defend our very personhood and fight for our right to exist equally under the law, and live as families. This is as repugnant to us as it has been for African-Americans, Native-Americans, Latinos and women who have all faced similar battles.

There is an anti-gay industry in America that consists of a large coordinated coalition of far right evangelical religious leaders, advocacy groups and right-wing politicians. Their major focus is to promote anti-gay legislation that restricts rights of LGBT American citizens. The anti-gay agenda is executed by people such as, James Dobson, Tony Perkins, The Catholic League, John Hagee, Pat Robertson, The LDS Church, Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity, Micheal Savage, George W. Bush, Gen. Peter Pace and so many more.

This anti-gay industry works hard to degrade and dehumanize us by perpetuating stereotypes, misinformation and lies about us for political and financial gain, all the while stirring up bigotry and hatred. One of their propaganda messages is that homosexuals are hijacking the civil rights movement.

Such propaganda is designed for no other reason than to divide other minorities that have suffered similar injustices from identifying with the current struggles of LGBT people. This is the Rovian paradigm of divide and conquer in which the means justifies the end and where lies become truth no matter who gets hurt.

It is undeniable that there are striking similarities in our fight for civil rights equality with our African American brethren, most notably the issue of interracial marriage. Interracial marriage was still illegal in some states until 1967 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the Loving v. Virginia case that banning interracial marriage was a violation of the Equal Protection and Due Process clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution.

In the Loving case, Richard Loving, a white man and Mildred Jeter, a part African American and Native American woman were legally married in Washington DC in 1958. Upon their return to their home state of Virginia where interracial marriage was illegal, they were met in the privacy of their own bedroom one night by three police officers shining flashlights in their faces. Police demanded to know why Mr. Loving was in bed with “this lady.”? When a valid marriage license was presented, police told Mr. Loving “That’s no good here.”? The couple was arrested and convicted of a white person marrying a colored person but also for evading the state’s prohibition of the law on interracial marriage.

LGBT relationships endured the same threat of police intrusion into our private bedrooms, just as the Lovings experienced, as late as 2003 for violating state sodomy laws. It was illegal for two consenting adults of the same sex to have private sexual relations in their own homes. Those who were caught were charged and often jailed for “deviant sexual behavior”? and forced to endure many indignities such as having to register as sex offenders.

The anti-gay industry has re-packaged many of the long abandoned and rejected arguments of the 1950’s and 60’s that were used to oppose interracial marriage and applied them to same-sex marriage, and homosexuality in general. They contend that homosexuality is not natural, it will harm children, that the Bible says it is an abomination against God and same-sex marriage will destroy “traditional”? marriage.

This brand of hatred and cruelty is based on nothing but fear, ignorance and the desire for power and control over others who they do not want, or care, to understand. To allow marriage, or other civil rights, would be to admit we are human beings just like everyone else. Our very equality threatens their power structure and revenue stream.

The judge that convicted the Lovings in 1958 said, “Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, malay and red, and he placed them on separate continents and but for the interference with his arrangement there would be no cause for such marriages. The fact that he separated the races shows he did not intend for the races to mix.”?

During that time others had said that it violated natural law and would lead to unhealthy children perhaps making them retarded or would create a mongrel breed.

These outdated opinions, based on prejudicial religious beliefs, have been long discounted and rejected when it comes to race yet they are still allowed to be injected into law to discriminate against LGBT American citizens.

Americans United for the Separation of Church and State says, “First Amendment protects religious freedom and the right of religious groups not to marry same-sex couples. State constitutional and US Constitutional amendments against same-sex marriage reflects a fundamental disregard for individual civil rights of one class of people and ignores the first amendment rights of religious tradition or freedom from religious beliefs of a particularly theology whether that be a belief system of the majority or not. It is therefore government’s responsibility to dedicate itself to protecting the rights of all citizens, which includes gay and lesbian people.”?

In 1967 the United Supreme Court struck down bans on interracial marriage on the grounds that it violated the Equal Protection and Due Process clauses of the fourteenth amendment of the United States Constitution which reads:

“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

In his deciding opinion Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren said, “While the state court is no doubt correct in asserting that marriage is a social relation subject to the State’s police power, the State does not contend in its argument before this Court that its powers to regulate marriage are unlimited notwithstanding the commands of the Fourteenth Amendment.” Warren went on to say that, “The freedom to marry has long been recognized as one of the vital personal right essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free men.”

Forty years later, Warren’s statements were echoed in the California Supreme Court decision just last May, where it was ruled that, “people have a fundamental ‘right to marry’ the person of their choice and that gender restrictions violate the state Constitution’s equal protection guarantee.”?

After the Loving v. Virginia was decided, the couple was interviewed by Ebony magazine where Richard Loving said, “For the first time, I could put my arm around her publically and call her my wife.” Mildred said, “I feel free now.”

Tell me how this is not the same struggle

Today it is unthinkable to keep two people from marrying one another because they are of a different ethnicity. What if some religious group tried to get an anti-interracial marriage measure on the ballot in just one state? It would never be allowed to happen. Yet, it just happened to us!


Keith Olbermann’s Special Comment: CA Prop. 8 & same-sex marriage

Southern Discomfort: Not so fast – “Queers Not Welcome”

H. Lukas Green and Jody May-Chang©
May 3, 2008 PrideDEPOT.com

As determined as the women were to move forward with their plans to have a concert, some locals were just as determined to put a stop to the very idea that gay people and their supporters would be able to gather for a day of music and fun.

Realizing that holding a concert in Casar was impossible because of the shrill voices of contempt and hypocrisy, Leedy and Beasley secured a venue in nearby Lincoln County. When they announced the news of the new location on their website blog that a contract was about to be signed, the local media had a field day.

The Lincoln Times-News publishes a story on April 4, 2008, quoting a local Baptist Minister’s disapproval of the so-called “lifestyle” that would be coming to his area. Others would soon follow in the media with anti-gay rants.

Elected County Official Fans The Flames of Bigotry

Lincoln County Commissioner, Alex E. Patton, made it very clear that he would do everything possible to prevent the concert organized by Leedy and Beasley.

“I will do everything within my power as a county commissioner to keep this event from taking place,” Patton was quoted as saying in the Lincoln Times-News on April 4, 2008. As if standing on a stack of Bibles, he pontificates that he will make certain that every pastor in Lincoln County will hear about this if that’s what it takes to stop this gay-friendly concert from taking place.

In no time the self-righteous bigots who ignore Jesus’ teachings about “love thy neighbor” and “let he who is without sin cast the first stone,” started their agenda of hate with vile signs and a billboard.

A billboard that appeared seemed to parrot The Star’s doomsday headline (“Camp What?”), only with various Bible passages inserted as if to justify their hatred.

Lincoln County Norht Carolina Anti-Gay Hate Billboard

The billboards hellfire and damnation scripture references that read: “CAMP WHAT? IN LINCOLN COUNTY? IF (Abomination) Leviticus 18:22 AND (Defilement) 1 Timothy 1:10 THEN (Death) Romans 1:32 HOWEVER, IF (Repentance) Ezekiel 14:60 THEN (Eternal Life) John 3:36”

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