PODCAST: May-Chang Discusses Bryan Fischer on The Michelangelo Signorile Show

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Honored to be a guest on the The Michelangelo Signorile Show Friday October 21, we discussed the Southern Poverty Law Center Report: “THE PROPAGANDISTS: Bryan Fischer, the American Family Association & the Demonization of LGBT People,” detailing Fischer’s radical extremism, and how he spent almost three decades in Idaho. In “THE PROPAGANDIST,” my co-author, Jill Kuraitis and I revealed Fischer’s rise to the national spotlight. This in-depth investigative piece on Fischer’s history in Idaho shows how mainstream Idahoans jump-started his controversial career.
Michelangelo Signorile Show, SiriusXM, 108, OutQ, Radio, Jody May-Chang Michelangelo Signorile served as editor-at-large and columnist at The Advocate, and was a columnist for OUT magazine. He was a co-founding editor of the headline-making news magazine OutWeek, which was at the center of the debates over “outing” in the 1990s. Signorile has authored several bestselling books, including the groundbreaking study of the gay “closet,” Queer in America, which firebrand playwright and gay activist Larry Kramer called “one of the most important books of the 20th century.” Signorile’s third book, Life Outside, was a 1998 finalist for the prestigious New York Public Library Book Award for Excellence in Journalism. Apart from being a host at SiriusXM, Signorile is also a monthly columnist for The Advocate and has written for many other publications, including The New York Times, USA Today, The New York Observer, Gay.com, New York Magazine, and the Village Voice Signorile’s show is heard on SiriusXM OutQ 108. As the only nationwide broadcasting service to serve the LGBT Community, thousands of people from all across the country tune in at any moment for breaking news, provocative discussion on current events and a great mix of entertainment programming.

FRIDAY: May-Chang to be guest on The Michelangelo Signorile Show

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I have been invited to be a guest on the The Michelangelo Signorile Show to discuss the Southern Poverty Law Center Report: “THE PROPAGANDISTS: Bryan Fischer, the American Family Association & the Demonization of LGBT People,” and the article I co-authored by my colleague Jill Kuraitis, detailing the rise of Bryan Fischer. The show airs weekdays from 2-6pm ET our discussion is expected to exclusively SiriusXM Satellite Radio Channel 108. I will be joining the show at about: 12:30pm Pacific / 1:30pm Mountain / 2:30pm Central / 3:30pm Eastern If you are Not already a subscriber, you can go to Signorile.com for a 3-day FREE trial. Michelangelo Signorile Show, SiriusXM, 108, OutQ, Radio, Jody May-Chang Michelangelo Signorile served as editor-at-large and columnist at The Advocate, and was a columnist for OUT magazine. He was a co-founding editor of the headline-making news magazine OutWeek, which was at the center of the debates over “outing” in the 1990s. Signorile has authored several bestselling books, including the groundbreaking study of the gay “closet,” Queer in America, which firebrand playwright and gay activist Larry Kramer called “one of the most important books of the 20th century.” Signorile’s third book, Life Outside, was a 1998 finalist for the prestigious New York Public Library Book Award for Excellence in Journalism. Apart from being a host at SiriusXM, Signorile is also a monthly columnist for The Advocate and has written for many other publications, including The New York Times, USA Today, The New York Observer, Gay.com, New York Magazine, and the Village Voice Signorile’s show is heard on SiriusXM OutQ 108. As the only nationwide broadcasting service to serve the LGBT Community, thousands of people from all across the country tune in at any moment for breaking news, provocative discussion on current events and a great mix of entertainment programming.

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

PODCAST: KLIX “Top Story” with Jody May-Chang Discussing Bryan Fischer & SPLC Report

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Independent journalist Jody May-Chang discusses the Southern Poverty Law Center Report: THE PROPAGANDISTS: Bryan Fischer, the American Family Association & the Demonization of LGBT People on Fox talk radio KLIX 1310, Twin Falls Idaho. Download the full Southern Poverty Law Center Report Here! Jody May-Chang, Bryan Fischer, Southern Poverty Law Center, American Family Association, AFA, SPLC, LGBT, Jill Kuraitis, KLIX, Radio, Fox, 1310, Twin Falls, Idaho

FRIDAY: May-Chang to be Guest on KLIX 1310′s “Top Story”

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This morning I was invited to be a guest on talk radio KLIX’s show TOP STORY with Kelly Klaas and Jill Skeem this Friday at 9:00-9:45 AM MDT in the morning on 1310 AM in Twin Falls, ID. The hour will focus on Monday’s release of the SPLC report that includes the piece THE PROPAGANDISTS: Bryan Fischer, the American Family Association & the Demonization of LGBT People, my colleague Jill Kuraitis and I co-authored detailing Bryan Fischer’s history in Idaho. The show format is a point, counter point discussion. Some have called it Hannity & Colmes lite. If you do not live within the broadcast area, it will be streamed live and a podcast will be posted later. The show will take listener calls. CALL-IN #: (208) 736-0300 Streamed Live here: http://newsradio1310.com/listen-live/ Mobile Devices Apps here: http://newsradio1310.com/mobile/ Look for a Podcast here: http://newsradio1310.com/category/podcasts/

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. Please direct Media & Press INQUIRIES HERE

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.

Boise Federal Court Building Arrest Not So Black and White

Lee Arthur Rice II Mug Shot Boise Police

Lee Arthur Rice II (Photo: Boise Police Dept.)

Lee Arthur Rice II, a 58-year-old African American man, claims he is a victim of police brutality during his arrest in front of the Boise Federal Court Building on Wednesday May 4. Rice first got the attention of As I See It during a Sept. 2010 Constitution Day event at the Idaho Statehouse. Rice was there handing out flyers advertising his portrait of President Barack Obama, which included swastikas reflected in the president’s eyes. Reporter Eric Fink with local Channel 6 KIVI reported on Rice’s arrest saying, “Rice entered the parking lot of the federal building and his vehicle was pulled over by police. According to Rice, he was then asked for ID which he showed the officer. But that State ID is not a valid driver’s license. Moments later Rice says he was asked by police to get out of the vehicle. Feeling threatened Rice stayed in his car. And that’s when according to Rice, a police officer started violently pounding on the door.” Fink reported police were beating on the window of Rice’s car so hard Rice finally unlocked the door. Rice said, “That’s when they pulled me out a started beating me.” Department of Homeland Security Public Affairs spokesperson Chris Ortman told AISI, “Federal Protective Service (FPS) Inspectors stopped an individual when he attempted to enter the James A. McClure Federal Building in Boise, Idaho, while driving a vehicle without a drivers’ license. The individual became disruptive and combative, and then fled in his vehicle. When stopped, the individual refused to comply with orders to exit the vehicle and was subdued, arrested and charged with driving without a license, assaulting a police officer, and resisting arrest.” “[Rice] was, in fact, in possession of a state of Idaho identification card when he drove onto the grounds of the Federal building in Boise contrary to a statement previously provided to the media by FPS.” “Because Rice was operating a motor vehicle, he was asked for his drivers’ license, which he refused to provide,” said Ortman. “FPS later determined his drivers’ license was in a suspended status. Had the individual not been driving, the state issued identification card would have been acceptable for entry into the facility.” KIVI reported conflicts between Homeland Security’s statement and the Boise police report. BPD spokesperson, Lynn Hightower told AISI, “The information that I have in the in the report matches Homeland Security’s. I don’t know where Channel 6 got their information, they did not get it from the PIO office.” Hightower said Boise Police did not make the arrest. BPD simply transported Rice to the jail and cited him for driving without a license. KIVI’s Tina Jensen reported that according to Rice’s fiancée, Harmony Black, Rice doesn’t carry a driver’s license because he is a constitutionalists and political activist.” During a July 2010 traffic stop for a moving violation Rice received a citation that included failure to provide proof of car insurance. Having not obtained insurance since that citation in Dec 2010 the court suspended Rice’s driver’s license.
Lee Arthur Rice II Barack Obama Swastikas Nazi

Rice at the Idaho Statehouse on Constitution Day (Sept. 19, 2010).The portrait of President Obama leaning up against an eight foot replica of the United States Constitution. The “One Sovereign’s story” flyers Rice handed out explaining his art, said he began the drawing in 2007, that he voted for Obama and God led him to a sovereign group. Rice was in federal prison in 2007 and could not have voted. Idaho state law does not consider restoring voting rights to felons while they are still on probation. (Photos: ©2010 May-Chang.com)

Rice refers to himself as “a Sovereign.” The sovereign citizen movement in America has been on the radar of the Southern Poverty Law Center for some time and reported extensively on the movement in their Fall 2010 Intelligence Report. J.J. MacNab wrote in, ‘Sovereign’ Citizen Kane,
“The sprawling subculture of ‘sovereign citizens’ in America: hundreds of thousands of far-right extremists who believe that they – not judges, juries, law enforcement or elected officials – get to decide which laws to obey and which to ignore, and who don’t think they should have to pay taxes.”
“Originally, the sovereign citizens movement mostly attracted white supremacists and anti-Semites … many self-identified sovereigns today are black and apparently completely unaware of the racist origins of their ideology.” “Some start by testing sovereign ideology with small offenses such as driving without a license.” The security policies at the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Boise had already been in place during the time Rice had to enter the building under the terms of his three-year probation. Rice was released from federal prison in August 2008, after serving five years of a seven-year sentence for conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and maintaining a place for the purpose of distribution and/or use of control substances. Court records describe those controlled substances as Ecstasy and LSD. Rice could have entered the federal courthouse using his Idaho State ID card had he walked onto the property. According to law enforcement officials, Rice’s decision to drive without a valid state issued driver’s license and his reaction to officer’s requests to produce one is what prompted police to arrest him. After being released from Ada County Jail on a $1,000 bond, Rice posted on his Facebook page that he had been, “Maliciously assaulted by Homeland Security” and was “unlawfully” arrested and jailed. “This type of action needs to stop and I plan on doing all I can to bring this to the light of truth,” wrote Rice. He is now soliciting money order donations for his legal defense fund using a storefront mailbox address and organizing a gathering at the Boise federal building on the morning of May 16 at the Appeals Court. Rice’s pretrial conference is slated for June 20 and trial set for July 14.