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.
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.
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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.
Jody 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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Guest Post by Mistie Tolman
Daily, people across Idaho, in small towns and in cities, live in fear of being fired from their jobs, being denied housing, public service or educational opportunities because they are gay or transgender.
In last winter’s legislative session, people posted sticky notes on the Senate State Affairs Committee doors asking the Chairman to allow a public hearing on the bill to add the words “sexual orientation and gender identity” to Idaho’s Human Rights Act.
The stickies were a powerful presence, like having voices from all over the state speaking from the committee room doors. Security took the stickies down, but, every day, people put new ones up.
Last winter, we asked the Idaho legislature to hear us. It seems they didn’t. This year, from every town in Idaho and in every room of the statehouse, we want a sticky note saying it’s time to finally Add the Words.
Please stand with us. Idaho’s gay and transgender community can’t do this alone.
To write a paper or virtual sticky note and find you your legislators are go to http://addthewords.org
A 2007 statewide poll found that more than 63% of Idahoans felt it should be illegal to fire someone because they are gay. Yet still lawmakers have failed to do what the majority know is the right thing to do… Add the Words, Idaho!
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.
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.
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.
By Jody May-Chang
Originally published on BoiseWeekly.com June 28, 2011
The Northwest Region of the Aryan Nation was supposed to have a “eat, greet, and meet” event June 27, at Valley County’s Lake Cascade State Park. According to fliers and a website, the event was to take place between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Idaho Parks and Recreation communications manager Jennifer Blazek told Citydesk a group of about eight individuals showed up at 5 p.m. and left at 9 p.m.
“They set up their awning and flag, had a barbecue, and then left before sunset,” Blazek said, calling it a “non-event.”
Lt. Dan Smith, Valley County Sheriff’s information officer, said the department had advance notice of the event but did not plan to provide security. Smith said the secluded campground does not “get much traffic,” and no calls or complaint were received.
Mark Potok, director of the Intelligence Report for the Southern Poverty Law Center, told Citydesk, “The reality is, we have been seeing a resurgence of the radical-right in this country over the past several years, especially the last two years, and the Pacific Northwest is very much a part of that. This is part of a much larger national trend.”
“It is worth saying;” added Potok, “I do not think that Idaho or Montana are at the levels that they were. The destruction of Aryan Nation has changed the calculus there. I do not doubt that there are still several hundred white supremacists in the area, but they do not have near the organizational energy that they once did. The [SPLC’s law] suit really destroyed them.”
By Jody May-Chang
Originally published on BoiseWeekly.com June 23, 2011
The Northwest Region of the Aryan Nation is promoting an all-day “eat, greet and meet” event Sunday, June 26, at Valley County’s Lake Cascade State Park.
Idaho Parks and Recreation Communications Manager Jennifer Blazek told Citydesk Lake Cascade’s park manager has been communicating with John Bolen, Aryan Nations NW Coordinator, informing him of Camp Buttercup’s park rules.
State parks require a per-approval application for groups larger than 25 persons. Blazek said the park has yet to receive an application from the group and so far only two campsites were reserved for attendees.
“Because it is public property, we cannot be selective on who utilizes the property,” said Blazek. “We do ensure everybody abides by the same rules.”
Fliers promoting the gathering posted on the Aryan Nation website claim, “lying, cheating, sexual deviants are running America,” “hate crime legislation targets whites,” “non-white crime is under-reported” and “by 2020 there will be no white child-bearing age females to sustain a viable population.”
The website has a link to the state park page for Lake Cascade that, when clicked on, opens the state’s park page framed inside the Aryan Nation website under the banner: “Fighting Jewish Takeover for 35 years.”
“I prefer our agency didn’t at all look as if it was affiliated with or endorsing that entity, because certainly we don’t,” said Blazek. “There is really nothing we can do to control the links or windows they have pop up on their website.”