By Jody May-Chang
Originally published on BoiseWeekly.com Sep. 15, 2010
All traces of Bryan Fischer have been wiped clean from the Idaho Values Alliance website in preparation for Friday’s re-launch of IVA under new presidentâ€”and abstinence education consultantâ€”Gary N. Brown.
On the website sourceministires.net, Brown wrote, â€œI am known across America as the nationâ€™s Abstinence Pastor, impacting abstinence and marriage-education legislation and policy on every level of government. I have been able to gain the trust of senators and House members, alike.â€
Brown told Citydesk he first met Fischer, who left IVA in 2009 for Mississippi-based American Family Association, when he moved to the Idaho panhandle from Atlanta two years ago. Brown left his position as pastor of Coeur d’Alene’s NorthStar Church after 10 months to helm the IVA, saying that he found work like that of IVA’s a better fit for him.
As head of IVA and during his time with AFA, Fischer has been a polarizing figure. Citydesk asked Brown if he shared Fisher’s stance on homosexuality and Islam.
â€œI am very well aware of some of Bryan Fischerâ€™s positions on issues, and to be honest, I would rather not go there,â€ he said. â€œIn the future we will have to address issues like that. I mean my goodness, it is a hot button topic â€¦ I donâ€™t want any particular issue to take the headlines today.â€