Bryan Fischer, who regularly spews anti-LGBT rhetoric, often likening the LGBT community to Nazis, has been ousted as a spokesperson for the American Family Association (AFA), a religious right organization, according to a report on The Rachel Maddow Show. Fischer is formerly the director of issue analysis for government and public policy at AFA.
Although the AFA has not released a public statement on Fischer, a spokesperson for the group told Maddow that Fischer’s statements comparing gays to Nazis contributed to their decision to remove him as spokesperson. The AFA may be attempting to appear more palatable to the public in light of a January 31 trip to Israel the organization is sponsoring for Republican National Committee members.
Fischer, however, still maintains his position as a radio show host on American Family Radio, where he has courted controversy with his extreme statements about the LGBT community, Muslims, and African-Americans. He often uses his radio show, “Focal Point,” as well as articles to denigrate groups he opposed.
This month, Fischer argued that “homosexuals” should not be allowed to run for office, saying, “It’s a form of sexual perversion and remember, we’re going to have to choose between the gay agenda and Christianity.” Aside from referring to homosexuality as a perversion, Fisher constantly used Holocaust analogies to compare conservative Christians who oppose homosexuality to Jews persecuted under the Nazis. In Fischer’s mind, LGBT activists were the Nazis.
In April 2012, Fischer declared, “We're getting to the point where these homofascists are going to force us to wear on our sleeve some kind of identifying marker so people will know who the racists and the homophobes and the bigots are.” He added, “Remember when the Jews in Nazi Germany, they had to wear a yellow star of David on their sleeve? We're getting to the point where that's where they're going to make us do.” Fischer also said that the Nazi Party was formed in a gay bar in Munich.
Fischer also railed against Muslims. This month, Fischer said that “Allah represents a demon God.” In 2011, Fischer claimed that Muslims—and by extension, Jews-- were not protected by the First Amendment. He argued, “The First Amendment was written by the Founders to protect the free exercise of Christianity.” He added, “Islam is entitled only to the religious liberty we extend it out of courtesy.”
In yet another disturbing statement, Fischer said that welfare had destroyed African-American families because young black women “rut like rabbits” in the expectation that they would get financial awards for having children out of wedlock.
Despite Fischer being removed as a spokesperson for AFA, he will still be able to reach thousands of people with his radio show.