Political Correction

Republicans Legitimize Hate With AFA's Bryan Fischer

February 01, 2011 4:44 pm ET - by Walid Zafar

Bryan FischerThe American Family Association's Bryan Fischer is one of the most hateful public figures in the country. Almost daily, he says or writes something that is not only offensive, but almost unique in its viciousness. Some of his greatest hits include:

- No More Mosques, Period

- "Gay Sex = Domestic Terrorism"

- Deport All Muslims

- Muslims Can Stay In The U.S. If They Accept Christ

- Every Mosque Is An IED and Every Muslim Is Guilty of Treason

- The Military Is Run By "Fundamental Muslims And Homosexual Activists"

Fischer's not someone that you'd want the members of Congress to legitimize. However, as Fischer has grown more extreme in his rhetoric — prompting his employer to officially distance themselves from his remarks — and developed a public profile as one of the religious right's most caustic figures, prominent Republicans have appeared on his radio program with increasing frequency. As Kyle Mantyla over at Right Wing Watch points out:

Just last week, Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker joined Fischer to discuss his anti-choice legislation, and before that it was presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty telling Fischer he'll reinstate Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

This is in addition to past appearances from Sen. Jim Inhofe, Sen. Jim DeMint, Rep. Lamar Smith, Rep. Alan Nunnelee, and Rep. Raul Labrador.

And the pattern continues, as in the last few days Fischer has had two more Republican members on Congress on his program, starting last Friday with Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey who joined Fischer to discuss his anti-choice efforts.

And then on Monday, Rep. Jack Kingston of Georgia also joined Fischer to discuss his appearance on Bill Maher and defend his Creationist views.

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