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Truth Wins Out Calls On The American Family Association To Fire Bryan Fischer For Blatant Bigotry
AFA Deletes Bryan Fischer’s Online Diatribe Against Native Americans In Swirl of Controversy
LINCOLN, Neb. – Truth Wins Out called on the American Family Association today to fire Bryan Fischer, director of issue analysis, for publishing an offensive online column defaming Native Americans. Faced with a firestorm of criticism, the AFA deleted the article, “Native Americans Morally Disqualified Themselves From the Land,” from it website. The AFA should take the next step and dismiss Fischer for espousing raw hatred and unrepentant bigotry, says TWO.
“The American Family Association should immediately fire Bryan Fischer,” said Truth Wins Out’s Executive Director Wayne Besen. “If he remains on staff, it is fair to conclude that his opinion accurately reflects the official position of the AFA.”
The article, “Native Americans Morally Disqualified Themselves From the Land,” was so outrageous that fellow AFA writer Elijah Friedeman condemned it. The AFA also removed Friedman’s article from its website, hoping the controversy would go away. According to the original article written by Fischer:
“In all the discussions about the European settlement of the New World, one feature has been conspicuously absent: the role that the superstition, savagery and sexual immorality of native Americans played in making them morally disqualified from sovereign control of American soil.”
The AFA is a Tupelo, Mississippi-based organization known for launching failed boycotts against The Walt Disney Company, Home Depot, Wal Mart, Ford Motor Company and McDonalds. The group once accused Mighty Mouse of snorting cocaine. The AFA was recently certified as an official hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
“Bryan Fischer’s seething intolerance provides another reason why corporations should ignore pressure campaigns by the AFA,” said TWO’s Besen. “This fringe group of extremists debases — rather than defends — the American family. Whatever shard of credibility the AFA once had has evaporated, along with the group’s sanity.”
The American Family Association also peddles, “It’s Not Gay”, a heinous DVD featuring Michael Johnston, who claims that he went from gay to straight through prayer. The AFA conveniently omits the fact that Johnston had to be shuffled off to a sex addiction facility in 2003 for allegations of group sex with men.
“The dishonesty of this organization knows no bounds,” said TWO’s Besen.
Truth Wins Out is a non-profit organization that fights anti-LGBT religious extremism. TWO specializes in turning information into action by organizing, advocating and fighting for LGBT equality.
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