AFA’s Bryan Fischer Compares Gays To Pedophiles, Werewolves In New Yorker Profile

You know that the GOP has gone off the rails when Bryan Fischer can claim to be the party’s kingmaker in a nationally respected magazine.

In the current issue of The New Yorker, Fischer, the director of issue analysis for the American Family Association and a leading contender for title of America’s Biggest Homophobe, is portrayed as a growing force among Republicans. “His goal is to make his view the official stance of the Republican Party,” according to writer Jane Mayer.

Fischer’s getting a lot of help: After a destructive tenure in Idaho, Fischer now has Focal Point, a radio program that reaches a million listeners daily. His spittle-flecked rants against gays includes calling us to Nazis, sexual predators and (our favorite) face-eating cannibals.

In the New Yorker profile, he opines:

“A rational culture that cares about its people will, in fact, discriminate against adultery, pedophilia, rape, bestiality, and, yes, homosexual behavior.”

Not surprisingly, Fischer one of the leading intellects of today’s Republican party, thanks to Prince Mitt, the Craven. The former bible scholar’s power was evident when he led the charge to fire gay spokesman Ric Grenell as Romney’s foreign policy point person.

Grenell is such a war hawk that he might as well wear feathers instead of a suit, but Fischer only cared that Grenell was gay.

“What if he’s traveling for Mitt Romney on government business?  He’s overseas somewhere and he’s got top-secret information in his hotel room, and he just can’t help himself?  He’s gotta have an anonymous tryst with some homosexual?”

Romney’s campaign obliged by greasing the skids for Grenell’s “resignation.” Letting gay people work was just too much for Fischer, who kindly admits to Mayer that at least he doesn’t want to turn gay men into eunuchs.

When I visited [Fischer’s] office, I asked him if he could name anyone who had more conservative social beliefs. “Well, Thomas Jefferson,” he said. “He wanted to castrate homosexuals.”

If that remark reveals anything about the AFA’s director, it’s that he’s hung up on men: Women hardly hold a place in Fischer’s universe because they are not equal to men in authority. He likes his Christianity to be muscular and manly, maintaining the only reason he is on a crusade against gay rights is because it’s like having “a guy who takes off his clothes and howls at the moon in your living room.”

How can you ignore that? And why would you conjure up that image in the first place?

The other thing that comes across in Mayer’s profile is that a lot of Fischer’s professional and personal relationships end abruptly because of what might euphemistically be called Fischer’s strong personality (i.e., he’s a jerk). The article is littered with quotes from former friends who report that Fischer no longer has anything to do with them. Among the excommunicated is Fischer’s own sister, who is living on welfare and Social Security, programs Fischer believes should be abolished.

If charity begins at home, it’s worth noting that Fischer hasn’t seen her for a decade.

Fischer is clearly expecting to ride the current election to greater power while pushing the GOP so far to the right it’s likely to fall off the face of the political map: Patrick Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition, told Mayer “Bryan is definitely ascending. His influence is growing because he says publicly, in an unfiltered way, what many evangelical leaders think privately. He’s fearless.”

Too bad that the same can’t be said about Romney and his willingness to stand up to Fischer’s bigotry.

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  • Cam

    He is obviously a closet case.

  • The Real Mike in Asheville

    @Cam: I sure hope not — we don’t need such a vile repugnant asshole, let the bigots keep him close.

  • iDavid

    Well now if he could just back that up! But I can back up he’s like a vampire and a rapist. He sexually molests unsuspecting children w sexual lies and sucks the life force out of them. Vampires are nasty little demons but the Pope has it all going on over Fischer. Just look at those eyes. Obviously the Grand VampMaster.

    Ohhhh the dramatic Plays we produce. We’re all so good at it.

  • 1equalityUSA

    He thinks about gays a lot.

  • dave

    He mentions werewolves??mmmm I bet he has posters of Taylor Lautner all over

    hee hee

  • jason

    While Bryan Fischer is nasty, keep in mind that The New Yorker has refused to depict a male couple on its cover for the second year running. It has a stylized picture of a lesbian couple on the cover of its June issue, something it also did last year.

    One could say that The New Yorker is almost as homophobic as Bryan Fischer. It avoids male couples. Typical liberals….

  • MKisNE

    My God this man is nasty.

  • Geoff


    I think you may have missed a cover. On the March 12, 2012, there is clearly a male couple depicted. Master Mitt has tied his up submissive Rick S. (or is it tied down). Either way, looks like something I’m surprised you missed.

  • Daez

    @Geoff: Do not confuse Jason with the facts. They get in the way of the simple minded world he has crafted for himself in his own mind. Also, how is a magazine that portrayed Obama as a terrorist considered left wing?

  • Ogre Magi

    I am soooooo sick of christians

  • KyleW

    I’m amazed that christians don’t object to Fischer’s self characterisation. That photo clearly portrays him as messianic, right down to the halo. Is that not a warning sign, even to them?

  • B

    No. 5 · dave wrote, “He mentions werewolves??” He didn’t, at least not in the New Yorker article – Queerty made that one up to be funny (it is just in the headline). The word “moon” doesn’t appear either in the New Yorker article. If he made the statement, he made it somewhere else.

  • Wes

    Hmmm…Well, I happen to like werewolves…like Taylor Lautner. I’m Team Jacob all the way. So, it’s not so bad to be “branded” a werewolf but I do take offense at his other comments. With that in mind, I would really like to visit someone like Bryan Fischer (on the night of a full moon OF COURSE) when he has ALL of his friends from the American Family Association over for dinner. There would be lots and lots of howling…followed by lots and lots of screams!!!

  • D9W

    Well my Boxers think of me as their Alpha. So I don’t see why being a Were is such a bad thing.

    I wonder if anyone told this clown that Werewolves were fictional characters. There we go again fighting fictional characters.

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