Six Times Homophobic Conservatives Have Shamelessly Linked Human Tragedy To Gay People

fischerAs the international community grieves over the nearly 300 lives lost in the Malaysia Airlines flight that crashed in Ukraine last week, AFA’s Bryan Fischer is already using the tragedy to further his own antigay agenda.

While speaking about the plane crash that killed 298 people, including 100 top HIV/AIDS researchers, last week, President Obama promised that the U.S. would “continue to stand for the basic principle that people have a right to live as they choose.”

In an op-ed published by One News Now, Fischer accused the president of “[standing] on the graves of these researchers and [lurching] from compassion to advocacy for a dangerous and destructive lifestyle.”

He continued: “There is no question that the HIV/AIDS crisis is behaviorally induced, and that changing sexual behavior is central to getting this epidemic under control.”

He then added: “If there is any lesson about homosexuality to be taken from this tragedy, it is this: Homosexual behavior kills, and the sooner we alert young men to this the more compassionate we will be and they longer they will live.”

But it doesn’t stop there.

Last Friday, less than 48 hours after the tragedy, Fischer wrote two tweets accusing Obama of “politicizing” the crash:

In his remarks, President Obama politicized Malaysian airliner tragedy, used it to press the radical homosexual agenda.

— Bryan Fischer (@BryanJFischer) July 18, 2014

Obama politicizes deaths of AIDS researchers on Malaysian plane. We know how to stop AIDS: persuade men not to have sex with men.

— Bryan Fischer (@BryanJFischer) July 18, 2014

Sadly, this isn’t the first time an antigay conservative has linked bloodshed to the “gay agenda.”

Scroll down for other times gay people were shamelessly and unfairly accused of horrific human tragedy.


In 2013, FRC President Tony Perkins claimed the Boston Marathon bombing was a result of “sexual liberalism” and “family breakdown” in Massachusetts. In an open letter published on the FRC’s blog, Perkins wrote: “America doesn’t need gun control, it needs self-control. And a Congress that actively discourages it — through abortion, family breakdown, sexual liberalism, or religious hostility — is only compounding the problem.”

Mike Huckabee

Just days after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that killed 20 students and six staff members in 2012, Mike Huckabee tried blaming the murders on gay families, saying: “We dismiss the notion of natural law and the notion that there are moral absolutes and seemed amazed when some kids make it their own morality to kill innocent children.”


In 2001, Jerry Falwell said gay people were responsible for the September 11 terrorist attacks, telling 700 Club audiences: “I really believe that the pagans and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularized America. I point the finger in their face and say, ‘you helped this happen.’”


In 2012, pastor John McTernan said that Hurricane Sandy, which killed at least 286 people and caused over $68 billion in damages, was a result of America embracing homosexuality. In a blog post, he wrote: “By promoting homosexuality, America has become like the ancient pagan Amorites and has now come under the judgment of God… The Bible warns of God judging a nation that walks in these ordinances. When the corporate attitude of a nation is friendly toward homosexuality then at this point the iniquity is full.”


Earlier this year, Fox News “expert” Dr. Robi Ludwig told viewers that “homosexual impulses” drove 22-year-old Elliot Rodger to allegedly gun down and murder six UCSB students. “When I was first listening to him, I was like, ‘Oh, he’s angry with women for rejecting him,'” Ludwig recalled. “And then I started to have a different idea: Is this somebody who is trying to fight against his homosexual impulses? Was he angry with women because they were taking away men from him?”