PFAW’s New Ad Calls Out the RNC for Israel Trip with Hate Group

You may remember the trip organized in January by the American Family Association (AFA) and agreed to by the Republican National Committee (RNC), for all 168 members of the RNC to visit Israel free of charge.

The problem is that the American Family Association is a hate group, a fact which, highlighted by People for the American Way (PFAW), Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and Anti-Defamation League (ADL), put the RNC in a delicate position.

Eager to dissociate themselves from the author of so much of that hate, the AFA “fired” their spokesman and Director of Issue Analysis, Bryan Fischer, well-known for hate-filled screeds, directed not only at Muslims, but gays, atheists and other minorities.

(PFAW’s press release details some of Fischer’s extremist statements, for example that Gay sex is “Domestic Terrorism. I Don’t Know What Else You’d Call It.”[9/15/10] and All new immigrants must “convert to Christianity” or “stay home.” [4/8/11].)

Chairman of the RNC, Reince Priebus, for his part, did not take the Israel trip, but 60 others did, despite calls by the ADL, PFAW and the SPLC to reconsider (see SPLC letter pdf), and the official position of the RNC suddenly became that the trip didn’t exist. They refused to talk about it.

People For the American Way has now released a new ad “calling out Republicans for standing with the hate group AFA:

Today, People For the American Way released a new ad challenging members of the Republican National Committee (RNC) for accepting an all-expense paid trip to Israel from the American Family Association (AFA). The ad calls on the RNC to stand against the AFA’s hateful rhetoric about Jewish Americans, LGBT individuals, and many other people in our country.

“The hate of the American Family Association is rampant, from calling ‘Jewish atheists’ some of the ‘worst enemies of the country’ to claiming that gay people caused the Holocaust,” said Michael Keegan, President of People For the American Way. “We deserve to know why Republicans continue to stand with this hate group after years of offensive statements by their leaders. By failing to speak up against the AFA, Republican leaders are showing their acceptance of hateful rhetoric in their party.”

Here is the problem: nothing has changed. The AFA hasn’t changed the beliefs it spouted through the mouth of Bryan Fischer. Fischer was fired as Director of Issue Analysis, but he is still employed by the AFA and the AFA still contends that Jews lack First Amendment rights.

And as PFAW’s Right Wing Watch has pointed out, the AFA cannot so easily wash its hands of Fischer’s bigotry by stripping him of his title. After all, Fischer may have been flapping his lips but it is Christian Nationalist David Lane who is behind the trip to Israel, not Fischer.

Lane, head of the so-called American Renewal Project, and the man behind Bobby Jindal’s prayer rally, calls the U.S. Constitution “the wrong train”. The Constitution is, needless to say, the document that establishes the United States as a modern liberal democracy.

Lane, like Fischer, insists that,

  • America was founded by Christians for the glory of God and the Christian faith
  • We were established as a Christian nation in the name of God and for the advancement of the Christian faith

By their close association with the AFA, the RNC is endorsing these extreme views – that Jews and others aren’t really Americans – a fact which must come home to roost during the 2016 elections. It is too late for them to reconsider their actions; it is not too late to make them pay for them.

The Republican National Committee and the Republican Party bare responsibility – and after all, aren’t they the ones always preaching personal responsibility? – for their association with hate groups like the AFA, which demonize so many Americans.

This trip was no accident, and “firing” Fischer and Priebus staying home on some contrivance don’t excuse the RNCs close association with the American Family Association.

18 Replies to “PFAW’s New Ad Calls Out the RNC for Israel Trip with Hate Group”

  1. This hatred of American Jews reminds me of Hitlers Germany. If they could ethnically cleanse the US, you know they would, just listen to them speak. Hitler all over again. We gotta bring them down in the name of American freedom.

  2. I daresay quite a few of us would be either “ethnically cleansed”, or reduced by law to what they saw as “our place”.

  3. It truly appears that the GOP and all of their highly inept followers are diligently keeping Hitler’s dreams and plans of having a “superior-race” of people (themselves and their own spawn) controlling this entire planet alive and well today. Some could say that Hitler is actually their unabashed hero. In my opinion.

  4. The German people BANNED the swastika and all Nazi icons. Why can’t we stand up as a nation and call for the ban of the rebel ragflag AND!!! AND ALL white supremacists Christian Militias and Hate groups. And NO the 1st amendment does not cover or condone their hate speech and actions.!! And “religious freedom” does NOT apply here at all.

  5. I find the AFA and the American Renewal Project disingenuous at best. Neither has our nation at its heart, nor the general welfare of its people. Both groups need to be cut down at the roots. Don’t we have laws against hate speech? If not, we should.

  6. the GOP has to know exactly who these people are. And yet every day the GOP criticizes people for not supporting Israel. This is very strange.

    Where does the American family Association get the kind of money to send 168 people to Israel free of charge? You have to know the Israel is not helping them. And why, if the people of Israel are not Christians, Why would the AFA send people to Israel to start with?

  7. You know the answer to the last one. It’s so ril Chrischuns can establish a Chrischun beachhead for Armageddon and the Rapture.

  8. This just proves their autopsy to be nothing more than words. They had no intention of changing how they treat “others”. They have been the party of hate for years and have no intention of changing. They just want to make it look like they have. It’s all about appearance for them and nothing about positive action. They just now have to figure out how to have their love for Israel and their love for AFA to seem not contradictory. I wonder if Mr. Netanyahu will bring this up with Mr. Boehner when he makes his visit.

  9. My guess is the money comes from Sheldon Adelson. He also sponsors the propagandist “Birthright” program that gives Jewish kids a free trip to Israel. I personally know several kids who have gone on the trip, and they all say that while they enjoyed a free trip (who wouldn’t?) it was a blatant glorifying whitewash. Addison will spend any amount of money to build blind, rubber stamp approval for Israel, and that’s all he is doing here.

  10. You know, the ril ones that lie constantly, have drunk, drug abusing, pregnant teenagers, hate and degrade others without a hint of remorse, lack compassion for fellow humans, animals, Earth, even refugee children are on their hate list. Now thats a ril christian for ya. I think they would make Jesus throw up in his mouth a little.

  11. Germany has the capacity for self-examination and the ability to admit its crimes. The USA evidently does not.

  12. The really sad, sad part is reynardine. Is that the Battle of Harma,geddon has already been fought and little remains of the skirmish except a vague and completely irrelevant connection to the present day whoring of Armageddon the word. Harm’Geddon roughly translated is Harma=hill Geddon=city,

  13. Uunfortunately hate speach is protected by the 1st amendment

    Hate speech is, outside the law, speech that attacks a person or group on the basis of attributes such as gender, ethnic origin, religion, race, disability, or sexual orientation.[1][2]

    In law, hate speech is any speech, gesture or conduct, writing, or display which is forbidden because it may incite violence or prejudicial action against or by a protected individual or group, or because it disparages or intimidates a protected individual or group. The law may identify a protected individual or a protected group by certain characteristics.[3][4][5][6] In some countries, a victim of hate speech may seek redress under civil law, criminal law, or both. A website that uses hate speech is called a hate site. Most of these sites contain Internet forums and news briefs that emphasize a particular viewpoint. There has been debate over how freedom of speech applies to the Internet.

  14. The many jobs that the GOP will offer the citizens of the U.S.A. will be actual slave labor jobs working you and your families 24/7 from cradle to grave. They will provide you free transportation to access these slave labor jobs. Which will be primarily cramming everyone they can into cattle cars that are pulled by trains to the GOP’S corporate “masters” job sites. The trip getting there may be rough but I hear they have really nice showering areas on site (“no complaints”). That sounds like a plus to me. Thank “GOD” for the GOP!!! What would the people do without the GOP to help and guide us all to safety and a prosperous future!!!

  15. It’s that special “love” the kind where they (dominionists) “love their Jewishneighbors but hate their behavior” … You know, the same love that has filled the followers with nothing but hate. Can they not see their own “fruit”?

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