Mormons want gay Scouts to bring back polygamy, religious right says

They don’t call ’em a hate group for nothing.  Bryan Fischer, a radio host for the religious right group American Family Association, which was officially designated a hate group a few years back, says that Mormons are going soft on their traditional opposition to all things gay.  Why?  Because, Fischer says, the Mormons want to bring back polygamy.

It would be easy to write Fischer off as just another religious right nut, but he’s one of the most important evangelical nuts out there.  Fischer works for the American Family Association, one of the handful of most influential religious right groups in the US.  And Republicans routinely go on Fischer’s radio show in an effort to woo the evangelical vote, and that includes GOP presidential candidates.

AFA is extremely influential in the GOP

Check out the who’s-who of the GOP who have appeared on Fischer’s show, or even with Fischer on stage:

Fischer frequently hosts likely presidential candidates who are looking to make inroads among Religious Right voters. Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty, former House speaker Newt Gingrich, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and businessman Herman Cain have all appeared on Fischer’s radio show. In addition, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour were both guests on Fischer’s show while they were weighing runs for the presidency.

Last year at the Values Voter Summit, which was co-sponsored by AFA Action, Fischer shared a stage with Huckabee, Bachmann, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and Indiana Rep. Mike Pence.

Many GOP members of Congress have also been guests on Fischer’s radio show, including: Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi, Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey, Rep. Steve Kingof Iowa, Rep. Jack Kingston of Georgia, Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho, of Mississippi and Rep. Tim Huelskamp of Kansas. Among the major conservative activists who have appeared on Focal Point are Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, David Barton of WallBuilders, Phyllis Schlafly of Eagle Forum and Amy Kremer of the Tea Party Express.

So its a rather big deal when Fischer spouts off, as he’s doing now about the Mormons’ latest outrage, in his eyes, not quitting the Boy Scouts over their decision to permit gay scouts (keep in mind, the Boy Scouts are still banning gay scoutmasters and volunteers).

The AFA's Bryan Fischer.

The AFA’s Bryan Fischer.

Mormons want to bring back polygamy

Fischer says the reason the Mormons have “gone soft on the homosexual agenda” is that they want the gays to bring back polygamy, so that Mormon founder Joseph Smith’s good name can be cleared up:

“As the homosexual agenda advances, the next domino to fall is going to be the ban against polygamy.  The LDS leadership, these people are smart, they’re sharp, they’re thinking all the time and I believe one of the reasons they may have gone soft on the homosexual agenda is that they believe that the homosexual agenda may be the secret to restoring polygamy to America and this would vindicate Mormon doctrine from the very beginning.”

Got that?

All kidding aside, you could write this guy off if the Republican party didn’t routinely suck up to him and his organization.  Sadly, Fischer is emblematic of the larger problem the Republican party faces (and it’s the same dilemma the conservative party in France is now facing): Once you hitch your wagon to hate, it’s extremely difficult to un-hitch later on when your poll numbers start going down because the your hate-friends hate, and end up alienating, most of the voters.

Mormons need to wake up and realizes that evangelicals don’t like them

But there’s a second warning here, and it’s for the Mormons.  Conservative Christians don’t like you folks.  They don’t think you worship Jesus, they’re convinced you’re a cult.  A convenient, expedient cult, since you have lots of money, and a penchant for spending it targeting progressives and their causes.  But at the end of the day, they still think you’re freaks of nature.

On the left, a lot of us don’t like you, to be sure, since you’ve spent tens of millions hurting people like gays and women and blacks.  But the thing with the left, is we forgive – 0nce you’ve done your penance.  But when push comes to shove, if you stop beating us up, we don’t care if you worship the flying spaghetti monster, so long as you leave us alone.  On the religious right, there will never come a time when Mormons are not perceived as other-than-Christian.  And if the religious right still thinks Catholics aren’t Christians, and still claims that Catholics worship Satan, then what chance do the Morons seriously think they have with these people?

Ironically, the Mormons made the same marriage of convenience with the religious right that the Republican party, and French conservatives, did.  It was very Machiavellian of all three.  And terribly short-sighted.  When you team up with someone whose primary motivating force in life is hate, it shouldn’t surprise you that in the end they’ll up end hating you too.

CyberDisobedience on Substack | @aravosis | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn. John Aravosis is the Executive Editor of AMERICAblog, which he founded in 2004. He has a joint law degree (JD) and masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown; and has worked in the US Senate, World Bank, Children's Defense Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, and as a stringer for the Economist. He is a frequent TV pundit, having appeared on the O'Reilly Factor, Hardball, World News Tonight, Nightline, AM Joy & Reliable Sources, among others. John lives in Washington, DC. .

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