Karen Ocamb

Texas Gov Rick Perry's Ties to 'Hate-Monger' Bryan Fischer

Filed By Karen Ocamb | June 19, 2011 5:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: American Family Association, GOP candidates, Rachel Maddow, Rick Perry, Texas

The big news yesterday was that a straight member of GetEQUAL “glittered” Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann after an event. (Here’s the press release and here’s a link to the :25 video.) But we might want to keep our eye on Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who is being touted by some grassroots conservatives as an “alternative” to the GOP’s lackluster roster of announced candidates. On her Friday, June 17 show, Rachel Maddow did a terrific job of illustrating how Perry’s claims of economic success in Texas are vastly exaggerated (she also looked at how the Republican right is trying to undermine minority voting rights, and hence democracy). But mainstream media at some point will probably look at these issues while they may ignore a report issued by People For the American Way about Bryan Fischer, the “hate monger” behind an upcoming Christian event promoted by Perry. Peter Montgomery, Senior fellow for People For, was on Lawrence O’Donnell’s show The Last Word on Thursday with a glimpse into the vitriol we can expect.

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You have Kobe Bryant shouting out the word Faggot...then again with the jets guy and David Tyree speaking out against Gay Marriage...and of course you have Tracey Morgan being downright hateful against gays and there are no ramifications. Even the sight of Weiner's Weiner has brought down a Congressman. Are people that afraid of Gays in this day and age? Well Marc Freden, too, has been given pause with the issue.

As a gay man, even he feels the need to apologize for the blatant use of the word "Faggot" in his new book "REALLY!?!" Now Freden using the "F" word should get a tacit pass...much like black people using the "N" word to describe themselves. His harmless use of the word...(And you must read the book to understand) has lead him to a video mea culpa on YouTube "Marc Freden Must Apologize to the Gay Community".

Furthermore, Freden has pledged that if Kobe Bryant can be fined $50,000 then he too should pay a price. A percentage of every book sold as a result of his apology will go to the Trevor Project - a gay hot line for distressed teens looking for a voice of calm and understanding. It is the least he can do. Who will join Freden in this cause?

Perry is also long rumored to be a closet case.