IVA slides by on Statesman puff piece

Nov 19th, 2007 | By | Category: Uncategorized

The Statesman alerted readers on Monday that the Idaho Values Alliance is “in danger of folding because of lack of funding. Boo-hoo hoo…

IVA Executive Director Bryan Fischer’s plea for spare change did not go unnoticed by PrideDEPOT which reported on it on November 13 immediately after he announced it on the organization’s website.

It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that IVA is on life support after reading that Fischer is sucking off more than half of the $80,000 budget into his pockets.

Is it any surprise that IVA is broke?

IVA is a one-trick pony being ridden by a phony.

If they aren’t beating the dead horse over the Ten Commandments monument, they are harping over abortion and gay rights. I don’t really hear about Fischer’s group reaching out to help the poor, sick, or hungry.

What would Jesus do?

On its website, under the heading “Testimonials to the work of the IVA,” there are a few good examples of how Fischer thinks a lot like Karl Rove. If he doesn’t like the whole story in front of him, he simply cherry picks the information to promote his ideological propaganda.

Here are a couple of examples:

“The Idaho Values Alliance (is) Idaho’s answer to Focus on the Family” ~ DailyKos, 10.20.07

The DailyKos? Oh, really?

I had to go and check it out for myself. Fortunately, DailyKos has a pretty good search archive and this is what I found:

ID-Sen: speaking of angry white guy nativists, in last year’s lieutenant governor’s race, current GOP Senate candidate Jim Risch pandered to Idaho’s answer to Focus on the Family, the Idaho Values Alliance:

A sampling of the responses: “Embryonic stem cell research in Idaho” oppose; “Require state testing of home-schooled students” oppose; “Remove jurisdiction from the U.S. Supreme Court over religious liberty issues” support; “Pledge not to raise taxes, fees or rates” support; “Allow teaching in public schools that man is a created being, not an evolved being” support; “Allow teaching in public schools that the proper role of government is to protect rights given to man by God” support . . .

But how could Fischer have missed this direct reference to IVA on DailyKos on Aug 28, 2007? It was printed under the headline, “Idaho Family Values” and followed the sub-headline, “They are a parody of themselves.”

The Idaho Values Alliance–”Making Idaho the Friendliest Place in the World to Raise a Family”–is going to have a hard time swallowing the latest news about its beloved Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID), who pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct for lewd conduct in an airport restroom.

“Here’s one page of the group’s site, a news update where it praises Craig for his “pro-life” vote on stem cell research, followed by a “Bonus Byte” on the perils of homosexuality and airport restrooms:

One of the tragic characteristics of the homosexual lifestyle is its emphasis on anonymous sex and multiple sexual partners. It is a little-acknowledged secret that many active homosexuals will have more than 1,000 sex partners over the course of a lifetime (the average among heterosexuals is seven – still six more than we were designed for). This sordid fact of homosexual life surfaced yesterday in an AP article yesterday that reports on the number of arrests police have made for indecent exposure and public sex acts in the restrooms at Atlanta’s airport, the busiest in the world. The increased restroom patrols, begun to apprehend luggage thieves, instead uncovered a rash of sex crimes. Airport restrooms have become so popular that men looking for anonymous sexual trysts with other men have advertised their airport availability on Craigslist. One such ad was from a man saying he was stuck at the airport for three hours and was looking for “discreet, quick action.”

Another misleading “testimonial” used by IVA:

Executive Director Bryan Fischer is a “leading conservative” ~ New York Times, 10.6.07

The New York Times too? Oh, really?

Good thing the New York Times has a great news archive. I found the article that Fischer uses on the IVA Testimonial page. First of all, the NY Times archives shows no reference to IVA for October 6. However, an article does appear for October 5, 2007.

Here is the full reference that Fischer omitted:

Bryan Fischer, executive director of the Idaho Values Alliance and one of the few leading conservatives to call for the senator to quit, said he did not share that confidence. “What Idaho families need is a senator who can be an unapologetic, vocal and visible leader on pro-family issues,” Mr. Fischer said. “And Senator Craig is simply not going to be able to do that for next 15 months.” – (may require log-in) New York Times – 10/05/07

IVA also lists a Los Angels Times article on Aug. 31, 2007, as indicating that the IVA is “a powerful advocacy group espousing traditional family values.”

The Los Angels Times too? Oh, really?

To get a full article from the LA Times archives it would cost me, however, the newspaper does offer an abstract of the article and the closest was an article on Aug. 30 (not Aug. 31) 2007, in “The Nation” segment. It simply references how Sen. Larry Craig is an embarrassment to Idaho with the headline:

“Idaho is red-faced over senator’s sex scandal; In the conservative state, the Craig incident elicits outrage, shame and a sense of betrayal.” LA Times – 08/30/07

The bottom line on why IVA and so many other organizations like it are losing traction is because of the damage their Rove-style of thinking has caused our nation.

Americans are fed up with the agenda of the fanatical rightwing and its never-ending quest to set political policies that impact their private and personal lives.

People like Fischer and his group were behind the worst President in American history, George W. Bush! They continue to embrace politicians who would further destroy our economy and our erode civil liberties.

If you break out the Kleenex it should be to wipe away tears of joy in the hope that the days of American Taliban are finally waning.

PrideDEPOT.com editor, independent journalist & LGBT media spokesperson,
Jody May-Chang now writes on "As I See It...Reporting from the front lines

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