Fischer’s crying game hits new propaganda lowJul 8th, 2008 | By Jody May-Chang | Category: News
By H. Lukas Green and Jody May-Chang
Idaho’s self-righteous propagandist is launching his own version of “The Crying Game” with another smear attack because of a court ruling calling for him to pay up for trying to soak taxpayers into fighting a phony legal battle over a 10 Commandments monument.
The whining coming from Bryan Fischer, Idaho Values Alliance executive director, is over being nailed for court costs associated with his failed publicity stunt. This would be laughable in its own right if not for the fact that this miserable fraud is launching into a political tirade aimed at slandering the reputation of Boise City Councilman Alan Shealy.
Fischer is using his IVA non-profit political website to attack Shealy’s patriotism and to cast doubt about his personal religious beliefs simply because he and Brandi Swindell were defeated in court.
First of all, let’s clear the smoke out about this 10 Commandments monument â€“ by now most people know that it was placed in the park as part of an old Hollywood publicity campaign to promote the movie by the same name. It has less to do with religion and more to do with public relations.
He tosses out his lowball of slime by describing Shealy as:
“â€¦a man who refuses to participate in the invocation that opens city council meetings (he stands ramrod straight and glares either at the back wall or the bowed head of the clergyman offering the prayer) and refuses to say the words “under God” when the Pledge of Allegiance is recited as the first order of city business.”
The fact of the matter is that Mayor Dave Bieter and the City Council did the right thing for all citizens of Boise. They chose to defuse this non-issue that Fischer and his bobble headed fan club tried to force down the throats of every citizen.
Fischer pulls his crying game with lies over the court ruling. His propaganda piece posted on the rightwing website Renew America says the bill for his charade came to $10,131 and “if it is not resolved by July 15, the city says, “[W]e will proceed against you to collect the amounts due, plus interests and costs.”
This IVA propaganda chief is overlooking the Ninth Commandment that says, “Thou Shall Not Lie.”
Fischer says, “The city asked for over $14,000 an amount so obviously excessive that the judge trimmed it by over 25% before sticking it to us.”
PrideDEPOT.com obtained a copy of the court order. The amount was originally UNDER $14,000 at $13,893 which was reduced to $10,131. This may seem a trivial point but it doesn’t stop there.
In the Renew America piece, Fischer plays victim by saying, “â€¦we heard nothing from the city for 4 Â½ years until they informed us they were dropping the hammer on us and giving us three weeks to cough up the money.”
Actually what the letter says is, “We urge you to contact us immediately to resolve this matter. If we do not hear from you by July 15, 2008, we will proceed against you to collect the amounts due, plus interest and costs.”
Local television news reports indicated Mayor Bieter would be willing to work out payment arrangements and the July 15th deadline was not for payment but simply to contact them.
Judge Edward J. Lodge said in his justification for the judgment, “Despite the Court’s initial ruling on the weakness of this lawsuit, Plaintiffs insisted on perusing injunctive relief. Plaintiffs’ persistence in going forward even in the absence of favorable case law or evidence to support their position weighs in favor of awarding attorney’s fees.”
Instead of working on this frivolous law suit, city attorneys could have been working on other city business that would have better served Boise citizens. Just imagine for a moment that the plaintiffs were the ACLU, it is safe to say Fischer couldn’t jump fast enough to defend the city’s right to collect the judgment.
According to a YouTube video, made 2 Â½ years after the judgment, Fischer’s group displayed an oversized check in the amount of $10,000 while a man wearing a kilt said it was these funds that the 10 Commandments Coalition would use to cover the cost of erecting a new monument in the city park, so as not to use tax-payer dollars.
What happened to that money? It would be just about enough to pay off their public debt?
The bottom line here is, Fischer is a sore loser and his little “Crying Game” is nothing more than a plea for attention and more importantly, donations. Bryan Fischer wants others to bail him out of a mess that he and his sidekick Swindell made all by themselves.
Jody May-Chang now writes on "As I See It...Reporting from the front lines