Idaho Statesman recycles Fischerâ€™s debunked liesMay 10th, 2009 | By Jody May-Chang | Category: Featured Articles, Idaho, News
Bryan Fischer, head of the Idaho Values Alliance, is modifying his snake oil salesman act since PrideDEPOT.com exposed his con game in Right-wingers, Lies & Videotape; Deconstructing Bryan Fischer published on March 10, 2009.
Fischer is using The Statesmanâ€™s pages as a platform to promote more half-truths and contemptuous anti-gay rhetoric. But this website will not let him go unchallenged. Fischerâ€™s recent opinion in The Statesman was a modified version of some the same unsubstantiated lies, only with some minor adjustments to conceal his manipulation of facts.
The Idaho Statesman is Fischerâ€™s tool to reach a broader audience that may not appreciate his more extremist views published on the far rightwing Renew America website, founded by wingnut Allen Keys who is presently obsessed over promoting lies about President Barrack Obamaâ€™s birth certificate. Keys also turned his back on his lesbian daughter a few years ago when she came out of the closet and denounced her fatherâ€™s hate speech.
Yet this is the caliber of cronies that Fischer likes to be associated with and promote.
In his Statesmen opinion, Fischer cuts out several of the most obvious falsehoods that we busted him on weeks ago, particularly the one involving a case that was dropped. We canâ€™t help but think that Fishcer must be reading PrideDEPOT.com because he is apparently correcting â€œselective facts.â€
In one example, Fischerâ€™s February 20, 2009 letter to the Idaho Senate State Affairs Committee states, â€œElaine Huegenin, a wedding photographer in New Mexico, was fined $6,700 for politely declining to photograph a lesbian commitment ceremony, even though lesbian unions have no legal status in the state.â€
PrideDEPOT.com Fact check: It was determined by the by New Mexico Human Rights Bureau that the photographer violated the state public accommodation law. A knowledgeable Idaho public policy expert indicated that this would likely be treated differently under Idahoâ€™s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Vanessa Willock did not ask for damages, she only sought for the stateâ€™s discrimination ruling to be upheld and that she be reimbursement for her attorneyâ€™s fees of $6,637.93. Ultimately the court remanded the case back to the State Human Rights Bureau. Fischer over inflated the issue and omitted facts in the case to suit his agenda, knowing full well he would not be challenged by the media or public officials.
Fischer corrected the inflated amount in his April 20, 2009 Renew America Column: â€œA Christian photographer was fined $6,637 by the New Mexico Civil Rights Commission for declining to photograph a lesbian commitment ceremony, even though same-sex unions have no legal status in the state.â€
PrideDEPOT.com fact checked the two new â€œexamplesâ€ Fischer cites in The Statesman as representing a clear and present danger to religious liberty, freedom of conscience and freedom of association and his new claim that â€œHate crimes laws are thought crimes” these new distortions are as follows:
1.) “Christian fertility doctors in private practice in California have been barred by the state Supreme Court from declining to artificially inseminate lesbian patients on conscience grounds.â€
PrideDEPOT.com Fact check: Reproductive Law attorney, Stephanie Caballerro, who practices law in San Diego County told PrideDEPOT.com that the California Supreme Court case of in North Coast Womenâ€™s Care Medical Group, Inc. vs. San Diego County Superior Court representing Guadalupe T. Benitez, â€œWas not based on religious freedom, but the California Supreme Court ruled that the physicians were discriminating based on the Unruh Civil Rights Act prohibition against sexual orientation discrimination. The medical group tried to argue that is was based on their religious beliefs because the woman was single, but the court rejected that argument. He [Bryan Fischer] is wrong.â€
2.) “eHarmony, a match-making site for heterosexuals, was compelled to create a dating site for homosexuals, despite the fact that hundreds of such sites already exist.”
PrideDEPOT.com Fact check: Hundreds of such sites DO NOT already exist, that is a boldfaced lie. On eHarmonyâ€™s very own website they say, â€œAt eHarmony, our patented Compatibility Matching SystemÂ® narrows the field from millions of candidates to a highly select group of singles that are compatible with you. Unlike other sites where you can post a picture and paragraph and then browse the profiles of other users, eHarmony does the matching for you based on 29 DimensionsTM of personality that are scientifically-based predictors of long-term relationship success.â€
Fischer also conveniently left out that the New Jersey Attorney Generals office, in a statement released November 19, 2008, says that an investigation by the New Jersey Division of Civil Rights found â€œProbable Cause in 2007â€³ that eHarmony was discriminating. As part of the terms of the settlement agreement, eHarmony created a separate same-sex dating site called Compatible Partners which also reiterates the eHarmony statement as to why they are different from other dating services.
The point here is that Bryan Fischer is consistently given a free pass by the Idaho news media which rarely, IF EVER asks this man any difficult questions. If anything, local reporters run to this fraud as if he is a chosen representative of the entire Christian community in Idaho.
While the Idaho news media hands over the keys to their newsroom to this so-called â€œValues Allianceâ€ leader, the policy at PrideDEPOT.com will be to examine this manâ€™s actions and hold him accountable for the twisted rhetoric that he uses to promote his own extremist agenda.
Jody May-Chang now writes on "As I See It...Reporting from the front lines