Bryan Fischer believes he has identified the real tragedy of the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in Ukraine on Thursday: men are still, despite his best efforts to stop it, having sex with other men.
Fischer, of Tupelo, Mississippi, is a nationally syndicated Christian radio host and the Director of Issue Analysis for Government and Public Policy at the American Family Association — an anti-LGBT, anti-pornography, anti-21st Century nonprofit founded as the "National Federation for Decency" in 1977 by minister Donald E. Wildmon. The outfit was listed as a "hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center in 2010.
Among the 298 passengers aboard the flight were AIDS researchers and advocates on their way to the International Aids Conference, including Dr. Joep M. Lange, a high-profile AIDS expert who had devoted much of his life to combatting the disease.
During a press conference at the White House on Friday, President Obama expressed dismay at the loss of the researchers: "These were men and women who had dedicated their own lives to saving the lives of others, and they were taken from us in a senseless act of violence. In this world today, we shouldn't forget that in the midst of conflict and killing, there are people like these. People who are focused on what can be built, rather than what can be destroyed. People who are focused on how they can help people they've never met. People who define themselves not by what makes them different than other people, but by the humanity that we hold in common."
Further, Obama said, the US is "going to continue to stand for the basic principle that people have a right to live as they choose, that nations have the right to determine their own destiny, and that when terrible events like this occur, the international community stands on the side of justice and on the side of truth."
A radical statement, if you have made a career out of your homophobia.
On "Focal Point," Fischer's radio program, he expressed outrage over Obama's remarks: "That's President Obama saying that the United States is committed to the proposition that people ought to be allowed to live as they choose. Once again, using this tragedy to advance the normalization, the legitimization, of, of homosexuality… President Obama politicizes this event to turn it into an opportunity to advocate for the normalization of sexual deviancy."
Fischer then compared Obama's response to the tragedy to Ronald Reagan's response in 1983 to the Russian's shooting down a Korean airliner because of course he did. "I want you to see the difference between the way a real president, in my mind … responds to a crisis like this."
Fischer also dropped some knowledge on his listeners: "We know how to stop the HIV/AIDS epidemic: Persuade men not to have sex with men. Persuade prostitutes to go straight. And persuade people to not shoot up with drugs. If we get everybody persuaded to do that, then the epidemic begins to diminish almost overnight." It's science.
For years, Fischer has been using any and every opportunity to push his homophobic agenda. Some of his Greatest Hits include saying "homosexuality gave us Adolph Hitler," and that straight people have been bossed around by "this tiny little cluster of belligerent bullies," AKA gay people.
Fischer also has a habit of talking as if he is the narrator in a nature documentary observing the rare but menacing wild homosexual galloping out in a field somewhere: "Homosexuals are rarely monogamous and have as many as 300 to 1,000 sexual partners over the course of a lifetime," he wrote in a 2006 blog post.
Besides being homophobic, Fischer also hates immigrants, Muslims, and welfare. So versatile.
After Fischer was criticized for his response to Obama's remarks, he defended himself: "I didn't politicize Malaysian Air tragedy, Obama did. HE injected homosexuality into discussion."