Sandy Rios, the former head of the Concerned Women for America, and now a radio host for the American Family Association, is worried about Jews.
Rios: I know that there are powerful Jewish forces behind the ACLU; can you just say a word about that very briefly, what’s that all about?
(I hear “powerful Jewish forces” and all I can think of is “ancient Chinese secret.”)
Corsi, you see, is concerned that the ACLU is trying to remove God from America in order to turn us into a socialist country.
But Rios’ anti-semitic comment is far more important. Sandy Rios was the head of one of the top religious right groups in America. And she’s now doing a radio show for another top religious right group. And she’s asking questions that sure sound anti-semitic. Which is interesting, considering the religious right’s recent love affair with all-things-Israel.
But keep in mind a few things.
2) The religious right’s love affair with Israel is a tad selfish. You see, 2/3 of the world’s Jews need to die in order for Jesus to come back in the Second Coming. And the Jews can’t die if Israel is wiped off the map. The only real far-right Republicans like Israel is because they need to preserve Israel so that it can be later destroyed.
3) This isn’t the America Family Association’s first brush with anti-semitism.
In the March issue of American Family Association Journal, a publication of Donald E. Wildmon’s right-wing evangelical activist group, the American Family Association (AFA), author Randall Murphree suggested that a Jewish upbringing leads to hatred of Christians, and by extension, a criminal lifestyle.Do Jews control Hollywood?
The AFA Journal has long served as a platform for anti-Semitic theories and innuendo. For instance, Wildmon warned of Jewish control over popular culture, an old anti-Semitic canard, in a January 1989 article, “What Hollywood Believes and Wants.” “The television elite are highly secular,” Wildmon wrote. “The majority (59 percent) in the Jewish faith.” In a separate article in the same issue, titled “Anti-Semitism Called a Serious Problem,” Wildmon, a longtime opponent of gay rights, pointedly remarked that “Jews favor homosexual rights more than other Americans.”
What is especially disturbing, however, is how the Republican party has no problem palling around with these people. Corsi was permitted on the Romney campaign plane. As for the AFA, they are incestuously tied in with the Republican party. Top Republicans routinely go on AFA radio, even though one of its hosts, Bryan Fischer, is a nutjob who recently claimed that Latinos are all socialists.
Fischer frequently hosts likely presidential candidates who are looking to make inroads among Religious Right voters. Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty, former House speaker Newt Gingrich, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and businessman HermanCain have all appeared on Fischer’s radio show. In addition, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour were both guests on Fischer’s show while they were weighing runs for the presidency.
Last year at the Values Voter Summit, which was co-sponsored by AFA Action, Fischer shared a stage with Huckabee, Bachmann, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and Indiana Rep. Mike Pence.
Many GOP members of Congress have also been guests on Fischer’s radio show, including: Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi, Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey, Rep. Steve Kingof Iowa, Rep. Jack Kingston of Georgia, Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho, of Mississippi and Rep. Tim Huelskamp of Kansas. Among the major conservative activists who have appeared on Focal Point are Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, David Barton of WallBuilders, Phyllis Schlafly of Eagle Forum and Amy Kremer of the Tea Party Express.
Fischer guy isn’t an outlier. He and his organization are mainstream Republican extremists who everyone in the party has to suck up to, or they get nowhere. They cosponsor “the” annual “family values” conference that EVERYONE on the right goes to. Perry has gone, Romney, Huckabee, Bachmann, Paul Ryan as the VP nominee (Romney sent a video), and more.
And keep in mind: Fischer is the reason Mitt Romney let go of his openly gay spokesman. He has immense power in the Republican party.
So when AFA radio openly worries about the influence in America of “powerful Jews,” the problem goes far beyond the religious right – it goes to the heart of the extremists controlling the modern Republican party.