Bryan Fischer 'hit piece' includes Dennis Mansfield, David Roper

Former Idaho Values Alliance leader Bryan Fischer and the American Family Association (AFA) are the subject of a 21-page report published by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

The report quotes former Cole Community Church Pastor Roper on Fischer's departure from the church. It also features Idaho Family Forum founder Dennis Mansfield on why he left the church Fischer subsequently founded, Community Church of the Valley, and how Fischer overtook him as the leading evangelist-politician in Idaho.

Fischer left Idaho in 2009 and now hosts a radio show for the Mississippi-based AFA. On Saturday, Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney criticized Fischer for using "poisonous language."

Fischer retorted that Romney's comments were "tasteless and tawdry" and that Romney allowed the SPLC, New York Times and People for the American Way to dictate his remarks at the Values Voters Summit where both men spoke.

The authors of the SPLC report, Boiseans Jody May-Chang and Jill Kuraitis, said Fischer called their story a "hit piece" on his show Monday. In a news release, the writers say they repeatedly attempted to reach Fischer for comment but he never returned their calls emails. Fischer also said, "’s just amazing the lies and some of the people I used to trust are the source of these lies.”

The story will be published in the winter edition of SPLC's Intelligence Report, which is targeted to law enforcement officials, the media and academics.

The news release from May-Chang and Kuraitis, which was emailed to the Statesman late Tuesday, follows, in full:

Idaho Journalists Expose Bryan Fischer in National SPLC Report

October 11, 2011

Boise, ID – A report published by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), “THE PROPAGANDISTS: Bryan Fischer, the American Family Association & the Demonization of LGBT People," was released yesterday in Tupelo, Miss., the headquarter city of the AFA.

The Propagandist is an in-depth investigative piece about Fischer’s history in Idaho written for the SPLC by Idaho journalists Jody May-Chang and Jill Kuraitis, both of whom have closely followed Fischer’s activities for many years.

Reacting to the report Monday on his AFA radio show Fischer said, “[This] is sort of a hit piece on yours truly I mean there is one distortion, error, lie after another in this piece, I mean it’s just amazing the lies and some of the people I used to trust are the source of these lies.”

Jill Kuraitis, one of the co-authors of The Propagandist said today, “Multiple attempts were made to get Fischer on the record and present his side. He never returned our calls or emails. Fischer had his chance to weigh in and chose not to.”
“Bryan Fischer has done a lot of damage to LGBT people and their families here in Idaho and is now spreading his poison nationally,” added May-Chang. “For years he has been calling us child molesters, disease spreaders, and sexual deviants with impunity. The truth has finally caught up with him. Our reporting is solid."

The Propagandist will be included in the November issue of the Southern Poverty Law Center quarterly magazine, the Intelligence Report.

Jody May-Chang is an independent journalist specializing in LGBT and social justice issues. She lives in Boise with her wife of 15 years and their son. Jill Kuraitis is a journalist who specializes in human rights and Rocky Mountain West issues. She lives in Boise with her husband of 30 years.

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Does Jim Risch (who has

Does Jim Risch (who has endorsed Romney for President) stand by his decision to make this hate monger chaplain of the Idaho State Senate back in 2005? Will the media follow up with the now US Senator and ask Risch if he agrees with his choice for chaplain that Mormonism is a cult? (A question to which many of the current GOP presidential candidates cannot seem to give a straight answer). Has the religious bigotry of the Republican party, used to insight fear and hatred against muslims and used against our current president, finally come back to bite them?

The Fact Is

I have been a committed Born Again Christian for most of my adult life. I have never seen any hate directed at any of the groups cited by this article. We Christians only love and care about gays, Muslims, Mormons, ect. There may be some who call themselves Christian that spout hate and fear, but calling myself a car doesn't make me one. Having said that, people don't like being called out about what God clearly and plainly says will keep them from an eternity with Him. You don't have to like it and can keep on living however you want, that is your right. However to proclaim anything less than God's clear teaching would condemn me and anyone who followed my false words. The only hate I have seen spouted have come from those who believe anything the media prints or espouses. All the folks assinating the character of Bryan Fisher, Brandi Swindell, and Dennis Mansfield have probably never even taken the time to go hear their message first hand,they just hear someone else say "Hate" and believe them. Believe what you want but there is no hate coming from me, only love and compassion.

You spew your hatred right here

and then deny it. Regardless of who you want to blame for your hatred, it is yours. Blame your god, blame the non-religious, blame whoever but recall the three finger pointing back at you.


What hate are you refering to? There is no hate in my reply. I don't hate anyone. I may disagree with you but I don't hate you. I may disagree with your lifestyle, religion, personal hygene, your way of making your point, but I don't hate you. The only hate I feel is coming from those who believe I must accept and embrace their particular cause. You have the right to believe anything you want but don't expect me to accept it then call me a hater when I don't.

The Real Fact is...

Makin_sense needs to wake up and make some sense. If you don't find Fischer's comments about Romney and the LDS church offensive then you buy into the same bigotry he does. If you have never seen it as you claim then you have a mighty big set of blinders on.

This is their way

That is, to refer to others religious belief systems as cults while referring to their own cult as the "one true religion". Hypocrites, all of them.

Abity Abity Abity 50 paces and turn.


I've just failed miserably trying to be incognito.

Will Don Corleone have to finish this argument?


I've just failed miserably trying to be incognito.

poisonous is too mild for Fischers garbage

Just visit 'The Does Boise Have a Gay Bashing Problem' comments and see what he has helped to bring about in the feeble minds of the right. He has helped many make the transition from bigot to hater and no doubt to thug. Words have consequences and Fischer has blood on his hands.

Right wing republicans?

Let's see hoe many put distance between him and themselves now. He was instrumental in getting Semanko elected to bring back the party to its conservative roots.

Wasn't it because y'all didn't vote when Bush was president?


I've just failed miserably trying to be incognito.