Well, this is alarming: Right Wing Watch reports that Sandy Rios of the American Family Association — an SPLC-certified anti-gay hate group — made anti-Semitic comments yesterday on her radio program.
Rios was interviewing World Net Daily reporter Jerome Corsi, author of such exemplars of literary excellence as Unfit for Command and Where’s the Birth Certificate?, about his latest book, titled The Bad Samaritans: The ACLU’s Relentless Campaign to Erase Faith from the Public Square. As many of you may already know, the ACLU is a favorite right-wing punching bag due to its unbending support for the separation of church and state, LGBT rights, women’s rights, prisoner rights, etc. Corsi served up the red meat, telling Rios that the ACLU is trying to “eliminate God and attack the family” in order to “make the United States a socialist country” that ultimately “takes away our freedoms.”
And that’s where it really got ugly:
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?
CORSI: There has been a real union between Jews in America and the Democratic Party ever since President Truman agreed with the partition of Palestine and created the state of Israel in 1948 at the UN. But my book is arguing for a Judeo-Christian faith, which is the heart of America. We cannot abandon the Judeo-Christian tradition. If we do we are abandoning our whole values that are fundamental lynchpins of our freedom [Emphases mine].
RWW notes that this isn’t the first time Rios, a Fox News contributor, has attacked Jews since coming on board with AFA — in March 2012, for example, she suggested that secular Jews are some of “the worst enemies” of America:
And the AFA’s Journal has a long history of repugnant anti-Semitic bigotry. From Media Matters:
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.”
Such contemptible anti-Jewish prejudice might lead one to assume that the AFA is a group of fringe lunatics that wields relatively little influence in the modern, 21st-century Republican Party. While the former is correct, the latter is most certainly not. The AFA’s views are absolutely extreme, but the sad truth is that they represent the mainstream of today’s GOP. Anti-gay backlash led by the AFA’s Bryan Fischer (left) caused the Mitt Romney presidential campaign to drop openly gay national security spokesperson Richard Grenell last year. AFA Action is a co-sponsor of the Values Voter Summit, which is an essential stop for any GOP presidential contender seeking to court the religious right. And as AMERICAblog points out, Fischer frequently hosts GOP members of Congress, anti-gay conservative activists and hate group leaders, and presidential candidates on his radio show, Focal Point.
Here’s hoping that this latest round of vile anti-Semitism brings the AFA the condemnation and scorn it deserves and prompts a serious examination of conscience in the GOP about whether or not they wish to remain affiliated with these kinds of revolting extremist groups.
h/t: John Aravosis