Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Good Riddance, Bryan Fisher

In the ongoing media frenzy and Fox News hysteria surrounding the tragedy at Fort Hood, a former Idaho nuisance is making himself known to the entire country by comments he has made via his American Family Association (AFA) radio show and blog. Bryan Fisher, former executive director of the Idaho Values Alliance, and now author of Focal Point for the Mississippi-based AFA, has been widely ridiculed for his anti-Muslim, bigoted and racist rhetoric of late. Fisher has made his opinion that Muslims have no place in the United States military widely known, appearing not only on the AFA site, his own blog, and a wide range of fringe conservative websites, as well as in Keith Olbermann's "Worst Person in the World" segment. What the people of Mississippi and the country are just learning about the outright hatred of Bryan Fisher is something progressive, moderate, and sensible Idahoans of every ideology have known for years.

Fisher's comments have been written about extensively in the Idaho blogosphere, no stranger to Fisher's antics, however, something that isn't being written about (either out of ignorance or pure embarrassment) is that Fisher isn't completely gone from this state. No, Bryan Fisher still expresses his misguided views on national politics, religious topics and local events on the Magic Valley radio program of one Zeb Bell.

It seems that Bryan Fisher isn't the only one of Zeb's longtime guests that has a problem with Muslims serving in the military, in fact some of what Fisher has said recently has been vocalized by the David Duke apologist and weekly guest of Bell, Frosty Wooldridge of Denver, Colorado. Frosty Wooldridge's xenophobic writings are plastered all over his own website as well as Zeb Bell's blog. Wooldridge tends to write about illegal immigration nearly as frequently as the rest of us take a breath of air and never are those opinions sympathetic, compassionate or thoughtful. Wooldridge expresses his own blatant racism in a manner that suggests he is never surrounded by anyone who sees a problem with his racism because he is not at all ashamed of the filth that flows from his mouth and his pen.

Since Fisher started making news Friday afternoon, he has not retracted his despicable comments on Muslims in the military. Instead, Fisher has countered the outrage directed at him with another post--this one stating that the military even says that Muslims shouldn't be serving. Fisher, who must think himself some sort of expert on who is fit to serve their country and who isn't, had this to say in his latest piece:
"The only Muslims who can safely serve in our military are those who don't take their religion seriously, because the more devout they become, the more likely they are to go jihad on their comrades in uniform."
"Go jihad on their comrades"? The 90's phrase "go postal" has apparently been replaced by the premature conclusion that what happened at Fort Hood was in fact an act of terrorism (rather than an act carried out by a man who wanted nothing more than to be released from the United States military).

While those in parts of the country that had been previously so lucky to avoid exposure to Bryan Fisher are grappling with Fisher's hatred and racism as it hits the national media, those of us in Idaho who put up with Fisher all those years while he forced his particular brand of hate into our communities are just simply glad he isn't our problem anymore.

Of course, we here in this state still choose to ignore certain forms of hate speech spilling into our communities, like that which is broadcast in the Magic Valley daily by KBAR, but we're sure glad Bryan Fisher was Mississippi's problem last week when he decided that referring to a tragedy as "going jihad" on service men and women was acceptable.

9 comments:

Frosty Wooldridge said...

Ms. Rowe again uses the 'racism' word to express herself rather than logic and reason. I have only written about illegal immigration in the past 10 years, which, as you know stands in violation of the US Constitution. Violating the rule of law has nothing to do with race, creed or color. It pertains to lawful conduct by citizens of the world respecting our rights as a country as to whom we invite into our nation. To rant with names does not stand up against the test of lawfulness. When you read my columns, you will see the thread of fact, truth and reason rather than Ms. Rowe's rants. Integrity cannot be compromised and every illegal alien stands in violation of our laws and can be deported at any time. Whether you break into a home or our country, it violates our laws. As a teacher in the inner city, my students are 95 percent minority. I attend a church in Denver with Blacks, Whites, Hispanics, Muslims and other ethnic groups. Two of our ministers are Black. I have volunteered to teach the handicapped at WP in Colorado for 18 seasons with all races creeds and colors. I marched with Dr. Martin Luther King up Slappey Drive in Albany, GA in 1963. I have traveled across six continents on my bicycle through 94 countries and I have great respect for and honor all races, creeds and colors. Thank Ms. Rowe for not jumping to conclusions and name calling in future rants. It shows bias, elitism, racism and lack of integrity. Frosty Wooldridge

MountainGoat said...

Frosty's own words speak volumes:

"You notice that all the minorities are going to be voting for Barack Obama because he's a minority. He's going to be their hero; he's going to be their white knight if you will, or in this case black knight." — Frosty Wooldridge, "Zeb At the Ranch," 8.11.08.

"Who's gonna take those jobs over? He's gonna pump all of these billions and billions of dollars into the infrastructure? Well, it's Mexican illegals who are running the jobs and they've colonized the jobs. Look what happened down there in New Orleans! I mean did black Americans start rebuilding New Orleans? No! It was illegal Mexicans, and Central and South Americans that built New Orleans and are still colonizing the jobs and once they take a job site on, if you don't speak Spanish or you're a different ethnic group, you're out on your ear. Black or white American, doesn't make any difference. So all you're gonna see is more Mexican illegals and other illegals take these jobs over and our black Americans are still gonna be unemployed. ... Barack Obama is gonna put more Mexicans and illegal aliens back to work and keep all of our people in the unemployment line." — Frosty Wooldridge on President-elect Obama's plan to stimulate the economy and put America back to work, "Zeb At the Ranch," 1.12.09.

"There is no way that America can maintain educational excellence or educational standards. When I was teaching I remember we had to pass all the minority students up whether they could do the work or didn't do the work and mostly they didn't do the work. It's called affirmative action grading. Once they graduated from high school, and I quote "graduated," of course they were essentially functionally illiterate. They realized that they could do noting and get something—a grade and a passing mark—and so they went on to, what we created was an affirmative action job." — Frosty Wooldridge discussing what he alleges illegal immigration has done and will do to the American public education system, "Zeb At the Ranch," 8.11.08.

In June, 2008, Zeb Bell and Frosty Wooldridge called the Democratic presidential nominee "the black negroid Barack Hussein Obama" and said his mother "was trailer trash" who got "mixed up with dirty black people." Then-Senator Obama was also called the "ultimate anchor baby" and accused of becoming a Marxist Muslim studying at a madrassa in Indonesia.

Wordsmith said...

Shall we translate Frosty's wonderful message.

Oh look - see, I'm not a racist 'cuz after all if I were a racist would I be doing this?

As a teacher in the inner city, my students are 95 percent minority. I attend a church in Denver with Blacks, Whites, Hispanics, Muslims and other ethnic groups. Two of our ministers are Black. I have volunteered to teach the handicapped at WP in Colorado for 18 seasons with all races creeds and colors. I marched with Dr. Martin Luther King up Slappey Drive in Albany, GA in 1963.

Slappey Drive? Really ..... which march was this, Mr. Woolbridge?

Tara A. Rowe said...

Logic and reason? Logic and reason tells me that when the Southern Poverty Law Center has the following to say about Mr. Wooldridge, they know what they're talking about:

"The author of hundreds of opinion columns, Frost Wooldridge believes he knows a thing or two about immigration. It's not a pretty picture he paints...

"If you go to places like Wal-Mart or the movies, he warns, "you're breathing air that may be carrying hepatitis." Tuberculosis, head lice and hepatitis are showing up in our classrooms -- part of what Wooldridge calls immigrants' "disease jihad." Thanks to donations from illegals, blood supplies may be contaminated with a deadly parasite that will destroy your heart."

None of that suggests Mr. Wooldridge has any respect or tolerance for minorities. Everything I've heard with my own ears out of his mouth on Zeb Bell's radio show supports exactly what the Southern Poverty Law Center has to say about Wooldridge's racism.

This is clearly not me ranting.

Wordsmith said...

Mr. Wooldridge has not ventured back to explain his prevarication(s).

N. Speth said...

Wow Tara, I come back from my cruise and you're at war with someone named Frosty. Sounds like some water I wanna go a-wading into.

"The only Muslims who can safely serve in our military are those who don't take their religion seriously, because the more devout they become, the more likely they are to go jihad on their comrades in uniform."

@ Mr. Fisher, I don't trust ANYBODY who takes their religion too seriously, including Christians (for instance one Michael Frederick Griffin).

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Tara A. Rowe said...

Nick, you went on a cruise?! I thought maybe you'd fallen into a WoW trap or something...

I've been meaning to ask you, what do you think about the Roots being Jimmy Fallon's show band?

N. Speth said...

The Roots rock! I just hope they still tour.

Wordsmith said...

All right, I'm forwarding the emails I got from two offices to Tara for verification.

One is from Rep. John Lewis's office - head of the SNCC, etc. The another is from the Albany, Georgia civil rights museum.

Martin Luther King, Jr. did not march in Albany, Georgia in 1963, and never marched up some road named Slappey Blvd.

Mr. Wooldridge your claim is a fucking lie.