Bryan Fischer of the Christian
conservative American Family Association (AFA) has voice support for
Peter Vidmar, who resigned from his appointment as chef de mission
for the 2012 U.S. Olympic team after it was brought to light that he
attended two anti-gay marriage rallies in 2008.
Vidmar's appointment was protested by
gay rights activists and two-time
Olympian Johnny Weir.
The two-time Olympic gold medalist and
chairman of USA Gymnastics donated $2,000 toward passage of
Proposition 8, California's gay marriage ban.
In stepping aside, Vidmar, a Mormon,
said that he was sorry that his personal religious beliefs had become
On his Thursday radio program, Fischer
lamented the incident and said he would prove that “the number one
class of people who are committing hate crimes today are homosexual
“If you harass somebody because you
are motivated by prejudice against that person's religion, that is a
hate crime,” he said.
“I'm going to call it like it is.
These are hate crimes. They are threats and harassment motivated by
prejudice against somebody else based on their religion and you're
not going to stop me from talking about this.”
“We are now going to brand homosexual
activists as the primary perpetrators of hate crimes in the United
States of America. That is now my new cause,” Fischer added. (The
video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)
Last week, Fischer
twice called gay people Nazis.