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Catherine Thompson is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. Before joining TPM, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She is a graduate of New York University, where she served as the deputy managing editor of NYU's student newspaper, the Washington Square News. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Evangelical radio host Bryan Fischer has made it clear that he considers Christians to be privileged above people of all other faiths, including Jews, during his time with the social conservative group American Family Association.
Fischer served prominently as AFA's spokesman and director of issue analysis until last week. MSNBC's Rachel Maddow first reported that AFA president Tim Wildmon dropped Fischer as spokesman, in particular because of past comments he made about gays and Hitler.
Fischer's alleged firing -- he maintains that he chose to scale back his duties so that his personal views weren't conflated with those of AFA -- came as nonprofit groups reportedly pressured the Republican National Committee to cancel its participation in a week-long trip to Israel organized and paid for by AFA and its subsidiary, the American Renewal Project.
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus had been confirmed to attend, American Renewal Project founder David Lane told Haaretz last week. Yet Priebus lunched with Senate Republicans Tuesday on Capitol Hill; clearly he didn't make the trip.
If Priebus had flown to Israel with about 60 other committee members, according to Lane's tally, he may well have been forced to reconcile the RNC's stated support for Israel with the heated rhetoric of the host organization's former spokesman.
Here's a sampling of some of Fischer's inflammatory statements:
The spokesman for rising Republican star Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) allegedly compared two black people to zoo animals in one of several racially charged Facebook posts, ThinkProgress reported Thursday.
Schock's communications director Benjamin Cole posted a series of videos to his Facebook page in October 2013 that mocked black people walking outside his Washington, D.C. apartment, according to screenshots of the posts obtained by ThinkProgress.
On Tuesday, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus was supposed to be with other members of the committee on an all-expenses paid, week-long trip to Israel, according to one of the trip's organizers.
The outspoken leader of an open carry gun group warned Texas lawmakers on Wednesday that putting restrictions on an individual's right to carry firearms is "treason" and "punishable by death" under the Constitution.