By Cliff Dunn
ATLANTA, GA – On Tuesday morning, after American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer began propagandizing the alleged “documented” health risks of being gay, CNN anchor Carol Costello terminated the interview, offering tepid thanks for his opinions, which included the claim that a majority of Nazi Germany’s SS storm troopers were gay.
During her regular midday broadcast of “CNN Newsroom” (which airs Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Eastern time), Costello hosted an interview with Fischer, who serves as Director of Issues Analysis for the Tupelo, Miss.- based AFA. Their discussion opened with Fischer’s criticism of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) “Mix It Up at Lunch Day” project, which promotes tolerance in school lunchrooms in an effort to combat the nationwide bullying epidemic.
According to Fischer, the event, which SPLC launched in 2001 and is held in 2,500 schools nationwide, is an effort by the progressive advocacy center to force students “to accept homosexuality as a normal, healthy alternative to heterosexuality.”
Fischer said that the Mix It Up initiative is “toxic” to students’ “moral health,” and compared it to “poisoned Halloween candy” that has been injected with cyanide. “The label looks fine, it looks innocuous, but once you internalize it, you realize how toxic it is.”
Costello later quoted from the transcript of an earlier radio interview with Fischer, in which he claimed that “Hitler recruited homosexuals around him to make up his storm troopers. They were his enforcers. He discovered he could not get straight soldiers to carry out his orders, but homosexual soldiers had no limit to the savagery and brutality Hitler sent them after.”
“That spells agenda to me,” remarked Costello, who noted that what Fischer was saying could be considered “hate speech.” After Fischer called SPLC—which is best known for its legal victories against white supremacist groups, and its monitoring of extremist organizations— the real “bullying group,” he claimed that “they’re the ones that want to silence any view that would criticize the normalization of homosexual behavior.”
When he added that “homosexuality has the same risks associated with it as intravenous drug use,” an exasperated Costello cut him off, noting, “That’s just not true. I’m going to end this interview now, sir, because that’s just not true.” She added: “Thanks for sharing your views, I guess.”