GOP Remains Silent on Hate Group’s Sponsorship of RNC Israel Trip

Washington, D.C. - In response to reports by Haaretz’s Debra Nussbaum Cohen and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow that Bryan Fischer has parted ways with the American Family Association, the National Jewish Democratic Council issued the following statement:

“We are pleased to see reports on MSNBC1 that the American Family Association has chosen to no longer employ Bryan Fischer, whose comments were frequently insulting to minorities, including when he blamed the Holocaust on homosexuals2 and stated that Christianity is the only religion protected by the first amendment3. However, we continue to call on Reince Priebus and the Republican National Committee to cancel their upcoming trip to Israel with the AFA. The RNC and the Republican Jewish Coalition have yet to speak out against Fischer’s comments, and the American Family Association continues to be an organization that gave Fischer’s voice and others’ a home for years. One man is not solely responsible for an organization’s attitude and beliefs4, and the RNC must prove that it wishes to stand with Americans of all faiths and beliefs.”