For weeks, in a desperate attempt to legitimize his regime and invalidate the pro-democracy rebels, Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi has been claiming that the rebels are actually Al Qaeda fighters “loyal to Bin Laden,” and that if there were any civilians involved, they are merely under the influence of Al Qaeda’s “hallucinogenic pills.” On Sunday, Qaddafi’s son warned that the U.N-athorized no fly zone over his country was “supporting the terrorists,” including Al Qaeda. While nearly everyone without the last name Qaddafi has ridiculed the ludicrous claim, Qaddafi found an unlikely defender today in Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association, a hard-right social conservative organization. In a blog post titled “No-fly zone aiding and abetting Al Qaeda,” Fischer happily parrots Qaddafi’s message:
Al Qaeda is behind the rebellion in Libya. So this no-fly zone is in fact helping the Muslims who killed 3000 Americans on 9/11. But helping our sworn enemies, especially if they are Muslims, does not seem to be a bother to Obama.
To be fair to Fischer, his stance probably has more to do with his hatred of Islam — not just extremists, but the entire religion — than his feelings about Qaddafi. Outrageous positions like this have earned AFA a “hate group” designation from the Southern Poverty Law Center. Nonetheless, leading conservatives, such as potential presidential candidates Tim Pawlenty and Mike Huckabee, regularly appear on AFA’s radio show, which is hosted by Fischer. Three sitting Republican congressman have appeared on the show in the past week alone. And potential presidential candidate Newt Gingrich secretly funneled $150,000 to AFA Action. Will Fischer’s defense of Qaddafi finally be too much for these conservative leaders?