American Family Radio — a division of the far-right anti-LGBT organization the American Family Association — is cutting its ties to substitute host and activist Austin Ruse after he said that liberal university professors should be “taken out and shot.”
Right Wing Watch reported that Ruse made the remarks on Wednesday when filling in for regular AFR host Sandy Rios. During a discussion about Belle Knox, the Duke University student who works as an adult video performer, Ruse blamed the feminist, anti-Christian university environment for producing women like her.
“(T)he hard left, human-hating people that run modern universities,” said Ruse, should “all be taken out and shot.”
“My daughters go to a little private religious school and we pay an arm and a leg for it precisely to keep them away from all of this kind of nonsense,” he said, insisting that university-sponsored reproductive health initiatives like Duke’s “Sex Week” have no place on college campuses.
When Right Wing Watch and other groups criticized Ruse for his violent rhetoric, he responded defensively.
“These people, these dumb leftists, are really smear merchants, they’re out to hurt, to harm, to isolate,” Ruse said on the air on Thursday. “They don’t like me, they don’t like you, they don’t like your children, they don’t like anything about you and they want you to basically shut up and go away…It’s quite astounding what these folks are able to get away with and it’s also astounding how dumb they are.”
Also on Thursday, Ruse announced on Facebook that he had deleted his Twitter account, blaming a “leftist swarm.”
American Family Radio removed the two episodes from its website on Thursday evening. On Friday, AFR announced via Facebook that Ruse has been fired.
“The fill-in host on AFR Talk that made those comments is no longer on the air with us and will not be filling in on AFR in the future,” wrote a spokesperson in response to an angry comment.
“Mr. Ruse, the fill-in host on AFR Talk that made those comments is no longer on the air with us and will not be filling in on AFR in the future. AFR condemns such comments, no matter who makes them,” said the spokesperson in another post.
Ruse — a contributor to Breitbart.com and The Daily Caller — runs an organization called the Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute (C-Fam). The group has worked with another anti-LGBT group, the World Congress of Families (WCF) to pressure Republicans in Congress on conservative legislation.
The WCF was instrumental in helping Russian legislators craft and implement the “gay propaganda” law, which criminalizes any non-negative depictions of same-sex relationships. The law has kicked off a wave of violence against LGBT people in Russia and helped cement Russia’s image as a nation that is out of step with the rest of the world.
C-Fam was designated an anti-LGBT hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center when Ruse spoke out in favor of Uganda’s draconian anti-gay law that punishes homosexual behavior with life imprisonment. C-Fam has publicly endorsed the efforts of Scott Lively, the shrilly anti-LGBT pastor who is accused of crimes against humanity for spreading and promoting anti-LGBT hate in the U.S. and abroad.
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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