The Upshot

Anti-Muslim speaker to join Romney, Gingrich on stage

Liz Goodwin
The Upshot

A man who has said the government should not allow any mosques to be built in America and compared American Muslims to neo-Nazis is scheduled to speak at the Values Voter Summit in Washington next week, alongside Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee and Newt Gingrich, among other prominent Republicans.

Bryan Fischer, the director of issues analysis for the American Family Association, a Christian activist group that's among the event's co-sponsors, will be a featured speaker at the summit. In addition to the strident anti-Islamic positions above, Fischer has advocated for the deportation of American Muslims and a halt to future Muslim immigration into the United States.

Justin Elliott at Salon wonders if any of the mainstream Republican speakers at the influential forum will speak out against any of Fischer's extreme views.

Many Republicans who have been opposed to the construction of a mosque near Ground Zero, including Romney and Sarah Palin, have publicly condemned Terry Jones, the fringe Florida pastor who is threatening to burn Qurans.

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