Boise theocrat Bryan Fischer is taking a new gig in Tupelo, Miss., hosting a live, two-hour talk show for American Family Radio, an affiliate of the American Family Association.
Since breaking the news on his personal, er, Idaho Values Alliance Web site, several people have bid him adieu.
"Thank heaven for Idaho," Boise gay activist Jody May-Chang told the Idaho Press-Tribune. "I feel sorry for Mississippi."
Even Press-Trib editor Vickie Holbrook blogs, "Congratulations to Bryan, and hooray for Idaho."
But here's another gem for Gem State Fischer haters: AFR (Today's radio for life!) does not even have a station in Idaho, according to its official station list.
Not that we have any shortage of Jesus radio here. And, as Fischer points out in his Moving on letter, audio and video from his program will be streamed online starting July 6.
Fischer says his show will examine the intersection between ethics and politics.
It is that intersection — the place where a Judeo-Christian worldview intersects with America’s public life — that fascinates and energizes me. It is that intersection I will have the privilege of exploring two hours a day with our listening and viewing audience.
Of course, his move to Tupelo, could be as much about the intersection between ethics and cold, hard cash.
According to a 2007 Media Transparency story, the American Family Association, of which Fischer's Idaho Values Alliance is supposedly a local affiliate, had net assets of $32 million and paid college tuition for children of employees.
That's a far cry from IVA, which begged supporters for financial support in November 2007.
Fischer signed off, saying IVA would go into "whisper mode," and then a strange, biblical formulation:
We covet your prayers as we pass through this time of transition, and in return we seek God’s highest blessing for you and for the state of Idaho.
Bryan, it's neighbors' wives we covet. Prayers we humbly request.