-Submitted by David Drumm (Nal), Guest Blogger
Bryan Fischer is the director of analysis for government and policy for the American Family Association (designated a hate group by the SPLC), which claims 2 million online supporters and 180,000 subscribers to its AFA Journal. Fischer recently said that the First Amendment doesn’t apply to Muslims, writing: “Islam has no fundamental First Amendment claims, for the simple reason that it was not written to protect the religion of Islam.”
Republican Presidential hopefuls Tim Pawlenty, Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, Rep. Michele Bachmann, and Haley Barbour have all been guests on Fischer’s radio show which broadcasts on nearly 200 stations.
Past appearances have included Republican notables such as Sen. Jim Inhofe, Sen. Jim DeMint, Sen. Roger Wicker, Rep. Lamar Smith, Rep. Alan Nunnelee, and Rep. Raul Labrador.
While Fischer’s constitutional views are complete lunacy, Eugene Volokh took the time to post a serious rebuttal. Not surprisingly, Volokh doesn’t mention the Republican Presidential hopefuls who support this nonsense through their appearances. Therein lies the rub. Until the sane wing of the Republican party starts calling out these clowns, the hopefuls will feel safe seeking their favor.
Barry Goldwater once said: “Every good Christian should line up and kick Jerry Falwell’s ass.” Today, Republicans are lining up to kiss Bryan Fischer’s ass.
Fischer has also tried to defeat evolution, using common creationist misconceptions. Biologist PZ Myers points out Fischer’s complete ignorance of science.