-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.
H/T: Steve Benen, Right Wing Watch.
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The Muslim-baiting radio host the GOP can’t resist
Bryan Fischer, who regularly hosts Republican presidential candidates, wants to restrict Muslim immigration
BY JUSTIN ELLIOTT
“I am so f*^king glad we have the really creative people on our side!
“Karab Amabo … Yes We Can’t!”
Here, here, sister!!
Swm and SL,
I am so f*^king glad we have the really creative people on our side!
“Karab Amabo … Yes We Can’t!”
Blouise & Swarthmore …
Karab Amabo – I just about fell off the couch laughing while watching that on Friday night!
Blouise, I think he might work as Maher’s perfect anti-Obama candidate.
Just for you:
“Where is Barry Goldwater when you need him? He wouls make Obama look like a far right wacko! This Republican party has strayed so far to the right that Reagan would be a moderate, Blue Dog Deomcrat on some issues.”
The mobs would have run them both out of the party with pitchforks and torches.
“i’ve found the same phenomena in my closest family and many friends. A common thread is listening to FOX News, CNN and talk radio.”
The Southern Poverty Law Center is a left-wing hate group.
wonder how many hours bryan spent practicing that smile in front of a mirror
“In the immortal words of Gahan Wilson”
Another predilection we share.
“Yeah, I see your point – I think about how some of my family has changed in recent years’
i’ve found the same phenomena in my closest family and many friends. A common thread is listening to FOX News, CNN and talk radio.
Thanks for this post. I’d never heard of Fischer. Looks like he hates all kinds of folks–not just gays and Muslims.
From The Christian Post (3/17/2011)
The American Family Association should apologize to Native Americans
By Warren Throckmorton
The Christian Post published my article calling for evangelicals to express remorse and regret for Christian collaboration with the US government for various indignities and assaults on Native Americas throughout the nation’s history. Now with this post I want to make it more specific: The American Family Association should express regret to Native Americans for allowing Bryan Fischer to revise history in a prejudicial manner on their website. In my call to evangelicals to express regret, I address Fischer’s views:
Sadly, in the present, those wounds have been reopened by a representative of that same belief system, in effect, blaming the native people for their demise. In February, Bryan Fischer, Issues Analyst for the American Family Association wrote on the AFA website that Native Americans were “morally disqualified from sovereign control of American soil” because of “superstition, savagery and sexual immorality.” Fischer followed up by suggesting that Americans should be proud of the “displacement of native American tribes.” Finally, he wrote that if the native people had converted to Christianity, like Pocahontas did, then “their assimilation into what became America could have been seamless and bloodless.”
Such assertions are offensive to Native American Christians. One such leader, Rev. Emerson Falls, counters Fischer, telling me that some Indian tribes, such as the Cherokee, assimilated into white Christian ways only to be displaced by federal policy at gunpoint and marched from the deep South to Oklahoma during the Trail of Tears (1838-1839). Falls added, “It was only after their forced removal on the Trail of Tears that they began to question the validity of Christianity.”
Rev. Falls is the first Native American to serve as president of the Oklahoma state association of Southern Baptists. He added in his assessment of Fischer’s American Family Association articles:
Fischer’s revision of history is offensive to Rev. Falls. Referring to Fischer’s articles, Falls asserts, “This kind of stereotyping has traditionally been used to de-humanize people so they can be treated differently. I believe Native Americans are no different than any other people created in the image of God.”
Rev. Falls is right on target. Fischer’s supremacist views are offensive and require a response from the American Family Association. The first column on Native Americans was removed from the website but without any apology or comment from the organization. Fischer was then allowed to post two additional columns expressing essentially the same perspective. Historically, evangelicals are increasingly recognizing the mistakes made in the name of Jesus. Now, the AFA should admit the same.
Mike, thank you! In the immortal words of Gahan Wilson, “I paint what I see.”
Where is Barry Goldwater when you need him? He wouls make Obama look like a far right wacko! This Republican party has strayed so far to the right that Reagan would be a moderate, Blue Dog Deomcrat on some issues.
“Saw David Brooks on Bill Maher last night. He describes himself as a moderate conservative. He actually is to the right of where Goldwater was, but he has pretended charm to take the edge off of his Feudal predilections.”
I caught the end of “Real Time” last night, but DVR’d and will be watching tonight but in general, I do agree with your take on Brooks. I’ve read enough of his pieces in the NYT to know.
Take my former governor, M. Jodi Rell, a moderate Republican who enjoyed decent approval ratings in very blue Connecticut. I look at her and, in the big scheme of things wonder, “where are they??”
“The problem is what was moderate 40 years ago, is considered left wing today.”
Yeah, I see your point – I think about how some of my family has changed in recent years (I wouldn’t necessarily call myself a bleeding heart liberal but compared to my family, I guess I am).
Looking more into the current crop of GOP presidential hopefuls, I guess it’s hitting home for me that moderate Republican’s have either morphed into knuckle-dragging mouth-breathers or have gone the way of the dinosaur.
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