Friday, March 25, 2011

Bryan Fisher Claims Muslims Have No 1st Amendment Rights

Bryan Fisher of the American Family Association (AFA) is without question a religious extremist. He’s also one of the driving forces behind the GOP’s Teavangelical agenda, and has been called by “one of the most hateful public figures in the country.” He regularly spews his venom on his blog “Renew America”, and on his daily radio talk show “Focal Point”. The group itself, AFA, has been designated a “Hate Group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) for its outrageous attacks on the LGBT community. If you search Bryan Fisher on YouTube you will find an almost endless list of videos where he repeatedly says things like:

Christians need to control Government, not Atheists and Pagans.
Native Americans need to convert to Christianity
No More Mosques Period
Muslims should be deported
Muslims can stay if they accept Christ
Every Muslim is guilty of treason.

In his “latest attack on Muslims”  he makes this statement in part:

“The First Amendment was written by the Founders to protect the free exercise of Christianity”

“Islam has no fundamental First Amendment claims, for the simple reason that it was not written to protect the religion of Islam. Islam is entitled only to the religious liberty we extend to it out of courtesy.”

”Our government has no obligation to allow a treasonous ideology to receive special protections in America, but this is exactly what the Democrats are trying to do right now with Islam.”

”From a constitutional point of view, Muslims have no First Amendment right to build mosques in America. They have that privilege at the moment, but it is a privilege that can be revoked if, as is in fact the case, Islam is a totalitarian ideology dedicated to the destruction of the United States.”


In addition to his list of hate filled videos on YouTube, you can also find his list of interviews with GOP leaders. As hard as it is to believe that any elected official, or public leader would have anything to do with Fisher, or the AFA, it seems some have no shame with whom they will associate and support. Among a few of his interviewees we see:

Mike Huckabee
Tim Pawlenty
Rep. Michele Bachmann
Rep. Steve King
Sen. Jim Inhofe
Sen. Jim DeMint
Rep. Lamar Smith
Rep. Chris Smith
Rep. Jack Kingston
Rep Alan Nunnelee

“A nonprofit group led by former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich channeled $125,000 through a hard-line anti-gay organization to support a 2010 campaign to oust three Iowa Supreme Court justices who voted to legalize same-sex marriage in that state, The Associated Press (AP) reported Tuesday. The donation to the American Family Association (AFA), which was designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) earlier this year, was part of a total of $350,000 Gingrich reportedly helped steer to Iowa for Freedom, which led the successful campaign against the justices, the only ones on the court who were up for reelection.”

If you still have any doubts that many in the GOP not only support the likes of Bryan Fisher, but are pushing the same kind of Teavangelical takeover of this country, lust have a look at

The first four faces on the web page are Michele Bachmann, Haley Barbour, Mike Huckabee and Newt Gingrich.  

The mission? From the website:
“History is clear:  the founders of our country drew their inspiration, wisdom, and direction from the Bible. Beginning in colonial times, church leaders spoke to their congregations about the events and issues of the day in the context of Biblical truth. Rediscover God in America will lay a foundation of critical knowledge for your congregation. They'll learn how to interpret and assess current events in light of God's Word, as our founding fathers did, and how to respond Biblically and take action that aligns with His truth.”

Actually the founding fathers did not draw inspiration from the bible, and this is but one example of how religious right-wing extremists twist reality to fit their own Teavangelical agenda. It is an outrage that elected officials not only cater to people like this and organizations like AFA, but in many cases are pushing some of the same ideologies through proposed legislation that would affect every one of us.

Christians have the right to worship any way they choose, and I for one will be the first to stand up in defense of that right of choice. But on the same note, that choice applies equally to everyone in every denomination in this country. Any elected officials who attempt to push any kind of religious ideology on our secular laws should be publicly called out for their blatant attempt to violate the constitution, and the rights of all citizens who do not happen to believe as they do. 

And yet the GOP seems to be getting bolder and more blatant about it every day. I wonder if they have ever read the history books about how people came to this country to escape religious oppression and persecution in the first place.

Isn't that something most middle school kids know?


  1. The authority he cites, Joseph Story, also claimed the first amendment doesn't protect Jews.
    "The real object of the amendment was, not to countenance, much less to advance Mahometanism, or Judaism, or infidelity..."

  2. Oooh, I LUV the tone of your voice, let's see, this is an old constitutional argument, it basically comes down to whether we live in a Christian Nation or not.

    Despite what Atheists/Deists say, The Finding Fathers: were overwhelmingly Christian.

    88 Episcopalians, 30 Presbyterians.

    I see Joseph Story was born in 1779 in Massachusetts. So, it's not like we are finding out about some raving Nut Job born in the last 100 years. He served on the Supreme Court.

    Is there some problem in quoting him??

    Again, we have a Judeo Christian heritage, but we are a Christian Nation. Story lived back then. Maybe he knows.

  3. I looked at your links PrairieStater. The first one was a religious website that also offered links to “religious dating”, and a place to “Submit your articles about religion”. The second was a Wikipedia page on Joseph Story and lists him as a Unitarian.

    Often when reading things on sites like this it’s wise to double check the information by seeking a more reliable source.

    Here is an article from “The Nation” that was posted by CBS News on the Founding Fathers and religion.

    Here is another link to an article on about the founding fathers, religion and the Treaty of Tripoli that you may find interesting.

    The truth is that this is not in fact a Christian Nation. Though there are a majority of Christians here, we are still a nation of many denominations, each of them with the exact same rights and status as any of the others. For any one to claim superiority would just be a waste of time because they all equally believe their own religion to be the one true religion. And for them it is, just as yours is to you. That’s what freedom of religion is all about.

    For any religion to attempt to dominate any other would be an affront to the 1st amendment which guarantees “Freedom of religion” for all, not just for some.

    For example, Christians have no more right to dictate to Jews what is right or wrong, or what they “should” believe, than Muslims have the right to dictate to Christians what they should believe.

    Would you appreciate being told that your religion was false and being forced to submit to being governed by any other religion in which you do not believe?

    No, nor does anyone else.