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 PoliticalCorrection.org “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:
Rep. Michele Bachmann
Rep. Steve King
Sen. Jim Inhofe
Sen. Jim DeMint
Rep. Lamar Smith
Rep. Chris Smith
Rep. Jack Kingston
Rep Alan Nunnelee
The SPLC also reported an interesting story “Newt Gingrich Funneling funds to AFA to punish Iowa Justices”
“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?