Bryan Fischer kicked off his radio program yesterday by repeating the Religious Right's favoritemyth that the Pilgrims were a bunch of socialists who nearly starved to death until they discovered the wonders of capitalism as he made the case that the entire purpose of America is to spread the Gospel of Jesus throughout the world.
"I believe God's basic calling on this nation," Fischer said, "is to fulfill the Great Commission. That is what God has called the United States to do. So all of our machinery is to be harnessed toward that one great enterprise, the fulfillment of the Great Commission, to take the teaching of Christ to all the nations and teach them to do everything that Christ has commanded us to do, to baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. That is the calling of God on the United States."
"So this means the entire machinery of our country," he continued, "every bit of it is all designed by God. His intention is that every network, every component, every segment of this society would work together, work in harmony for the purpose of fulfilling the Great Commission."
On his radio program today, Bryan Fischer stated that he prays every night against the "plans that Satan is working" through President Obama.
While he insisted that he was not claiming that Obama is demon-possessed, Fischer said he is positive that Satan is planting thoughts in Obama's mind "that are contrary to the word and will of God" and convincing him to act upon them.
"I believe that Satan has an agenda that he is working through our current president," Fischer stated. "We don't pray against President Obama; we pray against the work and the strategy and the purposes that Satan is working through this president."
Recently, a judge in Utah ordered that a foster child be removed from a home with two lesbian parents and placed with a heterosexual couple on the grounds that "kids in homosexual homes don’t do as well as they do in heterosexual homes."
Predictably, Bryan Fischer came rushing to that judge's defense on his radio program today, declaring that "no culture would ever want to adopt policies that are harmful, dangerous and risky to children."
"That means we should never countenance policies that place children in same-sex households, whether it's foster care or whether it is adoption," he said.
Fischer also came out against single-parent adoptions as well, before citing Mark Regnerus' repeatedlydebunked study to claim that children raised by lesbians are 10 times more likely to be sexually abused.
"The risk of sexual abuse, unwanted sexual touching, is 10 times higher in a lesbian household than in a heterosexual household," he said. "So if we care about the sexual purity, the sexual integrity of our children, which I do, then the last place we are going to want to put a child is in a lesbian household."
"So good for this judge," he concluded. "I am 100 percent standing behind him."
RWW’s Paranoia-Rama takes a look at five of the week’s most absurd conspiracy theories from the Right.
This week, all the classics top the list of things the Right Wing thinks are threats to America: gay people, undocumented immigrants, transgender people and, of course, the Obama administration.
1) God Will Destroy Financial Markets Over ‘Sodomy’ In America
Pat Robertson has frequentlywarned of the destruction of the financial markets by an angry God, and this week Robertson claimed that “sodomites” in the United States will be the thing to provoke God’s wrath.
America, according to Robertson, is turning into Sodom now that the United States has “enshrined sodomy into the United States Constitution.” He explained: “I don’t want the wrath of God to hit this country, it’s a great country, I’d like to see America continue strong, but this is one way of weakening it. First of all, we’re going to have this financial collapse. We’re setting up for a massive financial collapse and I think if God is going to hurt this country that’s probably the way he’d do it.”
2) Undocumented Immigrants In Cities ‘Increases The Rate Of Disease’
Marc Siegel joined the hosts of Fox News’ “Outnumbered” to discuss the real danger of sanctuary cities: rampant disease. “When you let illegal immigrants into a sanctuary city, they don't come in with a card that says I don't have tuberculosis or I don't have the flu or I don't have this disease,” Siegel explained. “And these things spread around big cities like San Francisco. It increases the rate of disease, and it increases the pressure on the healthcare system.”
Host Harris Faulkner attempted to link undocumented immigrants in San Francisco to a global rise in tuberculosis deaths, adding that she “was reading just this week that tuberculosis is now leading most of the other diseases around the world in killing people.” Siegel assessed that this was a “really important” point.
3) Conspiracy To Eliminate Religion From America
Representative Randy Forbes gave a sermon warning of a government conspiracy to expunge religion from the “marketplace of ideas” last month at his home church in Chesapeake, Virginia, as part of the Pray USA effort, an initiative of the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation.
"I could put up on this screen or on this screen or on both of them the proof that would show you this isn't some natural evolution, this is artificially driven,” Forbes explained. “I can show you organization after organization after organization to a network that would frighten you because it would be vast that you couldn't get it on that screen, of organizations that are funded and paid with a systematic approach to killing and destroying faith in America today."
4) Obama Wants To Imprison Christian Conservatives
Speaking of the plot to silence Christians, Bryan Fischer asserted on his radio program this week that President Obama would imprison all conservative Christians, if only he could get away with it.
Fischer responded to a caller who alleged that the Justice Department’s plan to release 6,000 nonviolent drug offenders from federal prisons was a plot to make room for Christians in prisons by agreeing, "I think that is where we would go if he had his way."
"I honestly do,” Fischer continued. “I believe that is where we would wind up, if he could do what he wanted to do without any kind of restriction, he would lock people up who disagree with him, and that's us. Conservative Christians are the ones who have the biggest problem.”
5) Transgender Women Are Predators
The Right Wing is outraged at the Obama administration this week after the Education Department found that “an Illinois school district violated anti-discrimination laws when it did not allow a transgender student who identifies as a girl and participates on a girls’ sports team to change and shower in the girls’ locker room without restrictions.”
Pat Robertson revealed this week that he is under the impression that transgender students only want access to locker rooms that match their gender in order to eyeball girls. “This transgender stuff, I mean, this was a boy and this boy, we don’t know what surgery was performed on him, if any, we don’t know what his parts are,” he said, “and yet he wants to go into the girls’ locker room and see all these disrobed little girls running around.”
Phyllis Schlafly has also been persuaded that the transgender movement is a threat. In an interview on Newsmax TV, Schlafly alleged that the Department of Education’s announcement is proof that transgender advocates are “trying to turn our boys into peeping Toms.” She added, “I can’t imagine why else they would want to go into their girls’ restrooms.”
On his radio program today, Bryan Fischer declared that President Obama would toss all conservative Christians into prison if he could get away with it.
Responding to a caller who asserted that the Justice Department's plan to release 6,000 non-violent drug offenders from federal prisons was being done in order to make room for the imprisonment of Christians, Fischer said that he had no doubt that that is exactly what Obama would love to do.
"I think that is where we would go if he had his way," Fischer said. "I honestly do. I believe that is where we would wind up, if he could do what he wanted to do without any kind of restriction, he would lock people up who disagree with him, and that's us. Conservative Christians are the ones who have the biggest problem; he's pro-abortion, he is pro-sodomy and those are the great moral issues of our day. We're against them and he doesn't like our dissent, he doesn't like the disagreement and he would be perfectly willing to use incarceration as a tool to shut us up."
Recently released tax scofflaw Kent Hovind told Bryan Fischer today that he intends to sue the federal government for $9 million for false imprisonment (a million dollars for every year he spent behind bars).
Speaking of Fischer, he has some concerns that Ben Carson may not be anti-gay enough.
Similarly, Peter LaBarbera is worried that one of Marco Rubio's billionaire backers is too pro-gay: "I think this is very dangerous, and the whole party is trending in a pro-gay direction – so there's a lot to worry about ... It doesn't matter if you're a Republican: if you're supporting the homosexual agenda, that's just as evil as if a Democrat is doing it."
The Montana Supreme Court's Office of Disciplinary Counsel has recommended that Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes be disbarred.
Some good advice from Rep. Steve King: "The most important thing we can do, especially young people: Have a lot of babies and raise them right."
Finally, Larry Tomczak explains that CNBC's Republican presidential debate was so "biased" becuase Satan controls the airwaves: "The 'prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience' (Eph. 2:1-2), exerts real diabolical power through the airways. Since Jesus labeled Satan a 'liar and the father of lies' (John 8:44), those who are not under the loving Lordship of Jesus Christ are being influenced to do his bidding. Therefore, lies and deception permeate our culture in alarming ways with political leaders and personnel in media advancing his diabolical schemes."
Today, the American Psychological Association released a series of papers reporting that "rates of military sexual trauma among men who served in the military may be as much as 15 times higher than has been previously reported, largely because of barriers associated with stigma, beliefs in myths about male rape, and feelings of helplessness."
Predictably, this has been seized upon by Bryan Fischer as proof that the small percentage of gay men in the military are responsible for tens of thousands of sexual assaults every year.
Ignoring clear statement from the reports themselves that it is a myth to claim "that male rape is homosexual sex and therefore, that only homosexual men get raped and only homosexual men perpetrate rape," Fischer insisted on his radio program today that gay men are committing these thousands of sexual assaults because they are inherently violent.
"One of the pathologies that is associated with the homosexual lifestyle is violence and sexual assault," he said. "It's a characteristic of sexual activity in that community."
Asserting that 14,000 men and 12,000 women the military were sexually assaulted in 2013, Fischer proclaimed that "despite the fact that homosexuals comprise just a tiny sliver of our population, maybe two per cent of the population," those "two per cent of the males in the military are responsible for more sexual assaults of males than all of the heterosexual men in the military."
Last month, New York City, with the backing of the U.S. Justice Department, joined the Strong Cities Network, a United Nations program aimed at connecting large cities in efforts to fight violent extremism. Civil rights and civil liberties groups expressed concern that the program would result in increased harassment of Muslim Americans, but far-right activists are now saying that the program is in fact a secretive effort to impose Islamic law on American cities.
In a Breitbart column shortly after the announcement, anti-Muslim activist Pamela Geller insisted that the network represents “nothing less than the overriding of American laws, up to and including the United States Constitution, in favor of United Nations laws” and that President Obama may now “use a ‘global police force’ to crush counter-jihad forces.”
On his program today, American Family Radio’s Bryan Fischer cited Geller’s article to claim that the program is “nothing more than a way to impose Sharia law on the largest cities in America under the guise of social justice or doing something for the global community or doing something that is fair and right and just and all that kind of stuff.”
Tami Jackson of BarbWire laments that “Obama and his administration, from the first day of the first term, have been at odds with the biblical Christian worldview, mocking and decreeing ungodly legislation at will.”
WorldNetDaily columnist Erik Rush unveils his “many quote verifiable charges” against President Obama.
Texas Eagle Forum is upset that Gov. Greg Abbott isn’t defying the Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision.
Yesterday, Donald Trump told Fox Business Channel that he would “ absolutely” support shutting down mosques in America in order to fight ISIS, so naturally American Family Radio’s Bryan Fischer came to the Republican presidential candidate’s defense today, repeating his frequentassertion that the First Amendment applies only to Christians.
“So the question is, can you close down a mosque in the United States of America given the First Amendment and its guarantee of the free exercise of religion,” Fischer said, “and the answer is that you absolutely can. Yes, Donald, yes, Virginia, we can constitutionally close down mosques in the United States of America.”
This is, he explained, because “the only religious tradition that is being explicitly and expressly protected in the First Amendment is the free exercise of the Christian religion.”
Jeb Bush's level of cluelessness is genuinely staggering sometimes: "How pathetic for @realdonaldtrump to criticize the president for 9/11. We were attacked & my brother kept us safe."
It should come as no surprise to discover that Theodore Shoebat has real issues with women.
Four experts on Ronald Reagan say that Bill O'Reilly's latest book on Reagan is chock full of misinformation and errors.
Some characteristically reasonable insights from Bryan Fischer: "If you have ever wondered whether President Obama has an abiding hostility to people of Christian faith, wonder no more. He believes we are a threat to national security. If you are a sincerely devoted follower of Jesus Christ, your president believes you are a potential domestic terrorist."
Finally, Bert Farias blasts pastors and church leaders for not speaking out more forcefully against gay Christians: "Our sympathetic views toward this celebrated group in our culture is a form of cowardice and low esteem for the standards laid out in Scripture."
American Family Radio, the radio network operated by the American Family Association, held a fundraising drive today during which AFA President Tim Wildmon called up Mike Huckabee to ask for his words of support.
The GOP presidential candidate hailed Wildmon’s media outlet for promoting the “voice of Christian America,” gushing that the network offers information that people “are not going to get on NPR.”
Of course, American Family Radio is the home of some of the most virulent radio commentators out there, including Bryan Fischer, who was so extreme and bigoted that he was denounced by the GOP’s last presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, for his “poisonous language.”
In the past, Huckabee has been a guest on Fischer’s show, “Focal Point,” where he suggested that President Obama’s youth was infused with anti-American and Islamic teachings. In a previous appearance on Wildmon’s program, the former Arkansas governor threatened to quit the Republican Party if it didn’t condemn gay marriage more passionately.
It would be odd if Huckabee wasn’t aware of all of the insane conspiracy theories and bigoted statements made by hosts such as Fischer, Wildmon and Sandy Rios, who anchors the network’s morning program.
Rupert Murdoch claims that he meant "no offence" by suggesting that President Obama was not "a real black president."
Rand Paul has scored the crucial Alex Jones endorsement.
FRC prays that the media will supposedly stop lying about the meeting that Kim Davis had with Pope Francis: "Pray that God will sort out the lies, expose the liars and prevent the distortion from distorting the thinking of the America people. The people must understand that religious liberty must be sacrosanct in our nation if liberty is to survive!"
Apparently, criticism of Jonathan Cahn is "the true sign of a prophet who speaks truth" and not the result of him being constantlywrong.
Finally, Bryan Fischer channels David Barton in making the claim that Jesus opposed the minimum wage: "Minimum wage laws price some low-skilled employees out of the job market altogether, raise the cost of goods and services for everybody, including the poor, and reduce the overall number of jobs. Who gets hurt? The little guy looking to place his foot on the bottom rung of the ladder of financial self-sufficiency. Maybe that is why there are no minimum wage laws in the parables of Jesus."
On his radio program today, Bryan Fischer interviewed Alabama Supreme Court Justice Tom Parker, a former Religious Right activist and aide to Chief Justice Roy Moore who has become a radical justice in his own right, for two segments about the Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling earlier this year.
After making the case that the Obergefell decision does not even apply to Alabama, Parker absurdly asserted that the Supreme Court had no grounds upon which to issue the decision in the first place because gays are not being denied equal treatment under the law since everyone is free to marry someone of the opposite sex.
As such, Parker said, it is imperative that state supreme courts stand up to the U.S. Supreme Court in defiance of its ruling in this case in order to foment a "revival" that will return this nation to its founding principles.
"The states should be a check on the federal government," he said, "and the proper organ within a state to do that versus the U.S. Supreme Court would be a state supreme court. Now, I doubt that it would be a blanket defiance of all jurisdiction on the U.S. Supreme Court, but in regards to the Obergefell decision where it's clear that they jumped outside of the precedents in order to impose their will on this country, that yes, resisting that decision could maybe start a revival of what we need in this country and return to our original founding principles."
On his radio program today, Bryan Fischer continued to complain about the fact that the Vatican has distanced itself from Kim Davis after the controversial Kentucky county clerk met with Pope Francis when both were in Washington, D.C., last month.
Fischer blamed the "low-information media" for supposedly trying to destroy Davis' reputation and asserted that it is just this sort of thing that is causing the institution to collapse.
"Nobody is watching the low-information media anymore," he said. "Their rating are going through the basement. Newspapers are closing down, they're shutting down, they can't sell subscriptions, they can't sell advertising space. Why is that? It's become of stuff like this, because of what the low-information media does, they way they turn on good-hearted, ordinary decent people like Kim Davis. Demonize her, vilify her, mock her, ridicule her and the American people say, 'No, I'm not down with that. That's not an American thing to do. That's not fair. There's nothing kind about that.'"
"They want to harpoon this woman," he stated, "and that's why people are turned to the low-information media."
Bryan Fischer is not at all happy about reports that the Vatican is contradicting the claims from Kentucky clerk Kim Davis and her attorneys at Liberty Counsel that Davis was invited to meet privately with Pope Francis when both were in Washington, D.C. last week, during which the pope allegedly praised her for standing strong in her fight to prevent her county office from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.
On his radio show today, Fischer insisted that the version of events put forth by Liberty Counsel can be trusted because "Mat Staver is a man of absolute, unquestioned integrity, so when Mat Staver speaks, he is going to tell you the truth."
The fact that the Vatican is now backing away from Davis, Fischer said, is a testament to the strength of the bullies in "the Gay Gestapo."
"What this story illustrates is the power of the Gay Gestapo," he said. "What this story illustrates is the power and the influence of pro-sodomy lobby in international affairs. Big Gay and homosexual lobby, homosexual activists, have so much power that they can intimidate the pope himself ... The bigots and bullies of Big Gay have intimidated the pope."
On his radio program today, Bryan Fischer onceagainmadehis case that America's immigration policy ought to require all immigrants to convert to Christianity and adopt Christian morals, holidays, and heroes.
"Strangers are welcome here in the United States under one condition," he explained, "that they be willing to assimilate completely into American culture. That they be willing to adopt our God, that they be willing to adopt our Judeo-Christian heritage ... adopt our Christian holidays ... If you come to America, you understand that we are a Christian country and therefore we observe Christian holidays; don't expect us to make room for your holidays. We're expecting you to accommodate yourself to our standards, our traditions, and our holidays."
"We will expect you to adopt our Christian moral values," he continued. "No place, no room for Sharia law in the United States. You'll be welcome here, we'll open our arms to you, we'll open our hearts to you, we'll open our communities to you, but we will expect you to adopt our cultural and Christian moral standards. We will expect you to adopt our Christian heroes and we will expect you to adopt our Christian history."
Of course, it was only a few months ago, in the aftermath of the Obergefell decision, that Fischer declared that, “June, 26, 2015, is a date which will live in infamy” because “on this day, the United States become Sodom and Gomorrah.”
It came as absolutely no surprise that anti-Islam radio show host Bryan Fischer defended the arrest of 14 year-old Ahmed Mohamed for bringing a homemade clock to school, asserting on his program today that it was entirely reasonable for school officials to be suspicious because Mohamed's father was a devout Muslim.
Citing reports that Mohamed ElHassan Mohamed had run for the presidency in his native Sudan and had also defended the Quran against radical anti-Muslim zealot Terry Jones, Fischer was incredulous that anyone would fault the school for being on alert when Ahmed "shows up as school with something that looks like a bomb."
"His father," Fischer declared, "twice ran for the presidency of Sudan, which is a stridently, vigorously Muslim country. It's one of the state sponsors of terrorism around the world and Ahmed Mohamed, his father wanted to be the president of Sudan! Twice!"
Fischer also noted that the elder Mohamed dared to "show up to defend the Quran" against Terry Jones, saying that "if you know that about this family, then there's reasons certainly to be cautious if the son shows up in school with something that looks like a bomb."
Immediately following a segment on his radio program yesterday in which Bryan Fischer declared that it is his goal to "create the most biblically and constitutionally literate listening audience" in America, he told his audience that the Bible was the single greatest influence on the framing of the Constitution.
Unsurprisingly, this claim originated with David Barton, the right-wing pseudo-historian who first spread the false claim that a 1984 study by Donald Lutz and Charles Hyneman called "The Relative Influence of European Writers on Late Eighteenth-Century American Political Thought" had found that the Constitution was largely based upon the Bible, according to a review of documents published during the founding era.
Fischer mindlessly repeated this claim on his program, asserting that "the book of Deuteronomy was the primary source of the standards that were incorporated in Western law and Western jurisprudence" and insisting that "the Constitution rested on the foundation of the Bible and biblical truth."
[T]hat study does not prove this point. In fact, when you read all of the study, it proves just the opposite: the framers of the American Constitution abandoned biblical quotations in favor of the secular authors. I don’t know who originally read it to say otherwise, but for the sake of credibility, scholarship, and faithful witness, it needs to stop.
The percentage of Bible quotations reported in that study 1) comes from an earlier period than the Constitutional period, 2) represents a strongly overweighted minority sample in the data, 3) appears mostly in only 10 percent of the actual sources included in the study, 4) appears in sources not written by the men who actually did the framing, 5) appears in sources probably not even read by the framers. The study itself excludes the vast majority of relevant material that such a study should have included.
Too all my friends and fellow-laborers in Restoring America, Christian America, Monumental America, Christianity and the Constitution, followers of Verna Hall, Rosalie Slater, Vision Forum, Wall Builders, and anyone else, anywhere even remotely associated with such a project: Please, quit citing Lutz and Hyneman as proof the Framers of the Constitution quoted the Bible more than any other source. They did not, and misreading studies like this, and thereby perpetuating myths like this, is one reason liberal scholars so often laugh at you. It’s not always merely because they hate God. Sometimes, it’s because we give them reason.