Bryan Fischer, an analyst for the American Family Association, is well known for controversial statements about LGBT people (“gay sex is a form of domestic terrorism”) and Muslims (inbreeding has caused “lowered intellectual capacity”), false or misleading statements that have landed the AFA on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of “hate groups.” On Thursday, shortly before he interviewed Rep. Michele Bachmann on his radio program, Fischer shared another opinion: That because of their faith Muslim Americans have “no fundamental First Amendment claims.” Bachmann, who speaks at an AFA event in Iowa today, is not the first potential 2012 candidate from Minnesota to join Fischer; Tim Pawlenty met with him in January.
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. While there certainly ought to be a presumption of religious liberty for non-Christian religious traditions in America, the Founders were not writing a suicide pact when they wrote the First Amendment.
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. The Constitution, it bears repeating, is not a suicide pact.
Later Thursday morning Bachmann joined Fischer for his radio show and confirmed the CNN report that she would be making the decision whether or not to run for president early this summer. Here’s the interview:
The AFA has been listed as a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center for making false statements about gays and lesbians, as well as Muslims.
At least one watchdog group has asked Bachmann and Pawlenty, who appeared on Fischer’s radio show in January, to publicly denounce Fischer’s extremism towards Muslim and LGBT Americans.
People for the American Way sent a letter to both asking them to refrain from attending events with Fischer and cited a year’s worth of his statements.
Fischer has said that no new mosques should be built in the U.S., that inbreeding has caused Muslims to be stupid and violent, that Muslims should be banned from serving in the U.S. military, and that all Muslims are traitors and should be deported from the U.S. He’s said that “homosexuals should be disqualified from public office,” that gays are biased, sexually deviant felons, not to mention pedophiles, and should never serve on the Supreme Court, that gay adoption is “a terrible, terrible, inexcusable, inhumane thing to do to children,” that legislators should “impose the same sanctions on those who engage in homosexual behavior as we do on those who engage in intravenous drug abuse,” that “gay sex is a form of domestic terrorism,” and that Hitler recruited homosexual soldiers because they “had no limits and the savagery and brutality they were willing to inflict on whomever Hitler sent them after.”
Neither Pawlenty’s nor Bachmann’s spokespeople returned requests by the Minnesota Independent for comment on Fischer’s latest statement.
This morning, Bachmann is speaking during the AFA’s Renewal Project event in West Des Moines.
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