Voice of Vitriol: AFA’s Bryan Fischer Claims First Amendment Only Applies to Christians
August 5, 2014 by Maureen McCarty, HRC Associate Director of Digital Media
The American Family Association’s rabidly anti-LGBT spokesperson Bryan Fischer is back on the AFA blog to reiterate his particular brand of xenophobia and hate.
In the post, Fischer claimed that the First Amendment only applies to Christians, and called Islam a “noxious weed.” It isn’t the first time Fischer has attacked Islam. Earlier this summer, he called the religion a “contagion” that must be quarantined.
On the AFA website on Friday, he wrote:
"I have contended for years that the First Amendment, as given by the Founders, provides religious liberty protections for Christianity only. Most attorney types, befuddled by years of untethered Supreme Court activism, think it covers any and all religions you can name. The results of this expansive but badly misguided understanding of the First Amendment have not been too costly to this point. But with Islam growing in America like a noxious weed, some of the more troublesome aspects of this distorted view of religious liberty are becoming evident, when it comes to things like school curricula, halal food, and Christian evangelism at Muslim street fairs. These problems have been brought into stark relief now by Satanists, who are pressing for exactly the same kind of religious liberty protections the Supreme Court just recognized for Hobby Lobby."
The AFA proclaims to promote “traditional moral values” in media, which, ultimately, means taking a vehemently anti-LGBT stance and organizing boycotts of anything pro-equality.
Fischer has a long documented history of viciously lashing out against the LGBT community. On a number of occasions, Fischer has likened LGBT activists to Nazis and called for LGBT individuals to be jailed or forced into rehab. He advocated for a new version of Underground Railroad to take children away from same-sex parents.
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