As we have noted several times before, Bryan Fischer is a lot of things, but self-aware is not one of them and he continues to demonstrate this fact regularly on his radio program, as he did once again today.
Fischer spent part of a segment discussing the fact that Dan Haseltine, lead singer of the Christian rock band Jars of Clay, had announced his support for gay marriage. In response to this announcement, Fischer said, some Christian radio stations have begun boycotting the band and refusing to play their songs while some fans have deleted their albums from the music libraries.
Haseltine, not surprisingly, does not appreciate such responses, but Fischer was entirely unsympathetic, declaring (approximately 5:00 in) that it was because “you are rejecting the authority of the word of God and maybe Christians have a problem with that.”
“If you want to do that, that’s fine” Fischer added, “but then don’t complain when there are consequences for making a foolish declaration like that”:
For once, we completely agree with Fischer! As we always say, the flipside of the First Amendment is that while everyone is free to say whatever they believe, that doesn’t mean that they are also exempt from suffering the consequences of voicing those beliefs.
Of course, it is usually the Religious Right that loudly screams “persecution” anytime someone that they agree with actually suffers consequences for making foolish declarations … like when Bryan Fischer said that A&E’s decision to suspend Phil Robertson for making anti-gay comments was proof that Christians were being persecuted for refusing to accept the Mark of the Beast:
When Christian radio stations refuse to play Haseltine’s music, that is just the “consequences” of his “foolish declaration,” according to Fischer.
But when A&E temporarily suspended Robertson for his “foolish declaration,” Fischer went on and on about how Christians were being oppressed, persecuted, and prohibited from engaging in commerce.