The AFA’s resident spokesbigot Bryan Fischer operates on a very consistent pattern: he spends months saying and writing outrageously bigoted things but when some pressure starts to mount over all of the bigoted things he says, he lashes out and accuses his detractors of lying about what he said.
He has done it several times before, and now that Gov. Rick Perry is getting some heat for associating with Fischer and the AFA, he has done it again, taking issue with this Tim Murphy piece in Mother Jones. Fischer claims that Murphy “strung together a litany of lies and distortions” and then proceeds to try and set the record straight.
In three instances Fischer fully admits to the views attributed to him – gays should be banned from public office and Muslims should be banned from the military and from building mosques:
– “gays should be banned from holding public office” — This is accurate. I do believe this, for the same reason that I believe Anthony Weiner should resign, as did Larry Craig, John Ensign and Mark Foley and numerous other Republicans caught in sexual misconduct. Aberrant sexuality morally disqualifies a practitioner from public office, and whatever else homosexual behavior is, it is aberrant sexual behavior.
– “there should be a permanent ban on mosque construction in the United States” — Partly true. What I have recommended is that local planning and zoning boards no longer issue permits — what about the word “permit” do people not understand? — for the building of mosques. This is because 81% of the mosques in America distribute literature that supports violent jihad and the imposition of sharia law by force, and 95% of Muslims who attend prayers regularly attend one of these mosques. I have suggested our policies toward Islam should be the same as our policies toward the KKK and white supremacist groups, since they are equally and violently antisemitic. Whatever the NAACP thinks ought to be done to halt the spread of the KKK and white supremacists I’ll be happy to adopt as our policy against the spread of Islam.
– “Muslims should be prohibited from serving in the armed forces” — True. Serving in the United States military is a privilege not a right, and we should have no room in our military for those whose religion teaches them to “slay the idolaters wherever you find them” (Surah 9:5). If you don’t think this policy suggestion makes sense, ask the families of Major Nidal Malik Hasan’s homicidal rampage at Ft. Hood, done in the name of Allah.
But Fischer takes issue with several other assertions … and, in typical Fischer fashion, attempts to clarify the record by more or less reiterating the very thing he claims he never said in the first place:
1. “gays caused the Holocaust.” False. What I spoke is the simple truth: the Nazi Party was responsible for the Holocaust. If the question is then further asked, who was responsible for the Nazi Party, the answer, as a matter of simple historical truth: homosexual thugs. The Nazi Party was actually formed in a gay bar in Munich, and virtually all of Hitler’s early enforcers in his rise to power were homosexuals.
Here is what I wrote in my column on what Nazi Germany teaches us about the wisdom of allowing open homosexuals in the military:
“Homosexuality gave us Adolph Hitler, and homosexuals in the military gave us the Brown Shirts, the Nazi war machine and six million dead Jews. Gays in the military is an experiment that has been tried and found disastrously and tragically wanting. Maybe it’s time for Congress to learn a lesson from history.”
So I clearly lay the blame for the Holocaust on the Nazi Party, but attribute the rise of the Nazi Party to homosexual brutes. That’s not a matter of opinion, it’s a matter of historical fact, as inconvenient as that fact may be to the mavens of political correctness on the left.
2. “gays…are planning on doing it (the Holocaust) again.” False.
Here is the transcript of my remarks:
“Homosexual activists, when it comes to freedom of speech, are Nazis. When it comes to freedom of religion, they are Nazis. There is no room in their world for dissent, there is no room in their world for disagreement, there is no room in their world for criticism. You criticize homosexual behavior, they tag you as a bigot and a homophobe and then they go to work to silence you just like the Roman Catholic Church did in the days of Galileo — it’s no different; it’s the Spanish Inquisition all over again.
“Ladies and gentlemen, they are Nazis. Do not be under any illusions about what homosexual activists will do with your freedoms and your religion if they have the opportunity. They’ll do the same thing to you that the Nazis did to their opponents in Nazi Germany.”
Clearly the parallel I was drawing here is that homosexuals are out to suppress freedom of speech, religion, and dissent just as the Nazis did. This is indisputable.
So Fischer never said that gays caused the Holocaust and they are going to commit another one against Christians – he simply said that the Holocaust was the fault of the Nazis (who were all gay) and that, if given the chance, gays would do the same thing again today.
So you can see that that is totally different.
Fischer also claims he never called for the forced conversion of Muslims or their deportation from America:
5. “foreign Muslims should either be exterminated or forced to convert to Christianity” — Horrendous distortion. What I said was that, if we are attacked from or by a Muslim nation, we should go in with military force and neutralize the threat. Then I suggest we bring missionaries in, since it is Christianity that has made the United States the freest, strongest, and most prosperous nation on earth. If they don’t want to listen to our missionaries, fine. We’ll bring them and our soldiers home. But we let them know that if you attack us again and we have to come back, this time we’ll come back not with missionaries but with overwhelming lethal force.
6. “American Muslims should be deported” — Wrong again. What I have written is that American Muslims who have been naturalized of course should remain, as well as American citizens who convert to Islam. But I do believe we should not extend citizenship any longer to immigrant Muslims, even the ones who are here legally. When their legal immigration provisions expire, we should happily bear the cost of repatriating them to their homelands. Immigration is a privilege, not a right, and the god of Islam teaches his followers to kill Americans. It’s simply bad policy to extend citizenship to people who have a solemn, sacred, religious obligation to exterminate us.
Fischer was quite clear when he said that when the US goes into a Muslim nation, it must try to convert them to Christianity but if the Muslims refuse to convert, then the next time the US returns, it will be to kill them.
Likewise, Fischer has asserted that simply by virtue of being a Muslim, they are guilty of treason and that Muslims living in the US ought to be deported.
Yet, somehow Fischer thinks it is an unfair distortion of his views to claim that he supports forced conversion and the deportation of Muslims.
Fischer has a long history of saying openly bigoted things on an almost daily basis … and he has just as long a history of claiming that all of the bigoted things he said were taken out of context or misrepresented.
As I have said before, it is utterly pointless to try and have any sort of rational debate with Fischer … and this is further evidence of just why that is the case.