To say that Bryan Fischer is one of the most radical voices in the Religious Right today would be a massive understatement. On everything from gays to immigration to Islam, Fischer stakes out extreme positions which he inevitably claims are rooted in the Bible.
But it seems that when someone actually tries to have a discussion about the Bible with Fischer, he’s not particularly interested in participating.
Case in point: yesterday Alan Colmes invited Fischer on to Fox News’ “Strategy Room” webcast to discuss Fischer’s recent statements that there ought to be a ban on the construction of any more mosques in America:
Most of Fischer’s defense of that position rested on making blanket assertions about how the Koran calls for the death of all non-Muslims and therefore any Muslims who doesn’t repudiate those verses is a threat to the United States.
Colmes responded by asking Fischer about Bible passages like Deuteronomy 13, which calls for the deaths of anyone who entices you to worship another God, and Deuteronomy 17, which calls for the death of anyone who worships another God, asking if that means Christianity is an inherently violent religion and that Christians should have to renounce those passages.
Fishcer’s response was a total cop-out, insisting that Colmes would have to bring on an Old Testament Jewish scholar to explain those passages and the reasoning for those sorts of laws, while simultaneously claiming that those laws are no longer binding on Christians.
When Colmes asked how he could say that Christians are not bound by Old Testament laws, especially considering Matthew 5:17 where Jesus says “do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them,” Fischer’s response was to claim that Jesus never said anything about killing those who worship a different God and that Jesus’ message was to love your neighbor and pray for those who persecute you.
Of course, that was part of Jesus’ message, as was “do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” But maybe Fisher doesn’t think that passage is applicable to Christians either.
Fischer claims Jesus never said anything about killing infidels, so those Old Testament passages don’t apply today … but Jesus never said anything about homosexuality either, but that hasn’t stopped Fischer from citing Old Testament passages to support of his anti-gay views:
I have suggested on more than one occasion that a practicing homosexual should not serve in public office. This is for the simple reason that character is important qualification for public office, and sexual conduct is an essential component of character.
Homosexual behavior is aberrant sexual behavior. It is clearly contrary to “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” to which Thomas Jefferson so eloquently referred in the Declaration of Independence.
Biblical passages such as Leviticus 18:22, Romans 1:26-27, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, and 1 Timothy 1:8-11 make it abundantly clear what “Nature’s God” thinks of homosexual behavior.
As a matter of fact, Fischer constantly cites Old Testament passages in defense of his views:
– He cites Exodus in calling for the death of a whale at Sea World;
– He cites Leviticus in calling for bears to be put to death;
– He cites Exodus, Leviticus, and Deuteronomy in laying out the proper standards for judges;
– He cites Genesis in claiming that the US must stop spilling its Christian blood for Muslims;
– He cites Numbers in decrying sexual immorality;
– He cites Numbers and Ecclesiastes in supporting the death penalty;
Why is it that we need an expert Jewish scholar to explain some Old Testament passages, but Fischer is free to cite other Old Testament passages at will when they justify his extremist views?
Can Fischer tell us which Old Testament laws are still binding and which are not and why? Because I would really like to hear a coherent rationalization for this sort of absurdly self-serving defense.