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09/09/2010

Religious freedom, American Family Association style

by Jeremy Hooper

Bryan Fischer is on record saying that "only gays were savage enough for Hitler" and that "homosexuals in the military gave us...six million dead Jews." But today gays get a brief reprieve, so that Fischer (and by logical extension the AFA) can offend millions more:

"I see no reason why our policies toward Islam in the West in general and America in particular should not be a mirror image of our policies toward the neo-Nazi movement.

Whatever steps we take in public education and law enforcement to reduce the threat of Aryan supremacists are the same steps we should take in reducing the threat Koranic Islam poses to the West.

Bottom line: whatever the FBI does to keep white supremacists in line is the same thing it ought to be doing to keep Islam in check.

For instance, according to Athan G. Theoharis in his book The FBI: A comprehensive reference guide (p. 32), FBI agents were ordered in 1964 to “frustrate any effort” by the KKK and other supremacist organizations “to recruit new or youthful adherents,” and to miss no “opportunity” to expose the “devious maneuvers and duplicity” of white supremacist groups.

In other words, the goal was to make it unthinkable for America’s youth to join a white supremacist group. A noble goal for today, I suggest. Our aim should be to make it as unthinkable for a resident of America to embrace Islam as we have made it to embrace Aryan Nations ideology. And for the same reasons.

That sounds eminently fair to me - let’s choke off violent, anti-semitic ideology and actions wherever we find them, whether in the meetings of skinheads or in the mosques of America. Anybody have a problem with that?
"

-The American Family Association's Bryan Fischer

"No, I don't have a problem with that," said Terry Jones.

**EARLIER FISCHER:

-Interview with Iowa For Freedom's (ha!) Bob Vander Plaats
-The time Mr. Fischer said "homosexuals should be disqualified from public office"
-The time Mr. Fischer said that "homosexuals in the military gave us...six million dead Jews."
-The time Mr. Fischer called on Christian conservatives to breed gays and progressives out of existence
-The time Mr. Fischer declared that "Every time an HIV-infected male has sex with another male, it's essentially the same as plunging an infected heroin needle into his arm. He's passing on a potential death sentence, just as the Taliban seeks to do on a foreign battlefield."
-The time Mr. Fischer said only gays were savage enough for Hitler
-The time Mr. Fischer invoked a Biblical story about stabbing "sexually immoral" people with spears, saying we need this kind of action in modern day
-The time Mr. Fischer compared gays to heroin abusers
-The time Mr. Fischer told us to just shut up
-The time Mr. Fischer oddly interpreted past historical oppressions
-The time Mr. Fischer directly compared laws against gay soldiers to those that apply to bank robbers

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