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11/29/2010

In fact we're so into stifling Bryan's speech that we'll now write our 47th post about him

by Jeremy Hooper

Bryan Fischer's words pretty much single-handedly landed the American Family Association on the Southern Poverty Law Center's hate groups list. So it's no surprise that Bryan would be touchy about SPLC's role in the public discourse:

Thus, in a strange way, it is a badge of honor for these groups to be tagged now by the SPLC as hate groups. It’s a sign of desperation on the part of the SPLC, and a sign that they are so threatened by the truths that these groups speak that they are now flailing about trying to silence them rather than to debate them. They’ve given up winning on points, and so have taken to trying to run them off the field. Their strategy now is not to persuade the public but to demonize their cultural adversaries.

I’ve often maintained that liberals, progressives, Democrats, socialists, Marxists, etc. - they’re all the same under the covers - hate free speech. They hate freedom of religion, and they hate freedom of the press, because such freedoms threaten their stranglehold on public discourse and their goal of indoctrinating the American people with their non-traditional moral values. They hate the First Amendment, for the very reason that it was designed by the Founders to protect robust public discourse on political and social matters.
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So the SPLC folks don’t want robust political debate. They want their opponents silenced and punished.

Oddly, this may make them the real haters in this business. As Jesus said, “For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light lest his deeds should be exposed” (John 3:20). And if you hate the light, as the SPLC evidently does, it’s not long before you start hating the people who bear witness to the light.

Bryan Fischer: SPLC: Truth is now hate speech [AFA]

Oh, B-Fisch: You've got it all wrong, buddy. We don't want you silence AT ALL. On the contrary, we lovers of peace/equality/love/positivity (it's all the same under the covers) are trying to turn up the volume so that more and more people can and will hear all that you've said about us! If you truly stand by it all, then you should not be criticizing the SPLC: You should be thanking them for bringing new eyes and ears to all of your unique charms (see below).

Free speech is awesome, B-Fisch. It's what allows you to say that only gays were savage enough for Hitler. It's what allows us say your uber-incendiary rhetoric might just be the biggest liability to the hit the "traditional values" movement since Fred Phelps discovered poster board.

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**FOR THOSE NOT FAMILIAR WITH FISCHER, HERE'S SOME OF HIS "TRUTH": He's the guy who's said that "homosexuals in the military gave us...six million dead Jews," who's said "homosexuals should be disqualified from public office," who has called on Christian conservatives to breed gays and progressives out of existence, has called gay sex a "form of domestic terrorism," who's said only gays were savage enough for Hitler, has compared gays to heroin abusers, has directly compared laws against gay soldiers to those that apply to bank robbers, who once invoked a Biblical story about stabbing "sexually immoral" people with spears, saying we need this kind of action in modern day, who has spoken out against gays serving as public school teachers, has questioned why Medals of Honor are given to people who save lives (rather than take lives), who says that open service will "assign the United States to the scrap heap of history," and who has blamed gay activists for dead gay kids, saying that: "If we want to see fewer students commit suicide, we want fewer homosexual students." His words pretty much single-handedly landed the American Family Association on the Southern Poverty Law Center's hate groups list.

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