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08/22/2011

Video: Bryan Fischer books guest from outside own echo chamber; still listens to only his own echos

by Jeremy Hooper

Bryan Fischer probably thinks he sounds tough in this, his attempt to make teacher Jerry Buell's case a "free speech" matter that constitutes an anti-religious "hate crime" and his overall effort to chastise anyone who understands the obvious reasons why a teacher's aggressively anti-gay Facebook comments would bring forth an investigation. But by the time Bryan's guest, Lake County Schools Communications Officer Chris Patton, quite aptly notes how Bryan is simply railing on with his preconceived monologue rather than actually having a conversation, I'd argue that the vast majority of Americans listening to this clip have gleaned much more insight into both Bryan and the larger religious right's typical engagement style than they have sided with Bryan's point of view. Take a look:

If you don't understand why a public school teacher who publicly states that the sight of a gay couple makes him want to throw up or who refers to same-sex marriages as existing within a "cesspool" might raise issues, then you're either being disingenuous or you're standing for a world where LGBT people's welfare is unworthy of protection. Period. Because this one really isn't all that complicated, regardless of your personal feelings about LGBT people's morality.

So whatever, Bryan can work his "hate crime" and "Communist China" claims all he wants. Because he doesn't sound tough: He just sounds hard. There's a difference.

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*Reminder: This is the same Bryan Fischer who's said "Homosexuals in the military gave us...six million dead Jews". The guy who's said "homosexuals should be disqualified from public office," 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," who recently commiserated with Bradlee 'Executing homosexuals is moral' Dean, 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". The guy who said the only acceptable "culture war" truce would have gays giving up their demand for equality. The guy who painted Native Americans as innately cursed because they "cling to the darkness of indigenous superstition". The guy who encourages an "ex-gay" mother to ignore court orders that she finds Biblically unfair (Just like Rosa Parks, dont cha know?). The guy who conservative Christian Warren Throckmorton aptly noted is "to the right of Jerry Falwell" on some LGBT issues. The guy who says men always get the final say in a male/female marriage and that women are only fit to be President if an equally-abled male candidate is unavailable. The guy whose words pretty much single-handedly landed the American Family Association on the Southern Poverty Law Center's hate groups list.

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