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Bryan Jonathan Fischer
is a spokesman and Radio Talk Show
host for the American Family Association. He is known for cranking Up to Eleven
compared to other Christian preachers, coming out with all sorts of invective directed at liberals, gays, women, non-Christians, non-whites, and what he claims is anti-Christian repression
. Even though Fischer's opinions have made him an object of ridicule even in the Christian Right
, he has found a loyal audience of 1 million listeners, mostly living in the rural Deep South
Tropes related to Bryan Fischer include:
- Analogy Backfire: In a radio rant on September 2013, Fischer tried to compare gay activists to "Nazi stormtroopers." If he means the Sturmabteilung, or SA, he didn't really think that analogy through.
- Angrish: When he gets really angry, or when he tries to defend a point that cannot realistically be defended, Fischer will start going on long, incoherent rants.
- Arch-Enemy: For Fischer, it's RightWingWatch.org, which has done the most to record Fischer's outbursts and publicize them. A close second is the Southern Poverty Law Center, which added the American Family Association to its list of hate groups exclusively on the basis of things Fischer said.
- Artistic License - History:
- Fischer has repeated the claim that Nazi atrocities were entirely the fault of the gay community (the 15,000 gays who died in the camps notwithstanding), and has upped the ante by claiming that Adolf Hitler and his inner circle were all gay themselves. To support his claims, Fischer cited The Pink Swastika by Scott Lively, a wildly inaccurate book which has been rightly and thoroughly trashed by mainstream historians.
- His opinions on the treatment of Native Americans during colonialism, in which he states that all of the ill treatment the Indians received from white European settlers — including genocide — was totally justifiable because the Indians held "immoral" beliefs and rejected Christianity.
- His claim, repeated elsewhere in right-wing media, that the Republicans are the true party of racial diversity because it opposed slavery during The American Civil War, while the Democrats supported slavery. Except back then, the Republicans were a socially progressive party while the Democrats were a socially conservative party; the reason the two parties switched ideologies was because Democratic presidents passed civil rights laws for blacks, which led conservatives to flock to the Republicans around The Sixties. The issue is more ideological than partisan, and ideologically, conservatives have historically stonewalled civil rights for African-Americans.
- Artistic License - Biology:
- As an ultra-fundamentalist, Fischer claims Darwinism is "completely irrational and scientifically bankrupt," using distorted interpretations of the first and second laws of thermodynamics to support his case. He claims that transitional fossils do not exist (they do) and that genetic mutations are "invariably harmful if not fatal to the organism" (most mutations are neutral and harmless). If all else fails, Bryan will claim that the word of scientists is not valid because "they weren't there," despite evidence confirming their hypotheses.
- Fischer buys into AIDS denialism, claiming that AIDS is caused by a recreational use of inhalant drugs by gay men instead of the HIV virus. In January 2012, he invited infamous AIDS denialist Peter Duesberg on his show and enthusiastically embraced his claims.
- Godwin's Law: Fischer doesn't just violate Godwin's Law, he might as well have shot it and mounted it on the hood of his truck.
- Karma Houdini: Despite all the offensive things he has said, to the point where other AFA radio hosts called him out, the AFA itself has not even tried to fire or rein Fischer in.
- The AFA puts disclaimers on Fischer's blog posts and erased some of the more indefensible comments from online versions of his radio show, but that's about it.
- Kick the Dog: In December 2012, mere hours after the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Fischer came on the radio and implied that God allowed the tragedy to happen because it took place inside a public school (where proselytizing Christianity to students is not allowed) and "God is not going to go where he is not wanted."
- The Savage Indian:
- In February 2011, Fischer argued that Indians were "morally disqualified from sovereign control of American soil" by their "superstition, savagery and sexual immorality". How wrong is this statement? Let us count the ways:
- He also stated that "the Europeans proved superior in battle, taking possession of contested lands through right of conquest. So in all respects, Europeans gained rightful and legal sovereign control of American soil." So might clearly equals legal right in his worldview (shared by many European nations in those days).
- The Europeans didn't always prove superior in battle, and that the United States acquired much of its land not by force, but by making treaties and business deals whose terms the US never intended to keep. Several Indian tribes had their lands taken over despite never being officially beaten on the battlefield.
- Enormous numbers of Native Americans throughout the entire New World were also wiped out by Eurasian diseases. That's probably the single biggest factor that led to their conquest.
- Fischer then dug himself deeper in 2012 when he suggested in a blog post (later deleted) that treating the Indians like the Canaanites of the Old Testament on account of their rejection of Christianity was totally justified. For those of you not well-versed in your Bible, Fischer was essentially advocating a total genocide of the Indians.