Religious Right activist Bryan Fischer said on his American Family Radio show on Thursday that anyone who opposes or criticizes Christian influence in the U.S. is automatically a traitor.
So hello, my fellow Judases.
Fischer pointed to George Washington‘s farewell address, in which the first President said, “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, Religion and morality are indispensable supports,” and those who fight against those two ideas are not patriots. You could easily interpret that as saying those who fight against freedom of religion are going against what the Founders specifically talked about in the First Amendment.
Not Fischer. He assumed “religion and morality” were only referring to Christianity, Establishment Clause be damned.
Washington’s point, Fischer insisted, was that only “sincerely devoted followers of Jesus Christ” can be considered to be patriots, while those who criticize or oppose Christianity or seek to curtail its influence upon society are nothing but “traitors.”
“I have no hesitation in saying that today,” Fischer said. “You want to find a traitor to your country, find somebody who is actively working to oppose Christianity and oppose the public acknowledgement of the Ten Commandments; you are looking, my friend, right there at an American traitor.”
It’s one of those Religious Right talking points that never made any sense. As if people fighting to protect the Constitution are working against America.
Muslims, Jews, atheists — Christians who don’t think the way Fischer does — we’re all traitors in his mind.
You would think if the Founding Fathers wanted to create a theocracy, they would’ve been a little more explicit about it. It was very subversive of them to write all that stuff about not having a religious test for public office or an establishment of religion when they clearly meant that only Christians mattered.
(via Right Wing Watch)