The other night, Peter Montgomery, a senior fellow for the People For the American Way, appeared on MSNBC’s The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell and put the beat down on Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association. The purpose of his visit was to discuss Fischer’s work with Governor Rick Perry of Texas, another one of the Republican Party’s long string of prophets and messiahs and presidential wannabes.
Rick Perry has found a kindred spirit in Bryan Fischer:
Peter Montgomery put it right out there when he said, “Bryan Fischer is an endless torrent of the most extreme kind of bigotry and divisiveness.”
“The fact that his show is a regular stop for Republican presidential wannabes and members of congress is a sad commentary on the state of the Republican Party. So to suggest there is no bigotry so extreme and there is no McCarthyism so repulsive that they will not embrace or overlook it in order to get the religious right voters they think are listening to Bryan Fischer’s radio show.”
It would have been inconceivable a few years ago to imagine the kind of rhetoric coming from Fischer being part of the narrative of a major political party in this country, but that is what has come to pass and we cannot escape it or the consequences. People don’t want to hear about this. Some scoff, some don’t take it seriously; some think if we ignore it that it will go away. It won’t. The drums of war only grow louder.
Nothing can be more telling than this marriage of the GOP with the most extreme elements of fundamentalist Christianity. This is not a joking matter; we have to take it seriously. It is a threat to our freedom, a threat that came up, to the outrage of CNSNews, during a House Homeland Security Committee hearing chaired by Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) on Muslim radicalization in U.S. prisons:
“Are you familiar with the Christian militants?” Jackson asked former New York Dept. of Correctional Services official Patrick Dunleavy.
“Can one might say that they might possibly want to undermine this country because right now the right for women to choose is a Constitutional right but people disagree with it but here is an individual trying to undermine the protections that are given to women? Would you suggest that might be compared to trying to undermine this country? That’s a possibility, is it not?”
Rep. Jackson Lee: “As we look to be informational, we should include an analysis of how Christian militants or others might bring down the country. We have to look broadly, do we not?”
Dunleavy: “I don’t know that Christian militants have foreign country backing or foreign country financing.”
Rep. Lee: “I don’t think that’s the issue. The issue is whether or not their intent is to undermine the laws of this nation. And I think it is clear that that is the case. So it’s not — your distinction is not answering the question.”
This is the world Bryan Fischer inhabits. Peter Montgomery points out that “Bryan Fischer’s world is one that is hard to reconcile with reality.” As he goes on to say, “It’s outrageous that Governor Perry chose them [the AFA] to sponsor and pay for his divisive and exclusionary event.”
In case anyone needs a refresher course in Bryan Fischer, the AFA has put together a four minute segment:
The essential Bryan Fischer on AFA: The GOP’s Favorite Hate-Monger: How the Republican Party Came to Embrace Bryan Fischer