Our old pal Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association is back in the news. He lost some steam but none of his vileness with his demotion, as he shows with this new call to ‘de-Islamize’ America. On Wednesday, Fischer posted It’s Time to De-Islamize America at the American Family Association website.
Apparently, without us knowing Muslims have overrun the country.
Fischer, who back in 2014 found himself in theological accord with ISIL where the Yazidi religious minority was concerned (they’re Satan worshipers both say), now cites Dutch Parliamentarian Geert Wilders who, he tells us,
In the wake of the bombings in Brussels, Wilders said quite simply, “The cause of all this bloodshed is Islam. We need to de-Islamize the West. That is the only way to safeguard our lives and protect our freedom.”
This is when Fischer introduces his special brand of ugly:
The Islam Wilders speaks of here is not “radical” Islam, for there is no such thing. There is only “Islam,” Muhammad-style Islam. We can be grateful more followers of Allah don’t take his words seriously about slaying infidels wherever they can be found (Sura 9:5), but enough of his followers do to make them a lethal threat to freedom everywhere.
Too bad Fischer doesn’t quote his own Old Testament, where the very same command is made of Fischer and other followers of YHWH.
“If your very own brother, or your son or daughter, or the wife you love, or your closest friend secretly entices you, saying, “Let us go and worship other gods” (gods that neither you nor your ancestors have known, gods of the peoples around you, whether near or far, from one end of the land to the other), do not yield to them or listen to them. Show them no pity. Do not spare them or shield them. You must certainly put them to death. Your hand must be the first in putting them to death, and then the hands of all the people. Stone them to death, because they tried to turn you away from the Lord your God…”
In Deuteronomy 13:12-15, this call to kill is extended to entire towns: “[Y]ou must certainly put to the sword all who live in that town. You must destroy it completely, both its people and its livestock.”
Here is the same call in Deuteronomy 17:
“If there be found among you, within any of thy gates which the LORD thy God giveth thee, man or woman, that hath wrought wickedness in the sight of the LORD thy God…Then shalt thou bring forth that man or that woman, which have committed that wicked thing, unto thy gates, even that man or that woman, and shalt stone them with stones, till they die.”
And in Deuteronomy 20:16:
“But as for the towns of these peoples that the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance, you must not let anything that breathes remain alive.”
Because Fischer and his fellow nut-jobs say their God gave them this country as an inheritance, and since white supremacists see white Europeans as the true Chosen People, it’s easy to see where this could lead.
Does anyone remember Pslam 137? How can anyone forget the call to dash the babies of Babylonian parents against the rocks to crush their little skulls and kill them?
Clearly, if there is a religion in this country that needs to be suppressed because of its violent teachings and call to kill unbelievers, the list must include Christianity.
Fischer lists three steps to de-Islamization of America:
1. Immediately suspend Islamic immigration
2. No More Mosques.
3. No more Muslims in the military.
I’ve said it before of Religious Right rhetoric: this sounds like the anti-everyone else Theodosian Code of the fourth century CE, used by the Christian authorities to suppress all nonbelievers in the Roman Empire.
It too closed places of worship of non-Christians. It too banned military service by non-believers. The supposed Pagan persecution of Christianity is largely a myth, but there is nothing mythical about the later Christian persecution of everyone, including other Christians who didn’t toe the doctrinal line.
There is nothing like a little cultural genocide, is there? We have gotten to the point where Republicans will soon be calling for anti-Muslim pogroms of the sort once regularly launched by the Russian Empire’s secret police, or by the Visigothic Kingdom of Spain before the Moors brought a measure of enlightenment to the Iberian peninsula.
This is a Ted Cruz supporter. We have already taken a look at Islamophobe Frank Gaffney, another Cruz supporter and Cruz’s ‘religious liberty advisory council,’ and Trump has his own array of quacks advising him. Historical note: the quacks all came out of the shadows to gather around Adolf Hitler as well, from Alfred Rosenberg to Julius Streicher. Those men had nothing on this current crop for hatred of the Other.
America has come to a precipice. To the right lies madness. There is no navigating that cliff. It is too treacherous. The only sane course is an abrupt left turn, to a land where everyone is equal to the law, and where the United States Constitution is and remains the law of the land.
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.