Christian talk radio host Bryan Fischer has made a career of generating headline-grabbing remarks. With millions of listeners on his American Family Radio show, he is a prominent voice for Christian conservatives (ones with a more fundamentalist bent).
Fischer works with the American Family Association (AFA), which is arguably one of the country’s largest conservative Christian organizations. The organization led a Christian boycott against Disney due to the company’s policies on homosexuality, but thought it dropped the boycott in 2005.
If you don’t listen to Fischer, then you’re missing out on his unique interpretations of current events. But don’t fret: we follow Fischer so that you don’t have to (not that Fischer is a fan of my coverage of him).
Here are his top five comments from the past few months:
5. A&E’s suspension of Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson “is the Mark of the Beast”
Fischer said that the ‘Mark of the Beast’ occurs when there is a “demonically controlled government” that prohibits people of faith from buying or selling without a permit.
A&E’s suspension of Phil Robertson fits this definition, according to Fischer. Christians have interpreted Revelation 13:16-18 to mean that there will be a marking of humans, or a “mark of the beast.”
“This is what’s happening to Phil Robertson. He got bounced off his show, which is a source of income for him,” he said. “So his ability to be involved in the commerce that’s connected to that show has been terminated. That is the Mark of the Beast.”
4. No evolutionists should hold public office
Fischer didn’t say that it should be illegal for “evolutionists” to run for public office. He said voters should not back a candidate “who thinks we are the descendants of apes and baboons.”
Fischer’s logic is simple: evolution eliminates God; without God, our rights are guaranteed by government; rights secured by government alone can be taken away; so, a person who believes in evolution will use political power to take away your rights.
“No evolutionist can be trusted with political power,” Fischer said.
3. India’s anti-sodomy law is “entirely right and entirely appropriate”
India’s Supreme Court reinstated an earlier law that made sodomy a crime with a punishment of up to 10 years in prison. The law had been overturned by a lower court four years ago. Fischer saw this as a sign of hope that the U.S. can also change course.
“It shows that this cultural trend that we’re dealing with can be reversed, because for four years it was open season for homosexuals in India, and now that drift away from cultural norms and moral norms [has] been reversed in the country of India,” Fischer said. “Good law in India upheld by the Supreme Court.”
2. Religious liberty only applies to Christians
Fischer has made comments to indicate that he believes religious liberty applies to Christianity.
“If we don’t understand the word ‘religion’ to mean Christianity — as the founders intended it — then we have no way to stop Islam; we have no way to stop Satanism; we have no way to stop any other sort of sinister religion practice that might creep onto the fruited plains,” he said.
Fischer believes that because “every mosque is an actual or potential terrorist cell” and that states should take action to stop Islam from growing.
“Bottom line: if we follow the Constitution as given by the Founders and not as mangled by the courts, states can prohibit the building of mosques if they choose. And choose they should,” Fischer said.
1. Voters should probably be a landowner in order to be eligible to vote
According to Fischer, people who don’t own property are like people who don’t pay taxes: they “have no skin in the game.” He said, “…in the colonial period, you had to be a landowner, a property owner to be eligible to vote, and I don’t think that’s a bad idea.”
“If somebody owns property in a community, they’re invested in the community. If they’re renters, they’re going to be up and gone; they could leave the next day,” Fischer said.
Benjamin Franklin had a witty response to such thinking: “Suppose you place the property qualification at the price of an ass. The voter, while riding to the polls, is disabled by the death of the beast, which happens to be his whole property. The man is disfranchised. Now, in whom was the right to vote — in the citizen, or his donkey?”
Apparently, Fischer sides with, uh, the donkey.
BONUS VIDEO: Fischer explains that “homosexual activists” were responsible for the Nazi Party and are acting like totalitarian thugs today: