Today’s Father Coughlin: American Christian Fascism at Large

Fascinating. And disturbing.  In an article on “Renew America” (by the not-so “American Family Association”) obscure radio commentator Bryan Fischer gives us the solution to the “Muslim Problem” in America.  In a nut shell: send them all “back”:

Here are the takeaways for the United States. First, the most compassionate thing we can do for Americans is to bring a halt to the immigration of Muslims into the U.S. This will protect our national security and preserve our national identity, culture, ideals and values. Muslims, by custom and religion, are simply unwilling to integrate into cultures with Western values and it is folly to pretend otherwise. In fact, they remain dedicated to subjecting all of America to sharia law and are working ceaselessly until that day of Islamic imposition comes.

The most compassionate thing we can do for Muslims who have already immigrated here is to help repatriate them back to Muslim countries, where they can live in a culture which shares their values, a place where they can once again be at home, surrounded by people who cherish their deeply held ideals. Why force them to chafe against the freedom, liberty and civil rights we cherish in the West?

In other words, simple Judeo-Christian compassion dictates a restriction and repatriation policy with regard to Muslim immigration into the U.S.

I might be experiencing a strong sense of deja vu right now, if I had been alive in 1822. Or perhaps 1938. Even without those prior experiences there is enough history readily at hand to see that Fisher’s ‘family values’ are more in line with Uncle Joe’s, not Uncle Sam’s. And about as Christian as Torquemada’s.

Fisher wrote a follow-up article and talked about the controversy his position had generated:

My column of last Thursday, in which I suggested we immediately stop Muslim immigration into the United States and offer to repatriate Muslim immigrants to Muslim countries which share their values, has predictably stirred up a dust storm in the leftwing blogosphere.

Really? I ran a Google search on the man and three pages in I could find no reference to him, his radio show or his article. I only found  him in the first place because of the Google religion news aggregator  I use. I assume it was a slow news day. And I guess the ‘leftwing blogosphere’ never got quite as worked up as he claims. (Who is Bryan Fischer anyway? Check out his cronies on the masthead at “Renew America”: has anyone heard of these people? Maybe the John Birch Society.)

Anyway, Fischer finished up his sad little monologue with these lines:

Those who are willing to convert to Christianity and renounce Islam, Allah, Mohammed and the Koran may be welcomed, for they can become not just good Christians but true Americans.

Is this xenophobia? Nope, just common sense and a love of the United States and its exceptionalism. In fact, what we must protect ourselves from are Amerophobes, those who hate us because of who we are and what we believe. It’s time for a wake-up cal

Good Christians but true Americans, huh? Just like Jewish-Americans. And I wonder how one becomes an “Amerophobe”? Maybe coming into contact with too many ugly Americans like Bryan Fischer.

Renew American indeed. Based upon what little I’ve read there (my stomach can only handle so much) I would suspect that these folks all believe in the coming Rapture, the days of Tribulation and the following Thousand Year Reign of Christ. Not only does that kind of theology support the wholesale deportation of an undesirable people ( except that the Rapture is sort of deportation in reverse -send the good people on up and leave the bad people behind) but remember this:  ‘reich’ is the German word for ‘reign’.


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  1. #1 by Jack on April 13, 2010 - 3:29 pm

    Well, it doesn’t seem to be anything to be alarmed about. Like you said, “Who is Brian Fiscer anyway?”. There are always fringe groups with unrealistic or disturbing ideas. You don’t think ideas like these from clowns like this are widespread do you?

  2. #2 by Christian Beyer on April 13, 2010 - 3:38 pm

    Yeah but….these guys aren’t really that fringe. Check out the American Family Association’s website. And this Wikipedia article:

    They own 180 radio stations and aren’t usually this wacky (I don’t think) – they’re just very conservative. They were the driving force behind he Christian boycott of Ford and the “Get Christ back into Christmas” campaign.

  3. #3 by logiopath on April 13, 2010 - 6:35 pm

    I am disturbed by people who serve school lunches to troubled youth. I think they should all be sent back to Howard County.

  4. #4 by logiopath on April 13, 2010 - 6:36 pm

    Seriously–I am more concerned by Christian fringe groups like what’s their name from Kansas, or the Right-Wing nutz who seem to be following the former guv of Oilaska.

  5. #5 by ric booth on April 13, 2010 - 9:11 pm

    You gotta stop clicking on those links in your aggregator.

  6. #6 by bfried5 on April 14, 2010 - 5:58 pm

    Ric–I don’t know one link from another.

    I’m just trying to provoke Chris.

  7. #7 by Christian Beyer on April 14, 2010 - 6:03 pm

    Bruce, I think Ric was talking to me. You don’t know one link from another.

  8. #8 by anon on April 15, 2010 - 7:23 am

    Societies that value their feedoms, such as freedom of speech, have to balance between freedoms and responsibilities. Where does one draw the line between free-speech and hate-speech for example. When should extremists rhetoric be taken serously and when should it be ignored? There are probably no “right” answers to these questions. In Switzerland, when the minarets were compared to missiles, no one really took ridiculous rhetoric like that seriously–or so most sane people thought—-turned out they were mistaken.

    The underlying anxieties created by the European identity crises were projected onto a scapegoat—Islam/Muslims with unfortunate results.

    But this puts an ironic twist on things. If Europe wants to preserve its democratic freedoms—it is going to have to forge a new identity—one that acknowledges Muslims as part of this identity—-otherwise it will lose to the politics of fear…..and fear and freedom don’t really mix that well…..

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