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’.