A US Christian-Right Group’s view on Muslim Massacre

Christian group tells followers NZ shooter had to ‘take things into his own hands’ to stop Muslims

By Bil Browning · Monday, March 18, 2019

American Family Association radio host Bryan Fischer

American Family Association radio host Bryan Fischer Screenshot

The American Family Association is a particularly vicious anti-LGBTQ hate group that masquerades as a Christian charity. And Bryan Fischer, the former spokesman for the org and current voice of the group’s radio program, is the worst of the worst.

Fischer, who regularly makes outlandish claims and twists facts to fit his “Christian” worldview, is now making excuses for the shooter who invaded two mosques and killed 49 people in New Zealand. The man targeted the victims because they were Muslim.

The shooter has identified American President Donald Trump and the far right hate groups he supports as an inspiration for the attacks. He live-streamed the carnage on social media.

Related: Bryan Fischer thinks gays ‘are bringing slavery back’

Fischer started his segment by declaring “I hate Islam.”

“One of the things that happens to guys like this is, if they’ve got some loose wiring to begin with and they see that their government is not doing what is necessary to protect them — whether it is from illegal aliens, whether it is from jihadis, whether it’s from vengeful Muslims — if they see that their government is not doing their jobs to promote justice, to carry out justice, to protect national security, then they’re going to start thinking, ‘Well, I can’t count on the government to do it, so I’m going to have to take things into my own hands.’,” Fischer said on air.

“That’s where you get vigilante justice and, unfortunately, I think we saw a case of that today in New Zealand.”

Fischer was fired as the group’s spokesman in 2015 after suggesting the Nazi Party was started by gay people, that Adolf Hitler recruited gays into his Army for their savagery, and that gay activists are modern-day Nazi Stormtroopers. The “firing” was only window dressing since he was allowed to keep his radio program and his dangerous rhetoric is regularly touted by the organization.

Fischer was fired as the group’s spokesman in 2015 after suggesting the Nazi Party was started by gay people, that Adolf Hitler recruited gays into his Army for their savagery, and that gay activists are modern-day Nazi Stormtroopers. The “firing” was only window dressing since he was allowed to keep his radio program and his dangerous rhetoric is regularly touted by the organization.

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This article, from the North American ‘LGBT Nation’ organisation, demonstrates quite clearly the level of ‘White Supremacist’ bias existing in the U.S. Government under the presidency of Donald Trump. The Right-wing Christian commentator – pictured above – American Family Association radio host Bryan Fischer – believes that: “The shooter has identified American President Donald Trump and the far right hate groups he supports as an inspiration for the attacks”.

For the “American Family Association” (a noted Right-wing ‘Christian’ organisation) to permit its Radio Host to perpetuate such scandalous ‘White-Supremacist’ theory does little to dispel the notion that President Trump and his right-wing followers in the USA are undemocratically biased against the local Muslim population. Also, for the AFA to promote such hate propaganda against a minority of the citizens of the USA; one can only suppose that this is the current status of conservative Christian opinion, which is at odds with the broader Christian understanding of Jesus as the bringer of Peace and Justice into the world that God created.

Islamophobia like all other ideological phobias (including homophobia and blatant sexism) has no place in our modern world. Where it is practised and promoted in today’s society, there will always be violence and militant opposition to the very people whom Christ came to redeem – from prejudice and institutional injustice.

If, indeed, the President of the United States is not in league with such reactionary forces in American society, then now would be a very good time to State that fact.

The real problem with this, for authentic followers of Jesus in the Gospels, is that people like Fischer – who aligns himself with the government of Donald Trump – is that people of the secular world who abhor the prospect of racism and homophobia will begin to think that his stand (and that of AFA by implication) represents the overall Christian attitude towards foreigners, non-Christians, and LGBT+ people

About kiwianglo

Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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