I actually didn’t know who Bryan Fischer is, so I had to look him up on Wikipedia:
Bryan Fischer is the Director of Issues Analysis for the American Family Association (AFA), hosting the talk radio program Focal Point on American Family Radio and posting on the AFA-run blog Rightly Concerned.
Where I heard his name was on NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday. And what I heard that appalled me was Bryan Fischer, on his Focal Point show, explaining that,
The purpose of the first amendment is to protect the free exercise of the Christian religion.
I couldn’t finish watching the video. I find Bryan Fischer to be offensive and vile. And I am disgusted, that with the venom he spews, that he claims to be a Christian. I thought Christianity was about love and respect, not hate and fear. If I believed in god, I would pray for his soul.
As YY4Me133 commented on the YouTube page,
The founders created a secular nation, not a theocracy. The U.S. Constitution mentions religion only in the negative.
Article VI: “…but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”
Amendment 1*: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion**, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”
*Ratified in 1791, 39 years before mormonism was created by Joseph Smith.
**This includes christianity.
The full text of the First Amendment is
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
My interpretation of the first amendment is that it protects the free exercise of all religion, not just Christianity, and that it is far more reaching than just about the free exercise of the Christian religion. The first amendment ensures that the government won’t create a state sanctioned religion and I’m allowed to practice any religion regardless of whether it is recognized by the Christian Right; that I am allowed to speak and write freely about the egregious misinterpretation of the First Amendment by Bryan Fischer; that I can protest as part of Occupy Wall Street or rally with the Tea Party; and that I can complain to the government if I feel wronged.
It would be beneficial for Bryan Fischer to retake eighth grade english and history again since he seems to be incapable of understanding a simple english paragraph and forgets that our country was started by people fleeing religious persecution. He might want to reconsider persecuting other religions himself.