Bryan Fischer has produced the latest anti-Christian conspiracy theory and of course rather than do any research, rather than do anything as simple as picking up the phone or sending an email, he’s decided to go on the air to tell his million or so listeners about this latest “attack” on their religious rights by their government.
Alex Jones, where are you?
If Fischer were a journalist he’d be drummed out of the industry, but since he’s an ill-informed radical right wing radio host and Christian crusader he has full First Amendment rights to display in all its glory his sheer stupidity.
In this video, below, Fischer explains that he has “breaking news,” that the U.S. government is blocking access from military or government personnel to the Southern Baptist Convention’s homepage. The SBC is the nation’s second-largest Christian group, after Roman Catholics, and they boast about 16 million members, or about five percent of the nation’s population.
Ficher, in case you aren’t a regular reader, is the public face of the certified anti-gay hate group, American Family Association.
“The site you have requested has been blocked by Team CONUS due to hostile content,” Fischer claims a screenshot his contact sent him reads, when he or she was trying to access the SBC’s website.
The U.S. government, many companies, and many organizations that provide internet access (like, Starbucks, or AMTRAK) use software that prohibits access to certain websites based on a variety of factors.
Often, there are wide categories, like “sex” that they choose — rarely are specific sites blocked, because it would take a lot of time to go through the entire Internet to decide what sites are “objectionable,” or, as Fischer declared, “hostile.”
A few months ago it was discovered that AMTRAK’s third-party software blocked some LGBT news sites, and AMTRAK apologized and tried to fix it (The New Civil Rights Movement was not affected.)
Likely, this message, if it’s actually true, is something that happened because of the software vendor, not because President Obama has waved his iron fascist fist in the air and decided to wipe out all access to religious websites by government employees in a desperate attempt to rob Bryan Fischer’s friends of their First Amendment rights.
By the end of the video clip, Fischer has convinced himself that this seems like a vast government conspiracy to label the Southern Baptist Convention a “hate group,” making the giant leap from “hostile content” to “hate group.”
“Basically, the U.S. military has classified the Southern Baptist Convention as a hate group — the entire denomination,” Fischer repeatedly cries, adding, “it’s like porn.”
And, of course, this allows the Tupelo tornado to rope in the fact that the Family Research Council and his own employer, the American Family Association, are ACTUAL, certified hate groups, so by association, the SBC is too, or, something like that…
Fischer then launches into a lengthy rant about “secular fundamentalists” being “protective of” Islamic fundamentalists because they both hate Christians.
If this weren’t so dangerous, if Fischer’s uninformed “shoot first ask questions later” baloney weren’t so “hostile,” (why didn’t he ask his listeners to find out if the American Family Association’s website is blocked — it should be) it would be great material for a Saturday Night Live skit.
Paging Lorne Michaels…
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