“No more of this multiculturalism garbage…the cult of multiculturalism has captured the world [and is] the dagger in the heart [of civilization].” – Tom Tancredo, former congressman and CPAC Immigration Panel
As Right Wing Watch says, “If there is one message to take away from CPAC’s panel on immigration, it’s that White America is in serious jeopardy and may soon succumb to immigration, multiculturalism, and socialism.” While most of his fellow Christofascists rally around Tom Tancredo’s nativist platform at CPAC, ranting about immigrants, Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association took aim at the New World’s original inhabitants on behalf of a bunch of immigrants – white Europeans.
Of course, this nativist position being taken by conservatives is rather absurd when you consider that the “natives” in question are immigrants themselves, just of an earlier era, and that these immigrants – the white Europeans – were just as unwelcome at the time as Mexicans are today – by those white Europeans.
This is the truth of the matter. Look it up; it’s part of the historical record, after all. But despite mountains of evidence available at any library, Bryan Fischer has chosen to say something truly, grotesquely stupid. You see, after much speculation, it turns out the reason Bryan Fischer removed his offensive blog post attacking Native Americans and their religion is that “America is not mature enough” to handle the truth.” Remember, this talk about “truth” comes from a man who apparently has no grasp of the truth of the “how the West was won.”
The truth apparently being that “white men” rule. And God says so. So there. I think that pretty much sums up the Christofascist position, that of Tom Tancredo; of Youth for Western Civilization – “a far-right group that regularly criticizes affinity groups on college campuses, especially those that represent black, Hispanic, LGBT, Native American, and Muslim students” – and of Bryan Fischer himself.
In a blog post dated February 11, Fischer wrote,
On Tuesday, I posted a column on the settlement of America by Europeans. The column generated so much intense, vitriolic and profane reaction that it threatened to take on a life of its own, and serve as a distraction to the fundamental mission of AFA, even though when I blog I am speaking only for myself and not for the organization. So we took it down.
Since the fundamental mission of the AFA is indistinguishable from Fischer’s own, this seems a little surprising. He, in turn, seems surprised that his extreme intolerance should generate outrage. But he’s not about to apologize for it. No, he feels quite strongly about what he said:
But the issue I addressed in the column is an important one, and at some point, a rational discussion and debate about it must be held.
First “truth” and now “rational” – two things there is not a surfeit of at CPAC or in Bryan Fischer’s head, or among conservatives generally these days.
Keep in mind as you read Fischer’s words what I have said in my three-part series of articles about the reservation system:
The template that the left has generated is that the displacement of indigenous tribes by European colonists and settlers was irredeemably evil. All the land which now comprises the United States was stolen from its rightful owners. Our very presence on this soil is a guilty, tainted presence.
This is more of the old “the left is always apologizing for America” meme. Fischer then presents us with the famous “either/or” fallacy, otherwise known as the “false dilemma”:
A lot is at stake here. If Americans believe that the entire history of our nation rests on a horribly evil foundation, then there is nothing to be proud of in American history, and our president is correct to identify America as the source of all evil in the world and to make a career out of apologizing for her very existence.
If, however, there is a moral and ethical basis for our displacement of native American tribes, and if our westward expansion and settlement are in fact consistent with the laws of nature, nature’s God, and the law of nations, then Americans have much to be proud of.
The problem for Fischer’s simplistic argument is that this is not an either/or situation (it seldom is and when you say somebody say “there’s only two choices” you should already be running for the door). Yes, the land-grab was a despicable thing, but no, that does not make the United States a source of evil. But simple minds like simple solutions. They make for better Tweets, at any rate, right Sarah Palin?
In Fischer’s opinion, reaction to his egregious bigotry reveals that while “this is a conversation that needs to take place…based on the reaction to my column of Tuesday, America is not mature enough right now for that robust dialogue to occur.”
And here I had thought we were talking about truth. But Fischer isn’t really talking about truth. He is talking about religion. His religion. As opposed to all other religions. And one thing Christofascists agree with the Pope on: truth trumps tolerance.
In his bigoted little mind (and in the Pope’s), his religion represents truth. In his bigoted little mind, his god chose white Europeans to rule the world with the United States as their vehicle as a successor to the Roman Empire, to spread his god’s “truth” to the entire blinkered world.
You surely remember the logic revealed during the Bush administration: if you’re against Bush you’re against God because God chose Bush and you’re against the United States because God chose the United States as well. None of this explains Barack Obama’s victory over the forces of evil but then conservatives aren’t big on logic.
This sort of truth Fischer speaks of, it must be stressed, has nothing to do with what you or I might think about truth, which would be actual facts: empirical evidence. That’s what most of us mean when we say, “The truth is…” We are not talking about religion or metaphysics; we’re talking cold, hard facts. And with regards to white relations with and treatment of Native Americans, those facts are not really up for argument, despite the claims of a hysterically busy apologetics industry in Christofascist circles. The sort of facts I presented in my three-part series, or those we present here at PoliticusUSA generally, are not the sort of facts Bryan Fischer (or the clowns at CPAC) cares about. Indeed, they are irrelevant (and worse comes to worse they can always be legislated out of existence).
And of course, a larger question: if empirical evidence is irrelevant, we should ask if democracy it itself no irrelevant. It is the evil of choice, that which goes by the name of “heresy” in Christofascist circles, that makes democracy possible. Without choice there is only dogma and with dogma there is no debate, no choice. This is the truth. You accept it or else. This is the truth Fischer is really talking about: Americans are not willing to “accept it or else.” We had the temerity to argue with him, to show outrage at his bigotry.
We’re just not mature enough to take him at his word.
We would do well to ask why, if Fischer believes America is not ready for the truth, he is, after pulling his argument, restating it now in a new blog post. Perhaps he was afraid that people would get the idea that he realized he had “gone too far” and was retreating. It was important to him to make it clear to everyone that he is not retreating. He really believes those awful things he said.
And he wants to make sure we know it so he can rub his maturity in our childish faces. How dare we!