On his radio show Focal Point Monday, director of issues analysis Bryan Fischer took a huge step back through time. The guy who said he’s not trying to impose his values “called on all fifty states to criminalize homosexuality.” He has previously called for the criminalization of blasphemy and for the legislation of the Ten Commandments. He has already called for (February 2010) homosexuals to be treated like intravenous drug users and forced into therapy and called them “sexually deviant felons.” Apparently he’s done some thinking since then, if it can be called that, since his thought processes seem to move in retrograde.
Watch the video from Right Wing Watch:
Fischer: Both of the cases that went to the United States Supreme Court that dealt with the issue of whether states should criminalize sodomy, and of course they still ought to be able to do it, every state in the union criminalized sodomy until 1962 and then forty nine states until 1972, then they began to fall like dominoes. But by the time of the founding until the late 20th Century, homosexual activity was a felony offense in the United States of America, there is no reason why it cannot be a criminal offense once again, absolutely none.
You might remember that back in 2003, the Supreme Court (Lawrence v. Texas) in a 6-3 decision, declared a Texas anti-sodomy law unconstitutional, which had the effect of overturning anti-sodomy laws in then in place in fourteen states. According to Duke Law,
Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the majority, held that the right to privacy protects a right for adults to engage in private, consensual homosexual activity. Justice Kennedy’s opinion expressly overruled the Court’s decision in Bowers v. Hardwick (1986), which had come to an opposite conclusion. Justice Sandra Day O’Connor concurred in the judgment and said that she would not overrule Bowers, but would declare the Texas law unconstitutional on equal protection grounds because it prohibits sexual acts between same sex couples that are allowed between opposite sex couples… Justice Kennedy’s majority opinion forcefully declared that there is a fundamental right for consenting adults to engage in private sexual activity. Justice Kennedy said that this right is protected under the word “liberty” in the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
Fischer is on record as saying that ruling was tantamount to “tyranny.” Pretty odd that actually allowing people to do things could be considered tyranny. It’s not like anyone is forcing heterosexuals to engage in same-sex acts.And never in history has the granting of freedoms and the loosening of restrictions been associated with tyranny. It is difficult to follow the perverse mental acrobatics necessary to equate freedom with tyranny, but the fundamentalist mind has, after all, turned reality on its head.
And for Fischer, since for most of our history “homosexual activity was a felony offense,” he doesn’t see any reason “why it cannot be a criminal offense once again.”
Of course, we also used to own slaves. By Fischer’s logic, we ought to re-institute the institution and head to the slave market. Maybe we should bring back indentured servitude as well. We used to burn witches too. We used to lynch black folks if they – well, just for the hell of it. Does Fischer want to revisit those days as well? Maybe we should go back to some early colonial laws and legislate against certain other monotheistic groups and their practices while we’re at it – anyone for outlawing Judaism and Catholicism along with Islam? Pick up a history book, Mr. Fischer, and have somebody available to read it to you since you are likely illiterate.
These are the words of a truly reprehensible human being, a human being, all too sadly, who is a primary supporter of Rick Perry and other conservative Christian candidates who would turn America into a theocracy, a nation as intellectually and spiritually moribund as Taliban-ruled Afghanistan.
And no, you can’t actually ask Bryan Fischer about his hate-filled diatribes and his bigotry because he says that’s “gotcha journalism”.
Watch the video from Right Wing Watch:
Of course, according to Fischer, criticism of the Bachmanns is a hate crime. Yes, you got it: Bryan Fischer is a small-minded, racist, and on top of it all, ignorant or uninformed (take your pick) coward, so insecure in his own beliefs that he won’t stand up and debate them with the people he’s intent on forcing them upon.
Psssst…if you listen, you can hear Rick Perry’s porn stock falling.