Bryan Fischer, who last showed up on our radar pushing the ludicrous idea that Obama would "give America back to the Indians," is at it again. On Monday, a truly hateful column went up on the American Family Association's website titled "Native Americans morally disqualified themselves from the land." In it, Fischer proposed to shine a light on "the role that the superstition, savagery and sexual immorality of native Americans played in making them morally disqualified from sovereign control of American soil."
The column went on, and on, and on, citing Bible verses, statements made by historical figures, and apocryphal stories of debauchery. It is a stunning display of narrowmindedness. Here we've boiled it down:
People can be morally disqualified? How does that work? Turns out it's in the Bible: "The Amorites, or Canaanite peoples, practiced one moral abomination after another, whether it was incest, adultery, sexual immorality, homosexuality, bestiality or child sacrifice, and God finally said 'Enough!' ... [F]inally the day came when the sin had reached its full measure. The slop bucket was full, and it was time to empty it out. Israel under Joshua was God’s custodian to empty the bucket and start over."
Could the Indians have held on to their land? Sure, if they had converted to Christianity—after all, the Founding Fathers told them to: "Thomas Jefferson three times signed legislation appropriating federal tax dollars for the evangelizing of the Native American tribes. It all came to nought, as one tribe after another rejected the offer of spiritual light and advanced civilization."
Why is any of this relevant today, considering that American Indians have little to no "sovereign control of American soil"? "Many of the tribal reservations today remain mired in poverty and alcoholism because many native Americans continue to cling to the darkness of indigenous superstition instead of coming into the light of Christianity and assimilating into Christian culture."
And how will such insight be greeted? "Sadly, this column will likely generate a firestorm of nuclear proportions among wingers on the left rather than the thoughtful reflection the thesis deserves."
Yes, the firestorm arrived, and perhaps it was too much for even the AFA to endure. The post has been taken down (Fischer's earlier post about Obama giving America to the Indians remains up, though). We thank Rob Schmidt of Newspaper Rock for preserving the text on his blog—see Newspaper Rock: "Fischer: Natives had no morals".
We also thank him for preserving the comment thread—Newspaper Rock: Critics slam Fischer's racism—in which reader after reader slams Fischer for his ignorance. Here are a few highlights:
"This fool doesn't believe in God in the slightest. He believes himself to be God."
"If ignorance is bliss, you must be one of the happiest clods on the face of God's green earth. As a follower of Christ, I'm saddened by the stunted state of your inner man. As a graduate of the sixth grade, I'm stunned by your complete lack of knowledge of basic American history."
"You are evil. Your organization is evil. God will smite you for your evil, racist beliefs."
"Wow you took a break from attacking gay people and their families and decided to attack Native Americans. You really are disgusting. You should just wear a white sheet and get it over with."
"Which tribe would Jesus Christ have slaughtered first?"