AFA Director Bryan Fischer Calls Atheists ‘American Taliban’
So, if we want religion – any religion, mind you, not just his – to get out of politics, to not have any influence over laws, that makes us religious fundamentalists? Folks, that right there is some insane troll logic. And using the term “American Taliban” to describe secularists is just crazy. Especially since the actual definition of American Taliban is:
“… [v]ocal, well-financed, extreme fundamentalist Christians attempting to legislate the oppression of homosexuals, women and science at the expense of our national schools, national health and U.S. Constitution.”
And the Internet world isn’t the only place where that term means something other than what Fischer thinks it means. In 2010, Markos Moutlitsas, the founder of the liberal website Daily Kos, wrote a book about how much the radical right is like the radical Muslim group:
“America’s primary international enemy—Islamic radicalism—insists on government by theocracy, curtails civil liberties, embraces torture, represses women, wants to eradicate homosexuals from society, and insists on the use of force over diplomacy. Remind you of a certain American political party?”
No, Mr. Fischer, atheists, liberals, secularists, the ACLU… none of us want to replace the laws of the United States with a religious agenda. That’s your gig. We are here to prevent that. We are here to give voice to anyone who doesn’t want to have the Christian Fundamentalists and Dominionists dictate U.S. laws. That paper you pretend to like – the Constitution – is there to back us up. So you can take your self-righteous bullshit and keep it in your churches. It is not the American way to put a religion in charge. Don’t like that? Maybe you should join your brethren in the Middle East because, except for small doctrinal differences, you guys are all the same.
Pot. Kettle. Black.
AFA is the American Family Association, one of the many fundie right-wing organizations out there.
I refuse to associate with Christians.Jewis and Muslims can be OK. But atheists and humanists are where it's at.
Well, color me shocked that a right wing extremist made an extreme right wing statement.
As usual, another right-winger gets it EXACTLY BACKWARDS, accusing others of what is actually true of himself.
This strange mental illness right-wingers suffer from, this "pathological projection", really needs some study. Perhaps there's a medication that can help cure them of this malady.
R1, you read DataLounge and you don't know what the notorious AFA is? Seriously? One of the most virulently anti-gay organizations in the country, always in the news, and you have no idea?
Be honest: you're not really gay and don't give a damn about gay rights, do you?
R5, It isn't a mental illness. It is a strategy. A very successful strategy. The idea is to define the dialogue before the other side does. The right has been very good a doing this; while the left has been basically reactive.
Well R5 we've all noticed and talked about their self-projection. Classic conservatard tactic.
R7, it's so wide-spread and so consistent... not just among politicians and pundits, but right down to the rank-and-file voter... that it really does seem to be a conservative-associated mental illness. I doubt most of the people engaging in it are at all aware enough (let alone self-aware enough) to engage in this as a "strategy".
R9, Have you watched Fox News? I was stuck at my parents house for three months with Fox News on 24/7. It really is brainwashing. They repeat the talking points over and over so the person watching does not have to think about it anymore. It is impressed into their minds. Now, you might call that a mental illness on the part of the viewer, but it certainly is a strategy of the people who make the decisions.
I've never hear of the organization or the idiot leading it. Why are we giving this loon time and space?
Just because you haven't been paying attention, doesn't mean the AFA isn't doing any damage. The SPLC tracks the AFA.