Bryan Fischer is outraged that the United States is intervening in Iraq to stop ISIS, who have been persecuting religious minorities there. That’s nothing new; Fischer exists in a perpetual state of outrage — what makes this unique is that Fischer believes that President Obama is intervening to stop the extermination of the Yazidis, an ancient religious group that are considered by ISIS fighters to be “devil worshipers.”
The real kicker is that Fischer also considers that Yazidis to be “devil worshipers,” which means the Bryan Fischer agrees with ISIS.
During his edition of “Focal Point,” Fischer began by railing against Obama, claiming that the President decided to launch the Iraq airstrikes in order to defend “devil worshipers:”
They go after devil worshipers and all of the sudden the entire weight of the United States government is sent in there to relieve them and to avenge them. Those are the Yazidis.
And today, in his column he wrote that both Muslims and Christians consider the “archangel” revered by the Yazidis “the Prince of Darkness” and that the Yazidi people were “gullible” and “have fallen for his lies.”
In a rare point of theological accord, both Muslims and Christians agree that the archangel revered by the Yazidis is in fact the Prince of Darkness. The New Testament describes him this way, “Satan (who) disguises himself as an angel of light” (2 Cor. 11:14), eager to deceive the gullible into believing that he is good rather than evil. The Yazidis have fallen for his lies.
He’s getting his Theocrat on, y’all. If you want to know what Jihad Envy looks like, here it is:
He also added that President Obama will fight for “devil worshipers,” but not for Christians:
Fischer has, in the past, relayed right-wing myths that the Obama administration has refused to help Christians who are persecuted, like pastor Saeed Abedini and Meriam Ibrahim.
So what causes this weird theological accordance, anyway? Here’s a crash course from Wikipedia U: The Yazidi are a group of ethnically Kurdish worshipers who refuse to marry outside of their religious community and don’t accept converts. Their faith is an old religion, featuring elements from Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Sufi Islam, Gnosticism, and Zarathrustrianism. The misconception of devil worship comes from Melek Taus, the “Peacock Angel,” who’s central to their faith: according to their texts, Melek Taus refused to bow before Adam when Adam was created. Rather than pride, it was love of God that kept Melek Taus from bowing, and as a result, he rose in favor with God to become the head of the six other angels in their religion, and is viewed as a benevolent individual.
In addition to a back story that looks like it would warrant a Theocratic DMCA takedown notice, his other name, Shatian, can’t be helping the confusion any. Not that it matters to Fischer any; they could call him Isa and Fischer would still accuse them of “devil worship,” simply because he’s using them to get at Obama.