Bryan Fischer is back from his Christmas holiday and just as outrageous as ever. This time he is calling for a ban from holding office for anyone who does not denounce evolution in favor of creationism.
While he carefully avoided calling for a law requiring that one must be a Christian to hold office he demanded that the American people refuse to elect anyone who is not a devout creationist saying repeatedly, “no man can be trusted with political power … if he thinks we are descended from apes.” According to his reasoning if a man is not religious he must believe that all rights come from government and can therefore be taken away.
He began his tirade by claiming that those who say that we are not a Christian nation are absolutely wrong going on to make the false claim that our form of government is based on Christian principles and that the fact that the majority of us identify themselves as Christian makes us a Christian nation.
Nothing could be further from the truth. The fact that the majority of the population considers themselves Christian does not make us a Christian nation, the Constitution prohibits it, just as it puts in place other protections to prevent absolute rule of the majority, it is the only way to prevent tyranny.
To “prove” that we are a Christian nation Fischer says that a recent Gallup poll found that, “77% of the American people identify themselves as Christian … and only 5% the American people who classify themselves as religious, are not Christians.”
Of course he considers all who worship the God of Abraham as basically Christian — all that is except for Muslims, they are a non-Christian religion and although they also worship the God of Abraham he does not recognize that fact.
He goes on to exhort us to remember that, “the founders built our entire political system on religious concepts.”
Perhaps Fischer should read a little of what the founders had to say on the subject of religion in government, he might start with this quote from Thomas Jefferson:
[box type=”shadow”]Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between church and State.
-Thomas Jefferson, letter to Danbury Baptist Association, CT., Jan. 1, 1802[/box]
You can hear his nearly 13 minutes of inanity which could have been said in 5 minutes or less in the video below.