Fischer: States Can Ban Islam!

Bryan Fischer is inspired by the (apparently false) story that the country of Angola has banned Islam and tells his listeners that we could do the same thing in America at the state level. Like most wingnuts, he ignores the 14th Amendment, which applies the Bill of Rights to the states. Of course, he thinks the First Amendment only covered Christians anyway, which is just nuts.

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  • marcus

    That’s because the 14th Amendment applies the Bill of Rights to the states, but it doesn’t say anything about the counties! And of course we have the all-powerful county sheriffs to enforce these laws!

    Checkmate socialist liberal Nazi gay communist Muslims!

  • barry21

    He claims to reject the notion of judge-made law. He can deny history and precedent as much as he likes, but he still can’t get around this:

    No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States

    Only abject sophistry can get him out of that trap.

    The fucking scumbag.

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    Hey, what’s good for Islam is good for Christianity.

  • John Pieret

    Maybe someone should remind him that, if he’s right, once all those nasty secularists and atheists that are already running the Federal government get around to taking over state governments, they can then ban Christianity … which he is always telling us they are doing anyway.

    Is he able to keep a coherent story in his head? Or is incoherence the point?

  • cottonnero

    He’s confident that his listeners can’t count to fourteen.

  • barry21

    @cotton Ha!

    What isn’t funny is that he’s confident that his listeners will take him at his word. I’m sure if you asked him, Fischer would say that he treasures America’s freedoms, but he clearly knows NOTHING of the laws that enunciate and shape those freedoms. Any decent person would be embarrassed to opine on something so far out of his expertise (does he even have an area of expertise?), but not Fischer.

    Anyhow – his whole approach depends on listener apathy. If they don’t fact-check him, they’ll keep listening. With each lie he spits out, their intellects are further debased. He clearly has pure contempt for his audience.

  • D. C. Sessions

    Maybe someone should remind him that, if he’s right, once all those nasty secularists and atheists that are already running the Federal government get around to taking over state governments, they can then ban Christianity

    No, because the Constitution handed down from Jesus to the Founders created an explicitly and eternally Christian Nation.

  • D. C. Sessions

    Anyhow – his whole approach depends on listener apathy. If they don’t fact-check him, they’ll keep listening.

    Quite the opposite, actually. Apathy would be the death of his market: he depends on their angst, and especially their desire to be told exactly the kind of nonsense that he peddles. They don’t fact-check what he says because there’s no upside to it: either the facts bear out what he tells them (in which case why bother) or they don’t, in which case they don’t want to know.

  • barry21

    @DC – by “apathy”, I mean wholly uncritical acceptance. I think we’re describing the same thing with different labels.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    It’s about time. Sharia Law has been running roughshod over all the Red States, with their foot baths and falafel stands! Heck, it’s to the point that some of them Muslin so-called “Americans” think they can have their own places of worship!

  • shouldbeworking

    I’ve read The Real Constitution (TM, Pat. Pending) and states can ban Islam just like they can ban other lifestyle choices like being gay, or not pregnant or even female.

  • yoav

    You just don’t understand the original intent ™ of the bill of rights.

    1. Freedom of religion (as long as it’s my favorite flavor of christianity) not freedom from religion.

    2. The most holy second amendment, written by Jesus himself and handed down by Moses on mount Sinai.

    3. Blah, Blah, something about quartering of troops, who cares.

    4. No warentless search, unless you’re black, then stop and frisk away.

    5-8. Right for fair trial and so on, unless you’re muslim, then it’s Gitmo and some water boarding for you.

    9. Does in no way mean that women should have the right to control their own bodies and gay people treated as equal, human being.

    10. The state government can ignore any bit of the constitution I don’t like, but not the bits I do like.