Bryan Fischer Award Nominee: Bryan Fischer

Yes, it’s time once again to give Bryan Fischer the award named after him, which is given to those who display a breathtaking lack of self-awareness. And here’s yet another example of his completely incoherent and contradictory position on the First Amendment. Here he is talking about the fire chief in Atlanta being fired for writing an anti-gay book:

In this process, Cochran has been stripped of every right that is cherished and protected under the First Amendment. His freedom of religion, gone. His freedom of speech, gone. His freedom of the press, gone. His freedom of association, gone. When I say that homosexuality is the enemy of freedom, the First Amendment, and virtually the entire Constitution, this is what I’m talking about…

Cochran is considering legal action, as well he should. Either the First Amendment means what it says, in which case Cochran has an unassailable legal argument, or the Constitution doesn’t mean anything at all. It’s about time we found out the answer to that question.

And here he is boldly declaring that the First Amendment can’t possibly be violated by anyone but Congress:

First, the amendment applies only to Congress. “Congress shall make no law…” No other entity is restrained by the First Amendment. Since the amendment applies only to Congress, it is legally, historically and constitutionally impossible for a state, a county commission, a city council, a school board, a school principal, a school teacher or a student to violate the First Amendment. This is for one simple reason: none of them is Congress. Violating the First Amendment is something only Congress can do.

So let’s review. When the First Amendment is used to defend the rights of non-Christians, that is an outrageous violation of the Constitution and it’s absolutely absurd to believe that the First Amendment could possibly apply to a state or local government. When he thinks a Christian’s rights have been violated, that’s an “unassailable legal argument” and failing to apply the First Amendment amounts to shitting on the Constitution. Congratulations, Bryan Fischer, you won your own award!

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  • otrame

    Why is the 14th Amendment so hard for these Constitutional scholars to remember?

  • barry21

    To be fair, Ed, homosexuality is the enemy of the commerce clause, the interstate commerce clause, the Indian commerce clause, the necessary and proper clause, the full faith and credit clause, the fugitive slave clause, the export clause, the naturalization clause…

    Certainly MOST of the Constitution.

  • barry21

    @otrame – because strict construction isn’t strict enough to include Article V.

  • dingojack

    “idol of idiot worshippers” – yes I’ve quoted it before, but it hasn’t lessened it’s truth.

    Dingo

  • scienceavenger

    I wish you’d stop saying “incoherant” when you really mean “contradictory”, or more commonly, just plain fucking stupid.

  • wreck

    If I recall correctly, the bigot wasn’t fired for writing the stupid book, he was fired for foisting it on people who worked for him. “His freedom of religion, gone. His freedom of speech, gone. His freedom of the press, gone. His freedom of association, gone.” Not even close. He just can’t use his government position to promote his religious beliefs. The same applies to Hindus, Muslims, Atheists, and everybody else. Not to be redundant, but Fischer is a moron.

  • LightningRose

    Let’s use a check list: Cohchran is still allowed by the government to…

    [X] Believe any dumb-ass thing he wants.

    [X] Say any dumb-ass thing he wants.

    [X] Publish any dumb-ass thing he wants.

    [X] Associate with any other dumb-asses he wants.

    Sorry, Bryan.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    … Bryan Fischer, you won your own award!

    Huh? According to the headline, Fischer has only been nominated for his own award. Doesn’t the Academy have to vote first?

  • eric

    Cochran has been stripped of every right that is cherished and protected under the First Amendment. His freedom of religion, gone. His freedom of speech, gone. His freedom of the press, gone.

    I find the last one on that list a particularly ironic claim.

  • eric

    Congratulations, Bryan Fischer, you won your own award!

    He was a shoe in. Mouth.

  • cptdoom

    His freedom of religion, gone. His freedom of speech, gone. His freedom of the press, gone. His freedom of association, gone.

    And his supporters proved all those freedoms were gone by attending a rally aired on television, in which the fired chief and his supporters loudly proclaimed the religious beliefs they still hold and still get to practice.

  • John Pieret

    Pierce @ 8:

    According to the headline, Fischer has only been nominated for his own award. Doesn’t the Academy have to vote first?

    I think it’s called election by acclamation.

  • hunter

    Fischer’s not stupid. He’s a rabble-rouser who doesn’t care about the reality of any given situation but will say whatever will get a rise out of his audience, who don’t bother to use their critical thinking skills, if in fact they have any. That’s what he gets paid for.

  • Michael Heath

    otrame writes:

    Why is the 14th Amendment so hard for these Constitutional scholars to remember?

    I see three passages in the U.S. Constitution that conservatives fiercely avoid:

    1) The 14th Amendment; especially the limitation of state power to treat people unequally.

    2) The supremacy clause.

    3) The fact that the 10th Amendment also references “people”, where they always reference only ‘states’ when arguing for state tyranny that infringes upon individual rights.

  • http://artk.typepad.com ArtK

    @Michael Heath

    All those apply, unless invoking those things will produce a result that they like. Sort of like the bible, the Constitution means what they want it to mean.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Michael Heath @ # 14: … three passages in the U.S. Constitution that conservatives fiercely avoid…

    I’ll see ya and raise ya three more:

    4) “… promote the general welfare …”

    5) “… a well-regulated militia, being necessary …”

    6) “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”

    And I’ll throw in a free bonus: “WE THE PEOPLE… do ordain and establish …”