Fischer: Ruling for Gay Marriage Would Lead to Violence

Bryan Fischer said on his radio show on Friday that if the Supreme Court is not “slapped down” by states refusing to follow any ruling striking down state bans on same-sex marriage, there will be “chaos and civil unrest” that will lead to violence.

Declaring that states “have every moral and legal right to ignore the federal government,” Fischer said that such a step was necessary to save America from tyranny and social chaos.

“The Supreme Court can be slapped down through a deliberative and representative process,” he said, “rather than through chaos and civil unrest which I and a lot of other pro-family leaders fear is the alternative. If the Supreme Court continues to overreach and they aren’t checked, we are headed towards civil unrest, I don’t think there is any other way around it. If it’s not stopped and reversed, the tyrannical overreach of the Supreme Court, we are to have social dislocation and I believe we are going to have violence as a result. And that is simply because freedom is too deeply ingrained in the DNA of the American people to permit tyranny to continue unchecked forever.”

If there is violence in response to such a ruling, where would it come from? From Fischer and his followers and ideological compatriots. This isn’t a prediction as much as it is a threat. But he’s living in a fantasy world. There will be a spasm of outraged rhetoric from the bigots and that’s all there will be. Before long, even most of them will move on with their lives, despite the best efforts of Fischer and other arch-bigots who want to keep it going.

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  • John Pieret

    There will be a spasm of outraged rhetoric from the bigots and that’s all there will be.

    I don’t know about that. There could well be an uptick in LGBT bashing in some places.

    Fortunately, Christianity is a “religion of peace,” so there will be a huge hew and cry from them and their churches over any such incidents … right?

  • eric

    he’s living in a fantasy world. There will be a spasm of outraged rhetoric from the bigots and that’s all there will be.

    I hope you’re right. But my pessimistic side can easily imagine that some baker or photographer is found guilty of illegal discrimination, doesn’t pay the fine right there in court, and a Cliven Bundy style situation develops later outside their shop or house. A discrimination suit has more human consequences than (IMO) a property or tax dispute; while I won’t complain about the feds ‘letting it go’ in the Bundy case, I would very much expect them to enforce the law more rigorously when it comes to public accommodation and civil rights. They should *not* ‘let it go’ in such cases.

  • theguy

    “The Supreme Court can be slapped down through a deliberative and representative process,”

    And that process is (drumroll) bigots like Adolf Fischsticks throwing a temper tantrum and demanding their fascist whims be enforced.

    “freedom is too deeply ingrained in the DNA of the American people”

    For the degenerate Fischsticks, “freedom” means freedom for Christians only to dictate how everyone else lives, and to put people in prison for pro-gay or blasphemous speech. The biggest lie of all is the idea that people like Fischsticks believe in freedom, or even believe in anything at all.

  • Ellie

    Fischer may incite others to violence, but I doubt he would be directly involved. IMO, he is too much of a coward.

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

    It’s like the Turner Diaries, except instead of race it’s sexual orientation and instead of war it’s a bitter old man letting the air out of a Pride float’s tires.

  • dingojack

    Hey Bryan – how’s that whole general uprising of the people, marching on Washington, arresting the President and the rest of the Government before creating a Christian theocracy, thing going?

    What are we up to now? The ‘Second American Revolution version 3.1‘, is it?

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    Dingo

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Meanwhile, the actual observed “civil unrest” about police violence and economic injustice either just doesn’t count or is actually about same-sex marriages but those silly #blacklivesmatter people just don’t understand why they’re out there risking their lives in the street – do I have that right, Mr Fischer?

  • dingojack

    Face it Bryan — far more people care about creating equality, than care about creating inequality in America.

    Hundreds of thousands go out in to the streets and protest when the cops shoot an unarmed person (yet again) — you can’t manage to get a thousand people to a protest even if you lie to them and bus them in!

    You’ve lost Bryan. It’s all over bar the flood of sweet, sweet tears from bigots like you!

    😀 Dingo

  • Die Anyway

    In Florida, SSM was illegal until just recently. The Attorney General supported that position. Then the courts declared that such a stance was unconstitutional, the A.G. decided not to fight it, and SSM became legal. It was a news story for about 3 days and I haven’t heard a word since. Florida is still here… God hasn’t zapped us, (although I have to wonder if Nepal took the big one for us)…, there are no riots, no violence, no Christian ministers being carted off to jail, nothing different that I can see. I’m pretty much inclined to think that Ed is right. A tempest-in-a-teapot.

  • RickR

    @9 Die Anyway- SSM has been legal in Massachusetts for 11 1/2 years and there has been no “civil unrest”, no “uprising” against it, even though there are bigots everywhere, even in the bluest of states.

    That’s why all this rhetoric is so ridiculous- apparently, it’s only really going to trigger “Real America” when SSM is legalized throughout the country because Federalism™ is magic somehow.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Die Anyway @ # 9 – Yabbut Florida did pre-emptively curse itself with a blonde-joke Attorney General and arguably the most evil governor in the US, wreaking havoc on everything from education to environmental protection – and hurricane season begins in less than two weeks!

  • http://sidhe3141.blogspot.com jy3, Social Justice Beguiler

    RickR (10)

    Federalism™ is magic

    Dibs on MLP fanfic title!

  • carpenterman

    The constitution… it’s on the wall *right behind you*, dude! Just turn your head and READ it just once, for fuck’s sake!

  • https://plus.google.com/107095827599382907783 NS Alito

    So, if state laws can’t override SSM because of Constitutional Reasons(tm), how can they decriminalize and tax pot?

  • Lady Mondegreen

    So, if state laws can’t override SSM because of Constitutional Reasons(tm), how can they decriminalize and tax pot?

    Federal law is not synonymous with Constitutional law. There are Federal anti-drug laws, and the feds can be insistent about making the states comply with them, but the Constitution has nothing to say about prohibiting the people’s use of pharmaceuticals.

    The Constitution defines the rights citizens have that can not be denied them by the government. If the Supremes decide that it is unconstitutional to deny marriage to LGBTQ people, the states won’t be legally able deny those rights. The constitution defines our rights negatively–it only enumerates what the government CAN’T do to us.

    At most, a law that restricts citizens’ liberty in some way (such as a law against using a recreational drug,) might be found constitutional–ie, the constitution will let the government pass that law if it pleases. But there would be no constitutional imperative that such a law be passed at any level. The Constitution works the other way ’round.

  • Lady Mondegreen

    Aaaand Michael Heath could explain that much better than I can.

  • https://plus.google.com/107095827599382907783 NS Alito

    Thanks. I was able to grok that, and I don’t have any lawyer cooties or anything!