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The Extremist and The New Yorker: Will The "Bully Pulpit" Piece Dampen Bryan Fischer's Climb To Political King Maker?

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The Bully Pulpit

Using interviews with Fischer, his friends and his critics, Jane Mayer fashioned a picture of a man whose own quotes and actions completely damn him as a man of unwavering bigotry: it gave exact, certifiable quotes from Fischer and named instances that were documented in other sources. In all, The Bully Pulpit is almost air-tight in its supported facts. Fischer himself even characterizes his own character as "more conservative than conservative:

Fischer thinks that Islam is a violent religion, and argues that Muslims should be stopped from immigrating and barred from serving in the U.S. military. He believes that the country was a Christian nation when the Bill of Rights was written, and therefore non-Christians "have no First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion." He has said that Native Americans are "morally disqualified" from ruling America, and that African-American welfare recipients "rut like rabbits."

The Bully Pulpit also points out that the research Fischer has used to discredit people has been, in its turn discredited: Scott Lively (The Pink Swastika) and Paul Cameron ("gays only live to the average age of 42") have been on his radio show "program numerous times. 

And so have a number of politicos: Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, Mike Hucakabee and Rick Santorum, to name a few. 

Of course, the few paragraphs about his own family history may have stung (his mother ran off with the local bus driver) and he pointedly refuse to discuss them with Mayer. These along with the comments by former friends who have been disinherited by a man so rigidly fundamentalist he refused to believe religious scholars at Stanford University where he graduated from.  

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He read the Old Testament in ancient Hebrew, and the New Testament in Greek. He came to disapprove of modern scholarship positing that the Torah had multiple authors. Fischer hewed instead to the fundamentalist notion that the first five books of the Bible were written entirely by Moses. The Bible, he believed, was the unerring word of God.  

But i t's doubtful that he read either in Hebrew or Greek. If he had, he would have been astounded at the discrepancies. This just shows that since his education did not fit his ideology of fundamentalism, he rejected it instead of scholarship.

Back To Blunders:

Amidst the blunders of attacks on professionalism and talking down to his own audience, Fischer's biggest mistake was in allowing the interview to happen at all: his vain hubris could not conceive of a credible journalist culling quotes and facts, interviewing colleagues, critics and former friends and delving into family issues (since he is, after all the Director of Public Policy for the American FAMILY Association. His righteous arrogance did not allow him to do his own research on the articles Jane Mayer has written over the years (ten of which were nominated for Pulitzers). 

"I'm congenial, I'm amiable, I'm convivial, but she wants to paint me a bully."

 The video below is Fischer's full rant. The video beneath it is a pastiche of his other statements and it proves t here is absolutely nothing "congenial" "amiable" or "convivial" about Bryan Fischer's steadfast Dominionist views, misogyny, homophobia or bigotry. The videos don't lie.

And neither do the facts.   

That's the real reason Mr. Fischer is so upset. 


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Rev. Dan Vojir is has been writing/blogging on religion and politics for the better part of ten years. A former radio talk show host (Strictly Books €" Talk America Radio Network) and book publisher, Dan has connected with some of the most (more...)

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It may unhinge him for a while, but derail him? We... by Rev. Dan Vojir on Friday, Jun 15, 2012 at 8:01:11 AM
you got to admire a man who sticks to his guns. I ... by molly cruz on Friday, Jun 15, 2012 at 2:38:48 PM
while firing them is another. And Bryan Fischer ha... by Rev. Dan Vojir on Friday, Jun 15, 2012 at 3:26:03 PM