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Fischer: US Government Blocking Access To Southern Baptist Website In Pro-Islam Conspiracy?

by David Badash on April 25, 2013

in Bigotry Watch,News,Politics,Religion

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Bryan Fischer has produced the latest anti-Christian conspiracy theory and of course rather than do any research, rather than do anything as simple as picking up the phone or sending an email, he’s decided to go on the air to tell his million or so listeners about this latest “attack” on their religious rights by their government.

Alex Jones, where are you?

If Fischer were a journalist he’d be drummed out of the industry, but since he’s an ill-informed radical right wing radio host and Christian crusader he has full First Amendment rights to display in all its glory his sheer stupidity.

In this video, below, Fischer explains that he has “breaking news,” that the U.S. government is blocking access from military or government personnel to the Southern Baptist Convention’s homepage. The SBC is the nation’s second-largest Christian group, after Roman Catholics, and they boast about 16 million members, or about five percent of the nation’s population.

Ficher, in case you aren’t a regular reader, is the public face of the certified anti-gay hate group, American Family Association.

“The site you have requested has been blocked by Team CONUS due to hostile content,” Fischer claims a screenshot his contact sent him reads, when he or she was trying to access the SBC’s website.

The U.S. government, many companies, and many organizations that provide internet access (like, Starbucks, or AMTRAK) use software that prohibits access to certain websites based on a variety of factors.

Often, there are wide categories, like “sex” that they choose — rarely are specific sites blocked, because it would take a lot of time to go through the entire Internet to decide what sites are “objectionable,” or, as Fischer declared, “hostile.”

A few months ago it was discovered that AMTRAK’s third-party software blocked some LGBT news sites, and AMTRAK apologized and tried to fix it (The New Civil Rights Movement was not affected.)

Likely, this message, if it’s actually true, is something that happened because of the software vendor, not because President Obama has waved his iron fascist fist in the air and decided to wipe out all access to religious websites by government employees in a desperate attempt to rob Bryan Fischer’s friends of their First Amendment rights.

By the end of the video clip, Fischer has convinced himself that this seems like a vast government conspiracy to label the Southern Baptist Convention a “hate group,” making the giant leap from “hostile content” to “hate group.”

“Basically, the U.S. military has classified the Southern Baptist Convention as a hate group — the entire denomination,” Fischer repeatedly cries, adding, “it’s like porn.”

And, of course, this allows the Tupelo tornado to rope in the fact that the Family Research Council and his own employer, the American Family Association, are ACTUAL, certified hate groups, so by association, the SBC is too, or, something like that…

Fischer then launches into a lengthy rant about “secular fundamentalists” being “protective of” Islamic fundamentalists because they both hate Christians.

If this weren’t so dangerous, if Fischer’s uninformed “shoot first ask questions later” baloney weren’t so “hostile,” (why didn’t he ask his listeners to find out if the American Family Association’s website is blocked — it should be) it would be great material for a Saturday Night Live skit.

Paging Lorne Michaels…

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ascjxn April 25, 2013 at 8:33 am

Fischer and those like him come from a place of fear. I grew up Southern Baptist in Mississippi so this fundamentalist lifestyle is not foreign… I know these folks because the faith of my childhood creates them – it sets up judgment, arrogance, superiority, anxiety, guilt, paranoia, rule keeping, and intolerance as a way of life.

Behaviors/attitudes/actions we see from these hate group leaders and others such as playing the perpetrator/victim game, shifting blame, moving goalposts, shifting focus, refusing to take ownership, paranoia over things non-existent, inability to empathize, judgmental words/actions unrecognized by those doing it, moral superiority, ethical superiority, patriotic superiority, gender superiority, etc. are examples of what happens when folks approach life and faith from a place of uncontainable and unregulated fear – it absolutely leads to psychopathology and maladaptation.

bjohnmasters April 25, 2013 at 11:23 am

I am a Christian, and while I've never been Baptist, I grew up around plenty in a small town in North Carolina. Having worked in the funeral service for quite a few years during my early years, I've had some interaction with people of most every religious stripe.

Some time back, I was driving on a Sunday afternoon, and saw a young man on a street corner with a fairly large sign. The picture was one of Jesus on a raised seat (I presume a throne), and another person bloodied and bowed with their back turned. The exact words escape me, but the gist was that unless you repent, etc., you'll be banished to hell.

Now I've heard those kinds of sermons throughout my life, but for some reason that really struck me that day. This is a person who believes out of fear, as ascjxn talks about above. Folks like this go to religion not from the perspective of love and growing their spiritual being, but out of fear of punishment. I felt sad for this young man, and thankful I had avoided that kind of religious mind-set.

When one comes at one's spiritual life from a perspective of fear, it can't help but create certain pathologies, and again, ascjxn does a great job of summing that up. One looks for people like themselves to reinforce your beliefs. One has to find people inferior, so you believe you're not one of the "damned." It seems that religions based on fear require people and things to hate, rather love.

Many months ago I read an article (I'd give anything if I could find it again) about periods of great change in history. It was both a cautionary tale and one of hope. Change always comes. Most of the time that change is for the better. But the period leading up to and during the period of change sees a desire of many to hold on to the present (or even grasp for some idealized recent past), and it often becomes violent. I think we're seeing that now. It's happened in France in recent days, and certainly people like Fischer, Brian Brown, and Peter LaBarbera on the anti-gay front, are ramping up the rhetoric and using more and more violent imagery, claiming oppression, and blaming gay rights for it.

The good news of the article was that humanity finally advances. The bad news was it often got worse before it got better. I think we're seeing a lot of that with rhetoric like this from people like Fischer.

Alex_Parrish April 25, 2013 at 11:51 am

If the 'guvn'munt' had the power or inclination to block speech it didn't like what makes Fischer think he'd still be on the air. He would be 'disappeared' by now. Moron.

bjohnmasters April 25, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Having now seen the actual blocking message, it is entirely possible the site is being filter because it might contain, what the DoD filters consider to be malicious code. Many organizations recognize the high security risk of Flash content, and will not allow it on their networks.

I don't know the precise reason for the block, but it's my opinion this message is resulting from the blocking of malicious and potentially risky code, rather than the content of the site…but why would that stop Brian from his pathology of victimization.

Oh, and along with Flash content, the first page is full of site redirect URL's, which are also often viewed as potentially malicious code. I suspect there are lots of organizations using filters which would block the SBC website.

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