No, gay people are not going to steal your children — but Bryan Fischer believes it’s his duty to Christ to steal the children of gay people and same-sex couples and send them on an “Underground Railroad” to live their lives safely away from their legal gay parents. Fischer, the wildly caustic public face of the American Family Association, is the man who practically single-handedly got Mitt Romney‘s gay foreign policy spokesperson, Richard Grenell, fired after just a few days on the job — merely because he is gay. Fischer, who has stated he believes allowing same-sex couples to adopt is “child abuse,” actually is advocating for kidnapping and abduction of children.
In two tweets last night, Fischer — with zero condemnation from fellow Christians or so-called “pro-family” group leaders like his boss at the AFA, wrote:
Head of Underground Railroad to deliver innocent children from same-sex households goes on trial. chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us…
— Bryan Fischer (@BryanJFischer) August 8, 2012
Why we need an Underground Railroad to deliver innocent children from same-sex households: thepublicdiscourse.com/2012/08/6065
— Bryan Fischer (@BryanJFischer) August 8, 2012
Fischer pointed to two articles, one by a self-identified bisexual man who blames his self-identifed being “weird” and socially-uncomfortable to being raised by his bisexual mother and her female partner.
Zack Ford at Think Progress observed:
Perhaps unfamiliar with the concepts of self-fulfilling prophesies and internalized homophobia, this man’s odd testimony seems to attack gay parenting merely because he believes his bisexual mother’s decision to live with a woman made it a struggle for him to identify as bisexual himself. Unlike his mother, his preference seems to be to conform to heteronormative society, and he feels unable to do that because he feels he wasn’t properly conditioned by archaic gender stereotypes.
Fischer’s other tweet pointed to an article about a so-called “ex-gay” woman who literally stole her child and has reportedly broken the law and left the country, via what Fischer calls an “Underground Railroad.”
More from Ford:
Bryan Fischer believes it to be the perfect example of why the children of same-sex parents should be kidnapped away for their protection — that they are the equivalent of slaves who need to be rescued. This is incredibly dangerous rhetoric that has the potential to do great harm. How much destruction could self-declared “Harriet Tubmans” do to same-sex families, motivated by Fischer’s claims? More than ever, the “culture war” is a direct attack on the lives of LGBT and their families.
Bryan Fischer’s boss, Don Wildmon, is an original signatory to the Manhattan Declaration, a manifesto which directs those who sign it to break the law if the law interferes with their Christian beliefs.
Now, all obvious racist and slavery analogies aside — children of same-sex couples and gay people are slaves — this is deplorable.
Bryan Fischer is advocating the kidnapping of children in households headed by same-sex couples or gay parents merely because they are headed by same-sex couples or gay parents.
Scott Wooledge at Daily Kos adds:
These American theocrats, the Christian Taliban are always telling us God’s law is supreme over man’s, and here were have it again.
Some no doubt will brush this off a mere posturing. “Fischer’s just playing. It’s just Twitter,” others will think. You should know that Bryan Fischer is heard daily by up to one million people across 38 states listening to American Family Radio’s network of almost 200 radio stations.
Bryan Fischer’s boss, Don Wildmon, is an original signatory to the Manhattan Declaration, a manifesto written in late 2009 by National Organization For Marriage co-founder Robert P. George and the late Chuck Colson. The Manhattan Declaration, which now has well-over a half-million signatures, directs those who sign it to break the law if the law interferes with their Christian beliefs.
We are Christians who have joined together across historic lines of ecclesial differences to affirm our right—and, more importantly, to embrace our obligation—to speak and act in defense of these truths. We pledge to each other, and to our fellow believers, that no power on earth, be it cultural or political, will intimidate us into silence or acquiescence.
Through the centuries, Christianity has taught that civil disobedience is not only permitted, but sometimes required.
When a radical right-wing religious/political leader like Bryan Fischer says America needs an “Underground Railroad” to free the children of same-sex couples and gay people, you can bet there are some — insane, perhaps — who are working right now to create it.
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