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Bryan Fischer really IS a Dolt…

November 20, 2010

I get regular emails from something called the American Family Association.  They exist to tell me what a family is, and the right way I should think about families.  For instance, (well primarily, actually) two gay people with a child is not a family.  They also defend important family values like bullying gays in school and boycotting businesses that support gay rights.  And how universal health care would be just awful for families, and in any case against God’s will. And side-issues like Superman comic books that are not flag-and-family waving enough.  And lately, killing people – apparently violence is a family value too because it helps us sleep better at night:

“We have feminized the Medal of Honor.
According to Bill McGurn of the Wall Street Journal, every Medal of Honor awarded during these two conflicts has been awarded for saving life. Not one has been awarded for inflicting casualties on the enemy. Not one ….  That kind of heroism has apparently become passe when it comes to awarding the Medal of Honor. We now award it only for preventing casualties, not for inflicting them.
So the question is this: when are we going to start awarding the Medal of Honor once again for soldiers who kill people and break things so our families can sleep safely at night?”

Ahh, the Culture Of Life.  Don’t you just love the smell of napalm in the morning?  I know I sleep better knowing that villagers in some mountainous hell-hole on the other side of the world are being killed by my taxpayer dollars.  He said this about the most recent award, which was for a soldier named Salvatore Giunta, who ran through enemy fire to rescue a comrade. The soldier was on 60 Minutes the other day; you can click through and watch for yourself.

Now you may be thinking; just what are Sargent Giunta’s balls made of?  I’m thinking, maybe “chrome-vanadium tool steel” or “tungsten carbide”.  In any case I have no doubts about his courage, which (despite the balls metaphor) is a human property not confined to the masculine side of the fence.  And yet he was modest about it, disclaiming any special action, as if everybody would leave cover and run though bullets.  As I watched, I kept thinking; “I’d pay real money to watch Bryan Fischer in that situation”.

Anyway, ***Dave has a running series entitled; “Bryan Fischer is a Dolt”, in which I think he uses he uses “Dolt” as surrogate for much stronger language.  He may be writing this series because 1) ***Dave lives in Colorado, where he is constantly exposed to the allergens that are the AFA and Focus On The Family, and 2) because he is a Christian and is getting a little tired of, um, Dolts spreading ignorant, hateful Doltism in the name of his Savior.  So this is kind of a hobby for him and he has elevated it to an art form.  None of the profanity or blasphemy that Fischer uses as an excuse to ignore his critics, but don’t mistake such gentility for lack of brutal efficiency.

His latest such public service is: ” Bryan Fischer is a Dolt: feminized heroism edition“.  He carefully read not only Fischer’s infamous “feminizing” column but also his response to criticisms about it.  Then he researched the Medal Of Honor, its history, and its meaning.  And then he dismantled the Dolt’s doltishness into the little pathetic pieces of, um, garbage from which it was made.  The short version is; the Medal Of Honor isn’t about killing, particularly, and it never has been.  And despite Fischer’s claims that Jesus would want us to KILL our enemies as brutally as possible, well, that doesn’t really hold up either.  In the sense of being not true, and fantastically twisted, pretty much.  And I wish I could make every AFA member read it.  Out loud.  On live camera.

Personally though, I find Fischer’s email newsletter quite valuable as a sort of helpful shopping guide – just not in the way he intends.  How else would I know that Mcdonalds and Home Depot have been making strides toward recognizing GLBT people as, you know, actual people?  I even use AFA’s email utility to contact the companies involved and thank them for their progressive action.  And I need a piece of test equipment that Home Depot sells, so that’s helpful too.  In any case I won’t be unsubscribing.

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  1. November 20, 2010 at 19:39 | #1

    The sad thing is, the only reaction to Fischer that would make any difference to him would be total silence. Fischer’s ilk simply want to be the centre of the universe. Everyone knows that Toronto is the centre of the universe.

  2. November 20, 2010 at 19:39 | #2

    (Last sentence was missing “funny sarcasm” tags.

  3. November 20, 2010 at 19:41 | #3

    Regardless, I won’t be patronizing MacDonalds, and go to Home Depot only because the closest Lowes is much further away.

  4. November 20, 2010 at 20:33 | #4

    Thanks, George. It’s kind of scary that it’s become a running series. It’s also scary how long I spend Fisking Fischer’s idiocy (that particular post went up at 12:32a, and it wasn’t something I started at midnight), but the guy fills me with such a frenzy of rhetorical loathing, it’s hard to be a “good person who stands by and says nothing.”

    It’s nice to see that it does get read.

    I subscribe to the AFA bulletin (and a few others) as well, just because they are such good fodder. And then I wonder why my blood pressure is high.

    Hmmmm. Maybe I need a “Dolt” category for such screeds.

  5. dof
    November 20, 2010 at 21:38 | #5

    WD – I don’t think he just wants attention; he really wants power. If he could, he would transform society after his own philosophy.

    Hmmmm. Maybe I need a “Dolt” category for such screeds.

    …or a “Bryan Fischer Award”.

    Your rhetorical loathing for him is well-deserved, and in the long run it matters when you answer his screeds. Fisher and his ilk want to own the words; “Christian”, “American”, and “Family”. I can argue against him until I’m Democrat-Blue in the face, but it would not be interesting because I am a dirty atheist. When you take him apart, you are ensuring that he doesn’t get to define norms for the majority religion, nationality and community. That’s why I try to pass it on.

  6. November 20, 2010 at 22:58 | #6

    Oh, he wants power, yes. And getting attention, having people pay attention is fundamental for him, the ground on which stands, the starting point for any sense of power. Without that, he has nothing. Anyone who says the kinds of things he does (“Kill a Muslim for Christ today”, etc.,) is clearly full of anger and mental/emotional disorders.

  7. November 21, 2010 at 07:39 | #7

    WeeDram writes

    The sad thing is, the only reaction to Fischer that would make any difference to him would be total silence.

    This was my introduction to Bryan Fischer. I try not to dwell on the truly stupid, but they occasionally make themselves known anyway. After reading about his views on the MoH, I learned that he also would rather wipe out the grizzly bear rather than risk any humans being killed by them. He didn’t make a good first impression. I wouldn’t have known the man was a cowardly, misogynistic jackass if someone hadn’t written about him.

    I’d say that’s a plus.

  8. November 21, 2010 at 12:28 | #8

    It really pains me to consider myself a Christian when I see examples of people like that who consider themselves to be Christians.

  9. Ray M
    November 21, 2010 at 12:50 | #9

    It really pains me to consider myself a Christian human when I see examples of people like that who consider themselves to be Christians humans.

    There – generalised it, since I’m sure most of us can cite analogous examples in all walks of life.

  10. November 21, 2010 at 20:37 | #10

    OK. I’ve been reading up on this guy, Brian Fischer, and I think y’all are being way too hard on the man.

    It’s obvious he tries and tries to come up with an intelligent and insightful analysis. It’s just that his exceedingly strong personal preference for being stupid keeps getting in the way. So, maybe y’all could cut him some slack in recognition of his efforts?

  11. dof
    November 21, 2010 at 20:43 | #11

    You’re very kind Paul, but any sufficiently advanced stupidity is indistinguishable from malice.

    • November 22, 2010 at 02:10 | #12

      I didn’t understand that point until George W. got into office. But he was certainly spectacular in proving the truth of it.

  12. November 21, 2010 at 21:36 | #13

    any sufficiently advanced stupidity is indistinguishable from malice.

    That’s certainly true when it’s announced loudly and often.

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