The American Family Association’s funhouse anti-gay and anti-muslim bigot, Director of Issues Analysis Bryan Fischer (who puts the anal in analysis) has news for Muslim-Americans: the First Amendment’s religious protections don’t apply to you! From Fischer’s “Renew America” blog [no link], quoted by TPM:
“The First Amendment was written by the Founders to protect the free exercise of Christianity. They were making no effort to give special protections to Islam. Quite the contrary….”
Of course, constitutional originalists may have a hard time swallowing Fischer’s interpretation, given the contemporaneous documents available from the Founders’ own pens:
… [the Virginia Act’s] protection of opinion was meant to be universal … they meant to comprehend, within the mantle of it’s [sic] protection, the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Mahometan, the Hindoo, and infidel of every denomination.
— Thomas Jefferson, in his autobiography, in Writings
[Sidenote: The infernal its/it’s confusion is apparently woven into America’s founding!]
Fischer’s bigotry isn’t against a religion, of course: Islam isn’t a faith! It’s treason:
Fischer took it a step further, calling Islam a “treasonous ideology” and adding that “from a constitutional point of view, Muslims have no First Amendment right to build mosques in America. They have that privilege at the moment, but it is a privilege that can be revoked.”
Do these GOPs also believe Muslims have no first amendment protections? Rock and a hard place for these 2012 Goat Rodeo bigot-panderers. Ally yourselves with a quite basic misconception of the American Constitution or piss off Bryan’s fundie fans?
We await the denouncing, but are not holding our breath.