This week I just happened to take a look at The American Family Association (AFA) website. I don’t usually spend too much time there since this “christian” organization tends to spend most of its time condemning the non-believer and scaring uninformed believers concerning the doom and destruction looming large before the family because of such things as Home Depot’s support of gay rights. But this week there was a blog post that so incensed me that I cannot let it go by without comment.
Enter Bryan Fischer, host of the AFA show Focal Point and a regular blogger on the AFA affiliate RIGHTLY CONCERNED. Here is the first sentence of his blog from earlier this week…
“In all the discussions about the European Settlement of the New World, one feature has been conspicuously absent: the role that superstition, savagery, and sexual immorality of Native Americans played in making them morally disqualified from sovereign control of American soil.”
Sit back and read that sentence again. The flip side of that is that the White Europeans did not embrace any superstition, savagery, or sexual immorality and therefore were justified in massacring, raping, and displacing Native American men, women, and children all in the name of a (false) gospel.
he then expounds on his racist, hateful diatribe justifying American conquest by comparing the Europeans to the Israelites and the God commanded take over of Canaanite land. He compares the Native Americans to the Canaanites as practicing one abomination after another.
The comparison is clear…the Europeans were better in every respect to the native savages. I have to remind Mr Fischer here of two short passages in the Bible he claims to believe…
“There is none righteous, there is no one that seeks after God”
“If we say we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us”
That would include, Mr Fischer, the Europeans that descended from the heavens to take what did not belong to them.
if his rant could not get any worse he then proclaims this from his chair of judgement…
“Many of the tribal reservations today remain mired in poverty and alcoholism because many native Americans continue to cling to the darkness of indigenous superstition instead of coming into the light of Christianity and assimilating in Christian culture.”
Really?!?!?!?!!? So Europeans and modern American culture have nothing to do with the poverty and alcoholism that some Native Americans experience? And do you really think, Bryan, that Native Americans would even consider Christianity when their first experience with it resulted in displacement and death? We, the Christians, are GUILTY of their reluctance because once again the Gospel of Mercy, Grace, Forgiveness and Love has been hijacked first by the Europeans lust for conquest and today by the Right Wing politicos and fundamentalists screeching about how we need to rescue america and return it to its roots of Christianity.
I do not want the type of christianity that you and the AFA espouse. it is an angry, vindictive, evil, false gospel that blends patriotism and religion. It is not the Gospel of Christ.
By the way AFA removed Bryan’s blog from its website. I think that they, and Bryan need to do more. They need to make a public apology to Native Americans for disseminating such a hateful post. You can still find part of what his says on youtube.