American Family Association: The First Amendment Only Applies to Christians

Freedom of religion is now a misconception according to the American Family Association, a “pro-family” Christian group declared a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.  In actuality, it is only Christians who have freedom of religion, if you go by the intentions of the founding fathers.

Via Talking Points Memo:

Bryan Fischer, the “Director of Issues Analysis” for the social conservative group the American Family Association, says that when it comes to Islam, the First Amendment is a privilege, not a right. “Islam has no fundamental First Amendment claims, for the simple reason that it was not written to protect the religion of Islam,” Fischer wrote today.

“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,” Fischer wrote on his Renew America blog.

He continued:

Islam has no fundamental First Amendment claims, for the simple reason that it was not written to protect the religion of Islam. Islam is entitled only to the religious liberty we extend to it out of courtesy. While there certainly ought to be a presumption of religious liberty for non-Christian religious traditions in America, the Founders were not writing a suicide pact when they wrote the First Amendment.

Although Fischer is being the most outspoken, it’s easy to see that he is not the only one who believes that religious freedom and the first amendment only applies to Christians.  The application of conscience clauses from doctors to nurses to pharmacists and even busdrivers, or the desire for prayer in school or the 10 commandments in courtrooms prove that they believe in a limitless application of freedom of religion.  But when the issue becomes a Muslim wanting to wear a headscarf against a dress code, or wanting a break for prayer or a refusal to take a customer who is carrying liquor in his or her baggage, then it is an attempt to impose sharia law in the United States.

Fischer, sadly, is only stating out loud what group of Christian advocates actually believe.

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Elna Wilke
Elna Wilke6 years ago

Has anybody bothered to read it? The restriction is on the government establishment of religion.
Amendment I
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Thomas Jefferson considered himself a "Theist", a believer in God, but not any particular religious teachings.

Pat K.
Pat Kramer6 years ago

I tend to forget that there are still people who believe that the myth of the Garden of Eden is fact. That sort of thinking definitely gets in the way of rational discussion.

Caryn Boyd
.6 years ago

The study of religions is a lot more complicated than people think. Christianity is not a copy of Judaism (@ Annmari L) and if you have time and interest you will find that differences between Judaism, Christianity and Islam go right back to the time of the Garden of Eden. It is not sad it is just a fact.

Paul Diamond
Paul Diamond6 years ago

Whoops! Sorry, pushed the wrong button.
Bryan Fischer, and the people for which he speaks, clearly do not know what they are talking about. Tommy Jefferson had a koran. In fact the 1st muslim congressman took his oath on it.
There were jews. The oldest house of worship in the new world was a synagogue. Chaim Soloman, an orthodox jew, financed most of the revolution out of his own pocket. Of which Mr. Fischers christians cheated him.
The Constitution protected us from religion, particularly the christian religion, twice before it granted, as an afterthought, "...the free exercise thereof..."
If that were not enough. It is THE SUPREME LAW OF THE LAND!
"...and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding..."
Treaty of Tripoli, 1798, Article 11-" As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquillity, of Mussulmen(Muslim); and, as the said States never entered into any war, or act of hostility against any Mahometan(Mohamedan) nation..."
So, Mr. Fischer, If you don't accept it as part of our Constitution. If you are in fact a citizen of the United States then obey the "...supreme law of the land..."

Paul Diamond
Paul Diamond6 years ago

Bryan Fischer, and the people for which he speaks, obviously doesn't know what they are talking about.

Colleen S.
Colleen S6 years ago

Do these people not realize just how closely related Christianity and Islam are?!!

"Christianity and Islam are the two largest religions in the world and they have many points of contact. Both inherited from Judaism a belief in one God who created the world and cares about the behavior and beliefs of human beings."

Do you research before you make ignorant comments...

Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin6 years ago

First came Judaism, then the copy x-tianity and then the other copy islam. Before them all where beliefs celebrating nature.
And all the mosaic religions killed the previous believers.

As always: Religion IS an opium to the people!

Robert S.
Robert S6 years ago

Hillary B...
Lautenberg while speaking to about 100 supporters standing in front of a bus Planned Parenthood has been driving around the country in order to build up support for receiving tens of millions in taxpayer dollars to support what is the biggest abortion business in the country, said: “Planned Parenthood is under attack by Tea Party Republicans who have put their extremist ideology above women’s health,” while pro-life advocates who counterprotested shouted, “Shame on you, Lautenberg.”
The pro-abortion New Jersey senator fired back: “These people (referring to the pro-life advocates) don’t deserve the freedoms in the Constitution.”

Beth C.
Beth C6 years ago

I made a mistake on my comment from yesterday...they kicked Roger WILLIAMS out who went on to found the Great State of Rhode Island!

Lin Moy
Lin M6 years ago

applys to all