American Family Association: The First Amendment only applies to Christians

American Family Association: The First Amendment only applies to Christians
Hate group leader Bryan Fischer

Hate group leader Bryan Fischer is in a “do as I say, not as I do” kind of mood today.

He has single-handedly decided that the First Amendment’s protection to religious liberties only applies to Christians.

From his blog post today on the American Family Association website:

“I have contended for years that the First Amendment, as given by the Founders, provides religious liberty protections for Christianity only. Most attorney types, befuddled by years of untethered Supreme Court activism, think it covers any and all religions you can name.

“The results of this expansive but badly misguided understanding of the First Amendment have not been too costly to this point. But with Islam growing in America like a noxious weed, some of the more troublesome aspects of this distorted view of religious liberty are becoming evident, when it comes to things like school curricula, halal food, and Christian evangelism at Muslim street fairs.”

Halal food must be very troubling to Bryan Fischer.

Fischer goes on to say that the Founding Father’s never, ever, ever, never meant to say that “religion” meant all religions when writing the First Amendment.

Except, they did.

Article 11 of the Treaty of Tripoli, which was ratified unanimously and without debate by the US Senate in 1797 and signed by President Adama, reads as follows:

“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 tranquility of Musselmen,- and as the said States never have entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mehomitan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.”

Bolding is mine. Clearly unequivocal in it’s clarity. “The United States of America is not IN ANY SENSE founded on the Christian Religion.”

Bryan Fischer, take a history class.  And stop misleading folks for your own purposes.