Bryan Fischer Award Nominee: Sandy Rios

The Bryan Fischer Award is given to those who show an astonishing lack of self-awareness, accusing their opponents of their own worst traits. On her radio show, a woman who works for an explicitly political American Family Association says that Islam is not covered by the First Amendment because it’s not just a religion, it’s a political ideology that seeks to control everything. Another irony meter bites the dust.


  1. says

    I’ve seen this said before. What the ever-lovin’ blue-eyed fuck?

    So, if it’s a political ideology, we can start our Radical Liberal Agenda of turning our beloved country into an Islamist State, since we no longer have to pretend to keep our Extreme Islamism separate from the state! Hurrah! We can implement Sharia Law immediately, and the Supreme Court can do nothing!


  2. says

    The Roman Catholic Church, for example, actually has a country

    True enough, but the Vatican city-state is mostly a postage-stamp-sized consolation prize for losing the Papal States.

  3. steve84 says

    They still have real ambassadors to many, many countries and official diplomatic relations.

  4. robnyny says

    Well, then, Judaism has its own country: Israel.

    And the Church of England has its own country: England.

  5. Chiroptera says

    I’ve been told that Christianity isn’t a religion either: it’s a relationship with God.

  6. Larry says

    Islam is a religion!

    No, it’s a political ideology!


    Political ideology!

    Wait a minute you two. It’s a religion and a political ideology. It also happens to be a floor wax and a great desert topping!

  7. says

    Even if it were a political ideology, don’t these pinheads realize that it would still be protected by the freedom of speech clause of the First Amendment?

  8. CaitieCat says

    Mohammed the Prophet walks down the hall quietly, mulling some obscure points of theology.

    Mohammed the Morsi walks down the hall quietly in the opposite direction, mulling how to convince Egypt to let him install a theocracy.

    They bump.

    Mo the Pro says “Hey, you got your politics in my theology!”

    Mo the Mo says “Hey, you got your theology in my politics!”

    Both consider this for a moment. “Hey, win-win!” they shout together.

    (for those too young to remember the referent,

  9. Sastra says

    Technically, all religions are political ideologies which seek to control things — if you follow them down to their ideal resolution for all the ‘problems’ of this world. Someday, in the utopian future, all people (or all the people who are left or all the people who actually matter) will be perfectly in tune with God/Spirit/Higher Consciousness and there will be nothing but harmony. No dissent, no rebellion, just a state of bliss and love, whether it be in a material world or an immaterial world or state of being. You’re not a slave if it’s consensual.

    The big question on the secular ground is how believers think that desirable ideology will come about: through force, through conversion, or through some unspecified “spiritual evolution.”

  10. says

    It’s nice to know that the American Family Association is willing to sacrifice the 1st Amendment to protect my family from scary Muslins. Big problem, they are. Why, just last night, I had to shoo some Muslins away from my garbage cans.

    Perhaps I’ve got them confused with raccoons again.

  11. cottonnero says

    Islam is a political movement, Atheism is a religion, but Christianity is a relationship.

    It’s enough to make me say that fundamentalism is a form of aphasia.

  12. Doug Little says

    official diplomatic relations.

    Ahhh, that’s what the Catholic church is calling kiddie diddling these days.

  13. lpetrich says

    Seems to me that they think that Islam is much like Communism. Could many Cold Warriors feel frustrated at the lack of an enemy to fight?

    The Soviet empire collapsed in 1989, and the Soviet Union broke up in 1991. Communism has been gone from Europe and central Asia for over 2 decades. The biggest remaining Communist country, Red China, is such a big capitalist roader that Michele Bachmann has praised it as a great capitalist country. North Korea and Cuba are insignificant pipsqueaks, and Vietnam and Laos are capitalist roaders like China, as far as I can tell.

  14. John Pieret says

    “It [Islam] is a complete and total system that demands usurpation of whatever the local authority is …

    Says the person who doubtless thinks this is a “Christian nation” and demands that the local authority of our Constitution be denied to others.

    It’s not just lack of self-awareness, it is a lack of any ability to think critically or cogently.

  15. Thumper; Atheist mate says

    “It demands the total usurpation of whatever the local authority is”, huh?

    What if the “local authority” is Muslim?

    She also praises the Egyptian army for killing civilians, since it “limits the Muslim Brotherhood”. What a clueless, sociopathic dipshit.

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