Bryan Fischer Doesn’t Like Diversity

Bryan Fischer, always eager to put his bigotry and authoritarianism on display, has a column on the American Family Association website about the evils of diversity. Along the way he throws in some serious nonsense about American history and the influence of Protestant Christianity.

Perhaps the most sinister and dangerous lie the left has beaten into the brains of unthinking Americans is that there is strength in diversity. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Diversity, as the first syllable in the word implies, divides. It does not unify. It fractures, debilitates, and diffuses. Energy that could be harnessed through unity of purpose and values is frittered away.

America became the greatest nation the world has ever known – freer, stronger, more prosperous, more stable – for one reason: an unshakable commitment to common core values and standards. That’s not diversity, that’s unity.

At the time of the founding, 99.8% of the population of our fledgling nation was Christian. And 98.4% of the population was Protestant. It is no exaggeration to say that the Protestant faith, particularly its moral values and its work ethic, made America what it became.

This fundamental spiritual unity also created a fundamental moral unity.

Okay Bryan, so who was it that made us enshrine slavery into the law for the first 80 years after the Constitution and for a couple hundred years before that? I mean, if 98.4% of the country was Protestant, it must have come from them, right? Or did that evil 1.6% somehow seize control and force slavery on us? And funny how that “fundamental moral unity” didn’t seem to exist during the civil war. Were we showing “fundamental moral unity” when we preserved slavery or when we ended it?

And was it an extension of that Protestant “fundamental moral unity” when we denied women the right to vote? Or was it when we gave women the right to vote? When we codified discrimination into the law or when we overturned such laws? This is just plain stupid. Anyone who thinks that America has shown anything like a “fundamental moral unity” throughout our history stemming from Protestant Christianity is incredibly ignorant.


  1. raven says

    Shorter Bryan Fischer.

    Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Fuhrer. One people, one state, one leader.

    We’ve seen this before.

  2. Glenn E Ross says

    The fundamental problem with his screed is that he seems to think that diversity is something that is sought out, that is chosen. America is diverse, because it is diverse. What Fischer fails to say is that he wants to force everyone to live within the constructs he defines so that we will be homogeneous. Screw the people that fall through the cracks and are different. “Be the way I want you to be or you don’t exist in the eyes of the law or society.”
    That is how we attained ” an unshakable commitment to common core values and standards” in the past, we ignored those that were different than the majority norm.
    We can still have ” an unshakable commitment to common core values and standards”, but it must be defined in a manner that understands we are diverse and everyone is not like Fischer, which of course is what he is actually complaining about. Small minded authoritarians think that if everyone were like them the society would be perfect, rather than understanding that everyone is not like them and defining rules that embrace and allow for fairness in the diversity. Of course that takes more work, more nuance, more empathy, and more of everything Fischer and his ilk lack and fail to grasp.

  3. John Pieret says

    So, I guess all those Catholics can just get out. And Jews … don’t get started on the Jews! And nig… blacks … they didn’t have the Protestant work ethic or why did their Protestant masters have to have all those whips and chains? White males over 40 should be in charge of EVERYTHING!

    And you kids get off my lawn!

  4. Chiroptera says

    Glenn E Ross, #2:

    This is a good point. The US is diversity. Diversity advocates are really advocating that we recognize this and quit giving special favors to special groups of people.

    In other words, Fischer, it’s not all about you, so get over yourself.

  5. dmcclean says

    Ed, it’s worse than that. To get these percentages he excluded slaves and native Americans from the denominator.

  6. says

    I think that about the only time the US has shown anything resembling unity of purpose would be during the Second World War, and even then it certainly wasn’t universally-held.

  7. D. C. Sessions says

    So, granting his premise that the United States needs to get back to its original uniformity:

    * Do we get rid of all those whose ancestors showed up after Columbus?
    * Do we get rid of all those whose ancestors showed up after Hudson?
    * Do we get rid of all those whose ancestors showed up after independence?
    * Do we get rid of all the Catholics?
    * Do we get rid of all the Quakers?
    * Do we get rid of the Irish?
    * Do we get rid of all the Asians?
    * Do we get rid of all the Jews?
    * Do we get rid of the Orthodox?
    * Do we get rid of the Lebanese?
    * Do we get rid of the Eastern Europeans?
    * Do we get rid of the Southern Europeans?
    * Do we finish getting rid of the natives?
    * Do we get rid of the redheads?
    * …

  8. Larry says

    We’ve seen this before.

    And that’s why 1984 won’t be like 1984.

    Sorry. I had the Macintosh commercial running in my head when I read Fischer’s quote.

  9. says

    D.C. Sessions:

    Obviously, we get rid of the descendants of anyone who arrived after the migration across the Bering Strait during the last glacial period.

  10. says

    Too bad I can’t edit my post, but I mean to say anyone who’s migrated to what is now the US, and their descendants, from the Bering Strait migration down to the present day.

    No humans at all: It’s the only way to ensure true unity of human purpose.

  11. says

    dmcclean “Ed, it’s worse than that. To get these percentages he excluded slaves and native Americans from the denominator.”
    Sure, but he included women. So there!

  12. rogerstanyard says

    Yer, my country had a lot of problems with those Anglo-Saxon arseholes turning up some time back. Refused to pay any taxes, let the roads go to rack and ruin, stole anything that wasn’i nailed down and spent most of their time semi-permanently drunk. None of them could even read or write! Property prices in the towns plummeted (except in Wroxeter) and you couldn’t buy woad for love nor money.

    The locals were really peeved, I can tell you. They had to go and live in Wales, Brittany and Cornwall.

    Mind you, that King Arthur bloke gave the Anglos Saxons a good duffing up.

  13. says

    “No humans at all: It’s the only way to ensure true unity of human purpose”

    That’s just silly. Unity of human purpose can be enjoyed by any number of humans between 0 and 1!

  14. briandavis says

    Fischer is one of the last people I would have expected to be a supporter of Common Core.

  15. doublereed says

    Ah yes. Protestants are such a great example of unity, what with their many sects and divisions.

  16. doublereed says

    I mean if we were filled with Anglicans or Catholics it might make some sense, but Protestants??? lol

  17. says

    Tabby Lavalamp “I’d like to see some evidence that the United States is the freest country ever.”
    Ask an American. Pick one at random. Randomly, pick Lee Greenwood.

  18. johnwoodford says

    “That’s why I’m proud to be an American where at least Lee Greenwood’s free.”

    Hey, it even scans.

  19. busterggi says

    “And 98.4% of the population was Protestant. ”

    But which of them were TRUE Protestants? It certainly can’t include the Southern Baptists because they didn’t exist that far back.

  20. eric says

    It certainly can’t include the Southern Baptists because they didn’t exist that far back.

    They did, just under a different name. The sect of baptists that supported slavery at that time was instead called “Baptists.”

  21. D. C. Sessions says

    Actually, one of the big objections to the First Amendment was that Baptists could take advantage of it.

  22. says

    I assume Fischer is another member of the pre-millennial Rapture crowd. Those Protestants he smugly points to would have found such beliefs odd, given that they didn’t begin to be popularised until something like 50 years after the American Revolution. I imagine some of the more intolerant ones would have run Fischer out of town as a heretic if he was preaching them.

  23. Matt G says

    I love it when they tell us that Darwin was a racist and that Darwinism leads to racism. Clearly Christianity, specifically Protestant Christianity, leads to racism!

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