Bryan Fischer's failure of character

Bryan Fischer
In the aftermath of Wednesday’s historic Prop 8 ruling, some social conservatives have been getting just a little heated. Like Bryan Fischer, the AFA blogger who thinks we should once again make it illegal to be gay. His solution to the Prop 8 ruling? Impeach the judge. And you’ll never guess why…

Although almost no other organizations other than the American Family Association are making an issue of this, Judge Walker should have recused himself from this case since he is a practicing homosexual. This created a clear conflict of interest, and he had no business issuing a ruling on a matter on which he had such a huge personal and private interest.

So, any gay person can be assumed to be biased when judging a case regarding the legality of gay marriage? Does that mean all heterosexuals are similarly biased about cases pertaining to whether marriage should be reserved as a heterosexual privilege? Of course not. This isn’t about sexuality, it’s about impartiality. And there’s nothing to suggest that someone’s sexual orientation automatically renders them incapable of making an impartial judgement. Claiming otherwise means implying that, while heterosexuals are able to put aside their personal preferences when deciding cases, gay people absolutely can’t. Why? What is it about being attracted to the opposite sex that makes you inherently less susceptible to bias? This is akin to saying that female judges are obligated to recuse themselves from any cases about gender inequality, and black judges should be required to recuse themselves from cases involving racism, because their personal qualities mean they would never be able to remain impartial.

His own personal sexual proclitivies [sic] utterly compromised his ability to make an impartial ruling in this case. After all, the bottom line issue is whether homosexual behavior, with all its threats to psychological and physical health, is behavior that should be promoted in any rational society.

You may have missed it, Mr. Fischer, but we’ve already been over this, and the answer is that it is not the place of the government to discourage anyone from being gay. Further, it seems you’ve failed to realize that stopping gay people from marrying does not stop them from being gay. And if you think Judge Walker’s ruling was “compromised” by his sexuality, I suggest you read it for yourself. It is a remarkably thorough and well-sourced decision, citing a vast array of factual findings, expert testimony and legal precedents which clearly establish that Proposition 8 was in violation of the United States Constitution.

And if it were handed down by a straight judge, it would have been just as sound.

He is Exhibit A as to why homosexuals should be disqualified from public office. Character is an important qualification for public service, and what an individual does in his private sexual life is a critical component of character. A man who ignores time-honored standards of sexual behavior simply cannot be trusted with the power of public office.

What comes to mind when you think about character? Is it integrity, resilience and courage? Honesty, fairness, discretion and respect? Trustworthiness? Loyalty?

For Bryan Fischer, it’s about nothing more than who you find attractive: men or women. I challenge anyone to find a more irrelevant and uninformative basis for judging character. Being gay, or straight, or anywhere in between, tells us nothing about a person’s honor, virtue or moral uprightness. It only tells us who they love – not who they are.

It’s worth noting that there have been many different “time-honored standards of sexual behavior”. Historically, polygamy has been one of the most common. Homosexual pederasty was a well-established practice in ancient Greece and Rome for centuries. For much of history, marital rape was fully legal, with no recourse for the wife. And in some parts of the world today, men have continued the time-honored tradition of taking child brides, who often die from intercourse or childbirth.

Certainly some of these standards are worth ignoring.

Citing “time-honored standards of sexual behavior”, and nothing more, only serves as an excuse to avoid explaining why these standards should hold any weight. Note that he isn’t appealing to anything like, say, elementary sexual ethics. “Standards” are all he has to offer, because these standards are the only place he can hope to find support for something as ridiculous as a moral injunction against being gay. How are such “time-honored standards” defined? In this case, by the widespread condemnation of gay people and gay sex. For Fischer, “time-honored standards of sexual behavior” is just a disguise for an appeal to common bigotry: “a lot of people think being gay is bad, so it is!”

So, what does all of this tell us about Bryan Fischer’s character? Well, what does it say about your character when you derive your morals from irrational hate? What does it say when you appoint yourself as automatically superior to anyone who doesn’t share your personal preferences? What does it say when you declare people to be “compromised” and untrustworthy because of who they love?

What does it say when you would tell our most outstanding, most competent, most qualified aspiring judges and leaders that they are never worthy of holding office, simply because they aren’t heterosexual?

Nothing good.

Bryan Fischer has vividly demonstrated why Prop 8 was rightfully overturned:

Whether that belief is based on moral disapproval of homosexuality, animus towards gays and lesbians or simply a belief that a relationship between a man and a woman is inherently better than a relationship between two men or two women, this belief is not a proper basis on which to legislate.

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12 thoughts on “Bryan Fischer's failure of character

  1. 1

    “Character is an important qualification for public service, and what an individual does in his private sexual life is a critical component of character.” — Bryan Fischer

    “But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, causes her to become an adulteress, and anyone who marries the divorced woman commits adultery.” — Matthew 5:32

    So, according to Fischer, anyone who has remarried after a divorce does not have the character necessary for public service. After all, the prohibition against adultery is one of the 10 commands, whereas the prohibition against is not.

    Seems logical to me.

  2. 4

    Bryan Fischer / Vaughn Walker
    And who of the two presents a cogent rational argument based on both a careful analylis of historical record, cultural norms and sifting of factual data case specific?
    And who presents his case based on “feelings”, acquired attitudes, untested social ideologies and opinions and irrational fears and unresovlved gender conflict issues.

    Bryan You can use your lifeline call since you look like you might need help answering. Judge Walker/ Judgemental Fischer ……..the court of public opinion has reached a decision.

  3. 5

    I’m on AFA’s email list, because I’m a masochist that way. This is par for the course for AFA. Their rants usually follow the same formula. Check out their polls some time. Multiple choice has never been so choice-less.

  4. 6

    This is why the so-called “culture warriors” are becoming increasingly irrelevant today. In a world filled with economic inequality, unnecessary, expensive and immoral wars, these Bible-obsessed bobble heads are concerned with…duh, duh, duh…the gays.

    This is nothing more than scapegoating an innocent minority on the part of cruel, hateful little men who can’t function in the world as it actually exists. It’s no wonder they create whole fantasies for themselves using their holy book.

    But no matter. This ruling will ring throughout the land all the way through the Supreme Court. Hopefully, the forces that bedeviled SCOTUS into choosing the wrong way on Bush v Gore or that disastrous corporate personhood ruling, will be absent, and we will see a nationwide strike down of laws against gay marriage. Last time I checked, gays can start businesses, invent things, teach, act, and hold public office. There is no justifiable reason why they can’t also get married.

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    //This is nothing more than scapegoating an innocent minority on the part of cruel, hateful little men who can’t function in the world as it actually exists. It’s no wonder they create whole fantasies for themselves using their holy book.//
    ^^ THIS.

    The whole anti-gay agenda (LOL I SAID AGENDA) is a reaction by power-hungry pedestal-sitters to a world that’s becoming increasingly intolerant towards authoritarianism, as its populous wakes up to the realities of society and culture due to increased access to information. We are on the verge of a social revolution right now, and it scares the crap out of the old-world power elite because they know full well that knowledge is the key to power. The internet makes knowledge free, so the balance of world power is being transferred to the working class people. This is a problem when you consider that never before have the majority of the working class had enough of a clear view to band together to overthrow those who regularly grossly abuse their power. Every single anti-dogma human rights movement on the face of the planet is a threat to them because these movements are systematically attacking the foundation of their age-old ignorance machines.

    Hopefully, the whole thing will topple over soon, and we can get on with building a resource-aware, sustainable society that gives humans equal rights, and doesn’t afraid of anything.

  6. 8

    You Write

    “This is akin to saying that female judges are obligated to recuse themselves from any cases about gender inequality, and black judges should be required to recuse themselves from cases involving racism, because their personal qualities mean they would never be able to remain impartial.”

    That’s EXACTLY what the political troglodytes known as the conservatives are saying, ZJ. They’d love to turn it all back to when women were barefoot, battered and in the kitchen and blacks were in their places on the wrong side of town. That’s EXACTLY what these Moter-Scooters want! And it’s WRONG!

  7. Ben
    9

    “In fact, that noted icon of the left, Thomas Jefferson, wrote a law for the state of Virginia that mandated castration as punishment for two men apprehended for male-to-male friskiness.”

    Why do male anti-gay activists act like homosexuality only exists amongst men? I wonder what Freud would have to say on the subject.

    1. 9.1

      “In fact, that noted icon of the left, Thomas Jefferson, wrote a law for the state of Virginia that mandated castration as punishment for two men apprehended for male-to-male friskiness.”

      Was the official charge really ‘male-to-male friskiness’ ?! That just sounds funny 🙂 would be more amusing if it weren’t for the fact that people probably got their nuts cut off with a rusty knife for ‘getting frisky’ …

      “Why do male anti-gay activists act like homosexuality only exists amongst men? I wonder what Freud would have to say on the subject.”

      That’s a very interesting point … I think it’s got something to do with secretly enjoying (pretend) ‘lesbian’ porn … and not just the US, here in the UK we’ve had the ‘Buggery Act’ since 1533 but no equivalent has ever (AFAIK) been levied against women. Wikipedia says they may have left women out because they “Didn’t want to give them any ideas.” LOL!!!

      Does anyone have statistics on the proportion of men and women who are anti-gay activists? In my experience it seems that on average men are more often repulsed by same gender copulating between men than women are by same gender copulation between women. Is this a general trend?

  8. 10

    I’d just like to point out that the several countries that have legalized gay marriage are actually happier and healthier than citizens of the USA. And the people from the AFA and NOM just drive me insane! Ugh!

    Great post! Always love your stuff.

    -Shannon

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