Fringe conservative group claims U.S. Muslims have no free speech rights

By David Edwards
Thursday, March 24, 2011 16:12 EDT
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The right to freedom of religion guaranteed in the United States Constitution doesn’t apply to Muslims, according to a blogger writing for a conservative Christian organization.

Bryan Fischer, a blogger for the ultra-conservative American Family Association (AFA), declared Thursday that Muslims have no First Amendment rights in the United States.

“The First Amendment was written by the Founders to protect the free exercise of Christianity,” he wrote in his column at Renew America. “They were making no effort to give special protections to Islam. Quite the contrary.”

“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,” Fischer continued.

“Our government has no obligation to allow a treasonous ideology to receive special protections in America, but this is exactly what the Democrats are trying to do right now with Islam.”

Fischer added that Muslims have no constitutional right to build mosques.

“They have that privilege at the moment, but it is a privilege that can be revoked if, as is in fact the case, Islam is a totalitarian ideology dedicated to the destruction of the United States,” he said.

A recent CNN poll found that almost 70 percent of Americans would be “okay” with a mosque in their area.

Fischer is also known for anti-gay rhetoric, once proclaiming that “homosexuality gave us Adolph Hitler [sic], and homosexuals in the military gave us the Brown Shirts, the Nazi war machine and six million dead Jews.”

The conservative blogger has also compared homosexual acts to terrorism.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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