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Bryan Fischer champions ‘Bible thumpers’: O’Reilly is a ‘pompous, arrogant windbag’

By David Edwards
Thursday, April 4, 2013 11:47 EDT
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American Family Association's Bryan Fischer
 
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Bryan Fischer, the director of issues analysis of the fundamentalist American Family Association (AFA), on Wednesday blasted Fox News host Bill O’Reilly for accusing conservative Christians of not being able to do anything but “thump the Bible” during arguments against same sex marriage.

Last week, O’Reilly had angered many social conservatives when he announced that “the compelling argument is on the side of homosexuals.”

“That is where the compelling argument is. We’re Americans, we just want to be treated like everybody else,” the Fox News host explained. “And the other side hasn’t been able to do anything but thump the Bible.”

On his Wednesday radio show, Fischer called O’Reilly “blindly ignorant of all of the arguments that we have made that go beyond the scripture, that confirm the scripture, that are in alignment with the scripture to support our contention that God has defined marriage as a one man, one woman institution — and it should not ever under any circumstances be redifined.”

“Now, have we thumped our Bibles? Absolutely!” he admitted. “Because we believe it is the revealed word of God, that’s where we take out stand, that’s where plant our feet.”

Fischer added that O’Reilly was a “pompous, arrogant windbag” and was “completely oblivious” to the fact that he had insulted the “Bible thumpers.”

“The implication is we’re a bunch of Neanderthal, redneck, hillbilly Bible bangers. That’s essentially what he’s saying we are… He’s insulting us to our face!”

Watch this video from AFA’s Focal Point, broadcast April 3, 2013.

(h/t: Right Wing Watch)

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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