On his Internet-only radio show Focal Point on Wednesday, Bryan Fischer, the national spokesman for the American Family Association, claimed that no man can be trusted with political power unless he is a creationist.
Fischer was discussing the recent Pew Research Center poll that indicated declining support for the theory of evolution among self-identifying political conservatives.
He began by claiming that the United States was a Christian nation, because the founders wrote “that we are created — we are not evolved — beings. It’s right there in the Declaration of Independence.”
“‘All men are’ what?” he asked. “All men are ‘created’ equal, not all men are ‘evolved’ equal.”
According to Fischer, so fervently did the founders believe that man is “a created being, not an evolved one that rose from a swamp,” he suggested that “if a politician…is an evolutionist, he is disqualified from holding political office in the United States of America, because he does not share the political world view that established the United States of America.”
“I’m not saying there should be a law prohibiting [evolutionists] from running for public office,” he continued. “I’m saying that the American people shouldn’t vote for him, because if that man doesn’t believe we are created beings…he cannot be trusted to protect your civil rights, because he doesn’t believe your rights come from God.”
“So I want to submit to you,” he concluded, “that there is no man that can be trusted with political power — no man, not a single one, not anywhere on the planet, who can be trusted with political power if he thinks we are descendents of apes, rather than the creation of God.”
Watch Fischer’s entire discussion on America as a Christian nation below.
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