Fischer Is Too Much to Bear

by Jose Medina

Bryan Fischer, who serves as hater-in-chief for the American Family Association, is developing a hate list rivaled in length only by Mr. T’s pity list.

Now on Fischer’s hate list: bears. Right alongside Muslims, homosexuals, Jews and poor people sit grizzly bears, which should be shot on sight, Fischer says.

Writing on the AFA’s blog on Wednesday, Fischer wrote of the recent bear mauling death of a man and other bear attacks at Yellowstone National Park, you know, where a lot of grizzlies live.

Tragic, for sure, that a man lost his life because of a bear. But Fischer then goes on to link the bear attacks to scripture and uses the old fringe religious-right go-to explanation for every man-made or natural ill that befalls the country: God brought it on us because of our sinnin’ and such.

Fischer writes:

As I have written before, God’s word to ancient Israel was that a growing danger from wild animals is a sign of a nation in rebellion against God. “If you will not listen to me and will not do all these commandments…I will let loose the wild beasts against you, which shall bereave you of your children and destroy your livestock” (Leviticus 26:14, 22).

In the case of the United States, there is no need for God to “let loose the wild beasts” against us, because we are doing a fine job of it all by ourselves. And we are doing it to ourselves because we have rejected the teaching of Scripture that God has given to man authority over the animal kingdom. Man has been given authority by God over the earth, to “subdue it and have dominion over…every living thing that moves on the earth” (Genesis 1:28). This authority certainly extends to putting predators out of our misery.

Recap: because two guys can marry each other in New York, bears are attacking people in Yellowstone. (To be fair, homosexuality is not mentioned in this particular blog post, but it’s Fischer we’re talking about, for Pete’s sake.)

Fischer doesn’t stop there and goes on to argue in favor of shooting all bears on sight. He claims secularism has elevated animal life above human life, which he says will lead to more human deaths because “hapless humans” aren’t willing to get rid of the problem.

It’s time to shoot these man-eaters on sight. Human life is of infinitely more value than the life of a grizzly. If it’s a choice between a man and a grizzly bear, the grizzly bear is going down. Let’s get back to Scripture, and spend less time saving grizzlies and more time protecting creatures made in the image of God.

It’s ironic that Fischer was saying all of this right around the time he was saying this to the New York Times:

I don’t think we are exaggerating the dangers to the country, the culture, the American family. The stakes are as high as they could be.

Actually, yes, you are exaggerating. It doesn’t take too much digging or Googling to find that there are much bigger threats to human life out there. Case in point, cattle. Here is a Centers for Disease Control rundown of the many humans killed by cattle from 2003-2008. And these cattle-related deaths are in ONLY four states.

Where’s the outrage against Bessie, Bryan?