Separated at Birth

by Jose Medina

Has anyone ever seen the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer and Dallas First Baptist Church Pastor Robert Jeffress together in the same room at the same time? No, I’m not implying that one is Clark Kent and that the other is Superman. What I’m saying is, well, this:

“Because my argument all along has been that the purpose of the First Amendment is to protect the free exercise of the Christian
religion.” — Bryan Fischer

“However, the fact that our Constitution demands that everyone have the freedom to embrace any religious beliefs, or no religious beliefs, does not mean that the government cannot demonstrate a preference for Christianity.” — Robert Jeffress

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-R0GYhsX-o8&w=205&h=144] [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lf5hE_e6iiM&w=210&h=144]

The similarities don’t stop at claiming the First Amendment is for Christians only. Both men have called Mormonism a cult. Both are also virulently anti-Islam and anti-gay. And both are pro-Gov. Rick Perry. Really, they’re the same guy except one has a congregation and the other has radio listeners. Oh, and we still don’t know how Jeffress feels about bears, so we may have another difference there.

And to put any doubts to rest, here they are in the same room together going after Mitt Romney and Mormonism. So, no, neither one is Superman:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdbVku7zDhQ]

The point is this: Many may have been surprised by Jeffress’ endorsement of Gov. Perry and appalled at the pastor’s extremist rhetoric. In reality, Jeffress is just the latest from the far right to embrace Gov. Perry, with Perry only more than happy to embrace that person right back.

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