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Bryan Fischer: Constitutional freedom of religion is exclusive to Christianity

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Like many mouthpieces of the Religious Right infotainment industry, Bryan Fischer believes freedom of religion is a right exclusive to Christians.

Like many, he has taken issue with an effort by the Satanic Temple to erect their own monument across from Oklahoma's controversial Ten Commandments monument.

According to Fischer, the Satanic Temple does not have the same rights as the religious authoritarians who approved the T.C. monument because, when the founders of this nation used the word "religion," what they really meant was "Christianity."

"If by 'religion,'" said Fischer, "the founders, and the founders of the state of Oklahoma, meant Christianity, then you can ban a monument to Satan because that's not Christianity ... You can say 'no, we're not going to let you do it. Our Constitution protects the free exercise of the Christian religion; yours is not a Christian expression, we're not going to have that monument.' If we don't understand the word 'religion' to mean Christianity as the founders intended it, then we have no way to stop Islam, we have no way to stop Satanism, we have no way to stop any other sort of sinister religion practice that might creep onto the fruited plains."

Of course, there is one very obvious problem with Fischer's argument: The founders never once said "Christianity." In fact, the founders were very clear that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion."

This is the inconvenient truth that Bryan Fischer has spent his entire career desperately trying to get people to ignore.

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