In a recent interview, Dr. Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the Southern Baptist Convention told the Wall Street Journal it’s time for evangelicals to tone down the rhetoric and pull back from politics and the culture war, specifically pertaining to what he calls a "visceral recoil" among younger evangelicals on such topics as abortion and homosexuality.
"We are involved in the political process," he is quoted as saying, "but we must always be wary of being co-opted by it."
Naturally, this did not sit well with many of the authoritarian lunatics who receive frequent mention on this column. Chief among them being Bryan Fischer, whose recurring bigotry and conspiracy theories have made him one of the top record holders for most mentions on this column.
In an American Family Association blog, Fischer writes that "one man's 'pullback' is another's 'full scale retreat'."
"Conservative Catholics are already expressing alarm at Pope Francis's rebuke of the Church for being 'obsessed' with issues such as the sanctity of human life and the sanctity of marriage," Fischer writes. "If the SBC were also to abandon the field of cultural conflict, as Moore seems determined to do, the two largest organized religious bodies in the United States will have ceded the field and the contest to our adversaries in the battle over societal values.
"The Journal notes that Richard Land, whom Moore has replaced as head of the ERLC, unhesitatingly spoke of a 'radical homosexual agenda.' Moore instead warns conservatives that gays and lesbians are not part of an 'evil conspiracy'."
As is the tradition for Fischer, he proceeds to use Dr. Moore's remarks as the foundation for another massive conspiracy theory.
"While most homosexuals aren't in some kind of sinister partnership with nefarious forces, the same cannot be said of homosexual activists," Fischer alleges. "Wikipedia lists no less than 72 groups in the United States alone whose mission is to normalize the 'infamous crime against nature,' to demand special rights on the basis of aberrant sexual behavior, to radically redefine marriage and the family, and to demonize pro-family organizations as 'hate groups' for disagreeing with them.
"The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) are in fact part of an evil conspiracy to celebrate behavior that according to Romans 1 is 'contrary to nature,' consists of 'shameless acts' and causes participants to 'receiv(e)...in themselves the due penalty for their error.'
Or maybe they just wish Bryan Fischer and co. would stop getting massive sticks up their asses about everything. Compared to what Fischer just suggested, would that really be so farfetched?