Bryan Fischer really hates it when animals attack. Like, hates it so much that he thinks we’d be better off without them.
Which is why Fischer, who is the “Director of Issues Analysis” for the conservative Christian group the American Family Association, wrote a blog post today called “A hot dog on two legs – time for open season on Yellowstone grizzlies,” in which he refers to Grizzly Bears as a “curse” and says that “it’s time” for the grizzlies to go.
Does Stephen Colbert know about this guy?Fischer posted the piece on his “Rightly Concerned” blog, which is “a project of the American Family Association.”
He references a November 6 article in the Los Angeles Times about the high death toll of bears in the Yellowstone region this year, which the article says is the worst on record. Fischer’s point is that the piece “exudes far more compassion for live bears than dead people,” since the two people who died from grizzly attacks only warrant a fifth-paragraph mention.
“One human being is worth more than an infinite number of grizzly bears,” Fischer writes. “Another way to put it is that there is no number of live grizzlies worth one dead human being. If it’s a choice between grizzlies and humans, the grizzlies have to go. And it’s time.”
He continues: “Of course there is a simple answer: shoot these man-eaters on sight.”
“God makes it clear in Scripture that deaths of people and livestock at the hands of savage beasts is a sign that the land is under a curse. The tragic thing here is that we are bringing this curse upon ourselves,” Fischer writes.
Fischer is a favorite of social conservative Republicans, and even spoke at the Values Voter summit this fall alongside Mitt Romney, Jim DeMint, and other big-name Republicans. Many also know him for having suggested that there should be “no more mosques, period” in the U.S. because “every single mosque is a potential terror training center or recruitment center for jihad.”
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But Fischer also has a history of outrage over animal attacks. He was furious that the killer whale Tilikum killed a trainer at SeaWorld Orlando in February, because it’s just part of the “ongoing failure of the West to take counsel on practical matters from the Scripture.”
“If the counsel of the Judeo-Christian tradition had been followed, Tillikum would have been put out of everyone’s misery back in 1991 and would not have had the opportunity to claim two more human lives,” he wrote at the time.
h/t Right Wing Watch.