Responsible for Equality And Liberty (R.E.A.L.) supports our universal human rights of freedom of religion, freedom of conscience, and freedom of worship for ALL people — without exception. We reject protests against houses of worship. We reject violence and attacks on houses of worship, and the continuing coast-to-coast protests against mosques around America today.
Christian Conservative leader Bryan Fischer, with the American Family Association (AFA), is calling for an end to all new mosques in the United States of America.
At the AFA website, Bryan Fischer has an article “No more mosques, period,” which states that “Permits should not be granted to build even one more mosque in the United States of America.”
Bryan Fischer has made the same appeal to deny mosques in America on his radio program and on YouTube, stating that “permits should not be granted to build one more mosque in America, not one.”
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), “The AFA’s founder, the Rev. Don Wildmon, has made dozens of highly controversial statements, including the claim that ‘anti-Christian’ material on TV is a result of the media being largely controlled by Jews who work to undermine Christianity.”
CBS News reports that: “Fischer is the AFA’s director of Issue Analysis for Government and Public Policy. The AFA is a conservative Christian group that been in the news before for taking a number of extreme positions — for instance, earlier this year Fischer called for Tilikum, the SeaWorld orca that thrashed its trainer to death, to be killed according to Biblical rules. In 2005, the AFA finally ended its boycott of Disney, which it kept of for nine years to protest the company’s erosion of moral values. The AFA operates nearly 200 radio stations across the country under the American Family Radio banner and sometimes features congressmen on its shows. Reps. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.), for instance, were recent guests of one show. Fischer is listed as an invited speaker at the Values Voter Summit next month, along with Rep. Michele Bachmann, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, among others.”
The Values Voter Summit is scheduled for Friday through Sunday on September 17 through the 19 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. In addition to the AFA, it is co-sponsored by the Family Research Council, American Values, the Heritage Foundation, Liberty University, and The O’Leary Report. Conservative commentators Lou Dobbs, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Michelle Malkin, Laura Inghram, Sarah Palin, as well as representatives from the Wall Street Journal and the Tea Party Express will be in attendance.
International Business Times also reports about the Values Voter Summit that “Three of the scheduled speakers are current elected U.S. lawmakers – Sen. Jim DeMint, R-SC, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-MN and Rep. Mike Pence, R-IN – each of whom has taken an oath to uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution, which includes upholding the First Amendment protections to religion, the same protections Fischer would deny to Muslims. None of the three lawmakers responded to inquiries asking specifically if they knew Fischer was a scheduled speaker, if they knew of his views on mosques and Muslims, if they supported his views, or if they thought they were legitimizing his views by appearing at the same event with Fischer.”
Responsible for Equality and Liberty (R.E.A.L.) is deeply concerned about the escalation of intolerance and hate that we seeing growing across America towards Muslims and Islamic mosques. We will be announcing plans to hold a freedom of religion, freedom of worship, and freedom of conscience event on September 11 at 2 PM in Freedom Plaza in Washington DC to give Americans an opportunity to publicly show their support for such freedoms. We will have more information in a few days at 911Freedom.com.
Responsible for Equality and Liberty (R.E.A.L.) supports our universal human rights to freedom of religion, freedom of worship, and freedom of conscience for all people of all faiths, including the freedom of religion supported under Article 1 of the United States Constitution. Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.”
We urge those who promote hate and intolerance to unburden the hate from their hearts.
We urge all to Choose Love, Not Hate. Love Wins.