Anti-Gay Activist Bryan Fischer: I Was Born This Way
Imagine, for a second, the KKK passing out flyers with the words "We Shall Overcome" in the year following the passage of the 1968 Civil Rights Act. Fast forward nearly 50-years and you have a similarly surreal scenario courtesy of anti-gay activist Bryan Fischer, who has co-opted the pro-LGBTQ "Born This Way" theme to support bigotry.
Speaking about the possibility that anti-gay Christians have fewer rights than LGBT Americans, the homophobic activist said:
“I think, actually, that’s a good argument. The way I am, I was born this way. And you know, you think about it…who would choose, at this time in our nation’s history, to be a Christian?
“You’re ridiculed. You’re mocked. You’re made fun of. You get fired … I mean, who would choose a lifestyle where you are the unending subject of ridicule, mockery, and contempt by liberals in society, by elites, by professors, on the media, by politicians? Who’s going to choose that? So our defense is, hey, I was born that way.”
“I think that most of us have an instinctive, I think revulsion is not too strong of a word, to the act of homosexuality, what actually happens when homosexuals come together and engage in sexual congress. We look at that and there is just an inner revulsion to that.
“God has the same reaction that you and I do but that instinctive revulsion that we have when we think about homosexuality, I was born that way.”
It won't work. Homophobes can steal fragments of our civil rights playbook like our songs penned in the name of equality or our rainbow (like this devious pastor), but that just proves they're missing the entire point: it was always much, much deeper than these simple avatars representing our fight for love. The real reason we won the fight and anti-gay bigots like Bryan Fischer lost is because humanity woke up to the reality that people like him -- born as far from Jesus's image as they could possibly be -- can no longer subjugate and demonize their gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans family, friends and neighbors. We won the fight not by singing Lady Gaga or waving rainbow flags, but by changing hearts and minds and helping our straight brothers and sisters wake up to the gross inequality we faced at the hands of Fischer and his ilk. You lost, Bryan. You should be singing your swan song instead.