Bryan Fischer: The First Amendment Only Applies To Christians, Doesn’t Protect Other Religions From Persecution

In yet another outrageous and twisted interpretation of the Constitution, hate group American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer wrote that states have the right to persecute other religions because the First Amendment only applies to Christians.

In a column for, Fischer railed against the decision of an Orange County School District in Florida to return to the adherence of the separation of church and state after the Satanic Temple fought to hand out religious materials of its own to students after the school decided to let conservative “Christians” pass out Bibles and other Christian materials. Now the school is religion-free once again, much to the chagrin of Fischer.

Fischer wrote that the Satanic Temple’s interpretation of the Constitution is a distortion of the First Amendment because the Founding Fathers allegedly meant for religious freedom to apply only to Christians, while allowing states to persecute all others. Fischer wrote:

This incident serves as a prime example of how the gross distortion of the First Amendment is destroying religious liberty and turning Christian literature into the educational equivalent of pornography, something that is considered so toxic it must be kept from the eyes of inquisitive students.

I have written on numerous occasions that the purpose of the First Amendment… was only to protect the free exercise of the Christian faith and to prevent the selection and designation of one Christian denomination as the official church of the United States.

But because low-information educators have so mangled our history, and activist judges have so mangled our Constitution, most Americans, even educated ones, do not understand this basic fact about the First Amendment: that by the word “religion” in the First Amendment, the Founders meant only the various expressions of Christianity… The regulation of every other form of religious expression is reserved to the states, who then have complete latitude to restrain or permit religious expression as they see fit.

In reality, nowhere in the Constitution will you find any words or language that substantiates Fischer’s ridiculous claims. You will not find any mention of God, Jesus, the Bible, or of Christianity itself. Instead, the Founders used the word “religion” as a blanket to include ALL religions and the lack thereof. The Constitution makes everyone equal under the law, no matter what you believe. That means it is unconstitutional to persecute ANYONE for their religious beliefs. Even George Washington understood that the First Amendment protects all religions:

“If I could conceive that the general government might ever be so administered as to render the liberty of conscience insecure, I beg you will be persuaded, that no one would be more zealous than myself to establish effectual barriers against the horrors of spiritual tyranny, and every species of religious persecution.”
~Founding Father George Washington, letter to the United Baptist Chamber of Virginia, May 1789

The same sentiments were expressed by John Adams as well:

“We should begin by setting conscience free. When all men of all religions shall enjoy equal liberty, property, and an equal chance for honors and power we may expect that improvements will be made in the human character and the state of society.”
~Founding FatherJohn Adams, letter to Dr. Price, April 8, 1785

The intent of the Founding Fathers is even stated in a treaty with Tripolo that was passed unanimously in the Senate and signed by Adams in 1797:

“The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion… The United States is not a Christian nation any more than it is a Jewish or a Mohammedan (Muslim) nation.”

The same can be said of James Madison, who wrote:

“I have ever regarded the freedom of religious opinions and worship as equally belonging to every sect.”
~James Madison, letter to Mordecai Noah, May 15, 1818

And there are many other quotes by Founding Fathers that plainly contradict what Fischer claims to be the truth.

So who are you going to believe? Bryan Fischer, or the people who wrote and enforced the Constitution in the first place?