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Dr. Warren Throckmorton Christian Blog and Commentary

Does the American Family Association agree with Bryan Fischer about Native Americans?

  • Warren Throckmorton, PhD
    Warren Throckmorton, PhD is Associate Professor of Psychology and Fellow for Psychology and Public Policy at Grove City College (PA). He co-founded the Golden Rule Pledge which advocates bullying prevention in evangelical churches. His academic articles have been published by journals of the American Psychological Association and he is past president of the American Mental Health Counselors Association. He is the author with fellow Grove City College professor, Michael Coulter, of the book, Getting Jefferson Right: Fact Checking Claims About Our Third President. Over 200 newspapers have published his columns. He can be reached at ewthrockmorton@gcc.edu.
  • 2011 Feb 28
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I fully realize there are bigger fish to fry than how Bryan Fischer continues to make the strong case for the American Family Association's place on the Southern Poverty Law Center's list of hate groups. However, my mind keeps going back to this matter.

I struggle with the fact that in 2011, Christianity is known for what it is against more than what it is for. I am really disillusioned with the conservative church as represented by religious right advocacy groups. In fact, of late, when Bryan Fischer speaks about most things, people run from Christianity. My brothers and sisters, this should not be so.

I struggle with the fact that the American Family Association refuses to be accountable for the statements of people they promote on the radio and their websites. The disclaimer they list on Bryan Fischer's columns reads:

(Unless otherwise noted, the opinions expressed are the author's and do not necessarily reflect the views of the American Family Association or American Family Radio.)

 

However, when I asked the AFA if they agreed with this statement from Bryan Fischer, they have not answered.

Had the other indigenous people followed her [Pocahontas] example, their assimilation into what became America could have been seamless and bloodless. Sadly, it was not to be. 

 

Last Thursday, I started calling AFA to discern if this was one of the issues which reflect the views of the AFA. I think the group's leaders might since they took down the first article on Native Americans but then allowed Fischer's article on Pocahontas with the above statement in it. Does this self-styled Christian organization really believe that Native Americans didn't have enough converts to avoid the Trail of Tears? And how can we know since they won't answer a simple question?