Last Friday, Indian Country Media columnist, Steven Newcomb, blasted Bryan Fischer’s column on Native Americans calling it an “ugly article” and saying that it contained “thinly veiled race-purity arguments.”
In other words, the very narrative that Mr. Fischer uses as his standard of judgment against American Indians is a dehumanizing genocidal narrative; that basis alone disqualifies it from being any kind of moral standard of judgment against anyone.
Earlier the Native American Rights Fund said Fischer’s article was “not worth dignifying with comment.”
Expanding on Newcomb’s criticisms, I believe that Fischer’s use of the Old Testament stories involving the promised land as a template for justifying the European conquest of the native peoples here is theologically and morally flawed. His newer article on Pocahontas suffers from a stunning confirmation bias in that only facts consistent with his narrow thesis are presented. I think Mark Noll’s comments in his book on the history of Christianity in the US provide excellent rebuttal to Fischer’s supremacist theory:
Despite the fact that the Cherokees had adapted to American ways with remarkable skill, the removal proceeded with ruthless finality. The missionaries, who had come to the Native Americans as bearers of civilization as well as of Christianity, faced a terrible dilemma. They now were forced to watch their country, supposedly the embodiment of Christian civilization, turn violently against a people that had responded to their message.
Some in the AFA have criticized Fischer but the Pocahontas article remains up on the AFA blog. One can quibble about whether Fischer speaks for the AFA but they are allowing revisionist history about one of the most painful episodes in our history to go unchallenged.
Other posts on this topic:
Bryan Fischer speaks with forked tongue – 2/22/11
AFA divided over Bryan Fischer’s views on Native Americans – 2/14/11
Bryan Fischer explains why the AFA pulled his column on Native Americans – 2/11/11
Native American group: Bryan Fischer’s article “not worth dignifying” – 2/10/11
AFA removes article at odds with Bryan Fischer on Native Americans; Update: Original article also removed – 2/10/11
Bryan Fischer prefers European depravity to the native kind – 2/8/11