Fisher's comments have been written about extensively in the Idaho blogosphere, no stranger to Fisher's antics, however, something that isn't being written about (either out of ignorance or pure embarrassment) is that Fisher isn't completely gone from this state. No, Bryan Fisher still expresses his misguided views on national politics, religious topics and local events on the Magic Valley radio program of one Zeb Bell.
It seems that Bryan Fisher isn't the only one of Zeb's longtime guests that has a problem with Muslims serving in the military, in fact some of what Fisher has said recently has been vocalized by the David Duke apologist and weekly guest of Bell, Frosty Wooldridge of Denver, Colorado. Frosty Wooldridge's xenophobic writings are plastered all over his own website as well as Zeb Bell's blog. Wooldridge tends to write about illegal immigration nearly as frequently as the rest of us take a breath of air and never are those opinions sympathetic, compassionate or thoughtful. Wooldridge expresses his own blatant racism in a manner that suggests he is never surrounded by anyone who sees a problem with his racism because he is not at all ashamed of the filth that flows from his mouth and his pen.
Since Fisher started making news Friday afternoon, he has not retracted his despicable comments on Muslims in the military. Instead, Fisher has countered the outrage directed at him with another post--this one stating that the military even says that Muslims shouldn't be serving. Fisher, who must think himself some sort of expert on who is fit to serve their country and who isn't, had this to say in his latest piece:
"The only Muslims who can safely serve in our military are those who don't take their religion seriously, because the more devout they become, the more likely they are to go jihad on their comrades in uniform.""Go jihad on their comrades"? The 90's phrase "go postal" has apparently been replaced by the premature conclusion that what happened at Fort Hood was in fact an act of terrorism (rather than an act carried out by a man who wanted nothing more than to be released from the United States military).
While those in parts of the country that had been previously so lucky to avoid exposure to Bryan Fisher are grappling with Fisher's hatred and racism as it hits the national media, those of us in Idaho who put up with Fisher all those years while he forced his particular brand of hate into our communities are just simply glad he isn't our problem anymore.
Of course, we here in this state still choose to ignore certain forms of hate speech spilling into our communities, like that which is broadcast in the Magic Valley daily by KBAR, but we're sure glad Bryan Fisher was Mississippi's problem last week when he decided that referring to a tragedy as "going jihad" on service men and women was acceptable.