Most people know the well-worn maxim that defines insanity as repeating the same action over and over again, while expecting a different result.
What should one call it when the chief spokesman for a preeminent ultra-conservative “pro-family” organization publishes a collection of falsehoods which are soundly debunked, who then responds by repeating the disproved allegations, only to have them thrashed again – and then, 11 months later, republishes the exact same nonsense, unchanged and unmitigated?
We call it proof that Bryan Fischer, director of issues analysis for the American Family Association (AFA), has lost meaningful contact with the world around him.
Mark Potok, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project, was in AFA’s home town of Tupelo, Miss., Monday to present an SPLC investigative report about Fischer. Due largely to Fischer’s relentless gushing of hateful and insulting speech against LGBT people (also here), Muslims (also here, here and here), blacks, immigrants, Native Americans (also here) and others, the SPLC lists AFA as a hate group.
Apparently irked by Potok’s scheduled presentation, Fischer posted a blog suggesting that the SPLC itself should be classified as a hate group, because the “10 Myths” about LGBT people SPLC wrote about in the November 2010 edition of its Intelligence Report magazine were in fact, 10 truths.
They aren’t. We made that clear in a Dec. 2, 2010, article pointing out that Fischer built his rejoinder on discredited, misrepresented and outdated research. Undaunted, Fischer published another post, restating the same arguments and using the same discredited research, and going further: This time, he mischaracterized what our original “10 Myths” article said. So we called him out again in a Dec. 20 post, pointing out how Fischer was attempting to use a new batch of lies to justify his earlier crop.
Silly us, thinking that laying out the truth should settle the matter. Imagine our surprise Monday when, like the cinema demon that just won’t die, Fischer’s long-disproven anti-gay rant surfaced again. Bryan Fischer evidently believes that all it takes to fool his followers is for him to successfully fool himself into believing that demonstrable lies can masquerade as the truth.
Yes, the mental instability of Mr. Fischer.
So, Mr. Fischer, in addition to this well-known quote:
“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.”
Here are some more for your day’s edification:
“We are in the process of creating what deserves to be called the idiot culture. Not an idiot sub-culture, which every society has bubbling beneath the surface and which can provide harmless fun; but the culture itself. For the first time, the weird and the stupid and the coarse are becoming our cultural norm, even our cultural ideal.”
Carl Bernstein, U.S. journalist. Guardian (London, June 3, 1992)
“What luck for rulers that men do not think.”
“Earth is an insane asylum, to which the other planets deport their lunatics.”
Voltaire, in Memnon the Philosopher
“Sometimes I think that the greatest sign that there is intelligent life somewhere in the universe is that it hasn’t tried to contact us yet.”
Bill Watterson, “Calvin and Hobbes”
You probably figure if you state something over and over again, that will make it true.
But, the biggest insanity are those who follow you.
God knows what Adler, Jung, Horney, or even Freud ccould have done with their mental state.