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Bryan Fischer Needs To Do His Homework

Aside from having the worst blog formatting that I've ever seen, the American Family Association's Bryan Fischer also has some of the worst notions that I've ever seen. Courtesy of James Joyner at OTB, here is Mr. Fischer arguing that our President wants to "give the entire landmass of the United States back to the Indians". Yes. He argues this:
President Obama likes the “U.N. Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples.” He says it can “help reaffirm the principles that should guide our future.”

The State Department added helpfully that although the declaration is not legally binding, it “carries considerable moral and political force and complements the president’s ongoing efforts to address historical inequities faced by indigenous communities in the United States.”

This declaration - which carries”considerable moral and political force,” don’t forget - contains this little gem of a paragraph, in Article 26:

“Indigenous peoples have the right to the lands, territories and resources which they have traditionally owned, occupied or otherwise used or acquired,” and nations “shall give legal recognition and protection to these lands, territories and resources.”

In other words, President Obama wants to give the entire land mass of the United States of America back to the Indians. He wants Indian tribes to be our new overlords.

The Bush administration rejected this proposal in 2007, on the common sense grounds that it would give a sub-national group veto power over the laws enacted by a democratic legislature.

I see no reason why the president, after he leaves office, can’t submit himself to the authority of any Indian tribe he wants to. Perhaps he figures that, as an adopted Crow Indian, he will be the new chief over this revived Indian empire.

But for the other 312 million of us, I think we’ll settle for our constitutional “We the people” form of government, thank you very much.
My emphasis, for what I would think are obvious reasons.

Now, I don't normally make it a habit to quote entire articles -- but I made an exception in this case so that I could properly highlight the amazing stupidity which Mr. Fischer is so kindly demonstrating.

James Joyner does a great job of digging up the much-more-reasonable truth:
Recall that the United Nations is a body chartered under the principle of state sovereignty. The people who passed this Declaration are representatives of its 192 member states. Rather clearly, then, the Declaration was not intended to give non-state actors – indigenous groups living inside state borders — power over states. Thus far, 143 countries have voted in favor.

Another clue in this regard is that the Declaration was issued by the UN General Assembly. It’s quite literally nothing more than a debating society. Each of the 192 states has equal voting power and the right to bring up matters. But anything passed by the assembly is nothing more than a recommendation. Indeed, that’s what the State Department announcement [PDF here] meant when it stated “The United States supports the Declaration which–while not legally binding or a statement of current international law–has both moral and political force.
So, it doesn't count! But, given Bryan Fischer's logic, if Mr. Obama gets his way, we will all be wearing stereotypical headdresses and doing Indian rain-dances.

Oh wait, that's not at all what the President has said.

It seems to me that Mr. Fischer needs to do a little bit more research about this topic. Maybe.