Religious right leader says "Modern Family" is like "poison"

Bryan Fischer is deeply worried that the hit ABC sitcom is destroying America from within

Published March 27, 2014 8:01PM (EDT)

Bryan Fischer             (AP/Troy Maben)
Bryan Fischer (AP/Troy Maben)

Calling into the Kevin Miller's right-wing radio show, the American Family Association's Bryan Fischer — sworn enemy of grizzly bears everywhere — railed against ABC's hit sitcom "Modern Family" for portraying a well-adjusted, happy same-sex couple and thus, in Fischer's telling, adding "a little bit of poison" into the American cultural bloodstream.

"What's illustrated [by 'Modern Family'] is the way that the media influences the way that people think about life," Fischer explained. "The portrait there that's being presented is designed to make you think that same-sex households are wonderful, they're loving, this is paradise, this is the optimum nurturing environment for children," Fischer continued, "to make you think that heterosexual marriage is bondage, it's dreary, it's gloomy, and we know that the social research indicates exactly the opposite."

"You know, that's the danger," Fischer said. "It's just like getting a little bit of poison over a long period of time, eventually getting enough accumulation in there where it can be kind of lethal to the organism. And I think that's what you're seeing with a lot of this programming. It has to do with kind of the basic view of morality and marriage and life and family that people have. It's very corrosive; people are just watching TV to be entertained, not realizing that their view of life is being twisted in a way that's very harmful to them and harmful to our culture."

Despite the worries of Fischer and other social conservatives like him, however, it turns out that many Republicans aren't nearly so worried about the effects of "Modern Family." In fact, according to a 2010 study, Republicans list the show among their favorites! Perhaps now that they know they're slowly introducing poison into their bodies, by watching a show that (mostly) treats a same-sex couple as if it were the same as any other couple, they'll reconsider.

You can listen to Fischer's rant below, via Right Wing Watch:

By Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is a former Salon staff writer.

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