“Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever!”
George Wallace 1963 Inaugural Address
Today, it is 2015. We should be well beyond this bigoted phrase. However, we have not passed beyond the world of bigotry and hate. Government officials in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi, among others, have taken up this mantra. The only difference is that they are now wrapping themselves in the hatred of religion. Or, I should probably say they are wrapping themselves in the false Religion of Hate!
Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage was constitutionally protected in all 50 states. Even before this decision, the Religion of Hate was busy passing laws that would deny same-sex couples the right to marry and/or get services from private business to celebrate their marriages.
This Religion of Hate came to us under the so-called “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” laws they passed. According to these laws, if you wish to discriminate against same-sex couples, all you have to do is say “I have a deeply held religious belief” against them. That makes everything perfectly legal for you to discriminate against anyone you wish.
During the Civil Rights era, we heard the same stupid arguments about segregation that we are hearing now about same-sex marriage. It was “God’s Will” that the races be separated. They used that wonderful phrase from the bible that said “each shall seek their own.” It was nothing more than Religion of Hate and it was endorsed by many politicians like George Wallace.
The Attorney General of Texas has openly said that county clerks in his state do not have to issue marriage certificates to same-sex couples if they don’t want to. They are being allowed to break their Oath of Office with his blessing. He even said there are hundreds of lawyers who are willing to defend these oath breakers, many pro-bono. How nice. The Attorney General of Texas, Ken Paxton, has just joined the long list of bigots in political power like George Wallace.
Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee has said that clerks should “resist” this ruling. He is calling for “civil disobedience” by pubic officials because he believes the court “overstepped” its bounds and “created a civil right that does not exist.”
First, the court did not “create” anything. This ruling came about because someone challenged the same-sex marriage ban in their state as being unconstitutional. They argued that these bans denied them “equal protection under the law.” The court simply agreed with their argument and said that the laws banning same-sex marriage were unconstitutional.
Second, there was nothing in the Supreme Court’s ruling that said that ONLY same-sex marriages were protected. They did not ban heterosexual marriages. They did not say that a Roman Catholic Priest MUST marry a same-sex couple. This was a ruling that declared same-sex civil marriages have the same legal rights as heterosexual marriages.
No one lost any civil rights in this case. No one has suffered any harm in this case. No one has been allowed to “attack” Christians in this case. To the contrary, all this case did was ensure same-sex couples have the same civil rights as everyone else.
But, when you subscribe to the Religion of Hate, you are expected to deny civil rights to those terrible “others.” You are expected to be able to deny dignity to people of religions that do not subscribe to the Religion of Hate. You are expected to claim that you are the ones under attack even though you have not been affected at all.
There have been a lot of instances of hate in our country. We have endured the evil of slavery. We have endured the evil of the Jim Crow laws. We have endured bigotry against Catholics, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, and Buddhists. We have seen the Religion of Hate preached from church pulpits and state houses and even the halls of Congress.
The real unfortunate part of this narrative, is that the Republican Party has endorsed this Religion of Hate. Where are the other Republicans bashing their right-wing nuts? Where are the complaints from other Republicans that these members of the Religion of Hate are not speaking for the party? You don’t hear any of that because the party as a whole has endorsed, and placed its political future, with the Religion of Hate.
The Religion of Hate says that marriage was defined by God as between one man and one woman. A few weeks ago, I saw a church sign at an Episcopal Church, I don’t remember where it was located, that read:
There are thousands of Christians that are homosexual. Get over it! God
We need to see more signs like that one.
All of this hate speech from people like Paxton, Cruz, Gohmert, Huckabee, Jindal, and the rest of the so-called “Christian Right” only proves how un-Christian these nuts are. They do not subscribe to the religion of Christianity. They do not subscribe to any religion that teaches tolerance and love. No, they are the new purveyors of the Religion of Hate.
Even non-believers know that Jesus taught love. He taught tolerance. He taught not to judge others. His was a religion of peace, tolerance, and love. Three things that were basically unheard of at the time. That is why I can say absolutely that Conservative Christians are NOT Christians at all.
They are simply bigots, racists, and haters. They are nothing more, and nothing less. That is the religion they want to force on everyone else. As the song said:
Go ahead and hate your neighbor. Go ahead and cheat a friend. Do it in the name of heaven. You can justify it in the end. There won’t be any trumpets blowing, come the judgment day.
Is there anything more evil than the Conservative Christian’s “Religion of Hate?”