There was another senseless attack in France last night. A truck driver deliberately drove his rig into a mass of people trying to kill as many as he could. This is obviously an act of terrorism. At last count at least 80 people died in this attack.
It was a senseless attack during a fireworks display for Bastille Day celebrations. We don’t know yet if it was a planned attack from some group like ISIS or a “lone wolf” attack by someone who wanted his 15 minutes of fame. In either case, terrorism is always at the heart of such attacks.
The truck driver was Tunisian. That automatically makes conservatives rail against Muslims, again, as being the only terrorists in the world. But, Newt Gingrich, the former Speaker of the House who lost his position due to ethics violations, has the answer for America. Gingrich said:
“Western civilization is in a war. We should frankly test every person here who is of a Muslim background and if they believe in Sharia they should be deported. Sharia is incompatible with Western civilization.
When he was called out for his comments about “having a test” for Muslims, he blamed the “hysterical” media for his blunder. A typical conservative answer for anytime they screw up. However, the real problem is over this so-called “sharia law” that conservatives hate so much.
According to conservative fear mongering, sharia law is something that is forced on a population and if you disagree with anything to do with Islam, you are killed. That is the type of practice is only followed by “radical Muslims” and not the entire Muslim population.
But, if you really want a comparison as to what it really is, all you need do is look at some of the laws being passed by Republican controlled state legislatures right here in America. The whole anti-same-sex marriage issue is nothing more than forcing “religious beliefs” on the rest of society.
The anti-abortion issue is nothing more than forcing “religious beliefs” on the rest of society. The mess over transgender’s use of bathrooms is nothing but forcing “religious beliefs” on the rest of society. In a word, the Conservative Christian Right’s agenda is nothing more than a Christian form of sharia law.
I would like to ask Mr. Gingrich what makes these laws “compatible” with western civilization? From where I sit, they are not “compatible” with western society and if you want to have “tests” for Muslims and deport any of them who believe in sharia law, you must also have similar tests for Christians and if any of them are in favor of these laws, they also should be deported.
And, the Conservative Christian Right knows I am right. They even argue “if you think our laws are stringent, look at what ISIS is doing to gays”. Meaning, they know that their laws are not “compatible” with western civilization but don’t care they wish to force them on us anyway.
So, why should we allow any of them to stay in this country? Why should they be allowed to force “their” religious beliefs on us? Why isn’t Mr. Gingrich, the several times married Mr. Gingrich, not calling Conservative Christians “incompatible” with western civilization?
The answer is very simple. We received it today on Twitter from non other than that great lover of all people Donald Trump. He announced via twitter that his choice for Vice President of the United States of America is a woman hating, gay hating bigot from Indiana named Mike Pence.
You know Mike Pence. He was the one who signed one of the very first anti-gay law in Indiana as Governor. Yes, he backed away slightly when “western civilization” raised up against him. But, he has not backed off of discriminating against gays anyway he can. He is still in favor of forcing his Christian form of Sharia Law on the rest of society.
I am not surprised that a misogynist pig like Donald Trump would choose another misogynist pig like Mike Pence as his running mate. It also speaks volumes about the lies he tells about how he supports gays.
Western civilization as Mr. Gingrich likes to call it is supposed to be a democratic way of life that guarantees freedoms and liberties to ALL citizens. Not just the ones you like. In a normal political party there would be no place for even the mention of such “tests”. But, in our current Republican Party you must pass a “religious test” just to be a member.
If you don’t pass the test imposed by the Conservative Christian Right, you are not a Republican nor are you a Christian. Sorry, but that sounds an awful lot like sharia law to me. Not to mention it is unconstitutional. But then, according to Republicans, the Constitution is just a piece of paper you can pick-and-choose from just like they do with the Bible.