Demonizing and promoting discrimination against LGBT people is one of the overriding obsessions of the right in America today. That was even more true this year, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution protects the right of same-sex couples to marry and local and state governments debated whether to protect LGBT people from discrimination. This is Part II of the things we heard from the right about LGBT people this year. (Click here for previous posts on what we heard from the right in 2015.)
“If you’re going to attribute the flooding in Texas to some kind of supernatural cause, you can make a geographical connection between the flooding and the practice of the occult and witchcraft and the embrace of homosexuality. That’s where the disaster is being felt the worse.”
– Religious-right radio host Bryan Fischer, agreeing with a caller who blamed heavy spring flooding in Texas on the Lone Star State allowing “witchcraft and sodomy” to “run rampant.”
“Sex also means gender identification. Title IX, which is what all the colleges use for sports, it goes out the door as well. So all your locker rooms now become one locker room, you can’t distinguish between male… Read More
The only issue that matches the far right’s obsession with gay sex is abortion. Let’s take a look at what we heard from the right this year about women and reproductive health care. The right’s contempt for women (including from other women!) was evident in other areas as well. (Click here for previous posts on what we heard from the right in 2015.)
“People ask me all the time. ‘Well, I just don’t understand why God wouldn’t protect our nation and he would allow these radical Muslims in 2001 to kill 3,000 of our citizens and why God doesn’t protect us. Surely, God doesn’t use pagans to bring judgment upon his own people, does he?’ Just read the Bible. God will not allow sin to go unpunished and he certainly won’t allow the sacrifice of children to go unpunished.”
– Dallas megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress, suggesting that the horrific terrorist attacks on 9/11 were God’s judgment on America for legal abortion.
“To find out that this culture of death is now leading to the sale — this is no different than what happened in Nazi Germany. No different than doing the experiments on the old men and old women… Read More
Education continues to be a major battleground in the religious right’s culture wars. If they’re not trying to destroy public education, religious righters are trying to use it instead to indoctrinate students in right-wing ideology. Here’s some of what we heard from the right on this issue in 2015. (Click here for previous posts on what we heard from the right in 2015.)
“We have a monstrosity, a monopoly. It’s called public school.”
– Texas state Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels, explaining her support for voucher legislation that would shift public funding to private and religious schools.
“(W)e are experimenting at great cost to taxpayers with a program that removes our young children from homes and half-day religious preschools and mothers’ day out programs to a Godless environment…”
– In a letter from Tea Party activists on Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s special “Grassroots Advisory Board,” arguing that proposed legislation for pre-K classes would lead Texas kids to Godless socialism.
“Could the IB program in an American public school classroom be at the heart of America’s continuing move to the left?
– MerryLynn Gerstenschlager of Texas Eagle Forum, worrying that the widely respected International Baccalaureate… Read More
Religious-right activists have been chipping away at the wall separating church and state for decades. Now we hear elected officials who are just as shameful in their attacks on this fundamental protection for religious freedom in America. Indeed, their own words reveal a depth of support for religious freedom that’s almost paper thin. Here’s what we heard from the right on this issue in 2015. (Click here for previous posts on what we heard from the right in 2015.)
“We declare this state to be the sovereign territory of Jesus Christ.”
– A pastor at speaking at the religious right’s Texas Faith and Family Day during the legislative session in Austin.
“[R]esolve to withstand the onslaught of moral evil and the overreach of federal judges who ignore the will of the people of our great state.”
– John Greene, pastor of Lufkin Harmony Hill Baptist Church, offering a prayer to open a daily session of the Texas House of Representatives in February. Politicized prayers like this one led some House members to insist that those asked to pray at the beginning of each day’s session respect the diverse religious and political beliefs of the members (and of Texans generally).… Read More
The anti-Muslim hysteria on the right got especially venomous this year in large part because some politicians appear to believe they have more to gain by demonizing and attacking Muslims than in standing up for the fundamental American and constitutional principle of religious freedom. And, of course, right-wingers almost couldn’t help themselves in linking their hatred of Muslims to hatred of President Obama. Click here for previous posts on what we heard from the right in 2015.
“Go home and take Obama with you.”
– A sign held by a protester upset that a Muslim group was holding a conference in the North Texas city of Garland.
“I did leave an Israeli flag on the reception desk in my office with instructions to staff to ask representatives from the Muslim community to renounce Islamic terrorist groups and publicly announce allegiance to America and our laws. We will see how long they stay in my office.”
– Texas state Rep. Molly White, R-Belton, explaining in a Facebook post how she wanted her staff to treat any Muslims who visited her office on Texas Muslim Capitol Day in January.
“Islam will never dominate the United States and by the grace of… Read More