Saturday, June 27, 2015

GOP Candidates Rush to Prostitute Themselves to Gay Haters

The hysteria on the far right over yesterday's ruling has been off the charts and in some cases so insane as to be almost comical.  I continue to wonder how individuals become so insane and unhinged from objective reality and at times believe that clinging to fundamentalist religious beliefs, not homosexuality, is the true clinical mental illness.  Equally remarkable has been the rush by Republican candidates - especially at the presidential level - to utterly prostitute themselves to Christofascists elements of the GOP base - a group that I increasingly see as the forces of evil.  With the 2016 general election still over 16 months away and thus time for people to become more accustomed to nationwide gay marriage, some of this political whores may be screwing themselves over in the longer term.  Right Wing Watch has a collection of the both the batshit crazy Christofascist comments and of the pandering political whores.  Here are highlights:

[T]the Supreme Court ruled that state bans on same-sex marriage were unconstitutional, effectively legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states.

Needless to say, anti-gay Religious Right activists and Republican politicians who have repeatedly warned that such a ruling would literally destroy America have not reacted well, as exemplified by Bryan Fischer, who fired off a series of tweets declaring that Satan is now dancing in the streets of America.

Anti-gay Republican presidential hopefuls were quick to weigh in:

Mike Fuckabee Huckabee:  "The Supreme Court has spoken with a very divided voice on something only the Supreme Being can do-redefine marriage. I will not acquiesce to an imperial court any more than our Founders acquiesced to an imperial British monarch. We must resist and reject judicial tyranny, not retreat. . . . the court cannot write a law, even though some cowardly politicians will wave the white flag and accept it without realizing that they are failing their sworn duty to reject abuses from the court. If accepted by Congress and this President, this decision will be a serious blow to religious liberty, which is the heart of the First Amendment."

Bobby Jindal:  Governor Jindal said, “The Supreme Court decision today conveniently and not surprisingly follows public opinion polls, and tramples on states’ rights that were once protected by the 10th Amendment of the Constitution. Marriage between a man and a woman was established by God, and no earthly court can alter that. . . . . This ruling must not be used as pretext by Washington to erode our right to religious liberty. 

Rick Santorum: Today, five unelected justices decided to redefine the foundational unit that binds together our society without public debate or input. Now is the people’s opportunity respond because the future of the institution of marriage is too important to not have a public debate.  I will stand for the preservation of religious liberty and conscience, to believe what you are called to believe free from persecution. And I will ensure that the people will have a voice in decisions that impact the rock upon which our civilization is built.”

Scott Walker: I believe this Supreme Court decision is a grave mistake. Five unelected judges have taken it upon themselves to redefine the institution of marriage, an institution that the author of this decision acknowledges “has been with us for millennia.” . . . . the only alternative left for the American people is to support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to reaffirm the ability of the states to continue to define marriage.

Anti-gay Religious Right organizations, like the Family Research Council, likewise vowed never to accept this ruling.

“We will not lapse into silence but will continue to speak uncompromisingly for the truth about what marriage is, always has been, and always will be: the union of one man and one woman,” concluded [white supremacist] Tony Perkins.

Concerned Bitches Women For America:  Today goes down in history as the day nine unelected judges kicked the Constitution to the curb — overturning traditional marriage — and put your religious freedom dangerously at risk.  The decision is in. The justices have ruled. Marriage will be redefined to conform to the pro-LGBT view of marriage.  In one appalling decision, the Supreme Court has effectively opened the door to the criminalization of Christianity when it comes to the marriage issue ... and not just Christianity, but every major religion that supports God’s model for marriage and family.

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