Monday, July 11, 2016

GOP Platform Committee - Religious Lunacy on Display

UPDATED:  The batshitery keeps on going.  Now this from the New Civil Rights Movement:
Republican National Committee subcommittee members Monday voted to approve a plank embracing the use of harmful anti-LGBT conversion therapy, after it was introduced by [Tony Perkins] the head of a certified anti-gay hate group [Family Research Council]. The plank will be voted on by a committee and then all RNC voting members before becoming an official part of the 2016 platform.

I had predicted that the Republican Party would find it difficult to tone down the party platform's anti-gay rhetoric.  So far, not only does that appear to be an on target prediction, but the Christian conservatives that are disproportionately represented on the platform committee seem hell bent to display to the world just how insane the GOP has become since they crawled out from under rocks and slithered from swamps to hijack the party.  Not only were efforts to blunt anti-gay positions defeated, but NBC News is reporting that a platform subcommittee has approved an amendment which calls for the Bible to be taught in public schools as a “historical document.”   As for the anti-gay elements, here are highlights from the New York Times which obtained some excerpts from the platform committee's work:
“The data and the facts lead to an inescapable conclusion: that every child deserves a married mom and dad. The reality remains that millions of American families do not have the advantages that come with that structure. We honor the courageous efforts of those who bear the burdens of parenting alone and embrace the principle that all Americans should be treated with dignity and respect. But respect is not enough. Our laws and our government’s regulations should recognize marriage as the union of one man and one woman and actively promote married family life as the basis of a stable and prosperous society. For that reason, as explained elsewhere in the platform, we do not accept the Supreme Court’s redefinition of marriage and we urge its reversal, whether through judicial reconsideration or a constitutional amendment returning control over marriage to states.” “
We emphatically support the original, authentic meaning of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. It affirmed that ‘No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination.’ ... That same provision of the law is now being used by bureaucrats — and by the current president of the United States — to impose a social and cultural revolution upon the American people. Their agenda has nothing to do with individual rights; it has everything to do with power. They are determined to reshape our schools — and our entire society — to fit the mold of an ideology alien to America’s history and traditions. Their edict to the states concerning restrooms, locker rooms and other facilities is at once illegal, ominous, and ignores privacy issues. We salute the several states which have filed suits against it.”

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