Another GOP attack, this one by Senator Inhofe

Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe (R) has introduced an amendment to the Federal budget proposal, Amendment 381, that would allow anyone to discriminate against anyone else in any public action if they claim it would violate a “sincerely held religious belief” to do so.

Fearing they’ll have to actually respect the rights of others, the ‘phobes have decided to launch retaliatory attacks.  (Strange, isn’t it?  They fear discrimination and persecution, so they’ll discriminate and persecute)  “Religious liberty” bills are being introduced into GOP controlled legislatures across the country, and Indiana’s governor is set to sign the latest version into law there.

Directed at the LGBTQ community, the GOP and their radical Christian supporters have written laws so vague and wide that once in effect anyone can refuse to serve anyone else, by simply claiming “God said not to”.

This, of course, means paramedics could refuse to treat a gay man suffering from a heart attack, or an ER nurse could refuse to treat an AIDS patient, or a white owned lunch counter could refuse to seat black patrons.  (where have we seen that one before?)

County clerks could refuse to issue marriage licenses to those who their personal religion finds anathema.  Catholic judges could refuse to hear divorce cases.  Police officers could refuse to respond to a burglary in progress at an atheist’s home.  As long as they could express a “sincerely held religious belief”, they would suffer no consequences from the Federal government (or state governments that pass similar bills).

It is doubtful the amendment will pass.  It’s actually only meant to be a fundraiser for the radical right wing.  If it should pass, survive conference, and makes it into law, the Federal Courts will no doubt strike it down as unconstitutional.  We settled this whole discrimination thing sixty years ago, but their are still a lot of people, some of them in powerful positions, who want to roll back the clocks.

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
Pastor Martin Niemöller

Who will speak for you, when they come?

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