Texas Legislator’s Biblical Proposal Abolishes Constitutional Equal Rights

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Republicans, and all manner of conservatives, are fond of touting their uncontested love, devotion, and strict adherence to the United States Constitution even though they reject most of the document’s tenets out-of-hand. Religious conservatives, or Neo-Christians (N.C.), are likely most opposed to the Constitution save a distorted biblical reading of the 1st Amendment and the Amendment they claim their avatar of light Jesus Christ authored, the 2nd Amendment. The N.C.s love for the 2nd Amendment pales in comparison to their hatred of the amendment they despise above all others combined; the 14th Amendment. Republicans and religious conservatives detest the 14th Amendment for myriad reasons, but chief among them is the guarantee of equal rights for Americans not in the biblical mold championed by Neo Christians; single mothers, atheists, Muslims, non-compliant Christians, and particularly gays.

Over the past few years the religious right have made major progress using their newfound “religious freedom” to restrict other Americans’ constitutional freedoms with major assistance from Republicans and 5 bishops on the Supreme Court. Now that Neo-Christians have religious superiority to impose their religious liberty on women, religious Republicans are flexing their new-found power to abolish the 14th Amendment and deny other Americans equal rights; likely due to their devotion to the Constitution their “deeply-held religious beliefs” inform them is the Christian bible.

It has been less than six months since the bishops on the Supreme Court eviscerated the “free exercise and establishment” clauses of the First Amendment with the Hobby Lobby ruling elevating Christian’s religious rights over women’s right to medical care. Even before the ruling came down, many pundits and commentators warned it would only a be a matter of time before the high holy N.C.s turned their religious attention to the gay community. In Texas this week, another Neo-Christian state legislator introduced a constitutional amendment overriding the 14th Amendment giving evangelical Christians the legal and constitutional right to discriminate against gays.

The evangelical state senator’s constitutional amendment empowers Christian business owners to exercise their religious liberty to summarily fire LGBT employees for being gay, and throw LGBT customers and same-sex couples out of their establishments for violating their “deeply and sincerely held religious beliefs.” The follower of a loving and tolerant Christ, Senator Donna Campbell’s proposal strengthens existing biblical protections in Texas and gives the religious immutable “rights to act or refuse to act in a manner motivated by a sincerely held religious belief.” It is religious legal parlance for a biblical “license to discriminate.”

This is the second attempt by Campbell to eviscerate civil rights due to “deeply and sincerely-held religious beliefs” of the anti-equality crowd. Her first attempt at a “legalizing discrimination” ran into opposition from N.C.s and particularly an evangelical commentator who cheered her proposal, but warned that as written, some evil person might claim their sincere religious belief included the right to an abortion or marry the person they love. The new proposal eliminated one key adverb that a lawmaker who helped pass the existing religious freedom law said made the discrimination law far too expansive; the new proposal only protects sincerely held religious beliefs, and religious liberty, of evangelical Christians

Since the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling gave religious superiority to evangelical Christians over the civil rights of American citizens, many religious Republican state legislatures considered enacting their own “legalized discrimination” laws. Similar proposals to the Texas biblical amendment ultimately failed in righteous states such as Kansas, North Carolina, South Dakota, Arizona, and Oregon,  but a majority of states already have laws that make it perfectly legal to discriminate against LGBT employees and customers. In 29 states it is legal, although inherently unconstitutional and a violation of the 14th Amendment, to fire a person based solely on their sexual orientation or even thinking it is within their civil rights to marry the person they love.

Despite the constitutional and civil rights violation prevalent in evangelical-controlled red states, many holy conservatives complain bitterly, and are convinced, that their religious liberty to discriminate against LGBT employees, coworkers, and customers is under a ferocious attack. In fact, in 32 states it is still perfectly legal, and still unconstitutional, to openly discrimination against transgendered people. Although the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) that passed the Senate last year would have corrected that discriminatory abomination, it languished on “official” Speaker of the House John Boehner’s desk. Even if Boehner had allowed a vote on the Senate’s bipartisan bill, it never would have passed evangelical hero Texas Ted Cruz’s House of Representatives.

Many progressive LGBT groups withdrew their support for ENDA due to the “law’s carve-outs” for evangelicals to continue discriminating under their “righteous and sincerely-held” religious beliefs. With a new, more religious, batch of Republicans controlling the Senate, ENDA is effectively dead in the water. The LGBT community can at least take solace in the fact that a real follower of Christ practicing tolerance for all Americans, President Obama, used his executive authority to provide workplace protections for LGBT federal employees as well as LGBT employees of a business under contract to work for the federal government. As a champion of civil rights over religion-based discrimination, the President did not provide even one religious exemption in his executive orders disallowing employers to exercise “legal discrimination” against LGBT Americans.

When the religious conservatives on the High Court empowered evangelicals with supremacy over the Constitution’s 14th Amendment with their repulsive Hobby Lobby decision, they opened the floodgates for legal discrimination under the guise of “religious liberty.” Now that Republicans control both houses of Congress beginning in January, there will be a rash of biblical laws passed such as criminalizing all forms of contraception with the annual spate of personhood, “life begins at zygote, laws that passed in the House and failed in the Democratically-controlled Senate. Republicans and their religious conservative brethren are wont to boast they are the ultimate champions of the U.S. Constitution, but with their newfound power to “freely exercise” religious tyranny and legal discrimination, they have revealed that they hate the document with religious passion and are replacing it with their bible and blessings of the 5 bishops on the Supreme Court.

27 Replies to “Texas Legislator’s Biblical Proposal Abolishes Constitutional Equal Rights”

  1. This is Christian Majoritarianism run amok. Here are some organizations that need the support of people of logic, reason, and critical thinking. I support them all. Why? Because it is IMPERATIVE that we stop the lunacy and revisionism of the Christian Right in this country. TRUE religious freedom, that which was envisioned by the framers of the USCON, depends on it.

    Americans United for the Separation of Church and state

    The Secular Coalition

    The Freedom From Religion Foundation

    The American Humanist Association

    American Atheists

  2. Someone explain this to me: Why do the extremists hate the 14th Amendment?

    If we’re all equal, why do idiots like this want to recreate the past?

  3. Christofascists strike again. The right talks about liberty and freedom yet these christofascists want to impose their religion on us.

  4. How did we allow our country to come so far down from what it could be. It’s heartbreaking to watch your country fall apart at the seams and know that because of the governorship that we have in place now we will only be mired even further and the world will keep laughing at us as we strut about like little game cocks. I had such high hopes for the future when I was 30, now all I do is hang my head and cry.

  5. The man working on my MR-2 is what I call a functional Christian. Meaning he is a very Christian person who is well aware of science, BUT!! he claims that we are guaranteed freedom of religion but NOT freedom from religion. I destroyed his logic by asking him how many states have Christian law ON THE BOOKS that prohibit atheists and all non Christians from holding and EVEN filing to run for public office and EVEN prohibiting them from employment, housing and medical care. He answered none of course and claimed that it is atheists who are actually the ones committing those violations..which is bullsh(t!! He’s an internet kind of guy so I guided him to the proper UN-BIASED information, his eyes told me that he had been defeated and the conversation suddenly went back to my car. Funny how Christians still believe the crap in their heads instead of the truth.

  6. The Unitarian Universalist church of Mountain Home, Arkansas recently published a letter in the local paper letting the community know that they welcome everyone at their church regardless of race, religion, or sexual orientation.

    The reaction? The church had its windows shot out one night and were left this note:
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    Look for more of this in the future because our cowardly Politian’s and media refuse to call them out

  7. “When facts are reported, they deny the value of evidence; when the evidence is produced, they declare it inconclusive.” — Augustine, in The City of God.

  8. Sadly, the idiot who put together this illiterate diatribe is too much of a coward to reveal himself (or herself). However, the media is asleep at the wheel when they overlook, or refuse to provide coverage of these images. It appears it is more conducive to their bottom line to stoke racial unrest by misrepresenting events, or encouraging the fears of the irrational and ignorant.

  9. I was trying to decipher it. Is he saying that muslin (which is a cloth?) scholiast is that a scholarly socialist? My brain just hurts. Maybe I should have been homeschooled

  10. repealing an amendment to the constitution is almost impossible. It would not get out of Congress. It requires an extraordinary majority (two-thirds) of both houses of Congress, and/or two thirds of state legislatures.
    Not going to repeal the 14th Amendment, which deals with Civil Rights, privileges and immunities, and equal protection as it relates to the states.
    Further, even if they could, the constitution still provides for Equal Protection under the law.
    So, it is what it is; a rallying cry (Rebel Yell) for the Republican base that is going nowhere. Don’t try and tell that to the Republican base. They would not understand.

  11. When someone started a petition for Texas to secede, 90% of the signers were from other states. Now that’s funny.

  12. None of them probably know that their most loved version of the bible KJV that King James was gay. Even if they knew the truth they would reject it. You know the devil planted all these things to trick us. Mythology, no historical evidence for anyone all the Devils work.

  13. Thank God that our Founders and Framers formed a secular republic. They remembered their ancestral history when Christianity ruled, destroyed and obliterated everyone’s freedom.

    “Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined and imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity.”
    -Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia, 1782.

    “Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the Common Law.” – President Jefferson

  14. Dustin, the 14th makes federal law, including the Bill of Rights, applicable to the States. Naturally red state racists do not like such an amendment because they pretend that States’ rights, including policy decisions in education, employment, and the sexual minorities shouldn’t be dictated by and from D.C. It was the 14th Amendment that made the others applicable to bigots like Faubus and Jim Crow leaders in the South in the 60s, leading to the JFK-LBJ civil rights legislation. Unless he has shifted again, Rand Paul wants bar owners to be able to tell blacks to “move on, buddy!” It would not be long before we saw one unisex restroom of three marked “Coloreds Only.”

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