Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston
Friday, December 16, 2016
Bigotry Becomes Elected
I've brought this post forward to today from its original date of 12/14 because "Anonymous" left a comment last night accusing me of being a "coastal elite," and not a "real American." (See the discussion in the comment section.) Anonymous hasn't been heard from since he left his note last night at 8:30 PM nor after I answered him.
Conservatives are never better at their jobs than when they've attained power sufficient to allow them to propose and pass laws that institutionalize their rancid bigotry.
Now that our Bigot-elect, Donnie Little Hands, is set to take the Oath of Office and unleash the Dogs of Hate across America, the Goopers feel emboldened to reassert their right to repress the old, the sick, the young, religious minorities, voter minorities, women, and, of course, the focus of their most virulent hatred, the LGBTQ community.
They mean to shove our gay brothers and sister and others in the LGBTQ community back into the closet and give power to those whose fondest dream is to make life miserable for other Americans.
By passing this anti-freedom legislation, the Republicans will federalize hatred, discrimination, and repression.
Welcome to the Neo-Jim Crow Era, brought to you by the Trumpian Neo-Fascists:
From The Independent:
Republican Utah senator Mike Lee told BuzzFeed that he planned to reintroduce the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) next term, and said he was confident president-elect Trump would sign it.
FADA, or HR 2802, would grant protection to individuals who opposed same-sex marriage or premarital sex. In other words, discriminatory action could not be taken against people who discriminate against LGBT members.
Discriminatory action includes denying someone tax exemptions, withholding grants or contracts or denying federal benefits.
The bill is co-sponsored by Texas senator and former presidential candidate Ted Cruz. He said: “The prospects for protecting religious freedom are brighter now than they have been in a long time.” "Hopefully November’s results will give us the momentum we need to get this done next year,"
Conn Carroll, Lee’s spokesman, told BuzzFeed. "We do plan to reintroduce FADA next Congress and we welcome Trump’s positive words about the bill."
In North Carolina, popstars, athletes and big corporations all boycotted the state in response to an anti-LGBT bill which was signed under governor Pat McCrory. The bill is likely to be repealed under the newly elected Democratic governor, but the proposed FADA federal bill, if it came into power, would cast doubt over the legality of such a boycott.
From the Daily Beast:
But those stories are a red herring. The more important cases are ones like hospitals refusing to treat LGBT people (or their children), pharmacies refusing to fill birth control prescriptions, businesses refusing to offer health benefits to a same-sex partner, and state-funded adoption agencies refusing to place kids with gay families. Underneath the rhetorical BS, that’s what FADA is all about.
First, the bill applies to any corporation, organization, or person who “believes or acts in accordance with a religious belief or moral conviction that marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman, or that sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage.”
Notice how broad that is: any business, agency, or individual, including government employees, hospitals, or huge businesses like Hobby Lobby or Chick-Fil-A. Old-age homes and hospices that turn away gay people – yes, this has actually happened – are covered.
Hospitals that refuse a same-sex partner visitation rights – covered. National hotel chains that refuse to rent rooms to gay couples (or unmarried straight ones) – covered. And notice that it applies not just to religious beliefs about same-sex marriage, but also to sexual conduct in general. Translation: contraception, sex education, treatment of STDs – all of these are part of the bill. If a national pharmacy chain wants to refuse to fill prescriptions for the “morning after pill,” if a company wants to fire someone for being pregnant out of wedlock or becoming HIV positive, if a public school wants to stop teaching sex ed – all covered.