“Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, malay and red, and he placed them on separate continents. And but for the interference with his arrangement there would be no cause for such marriages. The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend for the races to mix.”
Remember Arizona’s “License to Discriminate” bill? It did pretty much the same thing as the Indiana bill that Gov. Pence just signed but with one major difference. It never was enacted.
Even Gov. Jan Brewer realized that using religion as a pretense to allow discrimination against LGBT folks was wrong. She realized that these bills allow discrimination WITHOUT LIMIT. More importantly, she realized that signing this bill was political suicide.
And she passed.
These “religious freedom” (Hat tip to George Orwell) bills usually only require a “sincerely held belief” in order to satisfy the terms of the law. There is, literally, no more subjective qualification for anything, ever. You can’t prove or disprove the existence of a sincerely held belief. Making it the yardstick by which discrimination is measured is insane.
“[p]urity of race is a gift of God . . . . And God, in his infinite wisdom, has so ordained it that when man destroys his racial purity, it can never be redeemed.”
– Sen. Theodore Bilbo
What do you think? Is that a sincerely held belief?
VII. “Show preferential treatment in business dealings with members of your own race. Phase out all dealings with Jews as soon as possible. Do not employ niggers or other coloreds. Have social contacts only with members of your own racial family.”
– The Sixteen Commandments of Creativity, Church of Creativity (formerly, World Church of the Creator)
How about these folks? Do they sound sincere?
Can you make this people serve Blacks or sell them a house or hire them for a job or let them use the same bathroom if they have this level of sincerely held belief under this new Republican theory? Not and maintain any level of intellectual balance.
There are entire religions whose primary belief is White Supremacy. It is their only reason for being. There are entire religions who believe that White people are devils. It is what fills the pockets of their leaders. It is what explains everything that is wrong in their lives. It allows them to never take responsibility for there own actions. It allows them to always be better than someone. Even if they aren’t.
Do you think that they will miss the opportunity to discriminate against those they hate? Do you think they will miss the opportunity to fulfill the calling of the hate filled pretense of a faith they claim?
Just remember, they were discriminating when there were laws against it. Now that the Republicans are moving to codify subjective discrimination around the country, we can expect that these fine white-cloaked gentlemen and their spiritual progeny will take advantage of it.
Early and often.
So what can we do? I have a few thoughts on that and I’ll share those with you in a bit.