Everything is bigger in Texas, including bigotry. Not that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton stands alone in their defense of denying basic human rights by claiming their right to "religious freedom" is being violated by the recent Supreme Court ruling. He's just one of the more vocal opponents.
At least he didn't promise to set himself on fire.Following today's ruling, we must recognize the primacy and importance of our first freedom – religious liberty. http://t.co/La59fQl3OH— Ken Paxton (@KenPaxtonTX) June 26, 2015
You can read his full response to the ruling here, where he calls it "lawless" and that it "ignored the text and spirit of the Constitution."
I needed a good chuckle today.
If history has shown us anything, it's that there's never a shortage of short-sighted bigots who are more than willing to stand on the wrong side of it.
Let's play a fun little game where we humor the narrow-minded Texan for a minute. According to Paxton's logic of denying same sex marriage based on religious freedom, public officials would also have the right to deny divorce filings and proceedings as well.
Which is really just the beginning. If you allow public officials to conduct or deny services based on their personal religious beliefs, the road of potential discrimination becomes endless. Religion is a belief system, and for many, a way of life. When you start imposing your way of life on others, you alienate people who are different. I don't remember reading about the denial of human rights based on religious beliefs in the constitution...
@KenPaxtonTX The bible is not the Constitution and God holds no office.— Larry K (@Getsmart4) June 29, 2015
I am getting older though, maybe my memory is failing me.
With groups like Scientology able to classify themselves as a religion, that makes this whole idea even more scary. It creates a gray area that crazy bigots can take and run in any direction.
The Dallas Cowboys violate my religious beliefs. So do Funyuns. Who am I kidding? They're delicious.
Public officials, clerks in this case, shouldn't be bringing their religion to work. If the work they do goes against their belief system, then they should find another job.
I just don't follow the logic of how same-sex marriage violates anyone's religious freedom. I can't wrap my mind around it. No one is being forced to marry someone of the same sex. No one is being told what religion they should believe in.
The only people whom have had their freedoms violated are same-sex couples wanting to get married.
If Kenny (I imagine that his secret gay lover calls him "Kenny," or maybe "Paxy." "Paxy, come back to bed! Daddy wants more!) wants to start quoting the Bible, we could easily point out all of the contradictions and inconsistencies, but it doesn't really matter. The Bible has horrible stories of human rights violations, but that's irrelevant as well. Religion has no place in government. Governments run by religions only do what's right for the few, not the many.
@KenPaxtonTX Religious liberty and equality do not conflict. Constitution big enough for all.— ACLU of Texas (@ACLUTx) June 26, 2015
If you believe in a homophobic deity, then let he/she deal with these "sinners." Why does your belief system take precedence over every one else's? After all, no one is free of "sin." Is your back porch clean?
I sure hope Kenny hasn't committed any "sins." Otherwise he has an eternity in Hell with all of the homosexuals whose rights he wants to deny.
This world is a diverse place, and a little tolerance for people different than you goes a long way.