By Shannon Barber | 13 April 2015
There are some increasingly alarming right wing activists coming out of the woodwork here lately. The more progressive the country gets, the crazier and more determined they become to turn America into a theocracy that resembles their evangelical Christian wet dreams. One such person who has reared his ugly head recently is Dr. Steven Hotze, who heads up the Conservative Republicans of Texas.
Dr. Hotze went to a hearing on the funding of same-sex marriage licenses in Texas, and boy did he have a lot to say on the matter. Luckily, his statements were recorded for posterity, because they truly must be heard to be believed. The good doctor started off by blasting State Rep. Sylvester Turner (D), and detailing the ways in which Texas could get around Supreme Court rulings that are, quote, “immoral.”
Of course, being the good right wing Christian that he is, the first example Hotze gave of this activity on the part of the state of Texas was abortion. He opined that only laws, even federal laws, that are “morally right” should come to be enforced in Texas, and that to find those laws you must first “look in the Bible.”
Dr. Hotze seems to have forgotten that the Constitution rules this land, not the Bible, and, of course, that pesky Supreme Court is not going to stop him and his fellow conservative Texans, from blocking legally protected rights in any way they can, and went on to brag about how successful this has been in the matter of legal abortion:
“There are ways around the law. We have legalization — the Supreme Court, even though I believe it was completely wrong, said it is constitutional to kill a baby in the womb. I think it’s a horrible injustice and it’s unconstitutional. But, let me just say this, in Texas we said ‘We don’t believe that’s right. So we’re going to do everything we can to protect the unborn that we possibly can,’ and we’ve done that. And that’s the same thing.
If they were to come out ruling that marriage between two individuals is legal, I would say let’s do to stop it just like we stopped abortion. Cut off funding for it, that’s all I’m saying.”
So, in other words, this man is advocating for ways to openly defy the Supreme Court of the United States, simply because people don’t have to live by his version of Biblical law according to the highest court in the land. If this isn’t alarming to rational people, it should be. This sets the precedent for states to decide that it doesn’t matter one iota how the Supreme Court rules on any matter, that they can do as they please anyway, via loopholes and backdoor legislation that undermines Supreme Court rulings. Scary stuff.
After Hotze’s abortion rant, he went on to tell Rep. Turner that gay people are involved in “immoral acts”:
“If you make that a standard, that it’s a person’s chosen behavior, no matter what it is, it gives them minority status? You’ve got to be kidding. Where do you stop? Look, if people are involved in activities that are immoral and wrong, you can love them, but you don’t respect what they do and you try and help them find a way out. Whether they’re alcoholics, whether they’re murderers or adulterers. Whether they’re perverts, pornographers or whatever. You want help them. Or homosexuals, you want to help them out.”
Comparing homosexuality, a natural sexual orientation, to alcoholism and other illnesses is bad enough, but Hotze didn’t stop there. He went on to compare gay people to rapists and murderers:
“Then we can get rid of all the laws against people that do immoral acts, like murder and rape and embezzling. Cause you want to make them feel good, don’t you? You don’t want to make them feel bad about their actions because they might be born that way.”
Sir, this isn’t about making anyone “feel good.” This is about making sure that every citizen in this country has the same rights under the letter of the law, as the constitution that governs this land demands. When it comes to lawmaking, leave the Bible out of it. It has no place here.
Listen to the audio of these insane statements below:
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