1 May 2020
It’s not just the fringe anymore. Mainstream conservatives are trying to turn Christian scriptures and beliefs into American law.
The Daily Beast reports:
The question isn’t: Will conservatives push to enact laws based on the Bible? We are way beyond that. The real questions are: 1. How many more of these laws do they want to impose? And, 2. What will our nation look like if their crusade is successful to bring America’s laws into agreement with “God’s law”?
To some on the right, America is a “Christian nation” – like Saudi Arabia is a Muslim nation – meaning that our nation’s laws should be based on their religious text. These forces aren’t moved by Thomas Jefferson’s famous letter in which he spoke of the need to create, “a wall of separation between church and state.”
In upcoming elections, we need to ask any candidate who cites the Bible as the rationale for their political position specifically how far do they intend to take that. At least then we won’t be surprised when they push to pass laws to silence women or stone women to death who aren’t virgins on their wedding night.
Under the title, “Sharia Law has Come to America!”, Mediaite warns:
“And here’s the thing: They have made it clear for years that is their very plan. For example, when Mike Huckabee was running for President in 2008 he told us point blank of his intention to impose Christian sharia: “I believe it’s a lot easier to change the Constitution than it would be to change the word of the living God.” Adding, “And that’s what we need to do is amend the Constitution so it’s in God’s standards rather than trying to change God’s standards so it lines up with some contemporary view.”
The Christian right, which secured Donald Trump’s presidency in 2016, unites around common causes such as anti-abortion activism, opposition to gay rights and sex education classes. They also speak out in favour of the promotion of prayer in schools and the teaching of creationism (or intelligent design), the fight against euthanasia and the safeguarding of what they call religious freedom.
According to The Guardian, there are few signs that Trump’s evangelical supporters are abandoning him:
Those evangelical leaders have a vested interest in seeing Trump win re-election. In the nearly three years since he took office, the president has remade the federal judiciary, stacking the bench with young conservatives who will likely spend decades issuing rulings on everything from abortion to LGBTQ+ rights. According to the Washington Post, Trump nominees now make up a quarter of US circuit court judges, in addition to the president’s two supreme court picks.
Trump has also made aggressive moves to enforce abortion restrictions long sought by the religious right. Earlier this year, the Trump administration moved to restrict fetal tissue research and issued a regulation banning family planning clinics that receive federal funding from referring women for abortions.
In comparison, Democratic presidential candidates have promised to reverse Trump’s abortion restrictions and nominate judges who support Roe v Wade, the landmark supreme court case that recognized women’s right to access abortion.
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