When I was in school, I remember being taught that the United States was a melting pot (or a tossed salad) where everyone was equal before the law, could grow up to be president, blah blah blah. We are a utopia of plurality!
This is baloney. At least it is in Kansas. The only thing that matters here is that you’re a Christian who hates women, LGBT people and non-Christians. Bonus points if you’re willing to use your Christianity to oppress as many people as possible. The Kansas legislature has bonus points out the wah-zoo.
I’m not being facetious, nor am I exaggerating for effect. Enforcing conservative Christianity is more important than recognizing the human rights of Kansas residents.
I’m sure you want some evidence. Allow me to oblige.
Exhibit A. In 2003, the Supreme Court ruled that sodomy laws across the United States are unconstitutional. I know this. You know this. I’m fairly certain that those in the Kansas government know this, but they don’t give a crap.
Pope Gov. Sam Brownback was elected, he created a special Office of the Repealer, which was designed to identify and recommend the elimination of out-of-date laws still on the books in the state. Kansas still has a criminal sodomy law, but it can’t be enforced because of the aforementioned Supreme Court decision. It’s the perfect example of a useless, out-of-date law, but not on Brownback’s watch! When his office released the list of laws recommended for repeal, the criminal sodomy statute was not on it. Brownback is a noted opponent of same-sex marriage on religious grounds. Make no mistake: eliminating useless bureaucracy will always lose out if it means you kinda look like your going soft on gays.
Exhibit B. It’s not just keeping unenforceable laws on the books. Christians need the legal ability to discriminate without consequence. Enter the Kansas Preservation of Religious Freedom Act. Oh sure, it sounds good on the surface, but don’t be fooled. The law would not only keep cities from protecting its LGBT population from discrimination, but it would give people the legal right to act out their anti-LGBT bigotry.
Luckily, this bill was stopped before it could get to Brownback’s desk. However, it did get through the House and is just another example of powerful people using the guise of religious freedom to oppress.
Exhibit C. In case you thought Kansas legislators were just obsessed with non-procreative sex, never fear! They are equally as obsessed with sex that can result in a baby! There have been a lot of anti-choice measures making their way through the legislature these past several months. Not all have passed, but they’ve all been scary for anyone with a functioning uterus.
All have an inherent hatred and spitefulness of women and sex that only the Almighty God can inspire, but one is a little more obvious than the others. Now in Kansas, not only can doctors and not be punished for refusing to participate in abortions and sterilizations, but neither can health care providers. The law would allow anyone who “reasonably” believes that medication could result in the termination of a pregnancy, then doctors and pharmacists would not have to prescribe or administer that medication.
Oh good! I thought that outside moral judgments were supposed to stay out of my medical care. My mistake.
What is so frustrating about this whole ordeal is the callous disregard for the Constitutionally-protected freedoms of people who don’t happen to believe in a very particular brand of Christianity. It leaves no room for people to make their own decisions about their own lives. As a non-Christian woman in the state, I feel as though my elected representatives as well as people on the street will not think twice before stabbing me in the back. Let me tell you, it feels scary and unsafe. I don’t feel respected as a human being.
I guess it doesn’t matter how it makes us heathen fornicators feel. After all, with God on their side, all things are possible.
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