If you’re a right-wing conservative, today capped off what was a very, very bad week for you. You know what? I kind of feel sorry for you. It must be hard taking so many legal body blows in such a short period, especially for those of you who thought god was on your side. The gay marriage thing? That was just the knockout punch, the icing on the cake, the cue that it’s time to move on.
Of course, there are going to be people like my governor Bobby Jindal who choose to have a conniption fit over the Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage. The satirical website Newslo.com published an article yesterday that stated Senator Ted Cruz promised to do away with the Supreme Court if elected to the White House, because he was so infuriated over their decision on Obamacare. While it was a satirical article, it was close to the truth – and a foreshadowing of the real remarks Bobby Jindal made today in response to the Supreme Court making marriage equality the law of the land.
Bobby Jindal, who was once again missing from Louisiana, made this statement on gay marriage while on the campaign trail in Iowa:
“The Supreme Court is completely out of control, making laws on their own, and has become a public opinion poll instead of a judicial body. If we want to save some money lets just get rid of the court. Yesterday, Justice Scalia noted that in the Obamacare ruling “words have no meaning.” Today, Chief Justice Roberts admitted that the gay marriage ruling had nothing to do with the Constitution. Marriage between a man and a woman was established by God, and no earthly court can alter that. Hillary Clinton and The Left will now mount an all-out assault on Religious Freedom guaranteed in the First Amendment. Regardless of your views on marriage, all freedom loving people must pledge to respect our first amendment freedoms. (Source)
This has been the predictable temper tantrum attitude from the far-right these days, considering they’ve been having a really rough time in the courts. Not only did the Supreme Court rule for the Fair Housing Act, gay marriage, and upholding Obamacare subsidies, but then there’s the outrage over very conservative states like Alabama removing the Confederate flag from their Capitol grounds – at the order of a Republican governor no less.
Bobby Jindal and other right-wing conservatives keep talking about the First Amendment, but what they conveniently overlook is the fact that the Constitution doesn’t care about your feels. It does not afford more rights to you, nor does it force the government to promote your religious beliefs or favorite flag of treason over the beliefs of others. You are not being persecuted when others get the same rights as you do, and you aren’t being discriminated against when you can’t discriminate against others. You can’t be taken seriously when you propose shutting down a branch of government just because they upheld the part of the Constitution you conveniently ignore while quoting Bible verses to justify your outdated, bigoted views – but that’s exactly what religious conservatives want to do in order to maintain their shrinking hold on political power in the United States.
Here’s some free advice to Bobby Jindal: in the words of Bill Hicks, “shut up, you lose, go home.”
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