It’s rare that I come across a Republican actually using common sense, especially as it relates to gay rights. But that’s exactly what former George W. Bush campaign director Matthew Dowd did when he spoke about his belief that Arizona Governor Jan Brewer will veto the new anti-LGBT bill that was just passed.
On This Week With George Stephanopoulos, Dowd said:
“I think in the end Governor Brewer is going to veto this. It’s an easy veto to do because of the things going in the business economy there. This is one of those problems where people use religion as a way to enforce discriminatory practices. People used religion back in the 1860s, when they used religion to defend slavery. We’ve used religion to go to war. People criticize Islam because they use religion to fight and kill people. This is the problem. I think she vetoes it, because there’s no way this can survive.”
Yes, that was a Republican who said that. Trust me, I’m as shocked as you are.
He’s said some of the same things I’ve said about our history and how people have been using the same arguments to justify ignorance.
People used religion to justify slavery. They used religion to justify segregation. They used religion to justify banning interracial marriage. Now they’re using religion to justify their intolerance of the LGBT community.
It’s shocking that here we are in 2014 and there are actually Republican state legislatures trying to pass laws which would legalize discrimination. Laws which would stand absolutely no chance at being Constitutionally upheld in the long run.
And I’m sure these states would claim “states’ rights.” Another defense often used by the ignorant.
But I particularly like how he brought up a point I’ve also mentioned by comparing radical right-wing conservatives using religion much in the same way Islamic radicals use Islam. Religion is an easy tool with which to manipulate people. Islamic radicals use Islam to justify their ignorance and hate. Right-wing radicals use religion to justify theirs as well.
Now I’m not saying conservatives take it to the extremes like Islamic radicals do with violent terrorism. But the way in which they use religion to justify ignorance is very similar.
And that’s a point Mr. Dowd was making here. History, and reality, shows us that ignorant people often use religion as a means to justify their hate and ignorance.
It’s just a shame that we rarely see common sense being used by a Republican.
But I hope he’s right. Though, when it comes to ignorance and the state of Arizona, nothing would really surprise me.
I guess we’ll soon find out.
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