Dear Bigoted Republicans: Mississippi’s Anti-LGBT Law is a Disgrace and Flat-Out Unconstitutional

In what’s becoming a common occurrence within many “red states,” Mississippi passed one of the most anti-LGBT laws in the country. Oops, I mean Mississippi passed one of the “strongest protections of religious freedom” in the country – if you believe that line of bullshit.

Our First Amendment, which grants every American the right to freedom of (or from) religion, is a massive part of the foundation on which this nation was built. The fact that in this country we have the freedom of (or from) religion means that this nation can never be ruled as a theocracy. Despite the fact that many Republicans are constantly trying to turn it into just that.

Yet, despite freedom of religion giving every single American the right to not have someone else’s religious views forced upon them, Republicans all over the country have rallied in support of these so-called “religious freedom” laws that are essentially nothing more legalized discrimination against members of the LGBT community. Of course, Republicans argue that all these bigoted laws do is “protect” the religious beliefs of others.

That’s absurd.

Saying “it’s against my religion” doesn’t give someone the right to discriminate. If someone can claim their religion gives them the right to discriminate then why is someone’s “religious freedom” not important when it comes to any number of other blatantly racist or bigoted beliefs?

Because that’s illegal and unconstitutional.

Which is exactly what these anti-LGBT laws are. This isn’t about “religious freedom” – this is about bigotry against the LGBT community.

You cannot be remotely rational and think these sorts of laws are Constitutional.

Just think about this for a moment. A black couple, a mixed race couple and a gay couple all walk into a privately owned restaurant owned by a blatant racist, bigot and hardcore “Christian.” That blatant racist, bigot and hardcore “Christian” business owner is legally forced to serve the black couple and the interracial couple. Because, again, racial discrimination is illegal. Meanwhile, they could stop the gay couple at the door and say, “No, sorry, it’s against my religion to serve you.”

How is that not a huge violation of that couple’s Constitutional rights?

This country has already deemed that you cannot discriminate against people by citing your religion. In fact, “religion” was often cited for why people supported slavery, segregation and bans on interracial marriage.

These anti-LGBT laws are nothing more than modern-day Jim Crow-type laws that make it “legal” for LGBT Americans to have their rights trampled on, discriminated against and humiliated in public.

It’s an absolute embarrassment that, in 2016, crap like this is still allowed to happen.

Though just like with every other bigoted act in American history, people are going to look back upon these laws, and those who supported them, with disgust and shame.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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