It’s been both alarming and fun watching the radical right respond to the Supreme Court’s decisions on gay marriage. The religious extremists, including their political wing, the Republicans (or should I say Repugnicans), responded with predictable vitriol (as am I). They quickly declared that divine retribution was imminent.
Notwithstanding the attempts by religious fundamentalists to rewrite history by claiming the U.S. was founded as a Christian nation, ours is, indeed, a secular government. The fundamentalists want to impose their religious delusions on everyone in America. What they want is a theocracy, which should be worrisome to everyone of religious or nonreligious persuasion. These radicals are, in every sense, America’s Taliban, and should be feared and loathed by all freedom-loving Americans.
The religious fanatics claim that their freedom has been lost because of the DOMA and Prop. 8 decisions. This is patently false. If you and your religion believe that marriage is between a man and women only, you are still free to believe that doctrine. Churches are not — and will not — be forced to marry same-sex couples.
It is clear from the actions of the Republicans that they wish to impose their extreme religious dogma on everyone. On essentially every issue concerning women’s rights, same-sex issues, morals and liberties in general, these deluded politicians are fond of trotting out the Bible as justification for their repressive views.
The majority of religious people in this country keep their beliefs to themselves, not wanting to impose their particular dogma on others. Unfortunately, the religious right, and churches in general, refuse to accept that they have no business telling noncongregants how to live their lives.
Regardless of society’s many and varied beliefs, if the right wing in this country has its way, you will conform to their brand of religious delusion mandated via laws designed, not by logic and reason for the betterment of everyone, but based on the myths of the Bible, one of the most violent and immoral tomes ever written.
But there’s a fix. Vote the misogynistic, homophobic, bigoted, freedom-hating Republicans out of office. And while that may not silence the religious extremists, it will remove them from legislative and executive power.
Michael Polito, Ph.D.