This poppped up on Jeff Patcher’s Musings yesterday, and I nearly fell off my chair.
Tomorrow, Blount county Tennessee will take up a resolution which begs god for mercy. It was written by Blount County commissioner Karen Miller and will come up for consideration at Tuesday night’s meeting. Part of it reads as follows:
“WE adopt this Resolution before God that He pass us by in His Coming Wrath and not destroy our County as He did Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighboring cities. As the Passover Lamb was a means of salvation to the ancient Children of Israel, so we stand upon the safety of the Lamb of God to save us.
No way. This has to be a joke. But then again…the zealots tend to do things that sound completely unbelievable and somehow end up being true, so I looked around a bit more to be sure. I was really hoping it was just satire, but this was on the HuffPo:
As such, the resolution calls on lawmakers throughout the state “to protect Natural Marriage, from lawless court opinions, AND THE financial schemes of the enemies of righteousness wherever the source AND defend the Moral Standards of Tennessee.”
WE adopt this Resolution begging His favor in light of the fact that we have been forced to comply and recognize that the State of Tennessee, like so many other God-fearing States, MAY have fallen prey to a lawless judiciary in legalizing what God and the Bible expressly forbids.”
OK, as utterly ridiculous as this is, let’s stop and think about what’s going on here.
- This person not only believes that a deity is going to smite the country over the gay marriage ruling, but she’s actually asking said deity to bypass her county specifically because they’re so worshipful and stuff.
- This person is stating that her deity’s law is higher than human law.
- This person is an elected official who is illegally using her office to spout this nonsense on behalf of the entire county, even the ones who think she’s being a moron.
Folks, this is of course pretty hilarious but it’s also a little creepy. Thanks to Kim Davis casting the first stone, the Christian zealots are getting bolder and crossing legal boundaries which are there to protect everyone’s rights. They’re defying the purpose of their elected offices specifically to broadcast to the world their loathing of marriage equality and to and protest a Supreme Court ruling they didn’t like. They’re basically adult children throwing a public tantrum. The scariest part? They have no problem ramming their beliefs down the throats of everyone around them because they believe their god’s laws are above the laws we pass as a society. Funny how their god always happens to say stuff that’s directly aligned with their own bigotry, isn’t it?
What they really want is a theocracy where all laws of the land are based on whatever they cherry-pick out of their holy book. You know…just like Sharia law. So let’s follow their line of thinking down the road a bit. What if they decide their god wants them to start jailing gay people for being abominations? What if they decide their god wants non-Christians to be rounded up and exported out of the country? They’ll have a hard time doing all that, but don’t think for a minute they won’t try, given enough power. Those things and worse have been happening in other countries for ages.
You can already see it starting with these tantrums and highly public displays of “civil disobedience.” Another Kentucky county clerk has recently decided to only issue marriage licenses to a “bride and groom” — because if Kim Davis got so much attention from it, why not? Hell, she even got to meet the Pope! Talk about being rewarded for bad behavior. (I really hope she’s approached by a gay man in a tuxedo and another in full bridal drag asking for a license. Oh, that would be fantastic.) These people actually believe they’re doing their god’s will by denying the legal rights of others, and we all know what a dangerous path that is. And that’s why we need to watch this stuff very closely. It really makes me dread the upcoming elections, because the extremist Christian Right is emboldened and will be cranking the crazy up to insane new levels in the coming months. It’s going to get very, very ugly.
But I also have to keep reminding myself that these are the actions of people on the losing side of a cultural battle. They’re acting out because they fantasize about an ultra-conservative, Bible-governed country and it’s slipping through their hateful little fingers with each passing generation. And it’s freaking them out. That’s my silver lining!