Tina Dupuy Tina Dupuy, 9/10/2015 [Archive]

Religious Bigotry is Still Bigotry

By Tina Dupuy

If you believe in inalienable rights, they apply to all people—even those you don't like or agree with. So stop pretending wanting to deny other people their rights is God's glory. There's no honor in refusing fellow Americans their Constitutional right to personal freedoms.

Bigot isn't spelled "martyr."

Last week, scofflaw Kim Davis, Rowen County (Ky.) Clerk, was jailed for refusing a court order to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. She was in jail for five days. When she was released, opportunistic Republican politicians backed by a crowd waving crosses and a Confederate flag greeted her. There was even one sign reading: "Beginning of a new Holocaust?"

Now I realize that was a rhetorical question, but I'll answer it anyway: "No!" And now that you mention it, the Holocaust was fueled by religiously based prejudice. It was the sincerely held biblical belief that Jews were subhuman and should be wiped off the face of the planet. So again, because the question was asked, a county official being ordered to do her job regardless of her own cherry-picked revulsion is not anything like Nazis committing genocide.

The immunity of sincerely held beliefs stops when it creates victims of said beliefs. Full stop.

Slavery was a sincerely held religious belief in this country—for ISIS it still is. I'm going to be heretical and say I don't care what the Koran or the Bible have to say on the matter of owning human beings. I don't care which ancient tome sanctions it—it's an atrocity, a war crime and an unfading blight on humanity.

In the 1800s, there was a sincerely held belief to deny Catholics civil liberties. Prior to the Civil War, nativists dubbing themselves the Know Nothings actively tried to keep "papists" from public office and citizenship. They used terrorist tactics and violence to get their way. I'm going out on a limb here and saying this isn't covered under religious freedom; it's covered under the criminal code. (To their credit the Know Nothings were intolerant terrorists yet fervently anti-slavery.)

There was a sincerely held religious belief against giving women the right to vote, for segregation, to relocate and slaughter Native Americans, to shoot Dr. George Tiller in the head in church and to blow up the Twin Towers. Yes, the religious test codified by the Hobby Lobby decision that your employer just has to truly care about making birth control prohibitively expensive, has also been used for all sorts of horrible things.

Biblical and legal are not the same thing. We don't allow states to mutilate prisoners as punishment, even though the bible is totally cool with it. Even as charlatans call us a Christian nation—no one is fighting to bring back cutting off women's hands for touching a man's junk (Deuteronomy 25:11-12). So this idea that anything ghastly is made holy by incantation isn't true in a legal, ethical or simple human-decency sense.

Anti-Semitism isn't given a pass for being religiously supported. We'd never be OK with someone not serving Muslims or Unitarians or atheists because of their biblical convictions. We'd certainly not lionize a public official denying them their right to marry. If Kim Davis, in her capacity as an elected official, refused to let an interracial couple marry (a practice in Kentucky until the Loving decision in 1967) because she believed God didn't approve of mixing the races—no one would bat an eye at throwing her hateful butt in jail.

The fact of the matter is, it is on-trend to discriminate against gays. They're just the latest offering as the villainous "other" who allegedly wants to harm Christians for their faith. There was even a sign equating gays with AIDS at the Kim Davis release rally (even though statistically in this country AIDS is now a poor person's disease). What kind of ghoulish monster would proclaim theirs is a loving god with that in their sightline?! (That was another rhetorical question. We all know the answer.)

Gays fighting for their place at the table in American civic life have made those catering to bigots (yes, Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee, I mean you) prosperous. Gays have been a shiny distraction from the boring tenets of Christianity like loving your neighbor, taking care of those less fortunate and general hospitality. Instead people get to think of themselves as warriors instead of just small-minded bullies picking on an still-unprotected minority.

If it weren't for gays, there would be some other imagined existential threat to bond the gullible and superstitious together.

But regardless of anything Kim Davis thinks or does, gay marriage is still the law of the land. Gays are still on target to have the same rights as any other American.

So, move on...ward Christian soldiers.

-----

©Copyright 2015 TinaDupuy.com, distributed exclusively by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate.

Tina Dupuy is a nationally syndicated op-ed columnist, investigative journalist, award-winning writer, stand-up comic, on-air commentator and wedge issue fan. Tina can be reached at tinadupuy@yahoo.com.

Download Tina Dupuy's color photo - Download Tina Dupuy's black and white mug shot photo
Why not run a cartoon with the column? We recommend the cartoons below as a good compliment to Tina Dupuy's topic.
Click on the thumbnail images to preview and download the cartoons.

Related Cartoons

Parks and Kim
By: Steve Sack

September 9, 2015

Parks and Kim COLOR
By: Steve Sack

September 9, 2015

Marriage as God Intended COLOR
By: Pat Bagley

September 8, 2015

Marriage as God Intended
By: Pat Bagley

September 8, 2015

American sketchbook - Kim Davis - COLOR
By: Taylor Jones

September 8, 2015

American sketchbook - Kim Davis
By: Taylor Jones

September 8, 2015

COLOR Wall
By: David Fitzsimmons

September 10, 2015

Wall
By: David Fitzsimmons

September 10, 2015

Kim Davis BW
By: John Cole

September 4, 2015

Kim Davis COLOR
By: John Cole

September 4, 2015

We do not accept and will not review unsolicited submissions from cartoonists.
Sales & Information: (805) 969-2829 sales@cagle.com
Billing Information: (805) 969-2829billing@cagle.com
Technical Support: support@cagle.com

FREE cartoons for your website if you're already a paying print subscriber!
Artwork and columns are copyrighted by each creator. All Rights Reserved. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited. [Privacy Policy]