It has been a little over a month since President Obama signed the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ to allow gays to serve openly in the military, but that does not mean fundamentalist Christians are disposed to accept the law. A Virginia state legislator introduced a measure to ban gays from serving in the Virginia National Guard, and as usual, this noteworthy legislator has come up with a bizarre rationalization for proposing the ban.
Delegate Bob Marshall (R-Prince William), a fundamentalist Christian who made headlines about a year ago for his comments linking abortion with birth defects said he is concerned that our Muslim allies will have problems fighting alongside homosexuals in our military. Marshall’s abhorrence of homosexuality is well documented, and as soon as the repeal passed both houses, he released a statement with various reasons repeal was a bad idea.
“With the repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ President Obama seeks to pay back his homosexual political supporters,” Marshall said in a statement. “This policy will weaken military recruitment and retention, and will increase pressure for a military draft,” and he claimed that Congress was “conducting a social experiment with our troops and our national security.” Marshall is a coward for not coming out and saying that he opposes gays serving in the military because of his fundamentalist Christian beliefs, and not because of any concern for the military or how our Muslim allies will perceive our soldiers.
If Marshall is truthful and honest, he would stop giving absurd excuses and just admit he hates gays because the bible commands him to. At least if he admitted being a bible-thumping homophobe, people would not think he was a total whack-job and may take seriously the danger Christian extremists in government pose to freedom and equality. It would be nice to believe that Marshall is an isolated Virginia nut-job, but he is in good homophobic company in America, but especially in Virginia.
Ken Cuccinelli, Virginia’s attorney general also advocates banning gays in the military and the Virginia National Guard. Cuccinelli distinguished himself as an idiot for altering the Virginia State Seal to conceal an exposed breast on an image of a classic Greek statue, and for lawsuits investigating climate scientists in the state. Cuccinelli is also on an Inquisition to defund and dissolve Planned Parenthood in Virginia because he is opposed to abortion rights for women. Planned Parenthood is an organization that provides sexual and reproductive health counseling for anyone who needs it, but low income families receive assistance first.
Cuccinelli and Marshall are representative of many radical fundamentalist Christians who use their positions in government to push their extremist views on the public regardless the freedoms guaranteed in the Constitution, or laws passed in Congress. In the past week, conservative Christian legislators introduced a bill (HR3) that redefines rape as a means to prohibit abortion. Republicans claim that the abortion issue is such a high priority that they are disregarding job creation legislation and spending cuts in order to abide by their promise to voters who elected them. For being such pious Christians and righteous legislators, Republicans are either bewildered idiots or malicious liars pandering to the religious right for votes. They have no plans to create jobs, so they are just malicious liars on a campaign to deny women the right to choose how they treat their own bodies.
During the midterm campaign season, Republicans promised to create jobs and cut spending to help the economy, but in their first month in control of the House, they have symbolically voted to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act and redefined rape. Although voting to repeal HCR was symbolic and is not necessarily a religious issue, Republican efforts to redefine rape is a religious issue just like attempting to ban gays in Virginia’s National Guard units.
Bob Marshall has come up with some absurd ideas in the past, and in fairness, they were not all entirely based on his Christian fanaticism. Besides asserting that abortion causes birth defects, and that Muslims will be too affronted by gays in the military to fight alongside American soldiers, he also came up with the dazzling idea that Virginia could and should mint its own coins. Cuccinelli supports banning gays from serving in the Virginia National Guard, but is concerned that the federal government will withdraw funding. Both men base their politics on extremist Christian dogma, and if they were not in positions of power and authority, they would just be marvels of absurdity.
Bob Marshall and Ken Cuccinelli are not isolated cases of irrationality and Christian zealotry, and it is foolish to ignore them. Based on the current class of Republicans in the House, the theocratic crusade is marching forward and there can be no good ending for Americans or the Constitution. Religious extremism can sweep good people up the same way Hitler’s Nazism swept up good Germans and led to the Holocaust. At least Hitler was one man. In America, it is the religious majority in Congress and they are legislating America right into the Dark Ages. Egypt and Afghanistan will look like utopia compared to Theocratic America.