Rep. Louis Gohmert, almost certainly the dumbest man in Congress, went on Janet Mefferd’s radio show and delivered his usual baffling and ignorant positions. Talking about laws allowing discrimination against gay people, he said it’s all about religious freedom. And gay rights is somehow undermining civil rights.
“These are religious beliefs and how have we gotten so far afield from the Constitution that we say, well if you’re not willing to embrace the liberal beliefs that we have then your religious beliefs are not protected,” Gohmert said. “It doesn’t say that in the First Amendment, it avoids the establishment of a religion. Well some are establishing the religion of secularism and everybody else’s religion has just got to basically go to blazes.”…
“Some of them are very shocked, they participated in the Civil Rights Movement and then to turn around and have gay rights folks saying now ‘you can’t practice your religious beliefs,’ wait a minute, wait a minute, we stood up for you and your beliefs and now you’re saying we can’t stand up for our beliefs because they conflict with you? That’s now what freedom is about.”
Prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, gender or religion violates freedom of religion in precisely the same way that prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation does. But they can’t make their argument consistently and say that they support allowing discrimination on those long-prohibited bases because no one supports that. So they have to pretend that their current bigotry is sacrosanct and that not letting them discriminate on that basis is an outrageous violation of their rights when the opposite is the reality.