Gohmert Babbles About Religion and Civil Rights

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.”

*head scratching* Who is this “we” that stood up for civil rights in the past? Certainly not Gohmert or his fellow conservatives. They were opposed to civil rights for women, opposed to civil rights for blacks and now oppose civil rights for gay people. And in every case, they claimed that it was a violation of their religious freedom. This is the longstanding pattern, where conservatives oppose equality until public opinion has shifted so massively that it’s a political death sentence to oppose it anymore, then they turn around and claim credit for the change. But whatever their current prejudice is, that’s special and different. And it’s their religious freedom to discriminate against the current target of their bigotry.

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.

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  • John Pieret

    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?

    Yeah, ’ wait a minute, wait a minute’. The civil rights movement wasn’t about black people’s beliefs (except to the extent that they believed they should have the same rights as every other American). It was about a majority that believed that they had the right to use the power of the state to deny other people those rights. It is the latter belief that you are standing up for, Louie … with your axe handle autographed by Lester Maddox himself!

  • zippythepinhead

    “… certainly the dumbest man in Congress …”

    It’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it.

    Really, someone has to be the dumbest person in Congress; they all can’t be of the tremendous intellect of Ted Cruz.

  • jnorris

    If Mr Gohmert really believe any of that crap he would propose a constitutional amendment to over turn the first amendment. That may actually be on the Tea Party congressional agenda after repealing Obamacare fifty more times and impeaching Pres Obama.

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Rep. Louis Gohmert, almost certainly the dumbest man in Congress

    Oh I dunno, there’s quite a few contenders for that dubious title isn’t there?

    I’d suggest Jim Inhofe, Todd Akin and Joe Barton would all be up there too amongst plenty o’others..

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    ^ D’oh! What happened to my blockquotes that were supposed to make it clear that first line there was a quote?

    Wish we could edit these comments. Sigh.

    @jnorris : Surely repealing Obamacare once would be enough?