Handel Uses Faith to Justify Discrimination

Karen Handel, the hardcore Christian righter running for Congress in this week’s special election in Georgia to replace Tom Price, told the mother of a lesbian woman that her faith tells her to enshrine discrimination in the law and prevent her from adopting children.

Attribution: Benson Kua
Attribution: Benson Kua

In video taken from the event, the unnamed constituent explained to Handel that she is a conservative, but has a lesbian daughter.

“What protections do I have for her having a family in the future, wanting to adopt a kid?” the woman asked…

“I have to be honest,” Handel told the woman while placing her hand on her heart. “My faith calls me to a different place on the issue.”

She went on to say that her faith calls on her to be “compassionate,” but that she is “not aware of anything in the law, right now, that I’m aware of, that’s going to be impactful, from a discriminatory standpoint, against your daughter.”…

“I am against gay adoption. But remember — I mean, if there is legislation on that, certainly I will follow that and look at it. But in the end, ultimately courts are going to be the ones to have to make the decision on that and it’s always in the best interests of the child. Do I think that gay parents is in the best interest of the child? No. But we do have our court system that deals with many and most of those issues,” she said at a campaign stop.

“Would you consider outlawing adoption by same-sex couples?” she was asked.

“Yeah, I would consider that, absolutely,” she replied. “I think that for a child to be in a household — in a family in a household with a situation where the parents are not married, as in one man and one woman, is not the best household for a child.”

First of all, there is nothing in the Bible that even pretends to address the question of whether gay people should be allowed to adopt children. It does say you should stone gay people to death, but I doubt Handel believes that commandment is still applicable today. Other than that, it just says being gay is sinful, but it declares a vast number of things to be sinful. Does Handel think that liars should be denied the right to adopt? Or those who work on the sabbath, eat shellfish or covet their neighbor’s ass? Of course not. She’s just using her religion inconsistently to support her bigotry.

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