“Lucifer in the flesh,” the former speaker said. “I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.”
If you can’t get enough of the peculiar brand of hysteria that reliably pours out of Pastor Kevin Swanson, here’s his latest:
“I know homosexuals love each other.
And cannibals love their victims. And the nazis love their children.”
Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore is a perfect example of a judge who puts the Bible above the Constitution. If there’s a law he doesn’t like, he’ll just break it because be believes himself to be above it all. That’s what he did earlier this year when he told all probate judges in the state to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, essentially overriding what the Supreme Court said was perfectly legal last year.
I don’t know a better alternative to democracy, but democracy sure can be scary. If, hypothetically, we let Americans vote in a referendum on whether they want to keep the already-porous wall between state and church intact, I wouldn’t bet that a majority is going to stand up for the First Amendment and its Establishment Clause.
That’s by way of introducing you to Turkey’s parliament speaker Ismail Kahraman, who wants to substitute Turkey’s secular constitution for a religious one. That’s completely at odds with founding father Mustafa Kemal Atatürk‘s vision of a secular republic. But Kahraman’s proposal might not prove to be that unpopular in a country where more than 90 percent of the population is said to identify as Muslim.