Patrick Colbeck’s Attempt to Get Out of Bigotry Accusation

Patrick Colbeck’s Attempt to Get Out of Bigotry Accusation May 4, 2016

Patrick Colbeck is one of the most far-right politicians in Michigan. He’s a state senator who is a dogmatic Christian righter on every single issue. But he’s quite upset that people think he’s a bigot because he can’t be a bigot because it’s just his “deeply held religious belief.”

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In an editorial published last week, the Free Press editorial board attempted to paint me and those who share my views toward the proposed State Board of Education LGBTQ policy as proponents of “hateful stereotypes” and “bigotry.” This rhetoric is designed to silence opposition. No one with a conscience wants to be accused of hate or bigotry…

The truth is that there are people such as myself with deeply held religious beliefs which hold that the LGBTQ lifestyle is at odds with the expressed will of our Creator — you know, the one who endowed us with our “unalienable rights.” People of faith realize that giving deference to the will of our Creator is not reflective of a spirit of hate or bigotry.

Okay Pat, I’ve got a few questions for you. When millions and millions of Christians had the “deeply held religious belief” that blacks were inferior to whites and that God had explicitly ordained slavery in the Bible, did the fact that they based their beliefs on religion make them any less hateful or bigoted? When millions and millions of Christians voted to ban interracial marriage because their “deeply held religious beliefs” told them that miscegenation was evil and that God hated it, were they magically not bigoted merely because they claimed to base their beliefs on religion?

And what about all the other things that are at odds with the expressed will of the creator in that Bible you hold so dear? Should we outlaw blasphemy, making idols or worshiping other gods? I mean, those are right there in the Ten Commandments, that’s how much God hates them. And yet not only do we allow those things, the Constitution explicitly protects the right to engage in them despite the “expressed will of our Creator.” You know what else God allegedly hates? Women who aren’t virgins on their wedding day. He hates them so much that he demands that they be stoned to death. Should we follow the “expressed will of our Creator” and make that a law?

I don’t recall you ever submitting a bill on any of those things. Could it be that you don’t really believe your own premise? Or are you just picking and choosing which of “God’s laws” to enforce?


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