“This is not designed to teach religion in the schools as a means of proselytizing,” said Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, a conservative advocacy group, and a GOP delegate from Louisiana who supported the Bible-in-schools provision. “You can’t really fully understand the American form of government and society without some understanding of the Bible.”Really? Thomas Jefferson rewrote the Bible omitting all of the supernatural nonsense. Would that version be OK? Seems to me that kids will have a better understanding of the American democracy on strictly secular terms. We are a very diverse society today. If religion is the means to understanding our society then one must include the Qur'an and the Hindu Vedas. To cover Buddhism we need the Tripitaka, Mahayana Sutras and the Tibetan Book of the Dead. I don't think that is what Perkins has in mind. Getting back to his email:
We wrote to you earlier this year about the critical effort to protect faith, family, and freedom in the 2016 GOP Platform. Today the Republican Party formally adopted its 2016 platform, and we are pleased to be able to say the effort was an enormous success.Why is it that “family values” never pertains to gays and lesbians—and their children? Why are they excluded from the American virtue? Why do they not seem to have any value? “Making America Great Again™” seems to apply primarily to white-heterosexual-Christian-males. And the rest? Well, they are the “others.”
Establishment activists soft on family values wanted to radicalize the platform -- the document that outlines what the GOP stands for. Wealthy individuals like hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer have donated millions of dollars to undermine natural marriage in the Republican Party. They mounted a well-funded effort to remove important conservative values in the platform -- reportedly spending over $1 million to do so.
But it didn't work. …
So the GOP and Mr. Perkins can pretend that Obergefell did not settle the issue of marriage equality. If you ask them why they want to reverse Obergefell they will say that it is a decision that should be left up to the states. If you ask what has happened over the past year that might encourage a state to reverse marriage equality they are out of answers. They aren't really out of answers. The simple answer is “Christianity” which they know creates a constitutional problem. So they'll talk about bakers or some finagled statistic but they don't have any secular answers at all. None.
While they are at it the theocrats would like to pretend that Roe v. Wade did not settle the issue of abortion. Women should be as scarce in support of Republicans as gays, blacks and Hispanics.
Watching the spectacle in Cleveland is nauseating. It is also a bit scary when you consider that Trump could become our next president. He would be held accountable to the platform. A man who can barely complete a sentence without suggesting something that is blatantly unconstitutional would then nominate justices of the Supreme Court.
If you are not registered to vote please jump through whatever barriers they have constructed to suppress your vote and register. Putting Hillary Clinton in the White House is the ultimate “fuck you” to Trump, the GOP platform and Perkins. It is a message that needs to be delivered.