|Full Blown Discrimination Using Religion|
Many seem to be of the opinion that on the GOP side of the equation it has all boiled down to three candidates: Trump, Cruz & Rubio. We'll see, but there can be no question that the GOP field will thin out fairly soon.
If we are to believe the general consensus above, that would mean that two of the three GOP hopefuls are fine with discrimination. In fact, they are better than just fine with discrimination - they embrace to and will lead the charge!
"Six GOP Candidates Pledge To Sign Anti-Gay Discrimination Into Law",
"Six of the Republican candidates vying for the presidency have signed a pledge promising to support legislation during their first 100 days in the White House that would use the guise of “religious liberty” to give individuals and businesses the right to openly discriminate against LGBT people."
"Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Rick Santorum, and Mike Huckabee vowed to push for the passage of the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), legislation that would prohibit the federal government from stopping discrimination by people or businesses that believe “marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman” or that “sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage.”
"The pledge is supported by three conservative groups: the American Principles Project, Heritage Action for America, and Family Research Council Action."
Although six have already signed this pledge, according to this piece, more are on the way: “It has become clear that the First Amendment Defense Act is rapidly becoming a signature issue that unifies the GOP,” Maggie Gallagher, Senior Fellow at American Principles Project, said in the group’s statement announcing the pledge. “Three out of the four top contenders for the nomination — Carson, Cruz, and Rubio — have pledged to prioritize passing FADA in their first 100 days of office. Additionally, Bush, Graham, Paul, and now for the first time, Donald Trump, have publicly expressed support for FADA.”
Gallagher added that a Republican win in 2016 could mean that FADA becomes reality. “Real, concrete protections for gay marriage dissenters appear to be just one election victory away,” she said.
"But instead of protecting “gay marriage dissenters,” FADA gives people and businesses license to openly discriminate against same sex couples. If it were to pass, it would mean that government workers could refuse to perform their duties, and businesses and organizations — including those that operate with the support of taxpayer dollars — would be free to discriminate. The American Civil Liberties Union has called it “a Pandora’s Box of taxpayer-funded discrimination against same-sex couples and their children.”
"The legislation was previously introduced by Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-ID) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) under the moniker of the “Marriage and Religious Freedom Act.” As the Family Research Council explained when it endorsed the bill in June, anybody who refuses to recognize a same-sex couple’s marriage would be immune to any penalization by the government."
Even the Republican National Committee (RNC) has endorsed FADA.
What have we become; when this "issue" has taken center stage over all others? If any of these candidates gets elected, I fear for our future as a nation. If any of them are elected, we will be no better than all those we chastise and condemn.
It appears safe to say that the republican leadership has taken the GOP to depths never before seen, with hate as their flag and cornerstone.
I am more than a little concerned. I hope others (a majority) are, too.