Hey guys, remember the anti-lynching bill that recently was unanimously passed by the Senate, making it a Federal Hate Crime to lynch someone? Everyone rejoiced, amiright, that 50 years after the Civil Rights Act the US Gubmint finally acknowledged that lynching is a hate crime!
You see, the bill included references to gender identity and sexual orientation, and lo! the Xristians feel that their rights are being trampled somehow:
In an interview this week with Christian news outlet OneNewsNow, Liberty Counsel chair Mat Staver argued that references to sexual orientation and gender identity in the bill would make it easier for the government to pass additional protections for LGBTQ people.
“The old saying is once that camel gets the nose in the tent, you can’t stop them from coming the rest of the way in,” Staver said. “And this would be the first time that you would have in federal law mentioning gender identity and sexual orientation as part of this anti-lynching bill.”
Staver said that he generally supported the anti-lynching legislation, but argued that the language was a way to “slip in” LGBTQ rights as part of a bill legislators would struggle to openly oppose.
“So far they’ve been unsuccessful over the many years in the past,” Staver said, referring to previous congressional efforts to pass anti-discrimination laws covering LGBTQ people. “But this is a way to slip it in under a so-called anti-lynching bill, and to then to sort of circle the wagon and then go for the [jugular] at some time in the future.”
Not surprisingly, the SPLC considers Mat (One-T?) Staver’s group The Liberty Council to be a Hate Group. And you might recall that Staver defended God’s Own Filing Clerk Kim Davis, who refused to issue marriage licenses to the ‘mos. Human Rights Campaign spokemans Stephen Peters told Newsweek on Thursday “Their attempt to remove LGBTQ people from an anti-lynching bill demonstrates their animosity [toward them].” It’s pretty axiomatic that wherever there’s a law that will protect people who are not straight, white, cisgendered, Mat Staver and Liberty Counsel will be there opposing it.
Now, we can speculate all day why the theocrats would want to exclude the ‘mos from a lynching bill, but the point is they are on record now for being in favor of lynching people for Jeebus. And to quote our pal Bluegal, “That’s not scriptural.”
(Hat tip: Scissorhead Purplehead)