When the Supreme Court ruled that employers can’t fire people solely because they’re gay, lesbian or transgender, it was only a matter of time before a lot of heads exploded on the religious right. After all, the man who wrote the opinion for the 6-3 majority was Neil Gorsuch, the man Donald Trump picked for Antonin Scalia’s old seat.
Remember, the GOP went on what amounted to a year-long tantrum to keep Barack Obama from replacing Scalia. What’s more, a number of Republicans held their noses and voted for Trump in 2016 in part because he offered the best chance of maintaining, and possibly cementing, the conservative majority on the Supreme Court. So when it finally sunk in that this decision came down despite all of this, the religious right howled in outrage.
For instance, E. W. Jackson claimed the decision amounted to nothing less than a declaration of war on the American people.
James Dobson was equally outraged. He railed that by telling employers they can’t discriminate against their LGBT employees, the Court had not only issued “an affront against God,” but attacked “the founding framework that governs our nation.”
But one fundie podcaster went beyond the usual religious right agitprop. He claimed with a straight face that this decision happened because of Jewish influence.
Like most of the nation’s so-called moral guardians, former high school coach-turned-minister Dave Daubenmire was seeing red over the Supreme Court’s decision. But he veered from mere anger into out-and-out hate and bigotry on Tuesday morning’s edition of his “Pass the Salt” webcast. People for the American Way’s Right Wing Watch got a clip.
Right Wing Watch focused on Daubenmire’s screed against Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan, both Jews. As far as he was concerned, RBG was “nowhere near Jesus Christ,” and she and Kagan were “as lost” as Muslims and atheists, since they hated God.
But if you watch the whole thing, you’ll see that Daubenmire was also turning his fire on the Court’s other justices as well. He pointed out that Chief Justice John Roberts was a Catholic, and Gorsuch was an Episcopalian. Noting that the other justices are Catholic as well, Daubenmire mused that there weren’t really any Christians on the Court.
The message was obvious–if there were more born-agains on the Supreme Court, employers would still be free to fire you solely on account of sexual orientation. Indeed, Daubenmire has argued in the past that only evangelical Christians are qualified to serve on the Court. As he saw it, those “who do not share Christian biblical beliefs” shouldn’t even apply.
Chances are that Daubenmire was merely saying out loud what a lot of fundies say in their unguarded moments. After all, we know that deep down, the religious right wants to not only gut the First Amendment, but Article VI’s ban on religious tests for office.
Daubenmire frequently wears a cap with a cross on it. But by suggesting that employers would still be able to discriminate if not for Jews and non-Christians being on the Supreme Court, he has proven yet again that if you replace his cap with a black turban, he’s basically an Iranian mullah.
- Trumpkin Pastor: When Trump Tells A Lie, ‘That’s Between Him And God’ - July 7, 2020
- Michele Bachmann: Coronavirus Is Punishment For Daring To Split Jerusalem - July 5, 2020
- Trump May Be Hurting Himself With Rants About Mail-In Ballots - June 28, 2020
- Trumpkin Millennial: If You Support Biden, You Hate America - June 27, 2020
- Trump: ‘I Hope It’s True’ That God Has Chosen Me As President - June 26, 2020
- Trumpkin Pastor: Bolton Was ‘Dead Set’ Against Trump, So Don’t Listen To Him - June 24, 2020
- Watch Podcaster’s Hateful Rant About Why Employers Can’t Fire Gays - June 18, 2020
- Trumpkin Pastor: ‘God Bless’ Official Who Wants To Deport Protesters - June 16, 2020
- Trumpkin Teenager: Liberals Have ‘Vested Interest’ In Keeping Races Divided - June 12, 2020
- Trumpkin Pastor: Christians Wavering From Trump Are ‘Weak’ - June 11, 2020