my basic stance regarding the tendency towards joining in with paroxysms of religious fervor is best summed up by Melville's Bartleby: I would prefer not to. Which isn't to say I have embarked on a renunciation of all things spiritual. It's just that I don't find a significant overlap between my path and that of the religious right in this country. To be honest, I am forsworn against the tyranny of little minds (for the benefit of the wise guy who noticed my transcendentalist leanings) and think that any transaction on the moral plain is a dealing with one's self and one's own dealing with their own particular conception of God.
I would want to take something, then, specifically, up with certain announced and unannounced candidates for the presidency, regarding what to do with some American citizens, for whom they would presume to have some executive power to change their lives considerably. And who, contrary to the religious right rhetoric, might not have such a prevailing wind as to dictate what treatment they should expect, as only a necessary expectation that they, too, should be merely treated as human.
The current office-holder of Executive-in-Chief has come out strongly for the rights of a here-to-fore marginalized community. But what can we expect of the current crop of the GOP's E-i-C prospects?
Possible presidential candidate Mike Huckabee seems to think that the gays will eventually destroy all the churches. Which I guess makes enough sense if your definition of a church is "a thing that oppresses gay people". If your church doesn't have that definition, though, I think there might be better news . Maybe your church will embrace people from all walks even as Christ did and go on to do good works for all kinds of people. Weirder things have happened.
The first announced candidate, Ted Cruz, has expounded about how he feels the gays have a "jihad" against people of faith. Because thinking things are the other way about, where Christians have been persecuting gays, is apparently too much. But also because some people thinking that being gay is okay distracts from a very important "consensus"--which is actually divisive and not that consenting. I think gay is pretty much okay. I accept people on the face value of their relation of their personal experiences and think shaming people for speaking out about themselves and pretending that being oneself is extremism is pretty much a self-serving shit-show.
Basically, I'm saying Ted Cruz' campaign might very well be a self-serving shit-show.
You know, Rick Santorum has taken a very strong stance against blow jobs. His whole life. It's likely to actually be the rock of his campaign if he has one. And if IN. Governor Mike Pence suffered even a minute over his dumbass "religious freedom to discriminate" bill, let it be recognized that LA. Gov. Bobby Jindal is just about ready for exactly that kind of notoriety.
Were these lions enough?