Ted Cruz, Mick Huckabee and Bobby Jindal, three prominent US Republican candidates, are speaking this weekend at a conference called the National Religious Liberties Conference. Ostensibly a debate on how American Christians are being increasingly oppressed in the modern world, the guest list and in particular the host of the event should raise some eyebrows.
Kevin Swanson, the host, is a notorious radio host – notorious that is for believing openly that gay people should be put to death.
Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Phillip Monk claims he was dismissed from the Air Force because of his Christian beliefs. In reality, he was dismissed for refusing to discipline one of his subordinates who was tub-thumping to new recruits – particularly spreading his beliefs against homosexuality.
Other guest on the illustrious line up include a couple who refused to rent out their property for a gay wedding – which, given that they rented it out for straight weddings, flew in the face of anti-discrimination laws in the state – and a couple who run a bakery who refused to produce a wedding cake for a lesbian couple.
The list goes on like this, unfortunately. A who’s who of foaming-at-the-mouth Christian radicals whose beliefs include execution of gay people, using the Bible as the basis of law (in a similar way to sharia law, which is often criticized by these very same people), and that Christians all over the world are facing a “modern inquisition”.
The only thing making people ‘inquisitive’ about this rabid group of theocrats is how they can attempt to cry oppression when in fact, they are really bemoaning a modern world that is fast making it difficult for them to enact their own old testament brand of oppression on others.
That current Republican hopefuls are happy to rub shoulders with this most hateful of flocks speak volumes about the current political climate in the States – but we’ll leave the reader to draw those conclusions themselves.