All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
- Arthur Schopenhauer
The hypocrisy of patriots knows no bounds.
But then again, that’s really nothing new, is it?
“Congress has the ability to remove appellate jurisdiction. What that means is, we can actually take from them their right to rule on marriage before they even rule on marriage.”
It seems religious leaders have demanded certain members of the Supreme Court recuse themselves from hearing a landmark same-sex marriage case which begins today.
Religious leaders are afraid they can’t win with just a simple conservative majority on the bench, they want at least two of the liberals removed completely.
They know what’s likely coming. We all do.
Nothing is certain, of course, not with this court, but history is a river and we can look upstream to see the oncoming flood.
Sooner or later, the only qualification for two people who want to get married in the United States of America will be that they are consenting adults, all else will be irrelevant.
Marriage is a civil right, a human right, it is a relationship and a legal contract between two people and anybody who isn’t one of those two people should not get a vote. Period. End of discussion.
And sooner or later, inch by painful inch, just like every other civil right in this country, we’re going to get there. And that, that right there, is what frightens the bigots more than anything else – just as the end of segregation frightened their parents, just as women’s suffrage frightened their grandparents.
They're scared, these little haters.
Just as they’ve always been.
They’re terrified of the future, just as small men are always afraid when they know in their heart of hearts they are on the wrong side of history.
"Standing on the steps of the Supreme Court, Scott Lively, president of Abiding Truth Ministries, told reporters he’s filing a motion with the Supreme Court calling for the recusal of Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan."
Abiding Truth Ministries.
The Truth, no less. The Truth.
Listen, when religious leaders like Scott Lively speak of Truth, especially when it's capitalized, you can be absolutely certain whatever comes next will be anything but – and it’ll usually be accompanied by a big pile of firewood and a stake, because their form of truth cannot abide honest scrutiny.
Not content with just stacking the court, Christian conservatives are now attempting to remove its constitutional jurisdiction altogether.
Last week in the House, Steve King (R-Iowa) introduced the Restrain the Judges on Marriage Act of 2015.
In the Senate, Ted Cruz (R-Texas) introduced The Protect Marriage from the Courts Act.
Both of these bills, should they become law, would prevent federal courts, and in particular the Supreme Court, from ruling on marriage in any form.
If such a law had been in place a few decades back it would still be illegal in certain states for people of different races to marry – not that rich white Christian men just exactly like Ted Cruz and Steve King didn’t try then to pass similar laws.
They failed then, they will fail now.
They were on the wrong side of history then and they are on the wrong side of history again.
That’s the one thing you can always count on when it comes to these people.
They are so certain of the Godly "truth" of their bigotry, so proudly righteous in their smug hate and conceited bias, so positive they can turn aside the onrushing tide of history, so filled with love for the American system of law, they know they will carry their cause...
... if they can only stack the court.
Or get rid of it altogether.
Oh, sure, we're right. We are. We are. We've even got God on our side, God. That’s right, we do. Sure. See, um, but, ur, well, the Supreme Almighty King of Kings and Lord of All Creation just can't prove it in a court of law. God is all powerful, His Truth is Truthful and his mojo is terrible, oh you betcha, but He can't win in court because, you know, sissy liberals and sparkly gay people. So anyway, you'll just have to take our word for what Angry Sky Man wants, okay? Great, so everybody has to do what we say now, that's what freedom of religion means.
It's ironic, isn't it? That their "Truth" can't stand up to the scrutiny of the court?
It’s ironic, isn’t it? That their “Truth” can’t carry the day on its own merits. Funny, isn’t it, that an abiding self-evident Truth can’t sway those who see things differently solely because it is an abiding self-evident truth. Must not be very powerful, this great Truth.
Unless, you know, it’s not. The Truth, I mean.
But, oh how they love America, these Patriots.
They do, their blood runs red, white, and blue with the love of Jesus. Like Ted Nugent, they clutch tight their guns and weep tears of blood for America, because they love it so much.
They just don't like that part where they have to share America with everybody else.
See, that’s the problem, right there.
For them, for people like Ted Cruz and Steve King and Scott Lively, America is an exclusive country club for Christian white people who look and act and think and hate just like they do.
It’s Heaven in that regard.
And the only people in their heaven who aren't just like them? Those would be the servants, the waiters and the valets and the lawn jockeys.
Listen to me: If you have to throw out half the court in order to win your case – even though you already have the majority – if you have to alter our form of government so that you can just bypass the court altogether, solely in order to impose your religious beliefs on all the rest of us, then your truth is a lie.
You are not just.
You are not righteous.
You're not a patriot.
You are the enemy of justice, of liberty, of freedom, and of the onrushing future.
You are the very absolutists, the very religious fanatics, this country was designed to protect its citizens from.
You are, in point of fact, the small men your own prophet spoke so forcefully against and in that story? You’re not the ones who carried the cross, you’re the ones who pounded in the nails.
As such, I fully expect you to try and cheat because those like you cannot win any other way.
But know this: you will not succeed.
There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth: not going all the way, and not starting