Even a Broken Clock is Right Twice Per Day…

…and perhaps even less frequently Andrew Sullivan is spot on.

This, however, is one of those times:

What The Hell Just Happened In Kansas?

The bill that just overwhelmingly passed the Kansas House of Representatives is quite something. You can read it in its entirety here. It is premised on the notion that the most pressing injustice in Kansas right now is the persecution some religious people are allegedly experiencing at the hands of homosexuals. As Rush Limbaugh recently noted, “They’re under assault. You say, ‘Heterosexuality may be 95, 98 percent of the population.’ They’re under assault by the 2 to 5 percent that are homosexual.” As its sponsor, Charles Macheers, explained:

Discrimination is horrible. It’s hurtful … It has no place in civilized society, and that’s precisely why we’re moving this bill. There have been times throughout history where people have been persecuted for their religious beliefs because they were unpopular. This bill provides a shield of protection for that.

The remedy for such a terrible threat is, however, state support for more discrimination.

If you were devising a strategy to make the Republicans look like the Bull Connors of our time, you just stumbled across a winner. If you wanted a strategy to define gay couples as victims and fundamentalist Christians as oppressors, you’ve hit the jackpot. In a period when public opinion has shifted decisively in favor of gay equality and dignity, Kansas and the GOP have decided to go in precisely the opposite direction. The week that the first openly gay potential NFL player came out, the GOP approved a bill that would prevent him from eating in restaurants in the state, if he ever mentioned his intention to marry or just shack up with his boyfriend. Really, Republicans? That’s the party you want?

Okay, maybe I was giving Andrew a bit too much credit.  He actually seems a bit shocked that the Rancidpublican Party would go there.  Has he been too busy doing the sorts of things he’s been criticized for in the past to pay attention to the christianist right’s claims whining that it is oppressed?

As for the allegedly Christian nature of this legislation, let’s not mince words. This is the inversion of Christianity.

Again…

Not really news, Andy.

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