I relish being preached at by multiple divorcees and serial adulterers about my love life and my sexuality.
I just love how members of autocratic fundamentalist congregations with harsh penalties for any deviation from the Straight and Narrow bang on about "freedom."
I'm thrilled that the Roman Catholic Church is remaking itself as a fertility cult led by celibate old men.
And in the end, I think none of this has anything to do with religion or morality. It is all about identity, about tribe; who's Us and who's not. It's all of a piece with the white identity politics that dominates the Republican Party these days. The one time party of the chamber of commerce now remakes itself into a far right national front party focused on a threatened racial, gender, religious, and class supremacy. The use of the tax code to redistribute the wealth from everyone else to the top of the food chain is part of that supremacist agenda. Ayn Rand evicts Adam Smith from his old seat at the GOP.
So too is the focus on gays. Gays are the ultimate beneficiaries of liberal cosmopolitanism, the very personification of that detested liberalism that puts universalism ahead of identity; humanism ahead of sectarianism. The Bible has comparatively little to say on same sexuality as compared to a lot to say about adultery and divorce as well as social justice issues. But that disproportionate focus on one small thing, putting it at the center of the Christian faith right there with the Resurrection and the Trinity, is central to the anti-cosmopolitanism of the supremacist far right. The white American race through its Christian mandate claims a manifest destiny to rule, according to this school of thought. The universal proclamation of salvation as the free gift to all by a self-sacrificial God becomes barely recognizable beneath the distortions imposed on it by the necessities of supremacist identity politics.
As I've said before, "religious freedom" is just code for the liberty to be a pious asshole and to feel superior while treating other people like shit.
Dan Savage on the whole Kim Davis fracas:
I say this with sadness, I say this as the son of a preacher, I say this as a former seminarian: This pathetic bullshit is what passes for Christianity in America today. Thanks to the efforts of hate groups like the American Family Association, the Family Research Council (co-founded by a tortured closet case and lately the employer of a kid-diddling serial adulterer), the 700 Club, the Moral Majority, the National Organization for Marriage, the National Association of Evangelicals, etc., and the mousy, near-complicit silence of left-wing and progressive Christians, "Christian" is now synonymous with "anti-gay bigot."
To be a good American Christian like Kim Davis—or a good Alaskan Christian like Bristol Palin—you don't have to stay in your first marriage, you don't have to stop getting knocked up by randos who aren't your husband, you don't have to deny marriage licenses to straight people who are remarrying or marrying outside the faith or obtaining marriage licenses for Godless secular marriages. Nope. You just have to hate the homos. Hate the homos and you're right with the God of Tony Perkins and Josh Duggar, hate the homos and you're good with American Jesus. (Toss in support for capital gains tax cuts and Jesus loves you even more.) You don't have to feed the sick, clothe the naked, house the homeless—you don't have to do any of that shit Jesus actually talked about—you just have to hate the homos hard enough to
go to jail for for your beliefscash in on your bigotry.
And a martyr is born.