Sam Brownback: Remember That Name

Sam Brownback: Remember That Name


In the future, if you look up ‘homophobic’ in the dictionary, it will have a name; ‘Governor Sam Brownback of Kansas.’ It will likely be cross-referenced with ‘bigot,’ ‘racist,’ and ‘misogynist.’ Persons such as Brownback seldom have a single prejudice.

The self-described conservative Republican was actually born in the early 1900’s, but thanks to recent time travel ability, he is now a re-elected governor in 2015, attempting to move his state in a backwards direction. Tuesday Brownback rescinded an executive order signed by former Governor Kathleen Sebelius in 2007. Discrimination based on gender or sexual orientation became unlawful under her direction. The order affected businesses which are directly under the control of the state’s government.

Brownback is not alone in his effort to reject the civil rights of the LGBT community; this action links him with the actions of other homophobes and bigots in Texas and the Southern States. Each of their actions is based on federal court orders to allow same-sex marriage. Multiple efforts are underway to circumvent the courts’ rulings on behalf of the LGBT community.

Brownback issued his own order. In the document he defends the rights of several groups who have been targets of discrimination in the past based on religion, race, color, national origin, ethnicity, or gender; but he eliminated ‘sexual orientation.’

Those who protest too much and display ‘fear of gay men and women,’ called Homophobia, invite more questions. Is the governor fearful of his own masculinity? Is he denying personal desires? What it his motive for singling out a harmless group of men and women? The answers most frequently offered by these type of individuals is ‘because it’s in the bible.’ What actually is in the bible is ‘judge not, lest ye be judged;’ and ‘let he who is without sin cast the first stone.’

When politicians at any level deny the human and civil rights of others it is always based on personal opinions. They are seldom representative of the views of their constituents. Prejudices based on life styles, race, religion, gender, or the color of one’s skin continue to be one of America’s biggest problems. Elected officials are not allowed to have prejudices; they are intended to represent all of the people of their district or state. Listen to politicians when they align themselves with issues of prejudice; they all refer to one or all of three things. First they talk about the Constitution, which I doubt few of them have ever read. Then they cite federal or state laws; at least their personal interpretation of them. And then it always comes down to Christianity. Just once I would love to see one of these hypocrites place people above a minister or pastor as they babble on about what they believe is right or wrong. Their pretense is that they are representing God. If God was here on earth he would ban most religious leaders from His churches.

As they say, ‘in other news,’ Roy Moore is the Chief Justice of Alabama’s Supreme Court. For more than ten years he has been known as the state’s ‘Chief Homophobe.’ Although the Supreme Court of the United States has ordered Alabama to allow same-sex marriage until a final ruling is handed down later in the year, Moore believes that his beliefs supersede federal law. He has ordered the state’s judges not to allow gay marriage.

He acted similarly in 2003. He had allowed a two-ton monument of the Ten Commandments, which had been placed in the state judicial building, to stay although a federal appeals court ruled that it was an unconstitutional display of religious choice, and an endorsement of Christianity.

When the few choose to make their opinions and beliefs the law over the rights of the many, all forms of democracy are rescinded. President John Adams said that democracy is fragile, fleeting, and will eventually fail because of its internal design. Our founding fathers were certainly a helluva lot smarter than the boobs running our government today.

Commentary by James Turnage


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