I think South Carolina State Senator Lee Bright is conceding the whole Confederate flag issue to the people who want to take it down from the State Capitol. This morning, as debate on the flag began, the misnamed Bright spent his three minutes whining about how the nation is going to hell in a handbasket because of marriage equality:
I heard our President sing a religious hymn, and then Friday night, I watched the White House lit up in the abomination colors… it is time for the church to rise up, it is time for the state of South Carolina to rise up. Romans 1 is clear. The Bible is clear! This nation was founded on Judeo-Christian principles and they are under assault by men in black robes who were not elected by you. We better make a stand…
Our governor called us in to deal with the flag that sits out front. Let’s deal with the national sin that we face today! We talk about abortion, but this gay marriage thing, I believe, will be one nation gone under. Like President Reagan said, if we’re not one nation under God, we’ll be one nation gone under.
And to sanctify deviant behavior from five judges, it’s time to make our stand, church! It’s time to make our stand, and we’re not doing it! We can rally together and talk about a flag all we want, but the Devil is taking control of this land and we’re not stopping him!
Now I believe that Christ teaches us to love the homosexual, but he also teaches us to stand against sin. And we need to make our stand. I know how people feel, of all colors, about this. And I know that we need to respect our brother and love our brother, but we cannot respect this sin in the state of South Carolina…
I can play that game, too, you know.
Humanism tells me to treat horrible politicians with respect, but Bright is still a dick. (Hey, that was surprisingly easy!)
Kira Lerner at Think Progress sheds more light on who this Christian politician is:
Bright ran an unsuccessful campaign to unseat Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), now a presidential contender, in the 2014 election. He has championed a number of extreme conservative views, including believing that the state should allow high schools to teach students to shoot guns and that anyone enforcing Obamacare should get a year in jail. He also also repeatedly sought to ban public funding for abortion for victims of rape and incest and funding for rape crisis centers.
At least no one in the Senate seemed to be paying much attention to his angry rant. Even in South Carolina, this sort of faith-based bullshit is beginning to fall on deaf ears.