During a hearing yesterday in the U.S. House about the “Administration’s Religious Liberty Assault on LGBTQ Rights‘,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made it clear that Donald Trump and other Republicans have used religion — her faith included — to justify all kinds of atrocities against the very people who need the protection of the government.
It’s an incredible speech given by someone with a major platform. Be sure to listen to it.
There is nothing holy about rejecting medical care of people, no matter who they are, on the grounds of what their identity is. There is nothing holy about turning someone away from a hospital. There’s nothing holy about rejecting a child from a family. There’s nothing holy about writing discrimination into the law, and I am tired of communities of faith being weaponized and being mischaracterized, because the only time religious freedom is invoked, it’s in the name of bigotry and discrimination. I’m tired of it.
… I just have to get that out ahead of time, because it is deeply disturbing, not just what is
happening here, but what this administration is advancing is the idea that religion and faith is about exclusion. It is not up to us. It is not up to us to deny medical care. It is up to us to feed the hungry, to clothe the poor, to protect children, and to love all people as ourselves.
Ocasio-Cortez also correctly pointed out that religion has been used to justify slavery, white supremacy, and other forms of bigotry. This is only the latest instance of Christianity being used to hurt others.
As an atheist, I’ll freely admit religion would be a lot harder to condemn if more people used it like AOC, as a motivator to help others and work toward basic human decency. Logic aside, it’s tougher to complain when religion is a force for good. But this Republican administration has done our work for us, showing the world why Christianity is arguably the most dangerous weapon we’ve ever seen. Just think about how much despicable behavior has been ignored by white evangelicals because they believe Trump is part of God’s Special Plan.