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Right-wing leaders looking to remake American democracy into a conservative theocracy gathered Aug. 14 for “Justice Sunday II,” a grand revival affair aimed at tearing into the nation’s courts and accusing them, more of less, of gayifying the country.
Upstanding Texas gentleman and House Majority Leader Tom “Ethics” Delay was a featured speaker at the event, which was broadcast to churches nationwide.
The president of The Catholic League, Bill Donohue, also spoke at the event. He’d like to see a constitutional amendment mandating a unanimous vote of the Court to overturn a law created by Congress.
“These activist, unelected judges believe they know better than the American people about the direction the country should go,” Donohue said. “The framers of our great nation did not intend for the courts to have absolute and final power over us.”
By “us” we can only assume he means the far-right minority of which he is a part. It is highly unlikely that the framers he invokes had a dream of a religious right takeover of America’s legislative and judicial branches when they created our system of checks and balances.
In fact, recent polls find that Donohue and right-wing conservatives like him are actually out of touch with the majority of Americans. While the rally cry at Justice Sunday II was in part aimed at getting a pro-life justice onto the Supreme Court, polls have found over 60 percent of Americans consider Roe v Wade, the landmark decision legalizing a woman’s access to abortion, “a good thing.” Less than 40 percent think it’s “a bad thing.”
Likewise, support for marriage equality, a popular punching bag at Justice Sunday II, is also rising.
The majority of Americans are not far-right conservatives and don’t support the radical right agenda. Unfortunately, the right is loud and persistent. They make more noise than they have people to account for it.
Thankfully the LGBT and allied community has voices of its own and we introduce you to two of them, one on the national level and one on the local level, in this issue.
Kate Runyon is continuing the work of Michael Gibson-Faith at the American Friends Service Committee’s LGBT Issues Program and Faith Action Network. AFSC has played an essential role when it comes to getting people of faith to speak out in favor or LGBT equality, reminding all of us that religion is not the rightful domain of conservatives.
On the national level is Rev. Nancy Wilson who has been elected to replace Rev. Troy Perry, the founder of Metropolitan Community Church. Wilson, who used to be at MCC Detroit years ago, is faced with the task of continuing to bring MCC’s message of inclusion to a national and international level.
In this issue we also name Monsignor Eugene Clark as our Creep of the Week. Clark is a shining example of the anti-gay industry’s hypocrisy. He is certainly not the first to blame gays for all of the world’s social ills while reserving a special moral exception for himself.
These are interesting times. But many in America seem to be catching on that the people in charge aren’t interested in what’s best for the country. When James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, cautions that judges are “unelected, unaccountable and arrogant,” it’s becoming clearer and clearer that he’s really talking about people like himself.