Minnesota House Representative Peggy Scott’s heart is broken. She is not heartbroken as a victim of romantic rebuff or infidelity. She is not heartbroken from suffering the loss of a loved one. No… poor little Peg’s heart is broken because she and her party’s attempt to legislate their religious anti-gay bigotry has failed in the Minnesota House of Representatives, when the measure was approved 75-59 during this past Thursday’s session. Can you feel her pain? Let’s all take a moment to pray… or, rub our crystal balls… or, consult an oracle… or, rub a freshly butchered chicken’s blood all over our bodies… no, wait… let’s have a laugh at one more melodramatic display from a Republican leader throwing a temper tantrum while deceitfully playing the victim.
This is not a novel tactic, yet it is one that has been adopted by the Republican Party and Christians across the United States as a means to garner attention when they don’t get their way. Imagine that. The conservative political party line has taken its reactionary strategy directly from the character Veruca Salt to gather in a basket of sniveling bad eggs. Let the tears flow.
The irony is nauseating. A majority of religious conservatives with a history of discriminatory treatment toward those not like them are collectively mourning their ever-decreasing ability to persecute those they disapprove of through legislation. Did you get that? They are blubbering about being persecuted, because their power to persecute others has become diminished.
The message is clear: Their need to appease their own insecurities and self-loathing has melded into a defense mechanism of projecting scornful bigotry, which is manifested by them claiming entitlement to impose that bigotry, by law, against the pursuit of happiness by people to whose very existence they object.
While this is a disgusting display of someone bereft of humanity, it is hardly a surprise coming from a leading member of Meadow Creek Church in Andover, MN, which teaches its congregation in its 13 statements of faith that humans are born unworthy, that the rapture is actually going to happen (one of these days), and that their omnipotent god needs money.
Special attention should be given to this church’s 11th Statement of Faith, which reads “…the Church and State must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from dictation or patronage of the other.” Yet, the next sentence of the statement reads, “Civil government is of divine appointment for the interests and good order of human society (Romans 13:1-7); and civil leaders are to be prayed for (1 Timothy 2:1,2), conscientiously honored and obeyed (1 Peter 2:13-17), except in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 4:18-20).”
Really? So, which is it? Do they recognize the constitutional separation of church and state as defined in the First Amendment, or is that recognition applicable only as long as the church doesn’t disagree with the state? Once again, a glaring example of Christian hypocrisy; they will not hesitate to manipulate their own rules, let alone discard anyone else’s standards, to suit their agenda at any given time. Peggy Scott’s recent statement reveals an obvious conflict of interest in that context, particularly for a government official, that marginalizes the First Amendment Establishment Clause:
“My heart breaks for Minnesota,” said Scott. “It’s a divisive issue that divides our state. It’s not what we needed to be doing at this time. We want to come together for the state of Minnesota, we don’t want to divide it.”
Listen up, Peggy: The only reason this is a divisive issue is that pious monsters such as you and your loyal constituents have authorized yourselves to be moderators of social division by depriving other human beings of equal rights.
Go ahead… cry us a river. The world’s smallest violin is playing for you, Peggy. It’s a familiar tune with profoundly moving lyrical accompaniment. I can hear it now: “…I want the whole world… I want to lock it all up in my pocket, it’s my bar of chocolate, give it to me now…”
If the content of this essay seems severe, consider the severity of being a member of a free pluralistic society who is treated, both socially and legally, as being lesser and undeserving of equity that would facilitate one’s happiness. The United States has a history of this unconscionable treatment. The deprivation of equal human rights as a result of being censured by a remarkably ignorant and dogmatic religious majority: That is real heartbreak.