There is a staggering number from the 2012 election not many people discuss: over 30 million Christians did not vote. There were some 7 to 8 million who were registered but didn’t vote, and the rest claimed to be Christians, but weren’t even registered.I believe it was Plato who stated, “One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.” I’m not talking about inferiors in the manner of social status, but in this case, a principled one.
There’s a big kerfuffle going on regarding North Carolina and Mississippi about something that’s being wrongly stated — and it appears a certain GOP presidential candidate doesn’t comprehend that.As reported by the Washington Examiner, “John Kasich said Sunday that people who favor laws allowing businesses not to serve gay couples need to “calm down” and “get over” their opposition to lifestyles that differ from their own.
“What I’d like to say is, just relax,” Kasich said on CNN. “If you don’t like what somebody’s doing, pray for them, and if you feel as though somebody is doing something wrong against you, can you just for a second get over it? You know?”
Kasich’s comments were a reply to a question about his harsh reaction to Mississippi’s new law that allows companies not to serve gay couples. Last week, Kasich asked “What the hell are we doing in this country?” in reaction to that law.Kasich did say Sunday that his first reaction as president would not be to take specific steps to stop states from passing those sorts of laws. But he then advised people on both sides to “calm down” before looking for quick-fix legislative answers to this complex problem.”
There is a legitimate concern for people being able to have their deeply held religious beliefs, religious liberty,” he said. “But there’s also people who we shouldn’t be discriminating against. We need to have a balance.” “And I just wish that everybody would just take a breath and calm down, because you see, trying to figure out how to legislate that balance is complicated and you keep doing do-overs, because nobody gets it right,” he said. “So if we just kind of calm down here, I think things would settle down,” he added.”
First of all, I think it’s rather dismissive of Governor Kasich to tell folks who are losing their businesses and being the victims of punitive fines by states to “calm down.” I recommend the governor speak with Melissa and Aaron Klein of Sweet Cakes bakery in Oregon to ascertain what’s happening. Or he can speak with the florist in Seattle or the portrait studio owner in New Mexico, or the pizzeria owner in Indiana — all small business owners, all Christians.These are Christian business owners who have not refused service to homosexuals, they’ve declined to participate in a specific ceremony due to their religious beliefs. This is no different than a government that takes businesses and organizations such as Hobby Lobby or Little Sisters of the Poor to court in an attempt to force, intimidate, coerce, or fine them for their religious convictions and beliefs.
We’re now in a state of existence in America where the government – i.e man — creates rights based on special interest groups – i.e. same sex marriage. The decision in Obergefell vs Hodges resulted in five unelected jurists, two of which should have recused themselves, redefining marriage and in turn redefining the First Amendment right of freedom of religion and the free exercise thereof.
What Governor Kasich fails to realize is that it was a knee-jerk, quick-fix appeasement by the U.S. Supreme Court that has set this course. None of the five deciding justices in the Obergefell case considered the second, third, and fourth order effects of their decision. They just saw an opportunity to be “activist jurists” and populists, and failed to understand that they have no authority to create law, and order states to abide. What Article III of the Constitution requires is that the Supreme Court interprets law. And as I’ve articulated often on these pages, I support civil unions. I simply don’t see the necessity of redefining traditional marriage via legislative or judicial process. In doing so, we have in essence redefined the roles of mother and father — better stated, mom and dad. And what’s up with the Spouse 1 and Spouse 2 marriage certificates? Seems to resemble the t-shirts, Thing 1 and Thing 2.Furthermore, did anyone consider the rights of women when transgendered fellas — you know, guys who feel like they’re gals — are granted the right to use women’s facilities? As a dad to two daughters, I find that very disturbing, after all, these are folks who are anatomically like me.
So once again, we have government granting rights to a special interest minority group while trampling on the privacy rights of a greater majority – women. So much for women’s rights! And spare me any comparison with the civil rights movement. Being of a certain race is a definable characteristic, you clearly know two things about me when I enter a room, I am a black male. Sexuality and sexual choices are part of individual behavioral decisions, the pursuit of happiness — they do not exactly afford you special rights. I cannot change my race – I’m no Rachel Dolezal. My sexuality and behaviors can certainly be changed – but that’s not the basis for demanding rights.
Governor Kasich, folks have indeed been calm, but what they’re experiencing is the erosion of their Constitutional First Amendment right all for the sake of cultural populism. And it appears you’ve embraced the latter, not the former.
Furthermore, we have the government punishing individuals for their religious beliefs which is truly un-American and why the Pilgrims fled England for our shores in the first place.
The balance is simple: the role of government is not about acquiescing to every special interest group demanding “rights.” I would ask you sir, to stop pandering and articulate what the real issue is. No one is being discriminated against, save the folks who are being told the limits of their freedom of religion. No one is being refused service, so please, stop being part of the disinformation and propaganda campaign. And sir, if you want to be president, please understand what the Constitution’s First Amendment guarantees for the individual American. It is not the place for government to be used as a battering ram for some against another. Sir, do not forget the principle of federalism and that states grant marriage certificates — and the SCOTUS can neither make a law, nor tell the states to comply. Funny thing, why doesn’t the SCOTUS tell states and cities to adhere to another individual right, the Second Amendment?
To answer your question Governor, “what the hell are we doing in this country?” We are not abiding by the Bill of Rights, but instead just eroding them for electoral patronage of certain special interest groups. And we’re not speaking truth on certain issues — such as you’ve done in this case.
Religious liberty was a founding principle of America. Is that still the case today?