Combatting the Infection of the Religious Right

“[Y]ou’re not able to see somebody else as a human being,” 

IMG_1513Some may predict that the influence of the religious right is waning as the number of Americans identifying as evangelicals declines, but that misunderstands and underestimates the festering infection of their ideas, already in full flower.

You can be an secularist but your world is still affected by the disease of fundamentalist thinking that has made and continues to make a deep impression on our laws and policies. The rubric of religious freedom has been fully distorted to protect racial bigotry and legalize discrimination.

President Obama recently addressed this when talking about discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans people (LGBT) by connecting it to racism and ethnic conflict.

“But the truth of the matter is, is that if you’re treating people differently just because of who they love and who they are, then there’s a connection between that mindset and the mindset that led to racism, and the mindset that leads to ethnic conflict. It means that you’re not able to see somebody else as a human being. . . You can’t, on the one hand, complain when somebody else does that to you, and then you’re doing it to somebody else,”

For a long time, VenusPlusX has made this same connection. Our mission statement calls for the end of racism, sexism, and genderism, indicating a new age of sexual freedom. In our sexual freedom manifesto, we put it his way: The New Age of Sexual Freedom is synonymous with the end of sexism, and the end of racism (the greatest form of sexual oppression), and the end of nationalism for the purposes of war (the greatest form of racism), in the shortest amount of time (because we are killing each other). 

Fundamentalist thinking is a virulent infection and it has no boundaries. It causes misogyny. It causes denial of science. It creates politicians who are so hung up on sex  they make laws that restrict women’s health because it doesn’t fit in with their erotic dream. They incite violence by legislating LGBT discrimination. They wage wars in other countries, blithely sacrificing soldiers who are black, brown, and/or poor. It also creates ISIS fighters. It all stems from the same idea: you are not able to see somebody else as a human being.

This is why we have to #VoteOutTheReligiousRight by completely repudiating their influence on our democracy and all attempts to destroy church-state separation. Register to vote and be there to cast your ballots for candidates who are not fundamentalist thinkers.


Alison Gardner