Stupid Is As Stupid Does For The Religious Right

“I think the main fight is to dissuade Americans from what the secularists are trying to persuade them to be true: that the separation of church and state means that the government cannot favor religion over non religion.” — Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

Steve Shives' Five Stupid Things About The Religious Right (screenshot)

Steve Shives’ Five Stupid Things About The Religious Right (screenshot)

It’s hard to know where to begin to start in cataloging the elected officials and judges who by their own words and actions belie their true allegiance to something other than our Constitution — an allegiance that supersedes any oaths of office they have taken.

The seeds of their allegiance to a power greater than the Constitution begins with christian education or a public education where they stopped paying attention after about the second or third grade. It a form of intentional ignorance bred by anti-intellectualism, lack of curiosity about the world, and laziness about the actual rule of law.

“You know there are three branches of our government: the Supreme Court and the Legislative Branch and you have the people.” –Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin

What?? The pocket veto only works if the legislature has adjourned after the end of the second regular session? [paraphrased] — Maine Governor Paul LePage

Just consider for a minute, local school boards in Texas and elsewhere who, under the direction of the religious right, are systematically disabling the truth of our country’s history by revising textbooks, such as wiping out any mention of slavery and claiming Moses as one of our founding fathers.

In the next few days or a week I will be wrapping up my month-long series on the political religious right and the large, secretive cult that is behind its science-denying and punishing laws aimed at disenfranchising women, the poor, people of color, immigrants, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans folk.

The cult is called The Family (aka The Fellowship) and most people have never heard of it even though it claims members all over the world in 10,000 cells, and has infiltrated every branch and department of the U.S. government. Organizations like the right-wing ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) are mere manifestations of the cult’s political and religious philosophy which has but one solitary goal: to end our rule of law and replace it with (their version of) god’s law.

It is not just The Family’s philosophy and its secret influence in shaping our politics that threaten our democracy. The Family is a formal collective of politicians and businessmen that secretly profit financially from the right’s political agenda, a type of organized crime.

“On December 21, 2008, The Tulsa Oklahoman placed on its front page a story that could have become a major scandal, had not the paper’s editors run it so close to Christmas. Since 1999, Inhofe had taken twenty international trips, at a cost of at least $187,000 in public money–not including the cost of military transport—to promote what he called ‘a Jesus thing.’”
— Jeff Sharlet‘s C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy (2011)

The good news is that it is their criminality, their ethical and financial misconduct, their wholesale misappropriation of taxpayer dollars, that will, can, and should run them out office. It is this paper trail, to date practically untapped, that will give us the tools to vote out these incumbents, and impeach these judges, well before the 2016 election.

Read more about it here. I expect to launch a national campaign, #VoteOutTheReligiousRight, next week at Netroots Nation, and continue with online and community, grassroots organizing.

We fight to obtain basic rights in the most free country in the world, and current advances aside, the foremost way to do this is to permanently remove elected officials who are fighting to take away those rights.

Can we count on your participation?


Alison Gardner