Today’s post is at The Stream: Trump, Religious Liberty and the Snippy Elevator Lady.
The monumental importance of the election was made vivid in, of all places, a Manhattan elevator.
There were four or five of us crammed in. As we descended somebody said, “My wife and daughters found out that I was going to vote for Trump and they were not happy.” A second gentleman said only one or two people on his staff knew he was considering Trump, and that he didn’t want others to find out. As we stopped on a lower flow to pick up a sixty-something very New York-looking woman, the fear and experiences they’d had of admitting their preference was echoed and amplified.
And then somebody said, “After all, what’s wrong with saying that you’re considering one of the two Presidential candidates? We shouldn’t be afraid to mention it.” The doors opened, and, as we were gentlemen of the old school, we let the lady exit first. Over her shoulder, she said in a tone at once accusative and sarcastic, “You should be afraid.”
As the lady beetled away, I laughed and said in a loud voice, “And that right there is the problem.”
Hillary was on to something with her “basket of deplorables”. Folks who, she said, are “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, you name it”. It’s what a lot of people think. The elevator lady thought it. A lot of our own families members think it. Even our government does.
Couple of weeks back, Martin R. Castro, chairman U.S. Civil Rights Commission, issued a report which said, with the full authority of the government, “Religious exemptions to the protections of civil rights based upon classifications such as race, color, national origin, sex, disability status, sexual orientation, and gender identity, when they are permissible, significantly infringe upon these civil rights.”
When pushed on this, Castro said, “The phrases ‘religious liberty’ and ‘religious freedom’ will stand for nothing except hypocrisy so long as they remain code words for discrimination, intolerance, racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, Christian supremacy or any form of intolerance.”
It was Castro’s hatred of Christianity, and the fear—I say the positive guarantee—that his bigoted ignorant foolish illogical preposterous anti-Constitutional stance will be made official policy and become law if Hillary is elected that makes understanding Mr Trump’s views on these matters crucial…
Go there to read the rest about why Trump is a better bet. Unless you’re like that elevator lady and can’t bear that somebody thinks differently than you.
Update Somehow this headline is apropos: “Libertarian VP candidate Bill Weld: No one is more qualified to be president than, um, Hillary Clinton“.