Ben Sasse, Asshole of the Day for May 14, 2014
by TeaPartyCat ()
Yesterday Ben Sasse won the GOP nomination for Senate from Nebraska. So now as he heads into the general election, people are looking at what he stands for. And some of it is pretty out there, though that’s not too surprising when you consider he’s endorsed by Sarah Palin AND Ted Cruz, both frequent Asshole of the Day winners.
After the usual anti-Obamacare knee-jerk boilerplate, he says this about religious liberty:
Ben Sasse believes that our right to the free exercise of religion is co-equal to our right to life. This is not a negotiable issue. Government cannot force citizens to violate their religious beliefs under any circumstances. He will fight for the right of all Americans to act in accordance with their conscience.
So how does this work out, Mr. Sasse? If government can never ask a citizen to violate their religion, what does that say in these scenarios?
If someone’s religion includes slavery, as many did in the South, can they ignore the Constitution’s amendment against slavery?
What about interracial marriage, which many claimed violated divine law only 50 years ago?
If someone’s religion calls for the death of all unbelievers, do they then have the right to murder people whose faith they find to be insufficient?
How about female castration? If a religion allows for that, are men free to do that too?
And can we then return to stoning adulterers? I mean, so what if the Constitution forbids cruel and unusual punishment— Ben Sasse’s religion trumps the Constitution!
What if my religion says people shouldn’t have guns? Does that give me the right to take away your guns? Are you really suggesting that freedom of religion is greater than the right to bear arms, because good luck with the NRA, buddy.
And it just so happens that I believe human sacrifice is the only way to appease the Volcano God, so am I then free to sacrifice Ben Sasse and his family to the volcano?
This all sounds a lot like the freedom of religion that was supposedly being violated by forcing businesses to serve gay couples if they served straight couples. We went through all their arguments in all their ridiculousness two months ago when Arizona tried to pass SB 1062 which would let businesses refuse to serve gays.
All in all, his rule about the supremacy of freedom of religion puts it above all of the rest of the Constitution. No amendment to the Constitution could abridge freedom of religion then, even though the Constitution itself specifies that amendments can be made, and what the process is, and that amendments carry the same force as any other part of the Constitution.
But of course we know what he means, right? He means that people who share his narrow view of Christianity get to write their own Constitution that supersedes everyone who doesn’t follow their creed.
Oh, and we should point out that his law is a slippery slope that ends in polygamy, which is fine under the Old Testament and the Book of Mormon. I thought conservatives were supposed to protect us from slippery slopes that led to sexual arrangements other than one man, one woman.
So, for suggesting that the Constitution creates a right for Christians like him to pick and choose which laws they should follow, Ben Sasse is the Asshole of the Day.
It is Ben Sasse’s first time as Asshole of the Day.
Full story: Think Progress