In a world that seems to be heading more and more backwards every day, Missouri Republican Rick Brattin has accelerated while in reverse. According to the Kansas City Star he actually made this statement:
“When you look at the tenets of religion, of the Bible, of the Qur’an, of other religions, there is a distinction between homosexuality and just being a human being.”
He made the shocking assertion on Monday at the Missouri House of Representatives while arguing against an amendment to a discrimination bill. He is actually on the side of making it easier to discriminate against gay people and it seems he thinks he can use holy books to back up his crazy outlook.
Does Brattin know we do not live in a theocracy? Is he aware that the Bible and Qur’an are actually separate to state? It is for this exact reason that the constitution was written to be secular and exclude any tyranny of religion.
This is not the law makers first brush with controversy. Years ago he was involved in the use of the term ‘legitimate rape.’ At the time he was arguing that women could only access an abortion pill if they could prove ‘legitimate rape.’ This caused a storm at the time. Brattin is on video saying that with regard to abortion, he believed women’s rights had swung so far over:
“that we’ve now taken away the man’s rights.”
It is incredible that this man has power and he uses his power to say that women and gay people are afforded too many rights. If Brattin really thinks there is a distinction between homosexuality and just being a human being, I would love to know what it is.
Shakespeare once addressed a group of people not being considered ‘human’ in The Merchant of Venice, when Shylock most beautifully says:
“If you prick us, do we not bleed?
If you tickle us, do we not laugh?
If you poison us, do we not die?
and if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?”
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