Trump’s America Votes Against Condemning Death Penalty for Gays

America under Trump distinguished itself again late last week at the United Nations by opposing a simple resolution condemning an archaic Old Testament edict calling for the death penalty for committing a “capital crime” the Christian god says is “detestable.” It is no coincidence that under an extremist evangelical administration, the Trump ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, toed the evangelical line and voted with other religious regimes opposing a U.N. Human Rights Council resolution condemning the death penalty for homosexuality. It is important to note that Trump just endorsed evangelical malcontent Roy Moore of Alabama who has intimated often that according to his religious belief, homosexuality should be criminalized – gays have to be punished because “it’s in the bible.”

America was one of 13 nations in the minority voting against the United Nations resolution that condemned the practice of killing human beings because they love someone of the same gender. The so-called “land of the free” joined extremist religious nations such as Iraq, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, and Saudi Arabia to vote against the U.N. resolution condemning the execution of human beings for whom they love.

It is noteworthy that the U.N. resolution  stops far short of actually calling for an end to the death penalty because that is a bridge too far. The resolution simply condemns its use “in a discriminatory fashion;” such as singling out members of the LGBTQ community and executing them for not adhering to archaic religious rules.

As noted by the “International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Intersex Association” (ILGA), besides targeting gays for death, the U.N. was condemning the death penalty to punish adultery because it is regularly and disproportionately imposed on women. America voted against condemning executing people for adultery, blasphemy, apostasy and homosexuality; all designated as sins against the god of the bible and embraced with religious fervor by extremist theocratic nations.

The ILGA’s executive director, Renato Sabbadini, remarked in a statement just how atrocious some countries’ laws against being gay are. Mr. Sabbadini said:

It is unconscionable to think that there are hundreds of millions of people living in States where somebody may be executed simply because of whom they love.”

A spokeswoman for the Trump State Department, Heather Nauert, attempted to assuage the shock and outrage the vote engendered and gave a bizarre explanation for why Trump directed his U.N. Ambassador to vote with theocratic nations stuck in the Bronze Age. Besides opposing any criticism for the death penalty, Ms. Nauert said:

The United States unequivocally condemns the application of the death penalty for conduct such as homosexuality, blasphemy, adultery, and apostasy. We do not consider such conduct appropriate for criminalization. Okay? I hope that’s clear.”

That remark is not clear, it is a giant pile of bovine excrement and stunning the State Department would dare issue such a remark.  If the United States “unequivocally condemns” killing people for that conduct; why did Haley vote against “unequivocally condemning” killing people for that conduct? And the “official” Trump State Department claim that they were opposing “condemning the death penalty in all circumstances” is just more bullshit after being railed on by civilized human beings.

The director of the Human Rights Campaign Global, Ty Cobb, issued a “scathing statementsaying:

Ambassador Haley has failed the LGBTQ community by not standing up against the barbaric use of the death penalty to punish individuals in same-sex relationships. While the U.N. Human Rights Council took this crucially important step, the [extremist evangelical] Trump/Pence administration failed to show leadership on the world stage by not championing this critical measure. This administration’s blatant disregard for human rights and LGBTQ lives around the world is beyond disgraceful.”

What was beyond disgraceful was Nikki Haley following her boss’ lead and lying in defending the vote, but only after harsh criticism. She even used Trump’s media outlet, “Twitter,” to claim the Trump administration “have always fought for justice for the LGBT community.”

Not content to lie just once, Haley also lied in saying that:

The vote that took place in Geneva is the same US vote that took place under the Obama admin. It was not a vote against LGBT.”

More bullshit and two more easily debunked dirty lies. First, during the Obama Administration the United States “abstained” from voting on a similar resolution because America as an institution just enjoys killing people. And second, there was no reference to gays in previous resolution; the “LGBT language was newly-added this year.

Haley was also lying when she said the Trump administration has “always fought for justice for the LGBTQ community” and she knows she was lying. Trump has rolled back protections for LGBTQ people quietly and in the case of transgenders, it has been very public. In fact, the Trump administration has already won the distinction as being the most “anti-LGBTQ administration” in modern history. When the Trump administration did have an opportunity to demonstrate fighting for justice for gays on the world stage, especially to condemn the practice of applying the archaic Old Testament death penalty, they said no.

Although the “no” vote rankled no small number of Americans, it likely thrilled Trump’s supporters in the extremist evangelical sector. There are still five states in America that carry anti-blasphemy laws on the books, and plenty of extremist evangelicals would be thrilled to see the death penalty imposed for being gay; Trump just endorsed one of those extremist evangelicals to represent Alabama in the U.S. Senate.

When given an opportunity to join 27 civilized nations in condemning application of Old Testament punishment for being gay, apostasy, blasphemy and adultery, Trump’s America “officially” said no; we won’t condemn it. Lying after the fact that Trump’s America condemns killing people who fail to conform to archaic bible edicts doesn’t change the fact that “officially” America does not condemn killing people for being gay. That official stance portends bad things for all Americans who think they are not living in an aspiring radical evangelical theocracy.

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Roy Moore’s Win is a Symptom of the Radical Evangelical Voter Plague

Something happened on Tuesday that epitomizes everything wrong with America, and this isn’t just about some conservative Christian malcontent  or criminal conspirator posing as a politician; it is about a plague in the electorate. The real plague destroying this country is the people who consistently elect lawless individuals who are either employed to do the bidding of special interests over the people, or they refuse to adhere to the laws of the land; particularly “the” law of the land the U.S. Constitution. Alabama candidate for Senate Roy Moore is the personification of every one of those “plagued” voters sick dreams and desires.

Likely, no small number of Americans delighted in the results of Alabama’s special election to replace Jeff Sessions because the wild extremist Trump backed lost. However, no sane American is celebrating bigoted, and disgraced former judge, Roy Moore’s victory. More likely they are dumbfounded that Alabama voters gave a victory to a radical evangelical extremist who had to be removed from the Alabama Supreme Court twice because he refuses to acknowledge that the U.S. Constitution is the law of the land.  Moore acknowledges “laws,” but they are Old Testament laws as interpreted by Roy Moore.

This is kind of the freak-of-nature Alabama Republicans want representing them in the United States Senate after he takes the “so help me god” oath to support and uphold the U.S. Constitution. Moore has taken that oath at least twice in the past and like Trump he violated it with great zeal and even greater support from radical evangelical extremists.

Roy Moore is a Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions, Ted Cruz, Mike Pence, Joe Arpaio, Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee kind of freakoid encapsulated in one dangerous human being; the kind of human being Alabama Republicans want representing their interests in the U.S. Senate.

He is more evangelical extremist than Pence, Palin, Cruz and Sessions, and as opposed to the U.S. Constitution as Trump, Sessions, Arpaio and Huckabee. Moore is the kind of “politician” more than just Alabama voters are desperate  to see in important leadership positions. What happened in Alabama is a portent of what is happening more often across nation; voters opting for lawless evangelical extremists. It is precisely what happened November past and it appears to be just beginning.

It is stunning, really, that two times in 13 years Roy Moore was removed as Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice because he believes “There is a higher law that we’re bound to recognize [than the U.S. Constitution]. It’s my duty to recognize that.” This is the kind of Republican that more conservatives are flocking to and any American who isn’t horrified is likely ignorant of the threat or a radical evangelical extremist.

When Moore first ran afoul of the Constitution, he not only garnered widespread support among evangelical voters, he was supported by establishment Republicans. One of Moore’s advocates during the humiliating “Ten Commandment fiasco” was then-governor Fob James who came to Moore’s defense and reiterated one of the Moore’s religious arguments that ultimately got him thrown off the bench. Parroting one of Moore’s reasons for refusing to adhere to federal court orders, James said:

To strip the Ten Commandments from the courtroom is a violation of the United States Constitution.” James also “threatened to use the force of arms if anyone tried to remove the Ten Commandments or ‘judge-initiated’ prayers in any of Moore’s courtrooms.”

Moore was finally suspended off the Alabama Supreme Court. But he still refused  to acknowledge that he or his god’s laws do not supersede the U.S. Constitution; or that the Supreme Court is the ultimate arbiter of the law. Moore repeated his lawlessness 11 years later and had to be suspended again; this time permanently for refusing to follow a Federal Court order.

His final suspension was for following Joe Arpaio’s lead and virtually saying “fuck you” to a United States Federal Judge who ordered him to abide by the Constitution and the High Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges. It has been less than a year since Alabama’s Court of the Judiciary permanently suspended Moore for his unconstitutional directive to Alabama judges: “stop complying with [legally] binding federal law.”

Moore believes that because Obergefell afforded same-sex couples the same Constitutional equal rights as heterosexuals, Alabama judges could nullify the ruling based on Moore’s religion and assertion that federal courts have no authority to enforce Supreme Court rulings that Alabama bigots’ object to.

In typical evangelical fashion, Moore claimed he was being persecuted and responded to his suspension by Alabama’s nine-member Court of the Judiciary by playing the martyr and attacking the groups he claimed did not have 14th Amendment rights. Moore said:

“This was a politically motivated effort by radical homosexual and transgender groups to remove me as chief justice of the Supreme Court because of [my] outspoken opposition to their immoral agenda.

As the president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Richard Cohen rightly asserted:

Roy Moore doesn’t know the difference between being a judge and being a preacher. He thinks his religious beliefs trump his obligations under the law, and that’s a dangerous thing.”

It is also a “dangerous thing” that Alabama voters believe Moore is worthy of a seat in the U.S. Senate. The tragedy is that it isn’t just Alabama voters and it’s something that sane Americans ignore at their own peril. Remember, these evangelical extremists like Moore, Pence, Sessions and Cruz completely reject everything in their Christian bible except Old Testament “mean god” edicts. It is almost certainly why Alabama voters gave Moore a victory and a fairly certain Senate seat. If the trend continues, Moore’s victory informs the atrocity in November may have been the warm-up for the horrors to come.

Of course there are always “fringe” lunatics running for office and they certainly have devotees championing their cause, but over the past seven years those fringe candidates have been elected to high office more often than not. Mike Pence, Jeff Sessions, Betsy DeVos, Ted Cruz and many others represent the ‘mildest’ form of radical evangelical extremists. And although Trump is a sinner by biblical standards, he depends on advisors and counselors to put him right with the radical evangelical extremists’ agenda; one he has supported dutifully since his poorly attended inauguration.

It should be a wake-up call to sane voters that the extremist Trump supported in Alabama’s special election was not fanatical, or radically evangelical, enough for Alabama’s Republican base. Roy Moore represents the base. Whether it is his intent to “serve a higher law,” impose religious tests for politicians who aren’t evangelicals, or deny Constitutional rights to non-heterosexuals, Alabama voters wanted another radical evangelical extremists imposed on the government.

The problem is it isn’t just Alabama voters or Trump would not be in the White House with an evangelical cabal running his administration.  Now it appears that cabal will get another radical evangelical extremist and America will take another step closer to theocracy; all while too many Americans are laser-focused on Trump’s Twitter activity.