This is Trump’s new Republican Party. They don’t even try to hide their hate anymore. Now they feel empowered by Trump and are using the Bible for justification.
Shortly before the House voted Thursday morning on a spending bill which included protections against LGBT discrimination, House Republicans had a conference meeting where they heard a Bible verse that called for the death of homosexuals.
Part of the passage reads,
“And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.”
“And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”
The Senior Vice President at the Human Rights Campaign, JoDee Winterhof issued a statement saying,
“At a time when LGBT people face staggering rates of discrimination, harassment and violence, Representative Allen’s comments spread hate that does real harm.”
Gay rights activists are also demanding that Republicans condemn the “vile and dangerous remarks” and censure Allen.
The reason Thursday morning’s spending bill didn’t pass was because it included an amendment written by Democratic Rep. Sean Maloney. The amendment adds protections against LGBT discrimination. And Maloney added an identical amendment to another bill last week which got the same reaction from the Republicans.
After hearing about the prayer ahead of Thursday’s vote, Maloney said,
“To suggest that protecting people from being fired because of who they are means eternal damnation, then I think they are starting to show their true colors.”
“I think we are living in a new world of Donald Trump and a Republican Party that is driving itself further and further away from common sense and further toward a radical approach to government.”
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