In the past 24 hours, it has come to my attention that:
- A majority of Republicans believe the President is actually a Muslim.
- That just as many think he wasn’t born in the U. S., while 40% of that same group believe that Ted Cruz was.
- More than 60% want to amend the Constitution to end birthright citizenship.
After seeing all this, I have to ask: What the hell, people?
Lest you think I’m making any of this up, allow me to cite my source. These items come from a report released yesterday by Public Policy Polling. According to PPP, 54% of the GOP electorate believes that Barak Obama is a Muslim. Now, I’m not really sure what difference that makes, since Article 6 of the U. S. Constitution states that “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States”, but we’re so far down the fucking rabbit hole here that applying logic and reason doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. So, what the hell, let’s talk about this crazy-ass idea. The man has stated multiple times that he is a Christian, has told of his conversion experience and lives a life that I would consider very Christian. At a town hall meeting in 2010, he said he “came to my Christian faith later in life and it was because the precepts of Jesus Christ spoke to me in terms of the kind of life that I would want to lead — being my brothers’ and sisters’ keeper, treating others as they would treat me.” Now, I don’t know about you, but it sounds to me like he’s got a better grasp of what being a Christian is about than any of his detractors.
Next up is the idea the President was not born in the United States, but Ted Cruz was. This despite releasing both the short (in 2008) and long forms (in 2011) of his birth certificate which show his place of birth as Hawaii, the repeated debunking of multiple false claims about his citizenship and the fact that Cruz has never concealed the fact that he was born in Canada. In fact, last year Cruz renounced the Canadian citizenship that was his because, like the U. S., Canada automatically grants citizenship to anyone born there. Okay, then.
While we’re on the subject of citizenship, let’s talk about this 14th Amendment idea. Again, we look to the PPP report, which tells us that 63% of Republicans want to repeal at least a portion of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution; specifically, the part that grants birthright citizenship. That’s interesting coming from people who claim to revere the document so much that many of them carry a pocket-sized version of it everywhere they go. It appears, however, that reverence exists only so long as it doesn’t contradict their beliefs. But, what’s even more interesting is the list of politicians backing this change, a list that includes one Bobby Jindal and Marco Rubio, both second-generation Americans who benefitted from that clause in the 14th Amendment. To quote George Takei:
What the fuck is in the water Republicans are drinking these days? You know, for a party that embraces Christianity the way the GOP does, most of their positions don’t seem to reflect a damn thing the man actually taught. Jesus, a Jew, included Samaritans and Gentiles in the Kingdom of Heaven that he spoke of on many occasions. And, Paul said in Galatians that “There is neither Jew nor Greek; there is neither slave nor free; nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” So, even from an overtly religious viewpoint, the President’s faith shouldn’t make difference. And, the Bible tells us in many places that we are to welcome immigrants and treat them with respect and kindness, not kick them out with extreme prejudice. So, what’s up with all the bullshit? Come on, Republicans, and join us in the real world. Sure, it’s a little scary, but it’s still better than that Fox News fantasy land you’re living in now.