Let's begin by acknowledging that religious liberty is one of the bedrock principles that undergirded the formation of the American nation. Settlers came to North America, in part, to pursue religious liberty. Then the founders assured that our Constitution would guarantee it.
This was regarded as extremely important.
Today, many Republicans in the North Carolina General Assembly decided that religious liberty is negotiable to satisfy their Chamber of Commerce sponsors, and to get the media off their backs.
Many Republicans from the Piedmont Triad voted to repeal HB 2 today. In the Senate, these included Berger, Krawiec, Tillman and Wade. In the House, Blust, Faircloth, Hardister and Lambeth voted to repeal. There may be others I have missed.
The bill provides that localities can pass special protections for LGBTQ citizens beginning December 1, 2020. That means the religious liberty of orthodox Christians is at risk once again, a few years hence.
The rationalization the Republicans are using is that the United States Supreme Court will settle all these issues by then. We are therefore empowering a bunch of radical leftist judges at the federal level to decide what our religious liberty should be. Does anyone think they might be tempted to contort and twist the law and the constitution to attain the outcome they desire?
I know. It is painful to belabor the obvious.
The Republicans are essentially conceding the twin myths of judicial supremacy and federal supremacy. They are conceding that the state of North Carolina has no standing to assert its own sovereignty in opposition to what the federal judiciary might dictate.
Most of the Republicans who voted for this bill are career politicians. They need to go. Just as we need to restore the concept of the citizen legislator at the federal level, we need to do so also in Raleigh. We need to cycle these people out of their positions, and cycle in new citizen legislators at regular intervals.
The Republicans were not only succumbing to pressure from the media. They were also capitulating to out-of-state corporations and sports entities. The Chamber of Commerce crowd within the GOP decided that mammon was more important than morality.
The Daily Haymaker pointed out yesterday that this would set a precedent that other entities can extort the state of North Carolina at will. He is absolutely right.
This is the second major failure for the Republican Party on bedrock issues within a period of six days. Last Friday, we witnessed a willful refusal to repeal Obamacare in Washington. And now we have Raleigh Republicans trading away our religious liberty.
The Constitution Party of North Carolina has seven core values which include religious freedom and opposition to socialism. The Republican Party, with its actions, pushes to preserve socialism and diminish religious freedom.
In the meantime, the Republicans' actions in North Carolina today recall a chilling warning embedded in scripture:
So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.
Revelation 3:16 (ESV)