Mike Johnson, Speaker of the US House of RepresentativesMike Johnson
Speaker of the US House of Representatives

The election of Mike Johnson as the Speaker of the US House of Representatives has brought the ultra-conservative wing of the Republican Party to the forefront of politics. WASP (White Anglo-Saxon Protestants) by definition are racists, intolerant of any other religion, and won’t even consider the Catholic Church as legitimate.

As Evangelical Christians, they are rigid in the belief of one man, one woman as the only option in marriage. They ignore that many of the heroes of the Bible were polygamists. The word conservative implies an emphasis upon tradition and established social norms. But what does that mean if you reach back thousands of years?

They frequently attack homosexuals publicly, and especially politically. Their partners in the Republican Party have passed more than 600 anti-LGBTQ bills in state houses in the past year.

While ultra-conservatives claim a belief in the separation of church and state, what they really want is a state religion that imposes their beliefs on everyone by law. “Intolerant” isn’t quite adequate to describe their rigidity. Their interpretation of freedom of religion is that they are free to impose their beliefs on every one even when that is contrary to the law. My comments may sound like a rant, but I defy anyone to defend them as ecumenical or tolerant of anyone who doesn’t tow the line.

They melded with the Republicans (or vice versa) because of a strong anti-tax position. They have no concerns about services for those who are not wealthy enough to be independent. Poor people are considered just too lazy to work, when in fact the working poor sometimes are homeless. The Evangelical Republicans support privatization of everything. The twins already did that with the military in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The next campaign is to eliminate public education and rely solely on Charter Schools. Even if these schools are primarily owned by religious organizations, they will be supported by public funds.

Evangelicals believe in the inerrancy of the Bible and claim Jesus as their Savior. Just don’t mention too many of his parables. They espouse both the Old and New Testaments but focus primarily on the Old Testament, or Jewish Bible. The focus is on the 600+ prohibitions in the Jewish Health Code. Don’t bother to even discuss various translations. Yes, their ministers can read Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic, but their understanding doesn’t vary much from the King James translation.

Are they evil? Not by intent, but when you consider the consequences of their intolerance, their mindset has damaged many lives.

by John Suddath This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.