While most of the attention this election cycle has been given to presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ben Carson, several others such as Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have slowly been inching their way up the polls, solidifying themselves as viable Republican candidates.
Well, one of those candidates, Rubio, recently professed his belief that the United States is governed by “God’s rules,” not the Constitution:
“We are clearly called, in the Bible, to adhere to our civil authorities, but that conflicts with also a requirement to adhere to God’s rules. When those two come in conflict, God’s rules always win. In essence, if we are ever ordered by a government authority to personally violate and sin, violate God’s law and sin, if we’re ordered to stop preaching the gospel, if we’re ordered to perform a same-sex marriage as someone presiding over it, we are called to ignore that. We cannot abide by that because government is compelling us to sin.”
In other words, he believes that any Constitutional right given to Americans that he thinks goes against “God’s rule” should be ignored – because “God’s rule” supersedes Constitutional law.
While that sort of rhetoric isn’t exactly new among Republicans, it’s still extremely dangerous. The United States isn’t (and has never been) a theocracy, but that’s exactly what conservatives like Rubio want to turn it into. They want a nation that ignores our First Amendment rights to freedom of religion in order to force millions of Americans to adhere to religious dogma that they don’t believe in.
I think it’s important to point out that this isn’t just Marco Rubio pandering to evangelicals for support. He’s a Republican who doesn’t even support abortion in instances of rape. He honestly believes that if a woman is impregnated following a brutal and violent sexual assault, that she should instantly lose the right to have control over her own body.
It’s rhetoric like Rubio’s that prompted me to declare that any politician trying to interject religion into our government should be disqualified from running for office. Our First Amendment explicitly states that Americans have the freedom of religion. This means that any politician who’s trying to force their views on others is instantly trying to infringe upon our rights as Americans, thus is not acting in good faith of the oath they took to adhere to our Constitutional law. Therefore, I don’t believe they should be allowed to hold public office. That’s obviously my personal opinion, but I believe it stands on solid ground.
This is why I cannot emphasize enough how important it is for progressives and liberals to get out and vote in large numbers next November. We can’t let Republicans win the White House in 2016. If we do, not only will that essentially give the GOP power over the Supreme Court for the next 20-30 years, but Republicans will undo all the progress we’ve made over the last few years – potentially setting progressives back decades.
We absolutely cannot allow that to happen.
Watch Marco Rubio’s comments below: