There are politicians all over the country, especially in the Red States, that have this notion that Sharia Law is being foisted on the American people. There is no evidence of this. There are no examples of this. But promoting the fear of it, and the promise of protecting people against it has been very useful in getting votes for politicians. While quoting the Bible as the basis of proposed laws, these same politicians claim that a religion’s laws should not become the law of the land.
Apparently that is only if the religion is not the right one? Or theirs?
Then, beginning a few years ago, when conservative groups and politicians began their attempt to paint the Supreme Court as evil, that is until a few rulings went their way, it became fashionable to demand that the Supreme Court not base any rulings on foreign laws and the same be forbidden in local courts. It wasn’t happening, but the fear of it was, again, a good political ploy.
Even the Republican Party enshrined this when its platform added: “Subjecting American citizens to foreign laws is inimical to the spirit of the Constitution. It is one reason we oppose U.S. participation in the International Criminal Court. There must be no use of foreign law by U.S. courts in interpreting our Constitution and laws. Nor should foreign sources of law be used in State courts’ adjudication of criminal or civil matters”.
"The others are coming! The others are coming!"
That is until Mr. Putin and Russia decided to get all homophobic.
He may not be as representative of the Republican Party as he postures, just like his constant pontifications that he is representative of all Catholics and what they believe may be only a figment of his own imagination, but Pat Buchanan speaks, people listen, and no one he claims to speak for corrects him. So, maybe he is.
He has an opinion on Putin and the Russian ant-Gay law, a foreign law. He supports the anti-Gay law because Putin is “trying to re-establish the Orthodox Church as the moral compass of the nation it had been for 1,000 years before Russia fell captive to the atheistic and pagan ideology of Marxism.”
The ideology cannot be both, by the way, as one does not accept the existence of a deity, while the other worships various things as deities.
He suggests that the United States would be better off under this Putin type of regime. “If we seek to build a Good Society by traditional Catholic and Christian standards, why should not homosexual propaganda be treated the same as racist or anti-Semitic propaganda?” he asks.
Apparently he misses that Racist and anti-semitic propaganda seek to dehumanize a group of people based on misperception, misrepresentation, often purposeful misinformation, and stereotypes while "Homosexual Propaganda” seeks to do the opposite with that group of American citizens.
The objections to the Russian law are not limited to the affected group as they might have been in the past, but are being expressed by a wide demographic that far exceeds the GLBT Community.
But when your whole schtick is propped up by a fictional "Culture War", a person can be slow to grasp reality.
And, obviously, when it serves his purposes, it is clear that a person of declared principle can change his objection to things like Saria (religious) Law and foreign law being a bad fit for America.
GLBT people are being recognized as humans and Americans with rights, and not the cartoons and demons they were assumed to be in the past.
The Catholic Church, Pat's church, is a religion, and like all religions it has its own laws that just like Sharia we have no problem with when they are applied to its own members who choose to be a part of it. But to have all people in America following those laws who aren't in that religion, or may not even accept the concept of a supreme being whose punishments we are to avoid and whose rewards we are to seek, is like imposing Sharia. Except, we like Catholics.
And we are just fine with all the Christian denominations.
Well, okay, we still have problems with some, and even the various denominations aren't always nice about each other, but we all seem to play nice when it is politically expedient.
But these accepted religions are also all based on a religion from the Middle East.
So Pat now thinks that America would be better if it had the same law as Russia, and based it on the same religion, or at least one variation of his religion that wasn't really all that acceptable until it became convenient to accept it now..
As Putin said, “The adoption of Christianity became a turning point in the fate of our fatherland, made it an inseparable part of the Christian civilization and helped turn it into one of the largest world powers."
Except, wasn't it rather an insular, medieval type place until the Bolsheviks revolted and religion was thrown out?
So Pat, a good conservative who objects to a religion's laws being made part of American law and foreign laws being used to influence American ones, looks to another country to see what America can do to suppress some of its own citizens because his religious beliefs trump the constitution.
And he is not alone.