PRO-CHRISTIAN VALUES LAWS PROLIFERATE IN THE SOUTH
THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF THE “CHRISTIAN VALUES” THEY ACTUALLY EMBODY
Mississippi Interracial Couple Evicted For Being In An Interracial Marriage
FROM: POLITICS USA
APRIL 5, 2016
There have been a rash of so-called “religious liberty” laws passed in mostly Southern Republican-led states that many Americans think are harmless because they think they only target “the gay.” However, none of the over-a-dozen Republican state legislatures ever mention or allude to the word “gay” in the text of the “license to discriminate laws,” by specific design. Those theocratic religious freedom laws are created solely to allow “the religious” free rein to target anyone they believe is not living up to their standards.
Apparently, in super-religious Mississippi, living up to their standards means marrying who the religious folks “allow” and it had better not be marrying someone of a different racial makeup. A young couple in Tupelo Mississippi discovered the hard way that the good evangelicals in town embrace Christian standards that will not allow interracial couples to enjoy their Constitutional freedoms.
Mrs. Dunahoo responded that she was not “shacking” with her “husband” because they are legally married. Still, the landlord was unmoved and insisted that he, his church, his neighbors and his family consider that any interracial couple, legally married or not, ”is still black and white shacking;” something those good Mississippi Christian folk “don’t allow.”
And forget the Constitution; adding to their current ‘religious freedom’ to discriminate laws, Mississippi just passed a very harsh “Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act;” it completely nullifies the Constitution’s Fourteenth Amendment and equal rights protections. It is telling that the good evangelical Republicans in Mississippi had the audacity to name a law protecting discrimination as protection from “government discrimination.” Government discrimination is what normal people consider protecting and upholding the United States Constitution’s equal rights guarantee.
Serving his country for 13 years or not, the landlord had no qualms admitting to the Clarion-Ledger that he evicted the interracial couple “simply because they were interracial.” He also said that he was getting pressured from all directions and justified his decision to the paper by claiming that “the neighbors were giving me such a problem;” even though the couple had been there less than one day.
After Mrs. Dunahoo contacted officials with the Mississippi NAACP, they began an investigation. The NAACP President, Derrick Johnson, pointed out that “Racial discrimination should be a thing of the past in Mississippi, considering our long history,” but the landlord said his actions had absolutely nothing to do with racial discrimination.
It is noteworthy that for the past four years pundits, legal experts, and political observers have warned that these ‘religious freedom and conscience laws’ were devised to allow any person to discriminate against anyone for any reason. As an aside, Mississippi already had a fairly comprehensive religious “freedom to discriminate” law on the books, but it did not specifically target “same-sex couples” so religious Republicans passed a new bill targeting the LGBT community in particular.
Although there is no cure for racial animus, there is a cure to stop discrimination against non-white people; it is called the U.S. Constitution. Sadly, in over a dozen religious Republican states, that Constitution is irrelevant if it violates “the religious” folks deeply-held beliefs.
NOTE: Nuff said.