Dear Mr. VP,
Yesterday you cast your eighth tie-breaking Senate vote and made Sam Brownback the at-large ambassador for international religious freedom.
Sam Brownback, who will step down as Governor of Kansas, is a bigot.
Brownback views homosexuality as a violation of his religious belief and of natural law. He voted for the Defense of Marriage Act, and has supported an amendment to the Constitution that would make same-sex marriage illegal. He supported Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. He doesn’t think crimes against LGBT folks should be considered hate crimes. He’s friends with folks in the Family Research Council and the American Family Association, both considered hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Like you, Brownback introduced a “religious freedom” bill in Kansas that would have kept some entities from having nondiscrimination laws or policies that included sexual orientation or gender identity, which essentially means he thinks people should have the right to fire (or not hire) LGBT people because of their identity. Indeed, one of his executive orders rescinded protections for LGBT state workers.
This is a man who blocked the confirmation of a federal judicial nominee because she once attended the same-sex commitment ceremony of a close friend.
Okay, so, Sam Brownback hates gay people. Got it.
But what else?
Sam Brownback withdrew Kansas from the federal refugee resettlement program, which mostly impacted Syrians fleeing the civil war.
Because he doesn’t like Muslims either.
Man, it’s almost like I’m right that when you say “religious freedom” you mean “freedom of Judeo-Christian people to discriminate.”