Just days after handily defeating challenger Eugene Yu, Congressman Rick Allen has some of us down here in the 12th district wondering why there wasn’t a third, more reasonable, option.
Various D.C.-based media sources are reporting that Congressman Allen made waves when he began reciting Bible verses in a closed-door meeting condemning the LGBT lifestyle following the vote on anti-discrimination language attached to legislation Thursday.
The Hill reports:
Rep. Rick Allen, a Georgia freshman, launched the GOP’s regular policy meeting in the Capitol basement by reading a Bible passage condemning homosexuality and suggesting that supporters of the LGBT provision, which passed the House the night before, were defying Christian tenets, attendees said.
Sponsored by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.), the provision stipulates that nothing in the underlying spending bills can undermine President Obama’s executive order barring discrimination by government contractors based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
And Pennsylvania Republican Congressman Charlie Dent told the Washington Post, “I thought the comments were wildly out of bounds and especially inappropriate given that this was supposed to be a prayer.”
The suggestion that the support of the anti-discrimination language made the representatives sinners prompted several Congressmen and their aides to leave the meeting.
The thing Congressman Allen doesn’t understand, however, is that he has his religious seeds firmly planted in the wrong field. The language he was protesting merely prevented the government from discriminating against its contractors on the basis of sexual preference or sexual identity. This shouldn’t be a bipartisan issue because it isn’t one. The federal government should never, under any circumstance, have the ability to discriminate against anyone.
The Republican Party has immense problems that, right now, run extremely deep and span across all factions. Suggesting that those who do not agree with you are sinners in an effort to condemn them is precisely why Republicans continue to lose. I said in early 2015 that had John Barrow not left the 12th district for Athens, he could have run again and won, despite the now-Republican drawn district. I still believe that to be true.
Congressman Allen owes his colleagues an apology and his constituents an explanation as to why he’s telling us he works to build consenus all the time, but his actions show otherwise.