Target: Reince Priebus, Chairman of the Republican National Committee
Goal: Fire Republican Party official who threatened “God’s wrath” if same-sex marriage became legal.
The United States will suffer divine punishment for extending marriage rights to same-sex couples, according to the head of the Alabama Republican Party Bill Armistead. This is a scare tactic often used by the far right to mobilize Christians against equality, under the threat of “God’s wrath.” Demand that the leadership of the Republican Party fire Armistead for his shameless fearmongering.
Same-sex couples in Alabama have been racked by confusion in recent weeks, after orders by federal judges that the state stop enforcing its ban on same-sex marriage were defied by Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, who informed the state’s judges that they didn’t have to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples if they didn’t want to. In an editorial published on the Alabama Republican Party’s website, Chairman Armistead waded into this controversy.
Using his recent trip to Israel as political leverage, Armistead claimed to have experienced renewed divine inspiration as he visited the region’s holy sites that led him to reaffirm the teachings of his faith. “God’s word never changes,” he said. “What He proclaimed thousands of years ago as truth is still truth in the eyes of true believers… The State of Alabama and the United States of America will reap God’s wrath if we embrace and condone things that are abhorrent to God, such as redefining marriage as anything other than a union between one man and one woman.”
This kind of commentary is transparent fearmongering and dismisses the separation of church and state entirely, and should not be displayed by our nation’s political officials. Sign the petition below to demand that Reince Priebus, the chairman of the national Republican Party, fire Armistead for his comments.
Dear Chairman Priebus,
I am writing you today regarding the behavior of Bill Armistead, the chairman of the Alabama Republican Party. He has made comments that are entirely inappropriate and unbecoming of an official in one of the country’s top two political parties.
In an editorial he recently published addressing the controversy currently surrounding Alabama’s stance on same-sex marriage, Armistead threatened the “wrath of God” for any state or country that defies God’s rules as put forth in the Christian bible. Now, it should be clear to you that the religious scripture of any faith or creed is no appropriate grounds from which to base our country’s laws—the Establishment Clause makes that obvious—so Armistead’s remarks are already inappropriate on those grounds.
They are all the more inappropriate, though, in that they use that faulty logic to maintain a social order that, as it stands, actively discriminates against a minority. Gay people are entitled to the same rights and privileges as their straight brothers and sisters, and no religious defense can undermine that.
You are a pragmatic political man—you would not have become the leader of the Republican National Committee if that were not true. You must understand, then, that threats like these have no place in our modern political discourse, which is why I urge you to fire Armistead from his Alabama chairmanship at once.
[Your Name Here]
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