Christians across America should be terrified by Hillary Clinton’s denouncing of Trump supporters as “bigoted” people who are so “deplorable” that they are “irredeemable,” because she was primarily talking about people of faith, as reflected by one of her top Democratic supporters just one day before Clinton’s infamous speech.
While many commentators were stunned by Clinton’s comments, most have overlooked the setting and context. Clinton was speaking in New York City at an LGBT event. And she specified that the “bigoted” and “irredeemable” people she was denouncing are both homophobic and Islamophobic.
Observant Christians in 2016 are repeatedly called bigoted and homophobic for holding to biblical teaching and church doctrine that marriage is between a man and a woman, that sexuality should be expressed only between married couples, and that a person’s sex is part of how God deliberately made them, and is something they should embrace. These leftists also say that these observant Christians are anti-woman because believing in protecting the life of the unborn is a form of “discrimination.”
Clinton’s charge of Islamophobia was broadly cast against Americans who raise concerns regarding what certain segments within Islam—not all Muslims, but rather those who adhere the versions that embrace violence and jihad—believe and whether this should factor into American immigration law and foreign policy. Many Christian leaders are also called Islamophobic whenever they contrast Christianity with various Islamic beliefs that some Muslims hold.
What did Clinton mean by her shocking attack? The answer is found in a report issued on Sept. 7—one day before Clinton’s anti-Christian screed—by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Chairman Martin Castro—an ally and supporter of Clinton and Obama—said in a statement accompanying the report, “The phrases ‘religious liberty’ and ‘religious freedom’ … remain code words for discrimination, intolerance, racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, Christian supremacy or any form of intolerance.”
So what kind of “religious liberty” does Clinton and the Obama administration believe is acceptable? As conservative giant Ken Blackwell wrote this week in an article for The Hill picked up by the Drudge Report, during his time in Latin America, Clinton’s running mate Tim Kaine became a zealous advocate of “liberation theology,” which is “a radical, Marxist-based ideology at odds with the Church, the pope, and the United States, but supportive of (and supported by) the Soviet Union.”
So theology that calls for government-run socialized healthcare or government redistribution of wealth is okay, but theology that adheres to millennia-old Christian teachings on human life, other social issues, and religious liberty are “deplorable,” so much so that those who hold such views are “irredeemable” in the eyes of a woman who wants to become the most powerful person in the world. That was why in 2015 she said in a speech that orthodox Christian views on these issues “have to be changed.”
And she is fiercely committed to creating a Supreme Court that shares her views.
The timing of Hillary’s “basket of deplorables” vitriol further shows that it was directed against people of faith. On the very day she issued her shrill condemnation of Americans who hold traditional views on abortion, marriage, religious liberty, and other social issues, Donald Trump was talking about religious liberty and the Supreme Court with those very people at the Values Voter Summit (VVS), where the crowd went wild in response to his remarks, as well as to the speech offered the following day by his running mate, Gov. Mike Pence.
As Pence declared in defense of these tens of millions of decent citizens at VVS on Sept. 9, the day after Clinton’s attack, “Hillary, they are not a basket of anything. They are Americans, and they deserve your respect!”
Recent shifts in the polls may provide evidence that voters agree with the governor.
Ken Klukowski is senior legal editor for Breitbart News and senior counsel with First Liberty Institute—the largest law firm in the United States exclusively dedicated to protecting religious liberty. Follow him on Twitter @kenklukowski.