OPINION: Jesus was open-minded and accepting–this bigoted Florida Republican is anything but

OPINION: Jesus was open-minded and accepting--this bigoted Florida Republican is anything but

“The Lord rebuke you, Satan, and all of your demons and all of your imps who come parade before us.”

No, this was not in a church looking to drive the devil out of all of us, rather it was on Monday in a 4-hour Florida State House Commerce meeting.

And no, this was not a fire and brimstone preacher making these statements, but a Republican member of the Florida House of Representatives.

“That’s right, I called you demons and imps who come and parade before us and pretend you are part of this world,” he spewed.

Mr. Webster Barnaby, just who are these demons and imps you rail against that parade before you?

“We have people that live among us today on planet Earth that are happy to display themselves as if they were mutants from another planet. This is the planet Earth where God created men male and women female,”  he continued.

Representative Barnaby, who are these mutants you speak of?

Let me answer that for you.  It was Floridians, specifically transgender Floridians who came to the meeting to speak out against House Bill 1521.

It is their right to speak respectfully.  And it is the politicians’ duty to listen respectfully.

“I’m a proud Christian, conservative Republican,” claimed Barnaby.

Ahh, yet one more who has the audacity to hijack the name of the Lord, bear false witness, and act in a way that Jesus would never.

Jesus would treat people such as Barnaby the same way he dealt with the moneychangers.

Jesus was open-minded and accepting.

There is absolutely no way in hell Jesus would ever vote for any of these hateful, close-minded lunatics.

Funny how things have so evolved to totally change what Jesus was about and what he stood for.

But still, “demons, “imps,” “mutants?”

Perhaps to put a positive spin to it, Barnaby has finally said out loud what many of the others kept to themselves, almost like a Klan or Nazi membership, right?

Odd, comparison huh?  But hatred is hatred is hatred.

It matters not who spews it, what they look like or why.

And no one group has a monopoly on prejudice or hatred.

Sadly, in a world of “It’s all bout me,” this is something shared so generously.

“ A race-tuberculosis of the peoples.” How about a “parasitic race”?  That would sound good at the next meeting.

Why not use “vileness” or “vermin?”

Here’s another for you:  “And so he tries systematically to lower the racial level by a continuous poisoning of individuals.”

You know why you would never use any of these examples of virulence, Representative Barnaby?

Because you would be plagiarizing Hitler.  But rest assured, your infectious sputum was not that far off.

In conclusion, I must ask this question to no one in particular? HOW THE HELL DOES HE GET A FREE PASS ON THIS?

Added bonus follow up question: Has hatred, has the need for a convenient scapegoat, become so accepted in this state that there is no need to try to hide it anymore?

David Magnusson is a retired police chief with 36 ½ years of law enforcement experience having spent 30 of these years with the Miami Police Department retiring as an assistant chief. He was chief of the Havelock Police Department in the Marine Corps City of Havelock, North Carolina, home to Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station. He returned to South Florida as chief of the El Portal Police Department.

A historian, Magnusson has written on military and presidential history topics. He is a diehard baseball (St. Louis Cardinals) and boxing fan. Magnusson resides in South Florida with his wife. Their children and grandchildren are never too far away.
David Magnusson

is an opinion writer, historian and former Police Chief of El Portal, Florida and Havelock, North Carolina who served in the Miami Police Department for 30 years. He teaches inclusive policing for the Anti-Defamation League.