Above: Actual image of Wyoming Republican Taylor Hayes
That’s it – Republicans are officially the villains from James Cameron’s Avatar.
In Avatar, the corporate bad guys were willing to destroy the environment and thousands of lives just to get the rare metal in Pandora’s core. In real life, Wyoming Republican Taylor Hayes, who is currently running for governor, wants to open Yellowstone park to drilling at the risk of activating the supervolcano inside the park.
It’s clear that Republicans no longer respect the symbols of America – the Statue of Liberty and now Old Faithful. But this is more than disrespecting an American landmark. Yellowstone Park is home to a massive caldera which, if it exploded, would cover the entire United States in ash. Fracking in Yellowstone could cause the magma to expand and explode, potentially killing millions.
Is this what Republicans are willing to do just to get a little extra energy? These people have gone from crazy to outright super villain levels of homicidal.
Tea Party Rep. Louie Gohmert accused President Obama of allowing undocumented immigrants to rape American women. In other words, “I don’t want those brown people touching our white women!” This racist rhetoric is not only disgusting, but entirely inaccurate.
Rep. Gohmert is right on some level. There is a rape epidemic based on race. But he’s wrong about which races. The majority of rapists – 52% - are white. The majority of victims are women of color – especially Native American women and mixed race women. The actual statistics paint a startlingly different picture than what Rep. Gohmert is imagining. We don’t have to worry about immigrants raping innocent white women. Instead, we have to worry about white men raping innocent immigrant women. White men have power over women of color in American society – especially immigrant women who face deportation if they are discovered.
Rape is not about sex. Rape is about exercising power and dominance over a person who cannot fight back. Undocumented immigrants live lives of fear and secrecy. This fear makes them prime targets for rapists. 73% of all rapes are perpetrated by acquaintances of the victim. An immigrant woman is likely to be assaulted or coerced into sex by a white friend, a white co-worker, a white boss. If they are assaulted, they are even less likely to report their assault due to the threat of being deported.
So yes, Louie Gohmert, we do have to worry about an immigrant rape epidemic. But not the kind that you’re imagining.
So, if you consider yourself pro-life, you had better be on the side of life on this one. And that means asylum for these child refugees.
If you take the Bible to be God’s literal, inerrant truth, then you had better be on the side of these refugee children. God is unequivocally clear in Scripture that we are to welcome the alien and the refugee, not question them, detain them, and deport them.
If you want to be a Christian, you have no choice but to let the little children come. You have no choice but to welcome the stranger, who just happens to be your neighbor.
Otherwise, you’re just a damned liar. Or at the very least, you are lying to yourself.