Men Who Are Not Bigots

On October 6, Louisiana justice of the peace Keith Bardwell refused to issue a marriage license to an interracial couple.  He said:

There is a problem with both groups accepting a child from such a marriage. I think those children suffer and I won’t help put them through it…I’m not a racist. I just don’t believe in mixing the races that way. I have piles and piles of black friends. They come to my home, I marry them, they use my bathroom.

Remember last June, when Pennsylvania State Sen. John Eichelberger said:

[Gays are] not being punished. We’re allowing them to exist, and do what every American can do.

We’re not bigots.  We let minorities exist.  We even let them use the bathroom!

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7 comments to Men Who Are Not Bigots

  • 1

    I want to cry when I read or hear something like this. There is a letter George Washington wrote to a group of Jews in Rhode Island in 1790 that, unfortunately is seldom quoted. It talks about toleration and bigotry, and says in part:

    “All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunity of citizenship,” Washington wrote, “It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people, that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights. For happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens.”

    He was explaining to a nervous minority population what was meant by provisions in the new Constitution which addressed not only religion, but other forms of bigotry as well. Why are these words not taught in high schools today?

  • 2
    tavdy79 says:

    “We even let them use the bathroom?” Not if you’re trans.

  • 3
    Angie says:

    @ Pete – Great quote.

    Regarding Bardwell’s comment… Leno said it best the other night: Yeah, those kids would suffer… like when they become president. :)

  • 4
    Joe G says:

    This is so ridiculous. When this story first hit the news cycle I was honestly shocked to hear something so retro. That was honestly my thought, “are there really people out there that still say shit like that?” My little Seattle bubble feels better when words like these are tossed around.

  • 5
    Honjiiq says:

    I guess Bardwell didn’t get the memo that we allow that sort of thing now. Or perhaps he time traveled back to the 50’s. It’s ironic that the people who say the children from an inter-racial marriage will suffer are the very people who cause their suffering. Could it be his parents were brother and sister and that he would approve of such a marriage?

  • 6

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